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Looks cheap and anonymous, sounds golden and memorable.

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Pros: Tiny size, tiny price, easy compatibility, fabulous natural sound

Cons: ? yet to be identified

I wanted a small, cheap USB DAC for an mpd music server. The server makes my lossless music collection and some internet radio streams available wherever I am - at home typically via mpd clients on PC and Android, and away from home via mpd client and streaming using SSH tunnels on laptop and Android. The USB DAC is so I can also run the same audio to a small amp and speakers at home. I already have nice headphones (Sennheiser Momentum) and live somewhere rather noisy and so wasn't looking for high end, just something that works easily, consumes minimal power and can work on embedded ARM systems as well as PC. I have seen a presentation on these ESS Sabre DACs and their supposed...
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Good sound and noise cancellation, superb value.

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Pros: Open, airy, balanced sound. Extremely long battery life.

Cons: High frequencies can be resonant.

I bought these on amazon.co.uk for about £17 (US$28/€21) I initially bought these with a long return rail journey in mind and was expecting to be able to write a review that dealt with their effectiveness on bus/taxi, train and tube (I also had some less than charitable hopes that they might nullify the squeals and shrieks of young nephews and nieces, and the grumblings of aged ancestors). However, nature intervened in the form of extreme weather and the worst flooding here in 250 years so most of my itinerary was submerged/flooded/missing/impassable due to God's wrath at unconventional bedroom gymnastics/global warming/the bloody...
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Uniformly excellent with different devices, amps, situations and use cases.

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Pros: Just works. No adjustment required, no deficiency apparent. Compatible with your headphone amp and also your phone/tablet/player/tv/console.

Cons: Eye watering price. Too small for some people.

I bought my Momentums as a used item from a fellow UK based Head-Fi member via this board's "For Sale" section. They are as new and I paid £155 including delivery. This is about US $252 or €186. I have the circumaural type in brown as shown in the product image. Motivation for purchase: I live by a busy road with a lot of commuter traffic and delivery vehicles (railway station and post office depot are just around the corner) and while I prefer an open headphone this isn't practical except sometimes in the small hours of the morning. My decade old and rather dull Sennheiser HD500 semi-open 'phones died on me and I tried replacing them with Sony MDR ZX700, an AKG 450/451 on-ear, a...
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EQ or mods can transform shrill psycho into cheerful companion.

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Pros: Good isolation. Detachable cable. Can sound very good. Comfortable. Huge value.

Cons: Unmodified the sound is intolerably harsh and piercing.

Buying: I bought these new from a UK ebay shop (kmagencies) for £22.50 which is US $35.95 or €26.56. Price included next day live tracked delivery with the delivery timed accurately to within an hour slot so if you're in the UK and want a pair of these this has to be both the cheapest and most convenient deal you will find. Some context: I have had some bad luck with full size headphones: My Sennheiser HD 500 died after about 10 years. I bought Sony MDR ZX700 to replace but they have a design fault which leads to pinched internal cables and are doomed to fail, which they did. I tried some AKG 451 but they were muddy and a bit booming and had obviously recessed upper mids so I took...
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Solves the problems of poor PC audio

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Pros: Good sound. Easy and simple to use. No noise. Easily drives very low impedance earphones.

Cons: Limited to 16-bit 32/44.1/48 KHz streams.

I'm in the UK. I bought this as a boxed ex-demo unit with warranty from a FiiO retailer for £39.99 which is US $64.65 or €47.40 I bought this because my PC's integrated audio is frustratingly bad and other solutions and workarounds were not ideal: My PC's analogue line out is noisy (electrical interference) and the headphone output is even worse. It can't drive very low impedance headphones such as my Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5vi Earphones It hasn't the power to nicely drive slightly less sensitive earphones such as Koss KSC75. It does have SPDIF optical output and this connects to my ancient Yamaha Home Theatre receiver and sounds great, but that also has high output impedance and so...
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Designed by people who prefer decaf coffee, lite beer, skimmed milk, safe sex and blank ammunition.

