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Great Middleman with strong points i

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Pros: Good bassy sound with detailed mid end

Cons: Slightly fatiguing and a grainy mid

Brainwavz S5 Review:  There are questions, and then there are questions that you get asked constantly. One of the most common requests of knowledge from me are on if unit X is better than unit Y. And commonly enough, Brainwavz is thrown into that loop every so often. This is probably due to how popular their untis are in the price range and the rave reviews they typically get. And so today, I have the new Brainwavz S5 with me, and I’m wondering if there is truly going to be a new answer to the age old question of what unit people should buy. Brainwavz is a personal audio company commonly sold through mp4nation. They specialize in making IEMs and headphones – their primary...
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Great unit for the price

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Pros: Great Sound, uniform build, accessories, price

Cons: Weather Deficent, Needs Complys, Mine had faulty Mic

Nuforce NE-700M Review             Introduction: NuForce has always been one of THE companies in headphone audio that you look for for amps and other such accessories. But their decision to dip into the IEM market has been met by many with curiosity. Can they perform? And at what price? Are the most common questions people ask when a company takes a step in a new direction. Well today, PTR has got itself a hold of Nuforce’s newest revision of the NE 700M. Does it perform at the price tier, and if so, how well? We’ll answer that in the article today. Unboxing Video: Unit Quality: The Nuforce is a solid unit – hell, it’s one of the most...
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Great Value for the Price

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Pros: Clear sound hinting on reference

Cons: Deceptive look, thin build quality, loose Comply's

    Review: Astrotec AX-30   Tuesday, April 15th, 2014   by Bowei Zhao & Ethan Wolf     For several years now, Astrotec has been a name familiar to enthusiasts as a manufacturer of value-conscious, yet quality-engineered, balanced armature IEMs. This past year, they began shifting over to hybrid IEMs en masse. As the smaller sibling of their AX-35, the AX-30 stands out, being comparably built for only $70: significantly less than the triple-digit MSRP that its big brother commands. Will it sound anywhere near as good?   Bowei Zhao   The first thing you'll note about the AX-30s – besides the sleek name – is they are compact in...
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Great Sound from a small package

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Pros: Great balanced sound, good accessories, lightweight

Cons: plastic build, nozzel type, cable, and overall build

Introduction: Fischer Audio unveiled its new triple balanced armature IEM recently and the press’s went wild. FA has been known to be a great value audiophile company for a long time now. So many wondered if the TBA-04 was the same. Their full size studio line came out to glowing reviews, so is this the same? Today, Panda Tech Review, gives you a look at the Fischer Audio TBA-04. Let’s see how it is.     Build (Driver / Cable / Termination): The build is a bit disappointing on the TBA-04. It’s entire body is plastic. Not extremely hard plastic like the kind that is hard to tell from metal, and that is very heavy. It’s the lightweight, shiny kind. This of course...
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Fantastic Design, accessories, and features, but misses the mark on the sound

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Introduction: The Brainwavz HM9 is stylish, sleek, and intimidating. Can those three words even fit together? Notwithstanding this weird combination that embodies the HM9 – and believe me, it fits quite well – it is still passable as fashionable. At $130, the HM9 has some unique features in store. Read on to find out more!     Unit Build: The only term I can think of to describe the HM9 would be ‘tank’. I’m not talking about the main-battle-tanks(MBT) of today, but of a tank somewhere off into the future. The HM9 is surrounded by metal and hard plastic. The side arms are raw and strong in that it’s flat, before bending into a much more ‘soft’ shape; just like the frontal...
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Balanced airy sound with a bold design

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Pros: Good sound for price, memory wire, bold design that works, good build quality, Comply's

Cons: memory wire too long, driver design may not fit all ears, slightly harshness at times

Introduction: Multi driver IEM’s are the talk when it comes to linear armature driver based units. But a dynamic driver based IEM having multiple drivers? Well here we are today with Brainwavz’s new dual dynamic driver in ear monitor. Armed with an acoustic and a bass driver, the piston shaped IEM seems ready to either take on the linear armature competition, or take on the competition for the most unique looking IEM. Whatever it is, the R3 is distinctive, new and different. Let’s take a look at how it is today.   Unit Quality: The unit I received is a pre-production sample. I was notified that some things with the unit itself was being changed possibly. This review will like to...
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Well perfoming device with lots of features

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Pros: Lots of features, great build, neutral sound, bass boost, Android support

Cons: Sonic deficencies, I/O clutter, plastic top bezel, awkward usability depending on usage

Introduction: FiiO has come a long way in recent years – quickly developing and releasing well-valued products – with its line of amps and DACs. Today, we have one of the newest additions to the FiiO family; the E18 Kunlun. FiiO’s Kunlun is designed as a computer and Android-device USB-DAC and portable-amplifier. At $160, can the E18 perform its duty?   Unit Build: There are a million ways to describe a FiiO – good sounding being a common one – but having a sexy build always is one of the first. The E18 uses the stealthy milled-aluminum look of the E12, in addition with a top control bar surrounded by a silver strip.   The silver strip, build-edges, and control-panel plate...
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Great sound, but poor design

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Pros: Amazing Sonic Quality, very traspnarent. Retro look, plethora of features, and crafting

Cons: User Interface, general usability, some build issues, price, I/O crowding

The Colorfly C4 Pro is a solid device for people that want a desktop replacement they can move around or take with them. It boasts up to 96GB’s of storage at the moment and comes with all the bells and whistles you would want from a desktop unit. The unit sounds fantastic, and comes equipped with a simple UI for file navigation. The C4 does fall a bit flat in the areas of build quality, and has a few physical and software usability issues. While these don’t play much into the device considering its desktop niche target, I would still like a $799 DAP to be perfected more.   Overall, while the Colorfly C4 Pro costs a pretty penny, it allows you to bring top quality audio playback and...
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Features, Performance, Cost; FiiO

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Pros: Cost of the device, universal sound and EQ, features

Cons: UI, Usability, formating problems.

Introduction: FiiO has been a very popular brand in affordable headphone audio accessories for the past few years. Their line out docks, amplifiers, DAC’s, and plenty of other gadgets have redefined what you can get for your money. FiiO has now launched their first DAP, the X3. This player has been in the works for many years now. It was plagued when it started and went on hiatus until 2012 when it was brought back to life. Now in 2013, The X3 is finally here, and many think it will redefine what a $200 DAP can do. It packs physical and software features that fans want at a good price. I wish to thank FiiO for this review sample, now let’s take a look at this audacious unit  ...
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Power, detail, and Sound

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Pros: Power, detailed unit, and neutral

Cons: Size, good build, but durability is a bit off. cost

Introduction: Burson had great success with their Soloist discrete amplifier. So following this generation's niche. Let's make it smaller! And so here we have the Soloist SL. Which has one less gain, and input option than the Soloist. It is a discrete class amp. No integrated circuits, just good ole FETs and a discrete power supply. I wish to thank Burson for sending the Soloist SL to me for review and for their wonderful aftersales support which was wonderful.  http://pandatechreview.com/1/post/2013/09/burson-soloist-sl-review.html Build Quality: The Soloist SL is pretty much a solid chunk of 2mm thick aluminum. Everything is bonded together nicely and it is smooth. The back and...
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