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Dita Truth Replacement Cables With Awesome Plug

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Pros: Excellent build, sound quality and interchangeable plugs

Cons: Cable can tend to coil

The Dita Truth Replaceable Cables With Awesome Plug (Silver And Copper) Review - Expatinjapan     The Dita Truth Replaceable Cables with Awesome Plug Impressions and review -expatinjapan   http://www.ditaaudio.com/index.php/products/truth-replacement-cable.html   Via the Dita Facebook page: `The Awesome Plug is created to solve a problem where many audiophiles face, Single-Ended or Balanced. With an interchangeable 3.5mm or 2.5mm jack (4.4mm imminent), audiophiles can choose convenience and sound quality. The Awesome Plug is now available on the Truth Replaceable Cable in silver or copper, 2-pin or mmcx.`     Whats in the box?    ...
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Hammer of the cable Gods - Thor silver ii+

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Pros: Durable, well made, excellent sonics, smooth and detailed

Cons: Some might prefer a memory wire (I found it fine and supple).

Effect Audio Thor Silver Ii+ 22awg Cable Review - Expatinjapan   Effect Audio Thor ii+ cable, iBasso DX200 and Campfire Audio Andromeda.   http://www.effectaudio.com/upgrade-cables/iem-cables/iem-premium-series/thor-silver-ii.html   Thor Silver II+ 22awg cable review -expatinjapan     For the Thor Silver ii+ there are many other variations on connector (12) and termination (7) available. Also there is are several options for Y-split and also several adapters available.   Effect Audio Thor Silver ii+ cable, Opus#1 and Campfire Audio Dorado.   Effect Audio interview from March...
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The ALO Audio cables are beautful made and perform with excellence

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Pros: Each cable has its own sonic virtues, well made and great ergonomics

Cons: Choosing the right cable for oneself :)

ALO Audio Tinsel, Litz And Reference 8 IEM Cables Impressions And Review - Expatinjapan   iBasso Audio DX200, Campfire Audio Andromeda and Reference 8 Balanced.   ALO Audio Tinsel, Litz and Reference 8 IEM cables  impressions and review  - expatinjapan      https://www.aloaudio.com/   Head pie has reviewed the Campfire Audio Jupiter, Andromeda, Nova, Dorado, Vega and Lyra ii earphones. Each comes with a stock Litz cable. Please use the search box to find the reviews.   Also see our interview with Campfire Audio: http://headpie.blogspot.jp/2017/01/campfire-audio-interview-expatinjapan.html     From clockwise...
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AMeze-ing. Woody, get your buzz on

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Pros: Great sound, woody signature, comfortable, remote and mic, light, good cable.

Cons: None really

Meze 12 Classics Review - Expatinjapan Meze 12 Classic and CEntrance DACportable Meze 12 Classics review-expatinjapan https://mezeaudio.com/products/meze-12-classics-gun-metal-wood-earphones I am always keen to try any earphones or headphones with a wooden component. I like the style and I love the sound. I still keep my ATH-ESW9 (recently refurbished, all except for the drivers), the stellar ATH-ESW11, the Shozy Zero and the crowd favorite of late the Meze 99 Classic headphones. The use of wood brings something different to the table than metal, plastic or acrylic. The resonance is more natural and well, organic. I reviewed the Meze Neo 11 earlier:...
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Power, performance, price and pleasure. The iBasso DX200.

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Pros: Detailed, large sound stage, excellent separation, accurate representation of recording, looks smexy, great build, neutral dap

Cons: Some early units had UI problems, which is presently being rectified with Firmware updates

IBasso DX200 Review - Expatinjapan    iBasso DX200 with iBasso IT03 IEMs.   iBasso DX200 review -expatinjapan   http://ibasso.com/cp_xq_dy.php?id=4898 For full details and additional technical graphics see the above link   I was excited to have the chance to experience and review the latest and greatest iBasso product, the DX200. It has proven to be a worthy contender amongst the current field of TOTL daps.   Earlier at Head pie we were sent the iBasso IT03 for review and feedback and thought it performed well, and was priced more than fair. Since then the iBasso IT03 has gone on to be a favorite for many, fitting a decent balance between price...
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The UITaudio PMP-354P is a music purifier

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Pros: Brings the music up more to match the vocals, smoother reproduction, does what the company website says.

