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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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The LEAR BTC-01 is an excellent choice for anyone looking to make their precious high end IEMs wireless

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Pros: Light, easy to use, smooth and detailed sound, good soundstage

Cons: Some rock sounded too rocky

LEAR BTC-01 Bluetooth Cable For IEMs Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie       LEAR BTC-01 review -expatinjapan     I am not experienced with bluetooth gear and am a reputed luddite with wooden ears who both embraces and shuns new technology indiscriminately. Color me surprised when I quite enjoyed and found the LEAR bluetooth BTC-01 quite a solution to a problem I did not know I had. Of course this would mean not displaying my finely braided cables to all in sundry on my daily commute, but I can say the sound quality is very good, even great, perhaps excellent even.   Whats in the box?     Simply but efficiently packed....
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The Cyberdrive Seiun Player JR2 is DAP and a DAC/amp

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Pros: Dap and DAC/Amp in one. Clear, detailed, easy IU, light, sturdily built

Cons: Lacks dynamics, can comes across as flat (not in a neutral way), simple UI may not be for some

Cyberdrive Seiun Player JR-2 DAP Review And Impressions - Expatinjapan  Head Pie   Cyberdrive Seiun Player JR2 review -expatinjapan   http://cyberdrive.audio/products/seiun-jr2-384k-32bit-music-player-metallic-finished   CURRENT STATUS: Pre-order. (unreleased at this stage, or in production)     The story As I live in Japan I am well placed to attend some of the many headphone shows here  by Fujiya Avic and e-earphone which means I can try gear and meet people and companies. One company of course is Cyberdrive, who I have met on several occasions now which mean I could get an early edition of their Seiun player-JR2 when I attended a...
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Meze 99 Classics - A winner at a great price

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Pros: Comfortable, well designed, balanced sound

Cons: none

Meze 99 Classic Headphone Review - Expatinjapan  Head Pie  2 Meze 99 Classic with Centrance hifi-skyn    Meze 99 Classic review (Silver walnut version) -expatinjapan     https://www.mezeheadphones.com/   The MEZE 99 Classics have been getting a lot of air time on the internet and various review sites and forums. Even the most hardened of reviewers have agreed that the Meze 99 Classic is a headphone for the ages, one to add to the revolving roster of headphones that they would use and listen to on a regular basis.     Unboxing and build     The Meze come in an appropriate sized box and comes with a solid...
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