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Pros: Cheap. Nice looking. Can be made to sound very, very good.

Cons: Cable too short. Sound totally dependent on precise fit and an equaliser. Hopeless with some common hardware.

Reason for choosing these: I bought these as my Shure SE215 were stolen. I prefer an earphone which fits within the shell of the ear, which has good isolation and which is designed to allow the cable to route up and over the ears. This is for comfort, convenience while active, and to avoid or minimise conduction of noise via the cable "microphonics". I want to be able to walk and listen without hearing my footsteps thudding and the wind swirling around the earphones, and at home I want to be able to put my head down and not have the earphones snag or cause pressure. I also want enjoyable sound of course. Mostly I use IEMs with Rockboxed portable players (Sansa Fuze+, iRiver H140,...
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Terrible with Original Firmware, Brilliant with Rockbox

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Pros: Super Cheap Refurbs! Good sound. microSD slot. Nice screen.

Cons: Touchpad control won't suit some.

Purchase and receipt: I paid £20.98 (US $32.51) including delivery for a manufacturer refurbished 8GB Sansa Fuze+. It has an "R" stamped on the back to show its refurb status. It was supplied in plain package with only a USB cable and arrived with the battery at about 40% charge and all settings at default. It has a 90 day warranty. I bought the Fuze+ to replace my Clip+ which died on me last week. The Clip+ had taken a two and a half year battering including numerous drops and even immersion in sea water so I can't complain. I chose the Fuze+ because I prefer to run Rockbox. The Clip+ and Fuze v2 I owned had some noise issues and the Fuze+ uses different hardware and has a nice...
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H O R R I B L E

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Pros: None.

Cons: Sound irredeemably awful with voices and natural tones. Left vs. Right drivers very unbalanced.

Purchase and Receipt: My Shure SE215 were stolen last week and I wanted a very cheap temporary replacement with over the ear cable routing. I have seen the hype and the hand waving and smelled the BS, but also noticed some reasonable people say some reasonable things about these so thought they would be worth a try. I bought these on Amazon UK from the Monoprice UK marketplace seller (fulfilled by Amazon). They cost £5.31 which at the moment is US $8.23. Delivery was free. They arrived boxed, with medium size tips attached and a small packet containing one pair each of small and large silicone tips. The model number is MEP-933 and these are the metallic looking style with fabric...
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Really nice with amp or full size gear. Not so great with personal players.

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Pros: Comfortable. Sound great with amplification.

Cons: Needs more power than typical small player offers. Low power equals poor stereo imaging. Zero isolation, beware hearing damage.

I bought these this week from amazon.co.uk for £10 including delivery. That's US $15. edit: I've changed my rating and feel more positive about these than when I first wrote the review. See the comments after the review. Packaging, appearance, warranty, euro-nanny knows best: Mine arrived in the small European packaging box, branded as Pulse clips as well as "Koss high performance on-ear clips". With the clips came the Koss warranty and the euro-nanny-state leaflet on waste disposal. The phones are the silver plastic Koss branded items everyone knows. The lifetime warranty is valid but irrelevant because shipping costs from UK will exceed the value of the product. But I do very...
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Haphazard combo of good sound and bad noises.

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Pros: Cheap price. MicroSDHC slot. Supports flac. Can run Rockbox firmware.

Cons: Cheap build. Makes some unwelcome noises. Original firmware can't do gapless.

I bought my Clip+ 8GB in December 2010 and paid £36.99. It was something of a distress purchase in that I bought it to replace another Sansa player, a Fuze, whose wheel type buttons had ceased to work. I used the player with the original firmware and I also installed Rockbox. I'll deal with notable points of each firmware. The hardware: It's cheap. This needn't be such a bad thing as in a bigger player. Cheap stuff can work fine. There is no mystery involved in assembling/making a small plastic case or a two colour display or some buttons. The Clip's clip still clips after 28 months and the buttons still work. The one component that was always much too cheap and has become worse...
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