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Yet another well built, good sounding budget IEM

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Pros: Mid range detail, build quality, overall balance

Cons: slight boominess and resonance in some low frequencies, housing could be smoother

Firstly I would like to thank Fidue for sending me this sample for review, it is one of two products released by Fidue so far. These received well over 50hrs of burn-in before review, I will write as honest a review possible.   Gear Used: iPod Classic 160gb (rockboxed) > Fidue A63 (bi flange tips) Fiio X3 > Silver interconnect > JDS Labs C5D > Fidue A63 (bi flange tips)     Specs: Driver:       Φ8 mm Driver with Titanium Composites Frequency Range: 20-20,000 Hz Impedance:    16Ω Sensitivity:       105dB Distortion:        <1% Plug:         3.5mm mini stereo,...
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Great value for money

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Pros: Build quality, balanced sound.

Cons: no chin slider

Beyerdynamic DX 160iE Review:   I would firstly like to thank Thomas from Polar Audio (Beyerdynamic distributor in the UK) for lending me this sample for review. I will write as honest a review possible. The DX 160iE and DX120iE are the latest in the beyerdynamic IEM line up. These received over 50hrs of burn-in, no differences were noted.   Gear Used: Fiio X3 > Silver mini-mini > JDS Labs C5D > DX 160iE (bi-flange tips)     Tech Specs: Driver: Dynamic 10mm Frequency response: 10Hz - 25kHz Nominal Impedance: 47Ω Sensitivity: 107dB Cable Length: 1.2m Connector: 3.5mm jack plug   Packaging, Build Quality and Accessories: Packaging is...
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Great budget offering from Beyerdynamic

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Pros: Full sound, Build quality

Cons: Lack of treble extension and presence, no cable cinch

Beyerdynamic DX 120iE Review:   I would firsly like to thank Thomas from Polar Audio (Beyerdynamic distributor in the UK) for lending me this sample for review. I will write as honest a review possible. The DX 120iE has not yet been released in the UK, but will be shortly. These received over 50hrs of burn-in, no differences were noted.   Gear Used: Fiio X3 > Silver mini-mini > JDS Labs C5D > DX 120iE (bi-flange tips)     Tech Specs: Driver: Dynamic 10mm Frequency response: 12Hz - 23kHz Nominal Impedance: 47Ω Sensitivity: 107dB Cable Length: 1.2m Connector: 3.5mm jack plug MSRP: £60gbp (aprox)   Packaging, Build Quality and...
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Great mids and natural sound

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Pros: mids, natural sound, lovely finish

Cons: build quality, highs

Review: Meze Deco 11   Firstly I would like to thank Meze for sending me this sample for review, I know there was some criticism when Meze first came out because of OEM manufacturing, but they are coming out with some new products that I shall hopefully be reviewing more of soon. I will write as honest a review possible.   Gear Used: Fiio X3 > Deco 11 (small stock tips) Fiio X3 > Silver mini-mini > JDS Labs C5D > Deco 11     Tech Specs: -Speaker size: 8mm Neodymium -Frequency response:17Hz-25KHz -Sensitivity: 101+/-2dB At 1KHz1mW -Impedance: 14 Ohm -Rated input power: 3mW. -Plug: 3.5mm gold-plated -MSRP: €65   Packaging, Accessories and...
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Balanced and Accurate

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Pros: Great Sound, Great Comfort

Cons: Not as good looking as the competition.

Firstly I would like to thank Thomas at German Maestro for sending me this sample, I will write as honest a review possible. These received over 50hrs of burn-in before review, no differences were noted.   Gear Used: Asus M50vm > iFi iDAC > iCan/JDS Labs O2 > GMP 400     Specs: Frequency Response: 14 - 24.100 Hz Nominal Impedance: 300 Ohm Type: Open back, circumaural, dynamic driver. Average Pressure on the ear:  ~3 N Weight Without Cable: 240g Connector: Gold plated 3.5mm with 6.3mm screw on adapter. Cable Length: 3m   Packaging, Build Quality and Accessories: The packaging is standard across the German Maestro range, a black and...
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Great neutral amp with lots of settings

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Pros: Sound, 3D setting, XBass setting, Gain settings, well thought out design

Cons: no on/off switch, some may not like the shape

I would like to thank Vincent at iFi for sending me this sample for review, I will try to write an honest review, this unit received well over 100hrs of burn-in.   The iCan was tested with various headphones including the German Maestro GMP 8.35D + GMP 400 and also IEM's like the Westone UM Pro30 and Final Audio Design Piano Forte X-G.   I used many different configurations, just the iCan, just the iDAC + iCan, the iDAC + iTube + iCan and the iTube + iCan (most used when not at a computer).     Packaging, Build Quality and Accessories: Packaging is a simple white box, very elegant and simplistic, it has a picture of the iCan on the front, on one of...
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Bravo Budget Brilliance

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Pros: Adds body and smoothness without sacrificing the highs, doesnt take away too much detail,

Cons: Takes away a little of the dynamics

Bravo Audio Ocean Review:   Firstly I would like to thank Henry at Bravo for sending me this sample for review, I will write as honest a review possible, this amp has received well over 100hrs of burn-in due to valves needing extended burn-in time.   Gear Used: iPod Classic 160gb > Silver LOD > Ocean > German Maestro GMP 400, GMP 8.35D, Final Audio Design Piano Forte X-G Asus M50vm > iFi iDAC > Silver RCA > Ocean > German Maestro GMP 400, GMP 8.35D, Final Audio Design Piano Forte X-G     Tech Specs: In Put Power DC24V Input Sensitivity 100mV Input...
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Tube magic for all systems

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Pros: Warm, smooth tubey sound in any system

Cons: none i can think of.

iFi iTube Review:   I would like to thank Vincent at iFi for sending me this sample for review, I will try to write an honest review, this unit received well over 100hrs of burn-in as it has a vacuum tube in it, which are notorious for needing long burn in times.   The iTube was tested with various headphones including the German Maestro GMP 8.35D + GMP 400 and also IEM's like the Westone UM Pro30 and Final Audio Design Piano Forte X-G.   I used the iTube in different configurations, mainly iPod Classic 160gb > Silver LOD > iTube > iCan > Headphones, but also Asus M50vm > Gemini USB > iDAC > iTube > iCan > Headphones     Tech...
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Dual DD goodness

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Pros: Sound quality, Accessories

Cons: Isolation and comfort

Review: MEElectronic M-DUO   First off i would like to thank Joe at MEElectronics for sending me this review sample. I will write as honest a review possible. They received over 50hrs of burn-in and little changes were noted so don't judge them straight out of the box.   Gear Used: IPod Classic 160gb (rockboxed) > M-DUO with normal single flange tips   Specifications  driver dual dynamic drivers frequency response 10 Hz to 20 kHz impedance 16 Ohms at 1K sensitivity 101...
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Smooth and enjoyable

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Pros: Build quality, Sound Quality

Cons: A little heavy

Review: Dunu DN-23 Landmine   First off I would like to thank Dunu, they have supported me from the beginning and I'm always pleased to review new products of theirs, I have had quite a few of their models. I will write as honest a review possible, and these have had over 50hrs of burn-in but no differences were noted.   Gear Used: IPod Classic 160gb (rockboxed) > DN-23 (sony hybrid M tips)     Specs: Driver: 10mm HQ dynamic transducer  Frequency Response: 16Hz~22kHz Sensitivity: 120 +/- 2dB (1kHz / Vrms) Impedance: 16 ohm Weight: 28g Cable: 1.2m Plug: 3.5mm stereo, gold plated. Noise Attenuation: -26dB MSRP: US$80 ...
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