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Review: LZ A5 – Variety

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

Disclaimer: We received the LZ A5 directly from LZ HiFi. It goes for $269. The unit does not have to be returned. LZ is not affiliated with Headfonia, and they’re not a site advertiser. Big thanks to LZ for sharing this review sample.

INTRO

LZ HiFi had sent us a couple of nice monitors last year and one of them (the LZ A4) still keeps its place in our Universal IEM Recommendations. The other one was the Big Dipper and that one also left good impressions on me, with its changeable sound and fit.… Read the full article

The iFi xDSD wins the EISA Award!

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

This article is a press release from iFi Audio about the iFi xDSD winning the prestigious EISA award. Of course we knew it rocked already and we reviewed it weeks ago. 

You can read our full review here:

xDSD: EISA BEST PORTABLE DAC 2018. SOUNDS GREAT!

 

The Award Winner.

iFi’s new portable DAC and headphone amplifier, the xDSD, has won what’s sure to be the first of many awards.

EISA, the most respected awarding body in the sound and imaging industry, has awarded the xDSD Best Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier for 2018-2019.… Read the full article

Review: Astell&Kern Billie Jean – The One

By | August 13th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Billie Jean by Astell&Kern was sent to me free of charge for this review. It does not have to be returned. Astell&Kern is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity!

About Astell&Kern:

Astell&Kern is a South Korean high end brand for digital audio players (DAPs). Astell&Kern is a branch of Korea’s iRiver, which actually is the first company to ever build a portable audio player. Astell&Kern was launched with the mission to offer the absolute best where money is no object.… Read the full article

Picture Sunday – Hidizs x NF Audio NF-3U

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer : the Hidizs NF-3U were sent to us free of charge, in exchange of an honest (upcoming) review. Meanwhile, please enjoy the sunday pictures !

Hidizs is a surprising brand, for me at least. When they launched their first DAP, the AP100 a few years ago, never would I’ve thought they would become as successful as they are now. Don’t get me wrong, the AP100 was a great performer for its price range, but the UI was… strange and fiabilty was not the main point of this player.… Read the full article

Review: Astell&Kern Acro L1000 – Listed!

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Astell & Kern Acro L1000 was sent to us by Astell&Kern directly. This unit will be returned to AK after this review. Astell&Kern is not in any way related to Headfonia.

Astell & Kern

The South-Korean Astell & Kern is an iRiver owned company and it no longer needs an introduction as they are well known already in the personal audio world because of their series of high end portable players.

I admit I’ve been a big fan of their Digital Audio Players for years already now and an as a result we have reviewed quite a few of them:

AK100: https://www.headfonia.com/the-player-astell-kern-ak100/

AK120ii & AK240: https://www.headfonia.com/astelkern-ak120ii-ak240-reference-daps/

AK Jr: https://www.headfonia.com/astell-kern-ak-jr-who-you-calling-junior/

AK380: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-ak380-momentary/

AK KANN: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-ak-kann-power-to-the-people/

AK SP1000: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-sp1000-impressive/

AK70II: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astellkern-ak70ii/

This time Astell&Kern is back with something different: a desktop sized AMP/DAC unit that not only drives all headphones, but speakers as well.… Read the full article

Review: iBasso DX150 – The Comeback

By | August 7th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

Disclaimer: The iBasso DX150 was sent to us by iBasso directly in exchange for our honest review. Current price is 499$ and around 499€ around various websites.

About iBasso

iBasso is Chinese maker of DAPs, amplifiers, DACs and more recently IEMs. They’ve been in the audio game for a bit more than 10 years now and the brand really got famous with their first set of players : the DX50 and DX90. They also make great IEMs like the IT04, but for today, we are reviewing a DAP.… Read the full article

Picture Sunday: iBasso IT04

By | August 5th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The iBasso IT04 was sent us directly from iBasso. 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.

Not too long ago, iBasso started to work on the IEM market. Yet, it’s been a swift and influential campaign. Their first model, the IT03 was great and impressive for a “first effort”. Unfortunately we couldn’t review that one before (thank you FedEx!!) but we managed to get the IT04 directly from Paul.… 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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Review: Fender FXA9 – Gold plated nozzle

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

Disclaimer: The Fender FXA9 was sent to us by Fender USA directly in exchange for this review. The unit doesn’t need to be returned as far as I know.

Fender

Fender, in case you didn’t know already, is the leading guitar manufacturer in the world. Fender goes back all the way to 1946 and their guitars are used by both amateurs as well as top level professionals. Of course we’re not here to review Fender guitars, but we’re here to cover their series of universal inear monitors from the DX and FX-series.… 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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