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Lacks power ouput

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Pros: Price to quality ratio; K5 allows for docking with FiiO DAPs; Plug and play; aesthetically pleasing; Low output impedance; Three gain settings

Cons: Power output will struggle with some inefficient planars;

  The Good: Price to quality ratio; K5 allows for docking with FiiO DAPs; Plug and play; aesthetically pleasing; Low output impedance; Three gain settings The Okay: Power output will struggle with some inefficient planars; The Bad: No stated power at 600ohms, but likely not very high based on 150mW at 300ohms Tonal Balance: Mildly warm leaning Listening Set-Up: Musicbee (WASAPI+FLAC) -> E17k/K5 -> Various headphones Cost: K5: $110, E17k: $140 Reviewing Process The FiiO K5 and E17k were sent to me from FiiO as a review unit. I have had the combination plugged into my computer and kept running for the entirety of my time of possession,...
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Very Mediocre

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Pros: Secure on head; Built in bass boost.

Cons: Extreme clamping force; Cheap look and feel; Overall mediocre sound quality.

  Pros: Secure on head; Built in bass boost. Cons: Extreme clamping force; Cheap look and feel; Overall mediocre sound quality. Tonal Balance: Warm with a downwards slope. Style: Closed supra-aural Cost at Time of Review: $76   Reviewing Process   I’ve been using the K183 as my primary cans for the past two weeks, using them rather heavily during the time with a wide variety of music and games. While I feel confident that I have a good feel for the sound and construction of the K183, this is still a subjective review and your personal experience may vary. Personal experience will always be the best way to form an opinion on a headphone, though I hope that my...
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Slightly above average for the price

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Pros: Strong bass response; tiny housings; good build

Cons: Driver flex - makes positioning finicky; Sibilant; Scooped out lower midrange.

  Pros: Build quality; Strong bass presence. Cons: Driver flex - makes positioning finicky; Sibilant; Scooped out lower midrange. Tonal Balance: V-Shaped (Enhanced bass and upper midrange) Style: Worn down IEM Cost at Time of Review: $40 for non mic, $50 for mic   Reviewing Process The RHA S500i have been my daily driver through my iBasso DX90 for approximately 1 month now. I’ve almost exclusively used them with the DX90 and no need for additional amplification. I’ve spent enough time with the S500i that I feel comfortable sharing my opinions on their sound and build. Even so, this is a subjective review and reviews will never trump experience....
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A beautiful IEM that doesn't sound as good as it looks.

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Pros: Excellent build quality; great warranty; huge choice of tips; fit.

Cons: Recessed mids; sibilance; overly bassy for a general purpose IEM.

  Pros: Excellent build quality; great warranty; huge choice of tips; fit. Cons: Recessed mids; sibilance; overly bassy for a general purpose IEM. Tonal Balance: Bass heavy with recessed midrange, treble amount varies. Style: Over-Ear IEM Listening Set-Up: Clip Zlip (FLAC), Musicbee (FLAC) -> Matrix HPA-3U Cost at Time of Review: $240   Reviewing Process I’ve had the T20 for at least a month and during this process I’ve used them for light exercise as well as home listening. I have spent enough time with them to feel comfortable sharing my opinion, but my experiences may differ from yours. It’s always best to demo a headphone before...
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My favorite closed back to date

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Pros: Sturdy build quality, customizable sound, imaging quality, control and texture of the midbass, incredibly euphoric and well textured midrange.

Cons: Weight, comfort.

  Pros: Sturdy build quality, customizable sound, imaging quality, control and texture of the midbass, incredibly euphoric and well textured midrange. Cons: Weight, comfort. Tonal Balance: Bass heavy to neutral. Style: Closed Circumaural Listening Set-Up: Musicbee (WASAPI/FLAC) -> Matrix HPA-3U Cost at Time of Review: Starts at $700   Reviewing Process I’ve had the Blackwood for a bit over a month and during this time I’ve exclusively used them for desktop listening. I’ve primarily used them for critical and noncritical music listening, though some I’ve spent some time playing Borderlands with them. During this time I feel that I’ve...
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Overall Rating is indicative of the used market price - not new price

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Pros: Gorgeous aesthetics; Lightweight & sturdy build; Removable cable; Midrange texture; Speed.

