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ALO SXC 24 cable for Fitear

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Pros: Good sound

Cons: comfort, not very practical, hugely microphonic

I got this cable second-hand on the FS section here. It was a somewhat spontaneous purchase since I saw it listed and decided to just give it a try.    Build/comfort: I rate it rather low here because it is very, very stiff and hard to manage. It stays tangled even though it wants to spring apart. I suppose this is because of the nature of the silver-over-copper wire, along with the teflon coating. It is not pliable or rubbery at all and therefore doesn't resist tangling despite its springiness. Also, it's highly microphonic. The stock TG!334 cable has been reported to be microphonic as well, but this is at least twice as severe, maybe more. Any bump on the cable...
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Transparency, clarity, revealing

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Pros: see above

Cons: Large shell, works back out periodically, ummmm.... very *ahem* cost prohibitive

**Fitear To Go 334**   It's very expensive, it doesn't fit the best due to its huge shell, yet I love it all the same. The sound is sublime.   Normally I prefer dynamic IEMs for their weighty low end and texture that most BA earphones can't touch, but the tonal quality, transparency, and high level of detail retrieval bring the Fitear to the top of my list. The openness and clarity are really something else for IEMs. They're *almost* as spacious and enjoyable as my modded T50RP orthos.    Bass:  Very good depth and texture, having a punchier tautness than most dynamics I've heard, but doesn't quite have that ultimate slam and extension. However one...
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Sony X Walkman- wonderful sounding DAP

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Pros: Great sound, snappy touch interface

Cons: expensive, not fully realized

This Sony X has been my mainstay DAP for a solid year and a half. That alone should speak to its staying power. Prior to this unit, I'd been through DAP after DAP trying to find the one for best audio quality. Now I have found it. Even the much touted AMP3, being the supposed 'audiophile' player, was not on the same level. It is not perfect though, possessing a nearly worthless web browser- but hey, if someone is looking at this player it's most likely not because they want one which can surf the web, it's about audio quality!   Some of the sonic traits of the X:   - nicely extended and impactful bass - highly detailed yet mellow treble presentation - nice 3D quality to the soundstage...
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A new standard for Balanced Armature Universals

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Pros: Great bass, smooth yet extended treble, mids, and an amazingly wide soundstage

Cons: perhaps build quality, and the short length to Y-split

I can't add much to the above reviews. They are some amazing universals. I can't understand any comments that the treble is lacking. To me, that comes from the 'trebleheads' who think the end all be all of audio is just how much extension we can eek out of the top end. Puh-leeze. There is so much more to these earphones, from the wonderfully tight and deep bass, to the natural clean mids, to the awesome detail and layering to their particular top end while remaining so supremely smooth without any hint of harshness or sibilance. The result is such a level of cohesive sound that it's addicting.    Get 'em.    But be sure to have access to some extra brands of tips beyond what is...
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Headstage Arrow 12HE

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Pros: Overall sound quality, features, power to drive most anything

Cons: None

This little beast of an amp is great. The sound is very neutral, yet full of power. The ability to adjust bass boost, gain, impedance, and crossfeed make it an excellent amp to use with any DAP, including iPod stuff (with their lack of user EQ). Mids are wonderful on this amp, being nicely full, center stage, and very present.    I can't think of a better option currently for a portable which is so versatile to be able to be used with any DAP.    I'm looking forward to seeing what Robert is up to next. 
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