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One of the best unique offerings in its price range.

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Pros: Design, features, settings, sound, appearence, build, value, file support,

Cons: Could be a smidgen more revealing around the mid-range, (though at its price you simply can't complain)

                                       Cayin have always intrigued me, their approach to portable audio isn't about sound quality alone, far from. Their designs are some of the most unique and peculiar on the market. Not only have their designs separated themselves from competition, they detach themselves from MP3 players as we've come to understand them. Last year when we toured Cayin N6 the casing was described by my friends with some entertaining titles.   I will say Cayin N6 wasn't my preferred design for a flagship player, it was quite heavy, a little 'clicky clacky' on...
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Great concept, great Idea

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Pros: Adjustable sound signatures, great packaging,

Cons: Caused some fit issues, cable lacks appeal, filters easy to lose

                      FLC Technology were a company I'd never heard of until they surfaced on Head-fi late last year. They’re a Chinese based company with some very interesting ideas in regards to customizing your portable audio experience. Hybrid in-ear monitors have always been popular among the Head-fi crowd, with the use of a dynamic driver and balanced armature used in unity you can produce some excellent performance, it seems everyone including Sony are giving it a go. Where FLC Technology push the game further is adding a complete filter adjustable hybrid so you can cater the sound to 36 different approaches!  ...
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Campfire Jupiter

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Pros: Great build, use of materials and technology, superb shell design for fitting,

Cons: Too warm for me in the mid-range, detected some coherency issues, perhaps a little expensive?

                    A few weeks ago on Head-fi forums I was approached to home audition the new Campfire Audio line up as they circulate around Australia. I'd like to first thank d macr0 and Campfire Audio for the opportunity to hear these new (very interesting) in-ear monitors.   Campfire Audio began building hand made cables and amplifiers known as ALO Audio, they have now extended stretching out into the ever growing world of IEMs. The in-ear montior we'll be looking at today is a quad driver configuration, similar driver count to that found inside Westone 4 and newer Westone 40.   Campfire Jupiter   Website:...
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Did you Finder X1? I Think We Did!

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Pros: Very clear, detailed sound, excellent 'unique' design, use of great materials at affordable pricing.

Cons: You will need to enjoy brighter sound signatures, lacking some final amounts of mid-range refinement.

                   Head-fi is a relatively active website, opening my web browser there's always new things to discover, fresh products, new companies. It seems the pace things move on a weekly basis makes it difficult to keep up. I was reading my private messages early one morning over a coffee when I discovered an invitation from a new company based in Bellevue, USA. Gilly, one of Head-fi's active members now transformed Echobox Audio inquiring whether I'd be interested in sampling their very first earphone fresh on the portable audio scene, Finder X1 - Titanium earphones.   Echobox formed in 2013, there was about a year...
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iBasso DX80 - A Place Where I Want to Be.

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Pros: Excellent sound, features, build, design, price to performance ratio

Cons: Firmware is still being improved / stabilized (at time of writing this review)

                     Often you will find Paul - iBasso participating on Head-fi forums, whether it be answering questions giving advice or reading threads the iBasso representative shows a solid attendance among the community. While this role certainly isn't for the faint-hearted Paul still manages to crack a joke now and then. Rewinding the clock back to 2013 we were greeted by iBasso's DX50 then not long after DX90, both players were well received despite some hiccups on earliest firmware. In July - 2015 iBasso announced DX50 and DX90 were being discontinued, although anyone who's been around a while knew these two successful...
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A73 - Mainstream Meets Audiophile

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Pros: Excellent sound for the money, soundstage width, tonality, detail (great for detail lovers)

Cons: Lack of accessories, cable needs improvement

                        I remember a time around a year ago I reviewed Fidue’s A83 hybrid IEM, it remains still today a great earphone I use literally every day, its earned a large amount of respect on Head-Fi and especially from me personally. Fast forward to today we’re here again with Fidue’s A73 - 2 way hybrid. A little different in driver count  being x1 dynamic driver for the bass combined with x1 balanced armature controlling the mids and treble. The price cheaper, but again I find nearly that same price to performance ratio found on A83.   Fidue are...
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Excellent Sound with a Touch of Quirk.

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Pros: Sound, timbre, very 'classy' presentation, build, crazy admirable design, output power.

Cons: UI is becoming dated, slightly slow to navigate, battery life.

                             Around 6 months ago on Head-fi forums I was greeted by a Cayin representative after enquiring about touring their recently popular Cayin N6 audiophile player. The guys from Cayin are some of the friendliest, helpful people active on Head-fi forums I’ve come across and agreed to send the Cayin for our Australian tour.   Cayin N6 features dual PCM1792A DAC chips, compatible with both PSM and DSD operation. It uses a Texas Instrument PGA231 volume chip to cater for all situations. When I first saw Cayin N6 on Head-fi I...
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Possibly the best budget audiophile player for 2015

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Pros: Sound, features, price to performance, soundstage, spaciousness, stable firmware.

Cons: Button layout takes some adjusting.

XDuoo are a company known for a variety of portable audio products. I've seen portable dac/amps, stand alone desktop amps and quite a wide range of audio products from them floating around the internet. The Chinese based company seem to thrive on offering value for money. It was only about 8 months ago we saw their previous MP3 player launch called XDuoo X2, the matchbox size player won many hearts and popularity on Head-fi forums. Fast forward to today we're greeted by their newer (bigger brother) XDuoo X3 audiophile player.   The newer XDuoo X3 takes everything the previous model had then ups the ante, from using a well known Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC Chip, packing...
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Savant, quite a stable diet indeed

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Pros: Balanced, coherent, very little flaws to discover on a sound perspective

Cons: All black housing look boring, short ear guides, maybe a little lacking bass extension for EDM genres

Before I start this review I need to mention some misfortune which happened to me.   I was part of the Australian Noble Savant tour (big thanks to Noble and @d marc0 ) however at the time was suffering an injury with my left ear drum. Despite trying to heal in time for the tour I barely heard Noble Savant before my ear flamed up with an infection. I did however, get a few hours in with the unit before I had to stop.   Noble Audio are well known for their custom in-ear monitors with remarkable designs, possibly some of the best CIEM makers on design out there in 2015, they're also Sponsors of Head-fi and very active on the Head-fi forums which...
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The FiiO Box full of Magic Beans

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Pros: Features, settings, build, value, price,

Cons: Touchy scroll wheel for some. Slight lack of detail retrieval

First of all, I'd like to thank FiiO for sending me this sample to review as part of the Australian / NZ tour.     FiiO is an ever expanding Chinese company no stranger to the portable audio world - with the likes of their early amps such as FiiO E5, E11 and other early products. Over passing months they've completely expanded busting out into the portable audio player market and doing so at great speed. Their ever increasing performance ratio doesn't seem to stop and that's exactly what you'll find today in FiiO X3II. The new player from FiiO brings a pocket size unit packed at the absolute seams with features, some of which usually only found in more...
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