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A Fantastic Portable DAC/Amp Combo!

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Pros: Fairly transparent sound, triple bass-boost switch, re-programmable, form factor, iOS/Android compatible, little/no channel imbalance

Cons: Battery life, slightly confusing modes of operation, a bit fatiguing

This was provided to me from JDS Labs as a free review unit, so I need to give a big, big, big thank you to JDS Labs for their generosity! You might be able to see in the photos that my unit has some blemishes in the aluminum case. These will not appear in normal units. Since Head-Fi doesn't display the rating details from the reviewer, but rather the community average, here are my ratings: Value - 4.5/5 Audio Quality - 4.5/5 Quality - 5/5 Design - 4/5 I still wonder what the differences are between the Audio Quality, Quality, and Design criteria... Anyway, onwards to the review! Value At $250 USD, the C5D offers good sound quality while still having a lot of applications of...
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Okay, but Disappointing Overall

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Pros: Great instrument separation, simple GUI, dual microSD cards, fast music library update, library and file directory browsing

Cons: Fatiguing for me, hallway-like soundstage, coloured sound, cluncky UI, large size, protective relay, crashes, really slow battery charging

This review is based on a touring X5 unit and I do not personally own the X5. I need to give FiiO a big, big thank you for letting me be a part of this tour.Since Head-Fi's detail section does not represent the scores of the reviewer, but rather the community average, here are my scores based on the 10 days that I actively used the unit (2014/02/10 - 2014/02/19):Value: 4/5Audio Quality: 3/5Design: 3/5Battery Life: 3.5/5User Interface: 2.5/5Overall Rating: 3.2/5Now let's get into the details of these details.ValueAt $350 USD, this device offers a lot for the price. What's a lot?Here's what's in the package:Hard storage boxX5 unit with screen protector pre-installedSoft silicone...
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A Great Replacement Cable, But Durability May Be Questionable

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Pros: Cable length, sound quality, low resistance, tangle-resistant, narrow-jack insert

Cons: Flexibility, long narrow-jack insert, stiff strain reliefs, feels cheap

First of all, I want to thank FiiO for allowing me to participate in this review opportunity; I received this cable as a free review unit from them: http://www.head-fi.org/t/688100/the-ultimate-feast-review-qualification-recruitment-for-newest-pcocc-a-headphone-cables     Since many people may not know: Quote: Originally Posted by FiiO    As you may know, Japan Furukawa Electric has announced the end of production for PCOCC-A cable due to the low market demand. With the assistance of our business partner OYAIDE, we were fortunate enough to catch the last bus to get a considerable amount of PCOCC-A cable. Now we have received some of this cable, and the first...
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A High Performer for a Low Cost, but Don't Mind the Front-Panel!

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Pros: Excellent sound quality, great price/performance ratio, battery and/or AC powered, adjustable gain options, no background hiss, packs plenty of power

Cons: Everything is on the front-panel, low-volume channel imbalance, too bulky to be used as a portable amp, finicky with TRRS jacks

    Without referring to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's" (A.K.A. NwAvGuy) blog, and speaking from my own listening experiences, I really do think the Objective 2 is a great headphone amplifier. No, I don't think this is the amp to end all amps, but it's a dang good one and it only cost me $156 USD (which includes the Triad brand WAU12-200 AC adaptor). In fact, it can be found even cheaper nowadays from the same vendor, JDS Labs, for $140 (including the same adaptor).         What's in the Package? JDS Labs Objective 2 headphone amplifier, wrapped in an anti-static bag 2 removable, rechargeable Tenergy 9 V nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH)...
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A Pretty Mediocre Earphone

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Pros: Small form factor, metal body, good bass extension, good noise isolation, narrow jack insert, 45˚ angled plug

Cons: Sibilant, stiff/non-pliable cable, cable microphonics, scrunching sound upon insert, recessed midrange, small soundstage, lacks treble extension

  First of all, a friend gave these to me since they were becoming infrequently used. As a result, I don't have the original packaging, nor the original tips. The primary tips I am using are old V-MODA BLISS (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) tips, though I have tried other ones lying around the house.         Design In terms of the earphone itself, the body is made of a metal material that seems very durable. I have dropped and stepped on them before and although scratches are evident on the surface, no serious damage is seen. On the back-end of the metal body, there seems to be some sort of hole possibly for air flow (see image below). On...
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An Great, but Interesting Mid-Fi Headphone

