Review of the xDuoo X3II DAP

Cqtek posted a review of the xDuoo X3II digital audio player.  From the review it sounds like this is a neutral sounding DAP and is a significant improvement from its predecessor.  Priced at around $160 it should be a contender in that pricing segment.  Although, you can pick up some really great 1-2 year old DAPs that are around the same price.

 

Pros – Number of features (Bluetooth, DAC, Hiby Link, Line Output, Bidirectional USB, etc.). It is a very versatile product.
– Size and weight, in line with its predecessor.
– Screen size.
– Initial firmware with just a few faults.
– Gapless from the beginning.
– Battery life.
– Power.
– Great sound.
– A firmware with Rockbox is now available.

Cons – The layout of the buttons is original but not too ergonomic.
– Shortage of accessories, not even a case comes.

CLICK HERE for the xDuoo X3II review

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Review of the RHA T20 IEM

McSchnauze posted a review of the T20 on Head-Fi.  The T20 $189 single dynamic driver with dual coils. The link to the review is below.

Pros – Warm yet detailed. Lively/Energetic. Lush & Natural… almost analog-like.
Cons – Bass can be too prominent. On most tracks, just above-average soundstage.

 

CLICK HERE for the review of the T20

Review of the Campfire Audio Atlas IEM

Ngoshawk posted a review of the Atlas IEM over on Head-Fi.  This is a single 10mm dynamic driver unit priced at $1,299.  It better be outstanding for a single DD IEM at that price and from the review it sounds like it is.  Ngoshawk states that this is shaping up as a foundation shaker, much the way the Vega did not that long ago.”

CLICK HERE to view the Atlas review

Pros – Excellent fit and finish.
Fantastic bass.
Litz cable.
Quality, quality, quality.
Sound, which typifies a Flagship

Cons – Driver flex.
Fingerprint collector.
Nothing else.

Atlas specifications:

Driver: 10mm Single full range dynamic driver
Diaphragm: Plasma enhanced Chemical Vapor Depostion (C.V.D.) Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon (A.D.L.C.) Diaphragm.
Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL/mW
Frequency Response: 5Hz–20 kHz
Impedance: 19Ω @ 1kHz
Material: Stainless steel body
Connectors: Beryllium / Copper MMCX
Cable Material: Pure Silver Litz
Cable Length: 1.2M (4 feet)
Plug: 3.5mm Gold plated

 

 

 

 

FiiO FH1 IEM Review

Ezekiel77 posted a review of the FH1 over on Head-Fi.  This single titanium dynamic driver IEM is priced at $75.  From Ezekiel77’s review it sounds like the FH1 is a very respectable IEM in the sub-$100 category.  Go check out the review in the link below.

Pros – Class-leading mids tuning, natural signature with good timbre, bass extension, robust build quality, classy design, ergonomic fit, two cables provided, price!
Cons – Overwhelming bass at times, soundstage depth and layering, treble extension and air, detail and resolution, MMCX connectors.

CLICK HERE to see the review of the FH1

Unique Melody Announces Two New IEMs – the Maven & the Mirage

Unique Melody has posted an announcement of their two new IEMs, the Maven and the Mirage.  CLICK HERE to view the announcement.

The Melody specifications:

Frequency response range: 20Hz-25KHz
Sensitivity: @1KHz 108dB
Impedance: 26Ω
Driver Count: 11BA
Crossover: 4-way crossover system
Driver Configuration: 4 low + 2 mid range + 4 high +1 custom semi-open tuning unit

Priced at $2,000

The Mirage specifications:

Frequency response range: 20Hz-20KHz
Sensitivity: @1KHz 104dB
Impedance: 23Ω
Driver Count: 3BA
Crossover: 3-way crossover system
Driver Configuration: 1 low +1 custom open mid range +1 high

Priced at $1,000

Tyll from Innerfidelity announces his retirement

This May post is from another of my blogs.  I just noticed that it was not posted in this blog so here it is:

Jude posted a note Head-Fi regarding Tyll’s announcement that he is retiring from Innerfidelity and more interestingly from the headphone community. As one of the originals it is hard to underestimate his impact on the headphone community and HiFi in general.   It will be interesting to see how the void his absence creates is filled. The link to Jude’s note is below.  I also added the link to Tyll’s YouTube video where he announces his retirement and his explanation of why now.  He will be missed!

I can fully understand Tyll’s motivations as I have just gone through the same transition.  The “been there and done that” gets overwhelming and you just want to do something else.  After years of battles you find that there is a significant amount of repetition.  After fighting the same battle multiple times it gets tiring.  For each battle you know upfront  the amount of effort, emotional drain and the eventual outcome.  You arrive at a point where you are unwilling to invest that emotional effort.  There are also the many things you couldn’t do while working.  You regret the missed sporting events your kids were in.  The vacations you didn’t take or in my case vacations where I was on a phone with work for much of it.  All of this just gets overwhelming and you just say “F” it.   Good for Tyll to make it out intact!

Retirement is a huge transition but for those who have the luxury of planning for it the transition can be smoother but no less dramatic.  Hopefully, all goes well with Tyll’s transition as well as his mastering of the ukulele.

Link to Jude’s post

Link to Tyll’s YouTube video

Review of the Shinola Canfield IEM

Cinder posted a review of the Canfield IEM over on Head-Fi.  Shinola, a “design, lifestyle and shortly hotel company, based in Detroit, partnered with Campfire ALO to produce a single dynamic driver IEM.  They are certainly attractive but a bit too shiny for me. They also use the MMCX cable connector to which I am not a fan.

When I research pricing for this IEM I found a HUGE discrepancy in price.  I found them from $90 used to $195 new direct from Shinola.  At the higher price point they have significant competition.  Cinder has a few comparisons in the review so check it out.

 

Review of Canfield IEM