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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

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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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Chord Hugo2 – Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier – Review

By | September 15th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

If you have read my reviews on Chord products, you already know that I was really impressed by their evolution and their performance. When Chord Hugo was released, I was impressed by the sound quality from that small unit.

Then, Chord decided to go even smaller with even newer technology with Chord Mojo. I couldn’t resist and I actually bought one for myself. What impressed me the most for Mojo was the natural tonality & transparency. It actually sounds great in my big speaker system as well.… 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: Xduoo X10T – Digital Excellence

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Xduoo X10T was sent to us free of charge by Linsoul.com in exchange for this review and a link to their website. This isn’t the first time we work together with Lingsoul (see KZ ZS10 review). The pictures in this article are from Xduoo and they’re not ours.

Xduoo

You may not have heard about the Chinese Xduoo but they have really nice and affordable personal audio gear. This actually is only the first time we’re featuring Xduoo on Headfonia.com and that’s way overdue!… Read the full article

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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

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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 – Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

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

Disclaimer: The Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ is part of our Picture Sunday series.

Mytek. A name that’s not thrown around in our parts of audio a lot. They are more known in a different segment, studio electronics. They however also make great two-channel hifi gear, and their designs are very well respected. In portable, they only offer the Clef. A small mobile dac/amp. Future proof with high resolution support and MQA. We’re not looking at that though, no, we’re taking a peek at their desktop sized DAC, pre-amp, phono stage and headphone amplifier – the Brooklyn DAC+.… Read the full article

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Review: Fiio M7 – Back to basics

By | July 18th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The sample of the Fiio M7 was sent to us free of charge in exchange for this review. Fiio is a site advertiser and the sample doesn’t need to be returned after the review.

Fiio – M7

The Chinese based Fiio never stops innovating and it’s one of the most active companies when it comes to product development, and most of all, upgrades. This time they’re back with the M7 DAP, a portable player that goes back basics. That means the M7 is a simple and easy to use DAP without a whole bunch of features we’re used to getting with all the other Fiio DAPs, but that’s OK.… 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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