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:
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.
Twister6 posted on Head-Fi his review of the N8 DAP. From the unboxing photos it appears to be a very attractive digital audio player and has a plethora of cable types include. I will leave the details for you to read in the review but the fact that you have the choice of vacuum tube and solid state amplification in 3.5mm headphone output is intriguing. The one downside is that if my math is correct the cost in US Dollars is over $3,300.
Pros – Solid State and Vacuum Tube (Korg NuTube) amp outputs, High Output mode, solid stainless-steel build, responsive interface, plenty of digital and analog outputs, selection of custom cable adapters, duplex LDAC Bluetooth support.
Cons – price, weight, touchy up/down dial, 5sec tube warm up delay (more of annoyance than Con).
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.
Twister6 posted a review of the Plenue R over on Head-Fi. Twister6’s review is extensive and complete as always and the PR (Plenue R) sounds like a great mid-market product selling without the leather case for just under $500.
Pros – JetEffect 7, solid build, responsive touch-screen, neutral revealing tuning, customizable GUI (skins), 17hrs battery life, Bluetooth w/aptX, 128GB internal storage.
Cons – leather case is optional, power output more suitable for IEMs and efficient Full size.
Twister6 posted an extensive review of the Shanling M2 DAP over on Head-Fi.
Pros – neutral signature, transparent sound, excellent build, compact slim design, duplex Bluetooth functionality, HibyLink support, battery life.
Cons – high output impedance, no internal storage, no included case.
Zelda has a review of the X3 over on Head-Fi. From the review it is clearly an entry level DAP priced at around $100. There is some completion in the $75-$150 price range so you are looking for an entry point for HiFi DAPs you may want search my site for reviews of competitive products. I do like the fact that it has two microSD slots.
Pros – Sound Quality: detail, transparency, air, separation; Build quality; Very portable; 2 micro SD slots; Good synergy; Solid firmware
Cons – Battery; Buttons layout; OLED screen is useless under the sun; Prone to scratches