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Lotoo PAW 5000: Loud and Clear

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Pros: Unique UI, solid build quality, excellent file-format support, extensive EQ support, clean sound signature

Cons: Shaky buttons, file-based navigation, poor line-out performance, low power headphone out

Introduction     I would like to thank Tony at HifiHeadphones for this opportunity to join the review tour of the Lotoo PAW5000. The PAW5k was with me for one week and honestly, I wish I had more time with it to properly take advantage of the many features it offers.   This review should of course be taken as a grain of salt as it is my opinion and only my opinion. I have past experience with quite a few cans and IEMs before. I personally own or have owned these cans and IEMs (to the best of my knowledge):   Sennheiser HD25 Aluminium 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Sennheiser HD424 M-Audio Q40 Denon AH-D2000 NAD VISO HP50 Aedle...
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Bang goes the buck!

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Pros: Awesome value for money, very comfortable design, natural sounding with much better treble than other AKG K7-series offering

Cons: Lack of accessories, plasticy build, possible issues with headband elastic, no balanced option

==Introduction==   I would like to thank the Head-Fi Massdrop staff and AKG for producing such a good pair of headphones. This pair has honestly been one of the best cures for upgrade-itis I have had in a long while and I think that it will be a nice ending to the long story of the AKG K7-series driver as I think AKG decided to do this because the driver is nearing the end of its life cycle.    This review should of course be taken as a grain of salt as it is my opinion and only my opinion. I have past experience with quite a few cans and IEMs before. I personally own or have owned these cans and IEMs (to the best of my knowledge):   Sennheiser HD25...
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I GOT THE POWER...and it sounds amazing! (UPDATE: 5/4/14)

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Pros: POWER, solid construction, no detectable channel imbalance or hiss, gigantic effortless natural smooth flowing amazing sound

Cons: Clicks when turning on/off and when the battery runs out, only 4 hours of battery life, gets warm when running

IntroductionHere I am with another amp review and this time, its of the Portaphile 627 MICRO with the stock OPA627s.Keep in mind that absolutely everything in this review is subject to the law of Your Mileage May Vary. A head's up, as this is going to be much longer than my other review as I had far more to test it with so here's a tl;dr.  [[SPOILER]] Now that I've gotten that over with, time to continue. I just managed to catch the pre-order discount of US$439 including shipping (hurrayzaroo, US$100 off!) and I gotta say, its worth every cent I paid for it. I would've even been happy to buy it at the normal $539 price (if I didn't know about the preorder price as I'm rather cheap) as...
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Pure Ice-cold Flowing Sound

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Pros: PRaT, accurate, unforgiving, natural, neutral, great internal DAC, digital attenuator.

Cons: Unforgiving, neutral, DAC section occasionally malfunctions, digital attenuator, gain and reset switches.

This amp was my first audiophile amplifier purchase, bought second-hand off Midnightwalker. I wanted a neutral-sounding amp with an integrated DAC for convenience which would allow me to use it both as a desktop amp/dac and as part of a portable rig. I used this with the MacBook Air using the integrated DAC at a desktop and am currently using it with the Aedle VK-1 and M-Audio Q40, paired with the DX50 and a ZY HiFi audio cable while on the go, having previously paired it with the HD25 ALU and the NAD HP50. I have also tried driving the HD650 with these and comparing with the C&C BH2 and the DX50 in-built amp.   First impressions when I opened up the box were that the...
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