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Pros: Wide soundstage, slightly forward midrange, decent bass extension, fairly detailed, airy presentation, clear sound, comfortable

Cons: Lacks bass impact, slight metallic sound, soundstage lacks depth, center imaging is a bit devoid

    First and foremost, this is a review for the newer K 701 with 8 bumps on the headband (see photo below). The serial number is: 84XXX. Reviewers often disregard this statement, but from what I've learned about the K 701, it has gone through a few revisions and those revisions do affect the sound somewhat.     I ordered my pair from Headphones.com, which is an authorised retailer for AKG products.   I did a video review on YouTube if you are interested in a visual/audio review. The content of this written review is much more in-depth on the other hand and it contains information not mentioned in the video review.     ...
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It's Like the Objective 2's Younger Sibling

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Pros: Similar sound signature to the Objective 2, re-programmable digital potentiometer, bass boost, engaging midrange, little to no channel imbalance

Cons: Situational bass boost, fatiguing at times, volume increments are a *bit* too large

Okay, a serious question not related to the review: what is the difference between the "Audio Quality" rating and the "Quality" rating, and how is the "Quality" rating different from the "Design" rating?  *scratches head* Anyway, back to the review.     I did a video review for the C5 on YouTube if you are interested in an auditory/visual review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hb0ETYGPvI         What's in the Package? JDS Labs C5 wrapped in an anti-static bag Mini-USB to USB 2.0 cable with gold connectors 4 clear adhesive rubber feet JDS Labs business card User manuel with objective measurements ...
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Wow, what an experience!

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Pros: Excellent mobile headphone, really great chest-hitting bass, fairly detailed, non-fatiguing treble, folding mechanism is sturdy, modular design

Cons: Shallow earpads, odd presentation of instruments/soundstage, too much bass, laid-back midrange, laid-back upper-treble, fragile zipper on case

Table of Contents You can CTRL+F or Command+F the following to get to a certain point in my review, or just scroll through and look for the big, bold headings. If you want the gist of my review, sections V and VI are the most important parts.   Preamble (Introduction to the M-100) I. VTF-100 and the Package Contents II. Unboxing the M-100 III. My Initial Impressions of the M-100 Before Burn-In IV. My Impressions of the M-100 After 144+ Hours of Pink Noise Burn-In V. My Final Impressions of the M-100 (Section "V the People") VI. Conclusions and Final Thoughts VII. Customisation and Modularity VIII. Thank You's IX. Future Improvements for V-MODA   Preamble (Introduction to the M-100) The...
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Not Too Shabby for Under $60 USD

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Pros: Fairly good audio quality for the price, fun bass, price, soundstage, low profile on head, able to lie flat

Cons: Thin cable, feels fragile/flimsy, rolled-off highs, Sennheiser veil, supra-aural, no noise isolation

I recently discovered that these headphones are discontinued from Sennheiser's website, now replaced with the slightly tweaked HD239 model (MSRP $120 USD). I actually won these headphones through the weekly giveaway sweepstakes from Headphones.com. If I recall correctly, the HD238 was sold there for around $100 USD. I have to personally thank fellow Head-Fier and employee of Headphones.com, David Mahler, once more for making the transaction smooth. I did a silent unboxing/written review of these on YouTube if you are interested (the review is different from the one given here, it is more condensed).       What's in the box? Sennheiser HD238...
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An Excellent, Versatile Portable Headphone for $275 USD

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Pros: Comfortable, detailed/clear highs and mids, deep low-bass, excellent for: orchestra, classical, jazz, vocals, and certain kinds of pop and rock music

Cons: Mid-bass could use a tad-bit more 'oomph' without using an EQ, slightly fatiguing, poorly recorded or mastered tracks sound bad, headband cracking

So, I received my Shure SRH940's on September 7, 2011. Yay!       This is my first time posting a major review of an audio product and it addresses many of the questions I had when I was searching for my next major headphone. I hope this review is useful to both newcomers and veterans of Head-Fi. I am still learning about all of the technical terms and details of how to describe a headphone's sound signature, but I will try my best to convey my thoughts.       Where did I purchase my SRH940's? Short: Headphones.com   Long: I bought the 940's from Headphones.com with a 15% off-discount for a total of $255 USD. I would personally like to thank...
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