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Excellent price to performance ratio and purchase presentation.

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Pros: Amazing sound performance, resolution, detail, dynamics, features, large screen, fast interface, build quality, purchase presentation

Cons: Single micro sd card slot, minor features missing on initial release firmware, slightly heavy/large device for portability

                                            iBasso Audio are no strangers to personal audio, they've been active on the scene for 10-years now. What I admire about the Chinese company is their attention on great hardware, price to performance and genuine appreciation of music quality for themselves and consumers. They definitely aren't unfamiliar with the portable DAP market either with releases such as DX100, DX50, DX90, DX80, along with several portable amplifiers, dac/amps and most recently branching out into IEMs. DX100 was their first endeavour into flagship players back...
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An impressive mid-tier offering from iBasso

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Pros: Price to performance, transparency, soundstage, separation, sufficient detail, unique shell design for universal

Cons: Small carry case, fit might be tricky for (some) owners, slightly more mid-range vibrancy would fit my (personal) preferences

                                              iBasso have stamped their name on this evolving portable audio scene for some time, up until recently focusing on portable amplifiers, dac/amps and portable players. With units like iBasso DX50, DX90, DX80 and earlier DX100 they always came across to me as a company offering great bang for buck and they're quite openly spoken about it. While their firmwares take time to mature with digital players the sound offered is always above standards. About a year ago some IEMs surfaced carrying the iBasso brand name, one of them...
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Tralucent Audio 1Plus2.2 - An Extension of Perfection

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                            Introduction:   Let me start by saying this isn't really a full fledged review but a testimonial to the brand Tralucent Audio and especially massive thanks to the owner known on Head-fi as spkrs01 or Gavin. My journey with Tralucent began several years ago in 2012, a member I know well on the forums was ranting about this new hybrid IEM he demoed after helping someone here on Head-fi. At the time you think its just hype, new toy syndrome like many products on the market, another hatched train line. Not long after our conversations a tour began for the earphone in question,...
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Fidue A91 - Let's Get Sirius.

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Pros: Excellent Build, packaging presentation, thought gone into upping the overall Fidue name.

Cons: Low isolation, detected coherency issues in the mids and sound laboring at higher volumes.

                         Looking back on the year 2014 was the first time I heard the brand name Fidue mentioned, there was a lot of noise surrounding their first release 3-way hybrid, Fidue A83, and for good reason. It was ranked extremely highly by myself on a price to performance ratio reaching close to top tier earphones at a fraction of their price. With such forward motion It didn't take long for Fidue to stamp their name onto the vastly evolving portable audio market.   After their A83 Fidue released some middle/lower end models such as A73, they were all well received but fans dearly wanted a new...
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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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