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An audio review & news blog. The volume should not exceed 80 dB is recommended. I usually adhere to the safe-listening style by WHO. Please note that my aural impressions and interpretations of measurements are also made from a safe-listening style.

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Digital Audio Player

FiiO Introduces "R7" Premium ES9068AS THX AAA-788+ Based Desktop Digital Audio Player

FiiO is one of the most happening HiFi audio brands from China. They are active in the industry with a huge, literally huge catalog of products ranging across different price brackets and covering different gear segments. Today, FiiO has r…

Five Upgrades With Latest Shanling M0 Pro: M0 Pro Vs M0!!

The wait for the update to the class M0 entry-level digital audio player from Shanling has finally come to an end, they have announced the all-new Shanling M0 Pro. M0 Pro, as a true successor to the M0 updates it in every aspect including …

Four New Updates With All-New HiBy R3 Pro Saber 2022: Budget Hi-Res Audio Player Redefined!!

HiBy has updated its classic R3 range of digital audio players with the latest release of the R3 Pro Saber 2022. It comes as an upgraded variant for the R3 Pro Saber that came out back in 2020. HiBy has designed the new R3 Pro Saber 2022 f…

HiBy RS8: Highly-Awaited Darwin II R2R Android Music Player

The HiBy RS8, the latest high-end digital audio player, has been released.

Tempotec Variations V6 Latest Android Digital Audio Player With AK4493SE Dual DAC & Android 8.1 OS Available Now

Tempotec’s highly-awaited Variations V6 premium Android Digital Audio player is officially released today. A few months back, Tempotec introduced the Variations V6 as a crowdfunding project on the Kickstarter platform that got an overwhelm…

HiBy Music Intoruduces "RS8": Highly-Awaited Flagship Android Music Player With R2R Darwin Architecture Technology

HiBy Music is a widely known name today among audiophiles. What started as a music player application a few years back has emerged as one of the leading manufacturers of portable HiFi gear. Over the years, HiBy has specialized in portable …

HiBy R3 Pro Saber 2022: Ultraportable Bluetooth UAT Touchscreen Hi-Fi Network Music Player

The HiBy R3 Pro Saber 2022, the latest small portable audio player, is now available.

Shanling M3 Ultra: Dual ES9219C DAC Chips Android 10 Portable HiFi Player

The Shanling M3 Ultra mid-entry class Android digital audio player is now available.

Hidizs Announces AP80 Pro-X Red Copper Limited Edition Collectible Digital Audio Player

Hidizs AP80 series of digital audio players need no introduction among audio lovers. The series has got plenty of products including the AP80, the AP80 Pro, and the recently launched AP80 Pro-X. Hidizs has a habit of releasing limited edit…

FiiO M11S: dual ES9038Q2M DAC Audio Player

FiiO has released its latest digital audio player, the FiiO M11S.

Shanling EM7 Flagship Desktop All-in-One Streamer and DAC/AMP

Shanling has introduced a brand new flagship desktop all-in-one streamer plus DAC/AMP, the Shanling EM7. The “EM” series of HiFi products from Shanling are designed as an all-in-one desktop solution for headphone listeners. The series star…

Shanling M6 Ultra: Latest Portable Digital Audio Player With Quad AK4493SEQ DACs

Shanling Audio is a well-recognized brand in the HiFi audio industry. They are an old player dealing in all kinds of HiFi audio gears including in-ear monitors, digital audio players, and more. Today, Shanling officially launches its lates…

HiBy RS2: Seek Splendid Sound With This New Darwin Based R2R Digital Audio Player

Last year, HiBy released the revolutionary RS6 digital audio player. The player laid the foundation of premium R2R-based Darwin Architecture for portable digital audio players for the brand. Bringing the legacy set by the RS6 forward, HiBy…

(News) Tempotec Serenade X: High-End Desktop HiFi DAP USB DAC

The latest network digital audio player, Tempotec Serenade X, is now available.

(News) iBasso DX170: Latest Hi-Res Digital Audio Player

The latest digital audio player, the iBasso DX170, has been released.

