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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: Shozy Hibiki MK2 – Even Better

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

Let’s check out the original Hibiki’s successor, the Shozy Hibiki MK2 in today’s review. The first one was a great budget IEM already, and it made it to our Universal IEM Recommendations.

Disclaimer: I received the Shozy Hibiki MK2 from Shozy directly for this review. It goes for around $65USD on the market.

INTRO

Around last year in November, I reviewed the original Shozy – AAW Hibiki and I was quite impressed. Particularly for its premium design language, good build for its price and the open sound that it presents.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: iFi Audio OTG Cable

By | October 14th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The “Street Beats” is a name given by iFi Audio to their OTG cables for on-the-go listeners. Let’s take a brief look at this iFi Audio OTG Cable, matched with the iFi Audio xDSD.

Disclaimer: This is a Picture Sunday post where we share our initial thoughts about a particular gear. The OTG cable was sent us by iFi Audio. Check out our recent Picture Sunday posts HERE.

iFi Audio makes great products to help your overall system to sound better.… 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: Shanling M0 – Hello Beastie

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

We finally take a look at Shanling’s most popular toy recently, the Shanling M0. Check out how this little monster performs.

Disclaimer: We received the Shanling M0 directly from Shanling for the purpose of this review. I posted my initial impressions of it in the Picture Sunday post HERE. The Shanling M0 goes for 109$.

INTRO

Shanling has been making very impressive and sexy looking DAPs recently, yet this tiny monster is something else. We reviewed the Shanling M2s and M3s before, and the latter made it to our Portable Player Recommendations.… Read the full article

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Review: KZ ZS5 – The Great Pretender

By | August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer : The KZ ZS5 was sent to us by tainghe.com.vn, a Vietnamese store, in exchange of this review. The current price is 25$.

About Knowledge Zenith

KZ or Knowledge Zenith is a very discrete brand, so discrete that they don’t even have an official website, I think. Nonetheless, you can find them on various web stores : aliexpress, Ebay, Amazon or even some store like Tainghe. The only way to contact them directly though is their via their Facebook Page, or the official store on Aliexpress !… 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: KZ ZS10 – Budget Hybrid

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: I received the KZ ZS10 free of charge for this review from a very nice shop called Linsoul Tech. KZ is not affiliated with Headfonia. The price for the ZS10 goes between 40 – 60 $ in the market and you can buy the KZ ZS10 from Linsoul Tech on Amazon and on Aliexpress.

INTRO

What’s up folks? I’m continuing my reviews of in ears as usual, and today we have a budget monster in our hands here at Headfonia.… Read the full article

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