Head Gear Reviews by Digital7
  1. Fiio E17K ALPEN 2 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier

    4.50 star(s)
    This is a DAC + Amp. It has a nice aesthetic design, and it's not too bulky. After extensive testing with multiple headphones, i struggle to find fault with this to be quite honest. Treble range: Plenty of detail, nothing missing. Midrange: Nicely transparent, and not recessed or forward. Everything sits where it should. Bass: Tight, well-textured and accurate. Neither too much nor too little. Soundstage: In a word... Excellent! It has ample spaciousness and good left-right spread. It represents the song competently with good stereo imaging...
  2. JDS Labs C5 Headphone Amplifier

    4.50 star(s)
    This is quite simply a superb all-rounder. If you only need one superb DAC/Amp, then this will do the job nicely. This C5D will give you what you want from the get-go. Bass is beefy. Midrange is clear and detailed, and neither forward nor recessed. Treble is tonally accurate with no added harshness. Soundstage is above average but some Amp/DACs are known to be 'slightly' more spacious. The C5D certainly outperforms the FiiO X1 and X3 DAPs but has similar performance to the more expensive FiiOX5 DAP ($420). We just need an accurate DAC/Amp that...