Cons: It works better with a bad source (of course), incremental improvement.

UITaudio PMP-354P Music Purifier Impressions And Review - Expatinjapan     PMP-354P - Perfect Music Purifier Headphone Adapter (3.5mm Four   Conductor TRRS Phone Connector), ipod touch and Campfire Audio Nova.   UITaudio PMP-354P music purifier review  - expatinjapan   https://www.uitaudio.com/collections/perfect-music-purifier-series/products/pmp-354p-perfect-music-purifier-headphone-adapter-3-5mm-four-conductor-trrs-phone-connector   PMP-354P - Perfect Music Purifier Headphone Adapter (3.5mm Four Conductor TRRS Phone Connector)   Unboxing                    ...
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The smexy ifi Micro iDSD BL is a veritable audio swiss army knife

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Pros: Full of options, packed with switches, excellent neutral sound, loads of input/output configurations

Cons: lots of switches confused me :)

Ifi Micro IDSD BL (Black) Impressions And Review - Expatinjapan    ifi Micro iDSD BL and iBasso DX200 vis SPDIF and Campfire Audio Nova.   ifi Micro iDSD BL (Black) review -expatinjapan http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-idsd-bl/   Thank you to ifi for sending me the ifi Micro iDSD BL to try out as it made its way to Hawaiibadboy of Head-fi who also resides in Japan. I dont usually do loaners these days as its a lot of work writing a review, taking pictures etc etc. But I have had a steady communication with ifi for a while now and that is also important in my books. Plus pre Head pie i won an ifi ipurifier in one of their Head-fi contests. So time to...
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A little wonder, a mini beast of a machine

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Pros: Hi-res with no CCK, excellent sound on all fronts, small footprint, array of cables

Cons: no battery

Cozoy REI Dac/Amp Review - Expatinjapan   Cozoy REI with ipod touch 6G, Flacplayer app and Campfire Audio Vega IEM.   Cozoy REI review A little wonder, a mini beast of a machine -expatinjapan   http://www.cozoyaudio.com/rei/   Cozoy REI with ipod touch 5G, Flacplayer app and Shozy Zero earphones.   Unboxing                     Whats in the box       The Cozoy REI DAC/Amp and  a suitable quality selection of cables for use with OS, Android and Computers.     Build     The Cozoy REI is a solid machined aluminum CNC...
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Hifiman MegaMini, For on the go

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Pros: Small and light form, decent sound, easy UI, should improve with with more firmware updates

Cons: Could be priced lower, lots of competition against other similarly priced daps

Hifiman MegaMini Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie   Hifiman and Campfire Audio Vega     Hifiman MegaMini review -expatinjapan   https://store.hifiman.com/index.php/hifiman-megamini-high-res-music-player.html       Whats in the box?       The Hifiman MegaMini comes nicely packaged and supported by a foam bed       Beautiful to look at, simple is best.       Single end 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro SD card slot for up to 256GB,  micro USB port for charging.     Volume buttons.     Power on/off. and navigation buttons below the...
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Viva las Vegas! The Vegas are a superb dynamic driver earphone

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Pros: Fast, defined bass, punchy, yet even

Cons: none.

Viva La Vegas! Campfire Audio Vega Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie     Viva la Vegas! Campfire Audio Vega review -expatinjapan   https://www.campfireaudio.com/shop/vega/   Dead Kennedys `Viva las Vegas` and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-HST.   Whats in the box?     As usual no nonsense packaging from Campfire Audio.     A beautiful leather case for transporting your precious Vegas.     The Vegas come protected with each earphone piece within a soft, red velvet bag.       Build       Like all Campfire Audio products each comes with the excellent Litz cable. ...
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