(News) iBasso Welcomes The Latest DX170 Hi-Res Digital Audio Player With Dual CS43131 DAC Chips

The wait for the latest mid-level DAP from iBasso is finally over. They have finally revealed the brand new iBasso DX170. As a successor to the DX160, the DX170 comes equipped with the latest-gen Dual DAC chipset, FPGA Master Audio Archite…

(News) iBasso Launches AMP13 Module With 6th Gen Korg Nutube For DX300 and DX320

iBasso has just announced its latest amp module for the flagship DX300 and the DX320 digital audio players, presenting the all-new iBasso AMP13. Designed with the 6th gen Korg Nutube 6P1, the AMP13 packs a tube-like rich sound presentation…

(News) Low-priced DAP "Q3 32GB" released

The Q3 32GB compact, easy-to-carry entry-level digital audio player is now available.

(News) Matrix Element Second-Generation All-In-One Devices: Innovative 3.46" Touchscreen Display

With the latest second-generation of Matrix Element devices, we are getting a unique and innovative touch screen. One can fully access entire features of the device using a large 3.46” touch screen display available at the front. It is fea…

(News) Digital Audio Player "iBasso DX320" with DAC chip made by ROHM is now available!

iBasso is pleased to announce its newest digital audio player, the iBasso DX320. It is equipped with the ROHM DAC chip, the most notable DAC chip in the market today.

(News) Matrix Element X2 Hybrid Volume Mode: Bringing Us Both Digital & Analog Volume Controls Under The Same Shell

The flagship Element X2 is loaded with class-leading features such as a flagship DAC chipset, an eight-channel balanced amplification circuit, and many more. Among all its advanced features, we have got the Hyper Volume Control. Here they …

(News) Matrix Audio Announces Latest Generation Of Element Series Desktop Music Streamers

Earlier today, Matrix Audio announced its latest generation of “Element Series” of all-in-one desktop music streamers. Equipped with a new circuit design, and upgraded functions, we will be getting three new devices, the Matrix element M2,…

(News) Topping M50: Desktop-Grade Digital Audio Player With USB OTG Bridge

Topping M50 is a premium desktop digital audio player with 10-band EQ support along with Apple Airplay and DLNA connectivity. Topping M50 supports USB OTG function, and has a microSD and Flash disk support(up to 256GB capacity). Topping al…

(News) Shanling M7, the latest ESS9038 Pro equipped digital audio player, is here!

Shanling has released its latest digital audio player, the Shanling M7.

(News) HiBy Released R5 Gen 2: Six Upgrades Over The Original R5 & R5 Saber

Over the years, HiBy has developed itself as a premium quality high-fidelity audio gear manufacturer. They develop and market some of the top-selling DAPs in the market today with successful products available across all the different segm…

(News) Cayin N8ii Released: Latest Flagship Digital Audio Player With Fully Balanced Tube Amplification!!

Cayin has officially launched its latest top-tier digital audio player, the Cayin N8ii. If we follow the news by Cayin, the N8ii has been in the development stage for quite some time now. It was supposed to be released last year but due to…

(News) Introducing the Shanling EM5, a Desktop streaming DAC/AMP

Shanling is focusing on music streaming based on the industry standard UPnP with the EM5. the Shanling EM5 Streaming DAC/AMP is designed as a DLNA certified streaming client. In addition, it also supports Apple AirPlay to access a wide ran…

(News) Dethonray Prelude DTR1+: Latest Hi-Res Music Player Announced

Today, Dethonray has announced the much-anticipated upgrade to the Prelude DTR1, the Dethonray Prelude DTR1+. The latest DTR1+ uses the same trusted AK4490EQ DAC chip that was used in the DTR1, and the DTR1+ features improved electronics, …

(News) Shanling X Moondrop X Tanchjim Limited Edition M3X Available To Order

The limited-edition M3X comes bundled with a unique white leather case that complements the new look of the player. The specs are kept the same as the original player but the look, feel, and tuning is entirely new to the limited edition M3…

(News) Shanling M6 Pro 2021 Android Music Player Announced

Earlier this year Shanling has introduced M6 Android Music Player 2021 variant with ES9038Q2M DAC chipset. Today, Shanling has announced the latest variant of its highly successful M6 Pro Android Music Player, the Shanling M6 Pro 2021.