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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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The Lyra II is a high performing XXx sound signature dynamic driver

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Pros: Smooth, detailed and a decent sound stage

Cons: I personally prefer more highs, otherwise...none tbh

Campfire Audio Lyra II Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie   Campfire Audio Lyra II with Opus#1 Dap   Campfire Audio Lyra II review  - expatinjapan https://www.campfireaudio.com/shop/lyra-ii/     Please also see the earlier Campfire Audio Dorado review: http://www.head-fi.org/products/campfire-audio-dorado/reviews/17280   http://headpie.blogspot.jp/2016/11/campfire-audio-dorado-review_11.html   *Some minimal amount of the content is repeated from the Dorado review.   Whats in the box?       As usual Campfire Audio provides a box that is just the right size, no over sized and vacuumed sealed.   ...
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A brilliantly executed soft v shaped DD and 2 BA IEM

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Pros: Smooth, well tuned V-not excessive, vocals medium forward with the music, a touch of mids to even everything out somewhat

Cons: Long nozzle takes a bit to get used to, needs aftermarket tips for me.

Campfire Audio Dorado Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie       Campfire Audio Dorado review -expatinjapan   https://www.campfireaudio.com/shop/dorado/ `Dorado pairs Dual High-Frequency BA Drivers with the Dynamic Driver to produce sparkling highs and spectacular bass.`     I received the Dorado from Ken Ball at the Fujiya Avic headphone show in Tokyo in October, 2016 for review. I had a chance to listen to all new models at the time and listed my short impressions as thus:      (Short time at the show impressions):  `The Vega, Dorado and Lyra II The Vega is deep and full sounding. It has excellent clarity and...
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Small foot print, large full sound

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Pros: fantastic sound, excellent easy fit, great case

Cons: i like box packinging

Advanced AcousticWerkes Q Earphone Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie    Advanced AcousticWerkes Q earphone with the Hifiman MegaMini Dap     Advanced AcousticWerkes Q review -expatinjapan https://www.aaw.me/         I tried the AAW Q earphone at the e-earphone show in Tokyo, July 2016 and surprised that such a powerful and full sound could come out of such a small earphone. https://www.aaw.me/collections/universal-in-ear/products/aaw-q-in-canal-monitor   The Q is one of the latest earphone in a new line up of universal earphones from Advanced AcousticWerkes who also specialize in custom IEMs. There are the Nebula One...
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The Meze Neo 11 is a great sounding and well priced earphone

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Pros: Excellent build, beautiful airy and detailed sound, fairly neutral... but not dull flat

Cons: no neck slider, learning the buttons can be tricky

Meze Neo 11 (Gun Metal) Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie       Meze Neo 11 (gun metal) review -expatinjapan   https://www.mezeheadphones.com/ Neo 11  https://www.mezeheadphones.com/meze-11-neo-gun-metal-earphones Meze have released several products with their most famous so far being the Meze 99 Classic headphone, a beautiful combination of design and technology with many fans, reviewers included.   This new entry into the Meze line up is a light weight, easy fitting, sweet and airy earphone that will please many listeners not just for the price but for the sound.   Packaging and inner details      ...
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The IT03 is an excellent priced and performing IEM from iBasso

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Pros: Detailed, deep bass, resolving highs, wide sound stage, good fit

Cons: Case is a bit small, occasional treble peaks, coherency can get lost with lots of volume

IBasso IT03 Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie       iBasso IT03 review -expatinjapan http://www.ibasso.com/     Whats in the box?     Beautiful simplistic packaging     Information about the IT03 on the rear side of the box.       Inside reveals a multi compartment black box       A handy user guide in slip         The iBasso IT03 IEMs safely set in a protective foam base.     The cable on the underside of the foam gently wrapped a circular piece of plastic.     IT03 measurements information also contained within the...
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