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plusSound Exo Series Custom IEM Cable Review - Value & Performance

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Pros: Value, performance

Cons: None

plusSound Exo Series Custom IEM Cable Review DISCLAIMER I would like to thank plusSoundAudio for providing me a loaner of the cable for this review. I would also like to thank you, the readers, for taking the time to read this review.  PACKAGING I received the cables in a fairly secured package, sealed in a zip-lock bag, wrapped with the invoice, another wrap of brown paper, and, finally, the USPS box. BUILD & ERGONOMICS The Exo Series line is the “budget” line of plusSound, aggressively priced at $84.99. However, do not let the low price fool you – the build and sound is really good, and I suppose that plusSound treats all of their cable lines equally. The Exo Series cable is made...
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Matrix Mini-Portable - Matrix Audio's First Foray into the Portable Realm

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Pros: Smooth, weighty sound

Cons: Might be too dark for some, prone to scratches

DISCLAIMER I would like to thank Matrix Audio, for I have received this unit from Matrix themselves, free of charge. Please take note, however, that this would not affect the bias of my review whatsoever. INTRODUCTION The Matrix Mini-Portable is Matrix’s first step into the portable realm. And a big step, at that – the Mini-Portable is priced at $349, where there is a lot of heat in that segment. FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS The Mini-Portable’s DAC is equipped with the AD1955 D/A chip, capable of 24/192 over coaxial and optical, and 24/96 over USB, while the headphone amp comes with the AD8620 opamp. It uses a high-capacity lithium battery, which allows for 8 hours playback with high...
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Top-class product for $249

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Pros: Build quality, Great bass, Smooth mids and treble, forgiving of poor quality recordings, incredible packaging, not demanding with amplification

Cons: Tight clamp for my head, somewhat stiff cable, pad locking system, lacks technicalities

Information :      Hifiman / Head-Direct was kind enough to give me a review sample of the HE-300. Please take note that the fact that this was given to me for free will not affect my bias for this review.   Equipment used :       Amplifiers : Onkyo TX-SR308 / iBasso T4 / Meier Porta Corda III       Sources : iPod classic (line out) / Samsung BD-D5300 / Meier Porta Corda III (USB DAC)      Other headphones used :  Grado SR325i   EDIT (1/1/2012) : I have a new amp / DAC, the Meier Porta Corda III with the USB DAC. I will put my impressions with the amp at the bottom of the "Sound"...
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Doesn't sound as bad as they say!

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Pros: Free, okay sound

Cons: Nothing special, non-audible bass until 150-200 Hz

After reading InnerFidelity's article about the Apple iBuds, I was definitely curious about how they really sound. I was genuinely surprised, as I expected a tinny sound out of them, but no. It was relatively neutral for me, until the bass area, where they severely lacked. It had better tonal accuracy than my $20 Denon AH-C260. They also performed better in mids and highs compared with the same IEM, but the Denon's win out in bass, however it is muddy, it was satisfying enough for EDM. The iBuds had clearer bass but it was barely audible. If you try to cover the four holes with your fingers, it gets muddy, congested, loses its tone, etc.  So far, I believe it doesn't deserve...
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Decent $20 IEM

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Pros: Good mids, out-of-head soundstage with good recordings, impressive after EQ / warm amp

Cons: Extremely harsh treble (before EQ / warm amp), slightly boomy bass

A concise review for the Denon AH-C260. It has about 50 hours on them. Gear used : iPod classic 7G / iBasso CB04 / New iPod Line Out / iBasso T4 Bass: Slightly boomy with a decent punch, not so much sub-20hz rumble, though. Decent for a sub-$30 IEM. Electronic music sounds good on them, where accuracy won't matter a lot. They are not accurate enough to portray the "twang" of a bass guitar,  it sounds much larger than it really is. A very small nitpick for the price, though.   Mids: I found the mids quite good, if not slightly recessed. Violins sound great, and voices sound recessed, with somewhat inaccurate tonality. Nothing to complain about, really, since it is...
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A great headphone overshadowed by its similarly priced brother

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Pros: Easy to drive, smaller for portability, great finish, great sound for the price, treble and midrange.

Cons: Long-term comfort, shallow pads, K 240 mk. II is better in everything besides portability, lacks bass punch

EDIT (9/23/2011) : After getting my hands on a couple of "Audiophile Reference" albums, I did more critical listening and added more impressions.          (12/9/2011) : Finalizing review after gathering 200+ hours of use. Hi guys, this is my first review, so forgive any mistakes. :). This is also my first headphone purchase beyond $60, so my thoughts about this headphone might not be as accurate compared to those with more experience.  Setup : iBasso T4 > LOD > iPod classic "7G"   Build quality : These headphones are solidly built. Proper strain relieves, detachable cables, aluminum, and tough plastic materials used.  Rating :...
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