Cons: Cost to price ratio; Fatiguing; Midrange recession; Odd sound signature.

The review was written from a $300 MSRP, they can be had like-new for around $100, my ratings reflect the used market pricing.     Pros: Gorgeous aesthetics; Lightweight & sturdy build; Removable cable; Midrange texture; Speed. Cons: Cost to price ratio; Fatiguing; Midrange recession; Odd sound signature. Tonal Balance: Forward upper-mids with odd unevenness throughout, slightly v-shaped Style: Closed circumaural Cost at Time of Review: $300   Reviewing Process I’ve been using the 1R as my primary cans for the past three weeks, using them rather heavily during the time with a wide variety of music and games. While I feel confident...
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A worthy woody to consider

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Pros: Feels sturdy; Secure clamping force; Removable cables; Relatively balanced sound.

Cons: Cramped soundstage; Lackluster sub-bass quality.

    Pros: Feels sturdy; Secure clamping force; Removable cables; Relatively balanced sound. Cons: Cramped soundstage; Lackluster sub-bass quality. Tonal Balance: Nearly balanced sound Style: Circumaural Over-Ear Listening Set-Up: Musicbee (FLAC/WASABI) -> Matrix HPA-3u Cost at Time of Review: $250   Reviewing Process The Aria were sent to me as a review sample from Feenix. I’ve had them for approximately one month with the bulk of the use through my desktop set-up. I’ve listened to a wide variety of music through the Aria with a mix of passive and critical listening. I feel that I have spent enough time with the Aria to have a...
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Quality mid-fi Reference headphone

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Pros: Clarity, balance, detail, and extension.

Cons: Pad comfort

Pros: Sturdy build, secure/light, clean and balanced sound, accurate and wide soundstage. Cons: The pads aren’t very comfortable. Tonal Balance: Slightly warm leaning neutral Style: Open circumaural Cost at Time of Review: $350   Reviewing Process The R70x have been solely listened to at home through a Schiit Magni 2 Uber/Modi 2 Uber and a Matrix HPA-3u with high-quality FLAC files. I have used these for a mixture of gaming, passive listening, and active listening. I have spent enough time with them to feel comfortable sharing my opinion, but my experiences may differ from yours. It’s always best to demo a headphone before purchasing, but if you’re...
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A worthwhile option in the $200 closed headphone range

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Pros: Aesthetics, sub-bass quality and quantity, driver quickness, musicality

Cons: Midbass bleed, peaky upper mids

  Pros: Stylish aesthetics, removable cable, musicality. Cons: Shouty upper mids, rolled off treble, sluggish midbass. Tonal Balance: Mild v-shape Style: Closed circumaural Listening Set-up: Musicbee (WASAPI/FLAC) -> Matrix HPA-3U Cost at Time of Review: $220   Reviewing Process I’ve had the MSR7 for approximately a month with daily use being primarily for light jogs through a quiet neighborhood while plugged into my Sansa Clip Zip. I have spent a great deal of time with the MSR7 and feel comfortable sharing my opinion of them, but experience is always better than reading reviews. I encourage all readers to demo products before buying...
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A wonderful modded headphone with adjustable sound tunings!

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Pros: Aesthetics, build quality, comfort, and overall sound quality

Cons: Shouty uppermids.

  Pros: Comfort, build quality, sub-bass quality, multiple sound tunings. Cons: Shouty upper mids Tonal Balance: Warm to balanced depending on ports. Style: Closed over-ear Listening Set-Up: Musicbee (FLAC) -> Matrix HPA-3U Cost: Starting at $499   Reviewing Process I’ve had the Vibro for about a month and during the time I’ve used them to skype, play League of Legends and to listen to a wide assortment of music. During my time with them I feel that I’ve become comfortable enough with their sound and build to comment on them fairly. With that said reviews never trump experience and I encourage readers to demo products before buying them...
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