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Grado Labs RS2e with G-cush

All Grados are open-back headphones and aside their Statement and Professional Series, most are on-ear rather than over-ear headphones. Unfortunately for me, after a 15 minutes session, on-ear Grados are so painful that I have to take them off. Comfort, together with the SR325e’s lack of bass are the reasons I sold them and moved […]

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Astell & Kern A&norma SR25

The TOTL DAP box was checked with the SP1000M: been there, done that and came to the conclusion that it wasn’t worth its price in sound for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing DAP but I had this nagging feeling that I preferred the sound signature of the previous Astell & Kern DAP […]

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Interview with Gaudio

When I discovered that a company — Gaudio — engineers, designs, and builds state-of-the-art earphones and in-ear monitors right here in Switzerland — I simply couldn’t believe it… After reaching-out to them, they agreed to answer a few of my questions. Here is the interview, unabridged and unaltered for your reading pleasure! Disclaimer: I am in […]

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The battle of the Lightning dongles

For context, I was looking for a DAC/Amp for my iPhone XR in order to see if there’s something better than Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter. I was also curious to see how dongles compare to a TOTL DAP such as A&K’s SP1000M. I will approach this comparison from the following two angles: […]

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Jomo Audio Haka

No crossover, no phase cancellation, just powerful and coherent pure sound. Jomo Audio’s description of the Haka Reading this, I was in from the get go and ordered the Haka with Effect Audio’s Ares II cable. The Haka seemed right up my alley with the notable exception of a tuning veering more on the side […]

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Astell & Kern A&ultima SP1000M

Curiosity and frustration got the better of me. This is a really, really, expensive DAP which easily costs 2-4 times the price of other DAPs. After re-selling your fifth DAP, however, you start to do the math and come to the conclusion that you better buy the one DAP which does everything you want — no […]

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Audirect Beam

The DAP is dead. Or at least it is how I wished to title this review. I strongly believe there is a place for portable DAC/Amps for a setup with streaming capabilities. This would allow one to choose the smartphone platform they like best and plug-in the necessary accessory to transform it into an portable […]

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HiBy R5

Although HiBy started as a software company, it is more on the hardware side of things that HiBy has been particularly successful. Since the release of their R6, a plethora of DAPs followed although their flagship — the R6 Pro — caught most of the attention. While their R3 and R3 Pro propose more mainstream […]

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Campfire Audio Andromeda Special Edition: Gold

For as long as I can remember, Campfire Audio (CA) has been synonymous with their Andromeda IEM and vice-versa. This remains true to this day even though the Andromeda lost its flagship status in Campfire Audio’s line. Now, I never tried the original Andromedas. Every review I read about them had me look the other […]