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HiFiMAN HE-1000 Planar Magnetic Headphones Review

HiFiMAN HE1000 Planar Magnetic HeadphoneTouting a number of advancements in both magnet and driver design; the HE-1000s are the best sounding headphones that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. They are the closest I have ever experienced to that “alive” feeling of music reproduction that I look for in speakers, from a headphone product.

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Woo Audio WA7d Fireflies Headphone Amplifier and DAC Review

Woo Audio WA7d Fireflies Headphone Amplifier and DACWoo Audio, based in New York, builds a few power amplifiers, but lots of headphone amplifiers. In the current review, we take a look at the WA7d tubed headphone amplifier, with DAC, and solid state power supply.

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RBH EP-SB Bluetooth Earbuds Review

RBH EP-SB Bluetooth Earphones Review

The RBH EP-SB is a well-designed wireless earbud featuring both excellent fit and top notch sound quality. The battery life is solid and more than enough for a day of casual listening or long workouts. The internal amp provides plenty of volume, helped in part to the excellent seal provided by the included Comply foam tips.

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Cambridge Audio Azur 851D DAC Review

Cambridge Audio Azur 851D DAC Review

The Digital / Analogue Converter seems to have managed to become one of the most significant pieces of audio gear in most systems, and if they can double as a preamplifier, the more signifi-cant it has become.

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Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors (Earbuds) Review

Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom In Ear Monitors Review

When Ultimate Ears Custom contacted me about a meeting at the 2014 New York Audio Show, I said: “Absolutely”! I had a terrific experience reviewing the entry level Ultimate Ears 4 Pro Custom In Ear Monitors CEM and was eager to hear what was new in the world of custom audio.

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Bluesound Wireless Multi-room Music System Review

Bluesound Wireless Multi-room Music SystemBluesound is a relatively new player in the world of wireless multi-room music system. Its products, however, demonstrate maturity way beyond the company’s young age. The products from the Bluesound ecosystem reviewed here: the Vault, Powernode, Duo, and Pulse, instill quite a positive impression and excitement on the future trend of wireless music systems.

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Sony MDR-Z7 Headphones and PHA-3 Portable DAC and Headphone Amp Review

Sony MDR-Z7 Headphones and PHA-3 Portable DAC and Headphone Amp ReviewSony continues to release lots of new products bearing the “HI-Res Audio” logo. This review focuses on three of these products - the Sony MDR-Z7 Headphones, the Sony PHA-3 battery powered DAC/headphone amp and the Kimber Kable MUC-B20BL1 balanced headphone cable.

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OPPO PM-3 Over-the-Ear Headphones Review

OPPO PM-3 HeadphoneOPPO has recently released a third model in their over-the-ear headphones line, the brand new PM-3. The other two models in the lineup are named, logically, the OPPO PM-1 and PM-2.

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Burson Conductor Virtuoso USB DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone Amplifier Review

Burson Conductor Virtuoso USB DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone AmplifierBurson Audio, based in Australia, markets power amplifiers and headphone amplifiers, mostly the latter. Their newest model is the Conductor Virtuoso. Its musicality amazed me.

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OPPO HA-2 DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

OPPOOPPO has just released the HA-2 DAC and Headphone amplifier. It is sized to use with your smart phone's digital output using a USB-micro-to-USB-micro cable. With a Sabre Mobile DAC, the HA-2 will decode up to 32/384 PCM and DSD256 music stored on your phone (you will need a downloadable app). The HA-2 plays high resolution music with proper transients that might otherwise be lost on the inexpensive DACs that are native to the smart phones.

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Tidal Music Streaming Service Review

Tidal Music Streaming Service ReviewTidal Music Streaming Service is the first CD quality (1411 kbps) music streaming service offered in the U.S. With over 25 million tracks in their catalog, they offer a wide variety of musical genres, in addition to curated Playlists and Music Editorials. For the video minded, they also include a catalog of 75,000 music videos, most of which are in HD resolution.

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