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A Unique Headphone with 2 Drivers...and It Sounds Pretty Good!

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Pros: Fantastic imaging, round soundstage, natural-sounding timbre, transient speed for treble, classy appearance

Cons: Resonance frequency response peak, headband adjustment, earcup swivel, stock cable length

Review scoring breakdown:Value: 4/5Audio Quality: 4/5Design: 4/5Comfort: 3.5/5Total: 3.875/5 [[SPOILER]] Audio Quality: 4/5 [[SPOILER]] Design: 4/5 [[SPOILER]] Comfort: 3.5/5 [[SPOILER]] Value: 4/5 [[SPOILER]]

A Versatile DAC for a Versatile Price

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Pros: Customizability of sound, smooth sound overall, inputs/outputs, build quality, aesthetics

Cons: Muting relays, gets really hot to touch, sharp corners

All righty then. Impressions for the iDAC-6 and iHA-6. Disclaimer: I'd like to thank Cayin for letting me have the opportunity to get a chance to demo the iDAC-6/iHA-6 stack for a week. It was really a pleasure to get a chance to hear it more carefully outside of a local Head-Fi meet. This review will focus on the iDAC-6 since I probably needed a more diverse set of headphones to really get a good listen of the iHA-6. I did write a few impressions for the iHA-6 here though if you're interested. The super short summary: I love the iDAC-6! Value: 4.5/5 Audio Quality: 3.5-4.5/5 depending on the sound settings for me Quality: 4.5/5 Design: 4/5 Total: 4.125-4.375/5 About...
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A Solid "Portable" Amplifier for the Price, With a Unique Twist

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Pros: Overall aesthetics, sound quality, silent background, discrete Class A design, Class A switch sonic characteristics, voltage output, price

Cons: Build quality, volume knob, not stackable, thickness, too much gain, current output, I/O placement, battery life, battery charge time, charge noise

DISCLAIMERI received this B1 unit for a two-week period in order to provide Aune with some feedback on it in the form of a review. Details of the opportunity can be found here in the original thread:http://www.head-fi.org/t/765999/aune-b1-headphone-amp-worldwide-review-tour-reviewers-wantedI want to thank Aune for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this program, and I look forward to seeing how future products will turn out from the feedback provided!Note #1:I'm experimenting with a different formatting style while writing this review. Long reviews when viewed on the mobile website tend to look like a giant essay and it's hard to pick a section of the review that's relevant to you,...
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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   It's a pretty basic...
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