NANOTECHNOS posted and extensive review of the new Fiio M11 digital audio player. Some comments and links to his reviews on the prior generation Fiio M7 and M9. It sounds like a real winner and at an amazing price of just under $500 USD. Check out the review by clicking below:
Grover Neville posted an in depth review of the Audeze Mobius headphones over on Inner Fidelity. I can attest that these are pretty darn good headphones for listening to music but they really shine when using them for gaming. Grover speaks to that in his review. Click the link below to check it out.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
Watermelon Boi posted a review of the Delphinus 5 IEM over on Head-Fi. This IEM has 5 balanced armatures with 3 way crossovers- 2 low, 1 mid, 1 high, and 1 super-high. It also uses the MMCX connector. From the sounds of it these are very nice IEMs and are priced at around $500.
Pros – Deep/dense bass with sparkles
-Beautiful build quality
-High quality stock cable
-Pelican-style carrying case
Cons – Not meant for reverb haters
-Brightness could be a bit dark for some
-Case size could be a bit bigger
Audeze has announced that they are extending their Mobius Indiegogo Campaign until May 5th. As of this blog’s publishing time, there are still 43 left at the 32% discount. After that the price goes up $30. There are some great threads over on Head-Fi discussing the Mobius and I will link to those in another post this weekend. I am going to push this campaign a bit because maybe the only time you have an opportunity to own a planar magnetic headphone for under $300. Initial reviews are placing the sound characteristics of the Mobius of the Audeze Sine and some reviews place it in the ballpark of the LCD 2.
Click on the link below to check out the campaign!
Jude posted a video review of the upcoming Audeze Mobius headphone on Head-Fi. While the Mobius is targeting gamers they appear to have the same, similar or in the ballpark planar magnetic core as the EL-8. However, according to the review it holds up against its peers when justing using it as a standard headphone. The Mobius has a usb-c connection with converting cables and a boom-mic included. It is also bluetooth and supports LDAC for all of the Sony fans out there. For the PC gamers it supports 7.1 surround with head tracking. Sounds like an interesting HP. Another interesting thing is that it is being sold pre-release on the Indiegogo platform. Apparently, to generate interest pre-release and to fund the manufacturing run-up costs. Slated for a June/July release the pre-release price is $269. That is 32% off the expected retail price of $399.
Jude has posted his review of CanJam Singapore on Head-Fi. As it typical at the Singapore event there will be great stuff to hear. Maybe I will bump into you as we try to hear the new Focal gear.
Jude posted his video review over on Head-Fi containing some of the equipment and software that will be at the CanJam NY show.