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One of the best closed back's for under 1k

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Pros: Lush mids with detail, nice bass impact and a smooth engaging sound overall

Cons: A little lacking in the top end, good have a bit more reach in the bass, and finally they are not going to be as open as most open back headphones obv

First let me just get this out of the way and say I absolutely love these headphones, but this review is completely subjective and in that it is only my preference and opinion on what this headphone offers it would be owner's at the price you pay for such a product. I have use this headphone with a few different amps, desktop and portable, and a couple different sources. It has sounded enjoyable with all of them but of course there was better synergy with particular pairings. Which I will talk about during my impressions and review from over time. This is a list of the amps and DACs used during the time I have used this headphone: ALO PanAm(DAC and amp), Geekout 1000(DAC and amp), Matrix...
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Compact in size but not in sound and power

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Pros: Compact, can be transportable if you have Passport, sound quality of DAC is solid, and amp is top notch, very versatile.

Cons: No ability to be stand alone dace, RCA out?!...?

   I have had a little bit of experience with hybrid amps from the Vali, Little Dot 3, and finally the Fournier HTA-2. What I have not had experience is with all in one tube-hybrid/DAC which yes I have seen them around from unknown chinese versions that cost less and High end audio gear that cost so much more. I will say for this Price I think many units will have a hard time beating out this DAC/Amp. Now that fact that you can travel with this and have it connected to your laptop and or tablet on a bus or train and being listening nise 96khz files from a great amp and DAC is just a hefty plus. Mainly because I actually preferred getting the Gateway which is the aftermarket...
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Hands down, even with it's few flaws, one of the most enjoyable listening experiences.

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Pros: Price, aesthetics, fantastic sound, versatile with headphones and IEMs

Cons: There is still some noise it being a hybrid tube amp, discontinued

   I recently sold off my Schiit Vali in preparation for an HD600 headphone. Which I have heard that the HD600 sounds fantastic with the Vali, so while getting the HD600s I had just received this amp, the Fournier HTA-2, and had paired it with the DT880s which all I can say is.....awesome just awesome. I will be frank this amp is not perfect but for sub 200$ this amp has given me the most enjoyable and rich listening experience to date.      From what I have read this amp came out a couple years ago, was designed, hand built, and sold by a seller on ebay. The HTA-1 was received very well from the community on Head-fi and elsewhere, with the small dissatisfaction...
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Fantstic Full size headphone debut from Soundmagic

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Pros: Great balance between lows, mids, and highs. Good comfort and build quality, detachable cable, sound quality is musical w/ good separation

Cons: A bit bright up top, though not as bad as DT 990pro, and a little lean in the lows

  This is a review of the SoundMagic HP100 over the ear full sized closed headphone. I received this as one of my first mid-fi headphones about 6 months ago, and I have to say though I had just received the DT 990 pros a day before these I was undoubtedly impressed with the sound quality and comfort of the headphone. This headphone is top notch and one of the best closed headphone options you can choose under 300$. I had spent a few months with it, and my preferences being on over the ear open headphones I was surprised how much time I spent listening to this headphone. Let me get into a bit more details on why that was, at least for myself and what I heard and felt about this...
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Easily best 50$ you could spend

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Pros: Size, portable use, Sound quality, price, plug and play, and customer support

Cons: Lacks features that some people like on the more expensive and larger DACs but honestly you cannot complain

    The ud110 was recommended in a few different serious threads in the audio community, and I was intrigued to say the least, myself looking for more affordable options with out sacrificing too much and getting nice audio quality. I have tried a handful of DACs that some would consider the best value for your money in the 100-300$ price range. I know everyone has a preference as far as the flavor of audio, warm, cold, sterile and detailed, smooth and warm, etc. I have yet to really find a specific preference, but this not that I have not found I what I prefer with my actual DAC as in I like a more spacious, detailed, and transparent representation of the music. With this being...
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Similar to ODAC with better isolation, better and cleaner power, leading to less interference and cleaner sound

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Pros: Price per performance(140$ shipped is fantastic) Isolation for less interference, really clean and detailed audio source, cable like design.

Cons: No 3.5mm and or 6.3mm connectivity for amp, some people will miss the metal chassis of the ODAC if switching to this unit.

    I currently had done a review for the Fostex HP-A3 DAC/amp unit, which is a couple years old, but none the less one of the best units in the price range from experience and reading material from people and enthusiasts with much more knowledge than I. So, after I had first listened and used for a while with the Fostex. I was able to write a review about the unit, and also a brief comparison with the CDAC+ which I had just received the night before the review. I had only wrote about early impressions and felt this unit was too good for the price not to be reviewed more thoroughly after some serious listening. So this is what I have have discovered from my listening these past...
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A nice overall detail, clear, a easy listening experience(Modded version

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Pros: Detail, clarity, mids that grab attention. smoother treble

Cons: Bass is detailed but lacks body and impact, soundstage is a bit closed in for open phone(fixed with mids)

First of I have been using the DT 990 pros and a soundMagic HP100 for a while now at least 4 months. I have had time to break both in and happened to think both did what they did great. The HP100's got sold though because at the time I needed the funds being out of a work with health issues. It wasn't that I like the HP 100 less but more of the fact that the DT 990 was a gift from my girl. That left me with one headphonethat I was listening with and for the most part I was happy have a couple of DACs to toy with and a couple amps to pair and see what sounded best.      I found the HD595s used(but very lightly used) for a great price, and at this point I knew I had to...
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Great sound an intro into audiophile world

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Pros: DAC in this unit sounds fantastic, simple clean aesthetics, solid build, USB option connectivity, 24/96 sample rate, nice volume pot

Cons: DAC in this unit is in a different class than the amplifier, can be pricey a lof of units sold directly from Japan

 So, where to I begin... I am newer to owning and reviewing audio equipment of above the normal consumer caliber. I have come from a AMB Gamma 1 lite for desktop us, an Fiio E7 for portable, with a couple a of different sub 100$ portable amps. So I am limited when it comes to multi hundred dollar DACs and headphone amplifiers and I just want people, in this community, to keep that in their thoughts when and if reading this review.      I first saw this unit from the classified section of this community and the head-fi website, and I immediately thought this was a good price for a all in one unit for someone such as myself who was running  the Gamma 1(Lite usb...
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Really solid portable amp in it's price range

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Pros: Able to drive higher impedance headphones relatively easily(250-300 ohms is ideal), Price is right, solid customer support, and nice minimal aestetics

Cons: Not very much info on internal chips, not feature heavy like some, but they do advertise it as such( no problem for me). No on and off switch

This is my first review on this website, and further more for this community which I have come to love. Ever since getting both pairs of headphones that I currently use(the open back DT 990 pros and the closed back soundMagic HP100's) I have been on the look out for a decent but affordable portable amplifier to use with my Samsung s3 phone. This has been under a budget of sorts sub 100$, and the review is for the Gemini Doctor WS1.2 Blue Bird portable headphone amplifier. I have done a decent amount of research and heavy reading on what amplifier and DAC for which budget, whether I am in a sub 100$ or a sub 300$ budget, to buy and use for the headphone's I currently use and I must say...
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