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Well Designed, Great Sounding and Extremely Versatile Trans-Portable DAC/Amp

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Pros: Sounds Great, Can Play Anything & Power Anything, Bass Boost & Treble Boost are Very Fun

Cons: Trans-Portable size makes it hard to walk around with, nothing else really I can think of

I was lucky enough to get to demo the iFi Audio iDSD Black Label for about a week thanks to the good folks at iFi and I just wanted to share my experience with this great little piece of equipment. The headphones I used for my review included an HE1000, LCD-3F, Ether C and a pair of Andromeda IEM's.   The first thing you'll notice when you open the box is that they've included just about every adapter or accessory you can think of (except an OTG cable apparently), so right out of the gate you'll pretty much be ready to use this device with whatever gear you've got. The next thing that stands out is how well it seems to be built. Considering it comes in at what I would consider a...
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Focal Utopia - This is Powerful Stuff...

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Pros: Very Dynamic, Resolute and Balanced Headphones

Cons: PRICE!!! Extremely Long Cable, Can Be Too Revealing of Poor Sources

FOCAL UTOPIA REVIEW       Intro:  First I just wanted to start by saying thanks to Todd over @ TTVJ for letting me demo the Focal Utopia's. I had meant to post this review sooner, but my wife has had some medical issues and we ended up spending the better part of last week in the hospital so this review went on the back burner. Fortunately she is doing better now and I've had a chance to reflect on my week with the Utopia's. My review will include comparisons of the headphones I tested them against (HE1000, LCD-3F, TH-900 & Ether C) and the gear I used was an Auralic Mini feeding hi-res music into a Schiit Yggdrasil DAC and my amp was the Studio Six. I...
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Endgame Headphone Amplifier, And One Of the Best Values Around

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Pros: Excellent Musicality, Dynamics, Wide Soundstaging and Great Bass

Cons: Runs Very Hot and Hums When Turned Off

Schiit Ragnarok: Is It Love, or Is It Just Schiit?           Introduction:   This part is just to give you some background on my experience and how I’ve arrived at the Schiit Ragnarok before I delve into my full review, obviously feel free to skip ahead if you just want to hear about how the Ragnarok performs.   I am a 29 year old audiophile that’s been listening to music for as long as I can remember, but I really got into music when I was about 13 years old and my Dad gave me my first classic rock CD, Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks”.  Ever since then, I’ve been hooked, collection hundreds of CD’s over the years, and recently...
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