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The DAP days are over (Part 1: Xiaomi & AudioQuest)

By | March 7th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Review units. Sometimes they arrive as loaners. For manufacturers with whom I have a good relationship, the loan period is sometimes extended beyond the review period. However, the gear with which I spend the longest time is that which I buy with my own cash. Euros/dollars down becomes Hobson’s Choice when it comes to gear made by manufacturers with whom I have zero review loaner relationship but that I still want to suss out; electronics giants like Sony and Xiaomi.

The Sony NW-ZX2 digital audio player (DAP), purchased by yours truly on home soil from Tokyo’s Yodobashi Camera in 2015 for around US$1500, has sat unused in a cupboard for almost a full year.… Read the full article

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Dream ticket to ride: Xiaomi’s Mi A1 smartphone

By | January 24th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Wired or wireless? For portable audio idealists, the audio signal losslessly carried in the analogue domain between portable player and headphone – custom IEM, universal IEM or (low impedance) over-/on-ear is the only way. But it doesn’t end there…

If the manufacturer hasn’t already beaten us to the punch, the idealist porta-fi-er sidesteps the smartphone’s 3.5mm headphone socket by strapping on a Lightning- or microUSB/A-connected DAC/amp. Think: Chord Mojo or iFi micro iDSD Black Label. One look at the resulting bulk raises quite reasonable questions about pocketability and what happens when the phone rings.… Read the full article

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