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Review: NextDrive Spectra X – Dynamic

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

The NextDrive Spectra X is the newest of Nextrive’s DAC modules and it will be available on the market soon!

Disclaimer: NextDrive sent me Spectra X units to review here. They aren’t quite on the market, but should go on sale in the next weeks for around 190$ USD. X uses the same ESS SABRE 9018Q2C DAC, adds a bit of noise dumbing magic called Xtra Sound, among other advanced features. You can find out all about it here: Spectra X: Unleash the power of your sound.… Read the full article

Picture Sunday: Burson Fun and Bang

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this Sunday’s post we’re looking at the Burson Fun and Bang units. Part of the new Burson product line.

Disclaimer: This is a Picture Sunday post where we take a quick preview of various gear before their full review. You can take a look at our other Picture Sunday posts HERE. Burson Fun and Bang serve three amplification purposes: headphones, pre-amp, and loudspeakers. For more about Burson’s BFP series, check below:

Burson Bang
Burson Fun
Burson Play

Typically it takes a Doom Guy to wield a BFG.… Read the full article

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Review: FiiO BTR3 – one step forward, two steps back

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

The Fiio BTR3 is one of Fiio’s latest Bluetooth devices. Do we like it? Find out all about it now!

Disclaimer: FiiO supplied BTR3 for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for it. It retails for 79$ and is driven by the AK4376A DAC and Qualcomm CR8675 Bluetooth receiver chip. You can find out all about it here: Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier-BTR3. 

Related reviews:

FiiO BTR1
Fiio uBTR
MyST 1866 Bluetooth DAC

Not sound

FiiO’s unrelenting production queue reminds me of nVidia in the late 90s, of which Tom’s Hardware asked: ‘are nVidia too fast for us?’ The difference is that FiiO are fighting a much larger, less proprietary rank of competing products and rivals.… Read the full article

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Review: Litexim Aerobuds – wings of redemption

By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

Nathan looks at the rather unknown LiteXim Aerobuds, a budget Bluetooth fully wireless IEM

Disclaimer: LiteXim sent Aerobuds directly for the purposes of this review. Aerobuds are a single-driver Bluetooth earphone. They go for about 60$, are compatible with a host of wireless tech. You can find out all about them here: LiteXim Aerobuds Truely Wireless Earphones.

After a lot of reviewing – and more than a little fiddling – I consider 60$ more than adequate to manufacture, distribute, market, and sell a quality wireless earphone.… Read the full article

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Review: FiiO µBTR – bread and butter

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Fiio µBTR is one of Fiio’s latest units. Time to lake a closer look at the latest Fiio BT device, the µBTR!

Disclaimer: FiiO sent me the µBTR directly. I paid nothing for it. It does aptX, SBC, and AAC thanks to a Bluetooth heart comprising the Qualcomm CSR8645. The µBTR goes for 30$. You can find out all about it here: μBTR Bluetooth Receiver.

FiiO’s FB1 is n”t that good. It is a perfect reminder than even the highest-aiming of brand catalogs is lined with failures.… Read the full article

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Review: FiiO FB1 – off white

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: FiiO sent me the FB1 directly. I paid nothing for it. The FB1 is an APTX-capable Wireless DAC/earphone which goes for 30$. You can find out all about it here: FiiO FB1 Wireless earphones.

I have the utmost respect for FiiO. They make great things. FiiO constantly push the boundaries of performance on the metric of price. Sometimes they make the best product in a broad genre. I recommend FiiO amps and DAPs to friends, comrades, and geeks from MD lovers to portable music enthusiasts, and anyone else looking for an upgrade to their current gear.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Fiio FB1

By | August 19th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: FiiO sent me FB1 to review at Headfonia. I paid nothing for it. This is a Picture Sunday post where we take a quick preview of various gear before their full review. You can take a look at our other Picture Sunday posts HERE.

Like space opera and science fiction cinema, Bluetooth audio has been around for a long time. There have been horrible flops. There have been amazing hits. There has And not long ago Bluetooth surmounted the last obstacle: saturating uncompressed 16-bit audio.… Read the full article

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Review: C3 Audio SPOFC, UPOCC for your Senns, HiFimans, MySTs

By | August 4th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: It’s been seven months since C3 Audio sent these cables for review. All of C3 Audio’s cables come with heaps of options, and commensurate prices. I paid nothing for the ones in this review and I think you’re going to like that! Check out myriad C3 Audio options here: C3 Audio.

C3 Audio keep things simple. Name the headphone brand. Name the headphone model. Name the cable property. Choose your length. Choose your connection type. The major properties are OFC, SPOFC, and UPOCC.… Read the full article

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Sony Hi-Res Interview – Worship in the Walkman Room

By | July 31st, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Note: the majority of the interview I had with Sony ’s audio team was conducted in Japanese. Not being a professional translator – or much of a writer – I’ve decided to transcribe the contents into expository paragraphs rather than direct translations from the Japanese into English. Also note that this interview took place in September 2017. It is super, duper, idiotically late. And it’s all on me. Thank you for your patience, Sony. 

Sony City Osaki is huge. The building I entered is crammed chock-a-block over a comfy book/coffee shop.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Walking on – Sony NW-ZX300 and Sony MZ-NH3D

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: This is a Picture Sunday post, representing a very first impression of a particular gear. Check out our recent Picture Sunday articles HERE. Both of the Sony units pictured here were purchased by Nathan. 

Longtime Sony fan and owner here. Long time Sony critic and sometimes detractor here. Longtime hiss king here. Longtime critic of hardware interfaces here. Longtime fondler of buttons and knobs here. Longtime critic of faulty outputs here. Longtime critic of false marketing here. The two best examples of portable audio evolution I can think of are Sony’s ZX300 Hi-Res DAP, which I reviewed here, and Sony’s last-generation MD downloader, the MZ-NH3D.… Read the full article

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