Review: V-MODA XS

V-MODA | On-Ear Headphone | $ 212.00

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It’s been over 2 years since the introduction of V-MODA’s first attempt at an audiophile friendly sound, their M-80 on-ear headphones.  In those two years, they released an over-ear model that diverged from neutrality with respect to the 80s.  It’s 2014 and V-MODA has released a successor to the M-80, dubbed the XS, these headphones are flatter and represent a natural progression to the original M-80.  Is it worth the price?  Is it worth the upgrade?  Read on to find out.  (more…)

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Review: Libratone Loop

Libratone | AirPlay Speaker | $ 499.95

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When Apple released AirPlay, I knew it would only take a little time before manufacturers started implementing it.  The Libratone speaker lineup all support AirPlay.  The loop is their 500 dollar entry into the line that supports AirPlay as well as DNLA.  (more…)

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Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagix XS

Cambridge Audio | DAC/AMP | $ 199.00

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When it comes to audio performance, most laptops aren’t entirely up to snuff.  They tend to have poor DAC/AMPs that output more than just the music and sounds that your devices output.  Most of us are used to the static hum on the background of many laptops when you plug in a pair of sensitive headphones.  A solution to that would be using an external DAC.  The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS is a good solution to this issue due to its small size and ease of use.  Makes me wonder why they didn’t also add compatibility with iDevices and smartphones.  (more…)

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Review: Dunu DN-1000

Dunu | In-Ear Monitor | $ 215.00

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Dunu has always been one of my favorite brands when it came to affordable IEMs because they are a company that always uses top notch materials and mix in there a design that is shiny and gorgeous.  The Dunu DN-1000 is their first step past the midrange marking their 200+ dollar entry into their lineup.  It marries a dynamic driver with twin balanced armatures for bass and mids/highs respectively.   (more…)

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Review: Brainwavz Delta

Brainwavz | In-Ear Monitor | $ 22.50

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Brainwavz has always been one of my go-to companies when it came to affordable headphones and audio gear.  Recently, Brainwavz has come out with quite a few new IEMs, one that took the slot right below flagship, one midrange (for them), and then there is the delta, coming in towards the low-priced spectrum.  The Brainwavz Delta still proves to not only be stylish, but sound good while at it.  (more…)

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Review: NAD VISO HP20

NAD | In-Ear Monitors | $ 169.00

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After the success of the NAD VISO HP50 over-ear headphones, NAD, with the help of Paul Barton, has come out with a new in-ear model for their VISO line of audio products.  This becomes NAD’s first steps into the in-ear business.  It’s a strong step, but does come with its weaknesses.  (more…)

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Review: AKG K845 BT

AKG | Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones | $ 299.95

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AKG, child company of Harman, has been a well-established manufacturer of headphones in the studio world for some time now.  Their line has spread long and wide covering everything from noise cancelling headphones, to wireless ones.  The AKG K845 BT is a Bluetooth model of the K545 which were announced simultaneously.  The headphones have great styling while being able to offer stellar sound quality, wired or wireless.  (more…)

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Review: Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200

Cambridge Audio | AirPlay Speaker | $ 499.00

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Last time we looked at Cambridge Audio, we took a detailed look into their portable BT speaker, the Minx Go.  The Minx Go was a power little thing, going up into their upper end of wireless speaker, the Minx Air series offers two speakers, the 100 and 200.  The speaker offers great sound quality in a fairly easy setup through Apple’s AirPlay system.  (more…)

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Review: MEElectronics Atlas

MEElectronics | On-Ear Headphone | $ 99.99

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With the new Atlas, the headphone MEElectronics dubs “the next headphone”, MEE incorporates a slew of technologies, old and new, into a pair of headphones.  The in-mold label (IML) printing methods and technology employed allow the headphones to standout in design while the multi-layering due to this technique makes them feel great.  Vented pads tune the sound and add comfort.  Speaking of sound, though, these really just sound great.  (more…)

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Review: Phiaton Chord MS 530

Phiaton | Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones | $ 349.00

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Phiaton has always been a company that has pushed noise canceling as a feature of its headphones.  They have also been one to show that they aren’t afraid to go the route of Bluetooth either.  This on-ear model does both; it’s a noise-canceling, Bluetooth headphone that is ironically called Chord.  In essence, it doesn’t need an actual chord.   (more…)

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