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Review: Astell&Kern SE100 – Smooth Operator

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

The SE100 is one of Astell&Kern’s higher end players from their A&Futura product line.

Disclaimer: The SE100  was sent to us free of charge by Astell&Kern directly in exchange for this review. The SE100 unit is being returned next week to AK. All AK samples are loaners.

Astell&Kern

The South-Korean Astell&Kern by iRiver does no longer need an introduction anymore as they quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. It’s a given fact that they aren’t the cheapest – though a lot of brands charge these prices right now – but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

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

Review: Astell&Kern SR15 – Pocket Pleasure

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The A&norma SR15 is Astell&Kern’s latest entry level DAP and the spiritual successor of the AK70 MK2. Today we’ll find out how it performs.

Disclaimer: Astell&Kern provided the SR15 for this review at no cost. It is a loaner and will be returned to Astell&Kern. AK is not a site advertiser and in no way affiliated with Headfonia. Many thanks for the opportunity to review the SR15.

About Astell&Kern:

Astell&Kern is a South Korean high end brand for digital audio players (DAPs).… Read the full article

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Celebration Giveaway 7: AudioQuest DragonFly RED

By | October 28th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We continue our $50k anniversary celebration giveaway on my birthday today with one of the most popular items in personal audio, the AudioQuest DragonFly Red!! It could be all yours, just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Winner

We had a huge number of entries for the Etymotic ER4-XR but there can be only one winner, and that is: Thomas Pan from France ! Congratulations. You’ll be contacted very soon, please get in touch.

Number 7

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… 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 : iBasso DX120 – Rounded

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

Disclaimer: The iBasso DX120 was sent to us by iBasso directly in exchange for our honest review. Current price is 299$ and around 329€ around various websites.

About iBasso

iBasso is a chinese maker of DAP, amplifiers, DAC and more recently IEM. If they’ve been in the audio game for a bit more than 10 years now, the brand really got famous with the DX50 and DX90. It was a great set of players which were replaced by the the DX150 and DX200 last year.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Cayin N8 – A closer look

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

The Cayin N8 is a special looking high end DAP from the Chinese Cayin Audio.

Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the Cayin N8. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series and the N8 unfortunately has to be returned to Cayin after the review where the unit will go on to the next reviewer, I think.

The Cayin Audio N8 is Cayin’s newest portable player and it isn’t just any player, it’s their new Top Of The Line high end DAP to compete with the very best on the market.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Astell&Kern SR15

By | September 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Astell&Kern is the driving force in the high end DAP market. Their products are considered some of the very best. The recently launched SR15 is their new entry model. A first glance at it now, on Headfonia!

Disclaimer: This post is part of our Picture Sunday series, you can find all of the previous ones here.

I have been a long-time fan of Astell&Kern DAPs. My first one was the AK120ii, which I still think is one of the finest looking and great sounding products of theirs.… Read the full article

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Celebration Giveaway 2: iFi Audio xDSD DAC/AMP

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

We continue our $50k anniversary celebration giveaway with a DAC/AMP unit, the iFi Audio xDSD!! It could be all yours, just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Winner

We had far over 1000 entries for the Cayin N5iis DAP but there can be only one winner, and that is: Krzysztof Maj from Poland. Congratulations. You’ll be contacted very soon, please get in touch.

Number 2

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and this week it’s the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

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Celebration Giveaway 1: Cayin N5iis

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

We start our $50k anniversary celebration giveaway with a DAP, the Cayin N5iis!! It could be all yours, just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Number 1

As promised and explained last week, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and this week it’s the start of our 52-week celebration. To kick off the biggest audio giveaway the world has ever seen, we have a Cayin N5iis DAP that can become all yours. All you have to do is… sign up!… Read the full article

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