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An amazing little do-it-all device with an incredible amount of potential

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Pros: Great resolution, can power most headphones, compatible with any USB DAC, up to 256 GB of storage, solid construction

Cons: Slightly bulky, computer experience required, questionable appearance, USB DACs can be a little finicky, simplistic construction

What's this? Why is there a PocketPC in the product list of a headphone forum?  Some of you might've heard of the Open Pandora, the mutant child of a PocketPC and a gaming handheld, designed by a small group of people for retro gaming. It also serves as a fully functional Linux-based computer and is completely open, allowing the end user to do anything and everything they want to do with the unit. So why is this on Head-Fi? As it turns out, the person who designed the Pandora's motherboard is an audiophile, and he put in a powerful dedicated audio section. This review is dedicated to reviewing this unit's performance as a DAP.  ////////////////////////--Build...
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The best vintage headphone I have ever heard

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Pros: Excellent detail, massive soundstage, good instrument placement and separation, nearly perfect isolation, tank-like build quality

Cons: Fairly heavy, huge, clamp a lot, sometimes hurt ears

What is this? A random KOSS headphone from the '70s?   Don't run away just yet. These things are a diamond in the ruff. They put my K240 Studios and ATH-M50s to shame. I have never heard a vintage headphone sound this good.   The first thing I said when I put these on was "hoooooly crap soundstage". These things, despite being closed, have an absolutely massive soundstage. Instrument placement is precise and instrument separation is better than any headphone I have. As you feed them power, the soundstage gains size and clarity. The soundstage is wide and deep.   The detail retrieval on this set tops everything I've heard so far. I have heard entirely new parts...
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First dedicated headphone amp; VERY impressed

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Pros: Awesome build quality, stylish, small, loud, great battery life, OLED display, dual headphone outputs

Cons: Poor EQ

The FiiO E7 is a wonderful device.    It is a combo USB DAC and portable headphone amplifier unit. It has a 1-inch OLED display and a simple but good menu system. The screen is bright and vibrant, and looks very nice.   It has a high-end Wolfson DAC chip, and the audio sounds much cleaner than out of my laptop.   The amp has quite a bit of power behind it: 150mW/channel into 16 ohms. It drives my AKG K240 Studios very well without breaking a sweat. It even has the balls to drive my Pioneer SE-700s to listenable volumes with no distortion. That's extremely impressive; these headphones were designed to be driven from speaker taps.   The only thing...
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Stunning in many ways.

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Pros: Very flat response, nice soundstage, excellent imaging, phenomenal detail retrieval, most gorgeous headphone ever

Cons: Lack of bass and treble extension, slightly uncomfortable, hard to drive

First off I adore this headphone. It's the most beautiful headphone I own and it's also the rarest. It has a lot of things about it that make it unique, and it deserves a place in everyone's collection.    While it does not have a 'real' soundstage, it has the best imaging of any headphone I own. The sound is very directional, and seems to emanate from nowhere as opposed to two distinct places on your ears. They are very well-detailed and have fast attack. Decay could be better, but it's not bad. The fast attack and decay throughout the whole frequency range gives them an amazing sense of rhythm. They sound extremely lively and perky, and the whole sound is crisp and...
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Fostex T50RP: My Impressions

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Pros: Good SQ even when unamped, sturdy, nice aesthetics

Cons: Hard, unforgiving headband, Sub-par detachable cable

  Prior listening experience: Audio Technica ATH-M50, AKG K240 Studio   My time with these headphones was limited, as I bought them for a friend who lives far away.    Sound: The overall sound signature isn't overly bassy or dark, but there is more bass than treble. Good imaging, sound feels like it emanates from nowhere as opposed to from two distinct spots over your ears. Soundstage is slightly better than most closed cans. Bass is really good and tight, though it rolls off a bit. Mids seem very slightly boomy. Very smooth treble. Isolates very well and little sound leakage.   Build: Heavy and sturdy. Feels like a tank. Mostly ABS...
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