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T20: RHA's new flagship and a worthy successor to the MA750

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Pros: High-quality customizable sound. Super-solid build. Good ergonomics. Quite attractive.

Cons: Weighty shells. Thick, heavy cord. Y-splitter quite low. Over ear only. No mic or smartphone controls (if you care about those...)

  INTRODUCTION Being a fan of the RHA MA750 (RHA's first flagship IEM), I was quite excited to hear when RHA released the T10i.  The new stainless shells, novel "memory wire" implementation, and smartphone-friendly plug along with tune-able sound via interchangeable filters got me pretty excited, so I took part in a tour for the T10 at that time and spent a week using the T10 as my primary IEM.  While the new ergonomic shell and "memory wire" solved my biggest problem with my MA750 (comfortably staying in place), the sound wasn't what I was looking for in the MA750's successor as RHA's flagship.  It had a quite dark / warm sound signature that satisfied a...
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Fiio X5 2nd generation: A solid iterative improvement!

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Pros: High-quality sound & build. Smaller, sleeker, more ergonomic and pocket-friendly design. 2 mSD slots. Deep sleep mode. Increased screen brightness.

Cons: No internal storage. HO & LO reversed from previous generation. UI not as mature as some competitors.

  DISCLAIMER I was provided the X5 2nd generation (from here on, I'll refer to it as X5ii) as a review sample as part of the U.S. tour.  There is no financial incentive from Fiio in writing this review.  I am in no way affiliated with Fiio, and this is my honest opinion of the new X5ii.  I would like to thank Joe & James from Fiio for giving me the opportunity to test drive the X5ii!     ABOUT ME I'm a 43 year old father who loves music.  From electronic (Autechre, Boards of Canada) to modern/minimalist composition (John Cage, Philip Glass) to alternative rock (Flaming Lips, Radiohead) to jazz (John Coltrane and Miles Davis) to...
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Oppo PM-3 Quick Review

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Pros: Great build quality and luxury feel. Good sound. Very portable for planars. Choice of Android or Apple compatible cable.

Cons: Cramped earcups. Small soundstage. Rolled off low and high ends.

INTRODUCTION   Oppo PM-3 Audition Program   I'd like to give a shoutout to Oppo and @Jiffy Squid for organizing the PM-3 audition tour, giving me the chance to determine if the PM-3 are right for me!     ABOUT ME   I'm a 43 year old music lover who listens to a wide variety of genres and artists (but mostly electronic, metal, and modern composition these days). As with a lot of people my age, I've got some hearing issues - upper frequency loss and mild tinnitus.    My portable music journey started with the venerable Sony Cassette Walkman and then progressed to portable CD players, minidisc recorders, and finally on to DAPs like the...
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T-PEOS Altone250 Dual-Hybrid IEM

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Pros: Big sound with powerful bass. Responds well to EQ. Good build quality with detachable cables. Attractive.

Cons: Mid-bass overpowers adjacent frequencies. Very springy cable. Needs EQ to achieve full potential.

INTRODUCTION Altone250 U.S. Tour Being an Altone200 fan, I was quite excited to hear that T-PEOS was updating their IEM lineup with a new Altone series based on feedback received from the H300 and Altone200 IEM. @EmpJ from CTC Audio heard about my interest and reached out to me to organize a U.S. tour for the T-PEOS Altone250, which is the mid-tier product in the new Altone lineup. Thanks CTC Audio!!! @Jonyoo has linked to numerous pics of the new Altone lineup, so I'm going to borrow some of those since I'm not the best product photographer. I'll also post some pics I took showing fit and comparing size to Altone200 and Dunu DN1K. ABOUT ME I'm a 43 year old music lover who...
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Fiio X3 (2nd generation): X5's talented younger brother

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Pros: High-quality sound & build in a small package. Great one-handed ergonomics. Deep sleep mode.

Cons: No internal storage or hardware EQ.

DISCLAIMER   I was provided the new X3 as a review sample as part of the U.S. tour. There is no financial incentive from Fiio in writing this review.  I am in no way affiliated with Fiio, and this is my honest opinion of the new X3.  I would like to thank Joe & James from Fiio for giving me the opportunity to test drive the new X3.     ABOUT ME   I'm a 43 year old father who loves music. From electronic (Autechre, Boards of Canada) to modern/minimalist composition (John Cage, Philip Glass) to alternative rock (Flaming Lips, Radiohead) to jazz (John Coltrane and Miles Davis) to metal (Behemoth, King Diamond) to classic rock (Eagles, Rush), I...
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