Shanling M2 Review

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.

Review of M2

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Review of the Xduoo X3 Entry Level Digital Audio Player

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

Review of Xduoo X3

Opus 3 Digital Audio Player Review

Joe posted a review of the Opus 3 DAP over on Head-Fi.  Sounds like a great device but it is a bit pricey and has some stiff competition at it’s price point.

Pros – Blooming bass, touch of warmth, wide and expanded staging. Long standby battery, customizable apk 3rd party apps
Cons – Trebles may be harsh at times

iBasso Audio DX200 DAP Review

Twister6 posted a review of the $1,000 dual DAC DX200  digital audio player over on Head-Fi.

Pros: neutral revealing signature, dual ES9028Pro DACs, DSD512 support, Android 6.0/WiFi/Bluetooth, 2GB of RAM, leather case
Cons: single microSD and 64GB of internal storage, battery life due to high power AMP module, firmware is almost there.

Review of DX200

FiiO X5 3rd Gen Audio Player Review

Bhazard posted a review of the new FiiO X5 3rd generation digital audio player over on Head-Fi.  FiiO has dropped the click wheel and replaced it with a large LCD screen.  This is a plus in my book.  The new X5 is a dual mono DAC configuration and supports balanced output.  All good things and with a $399 list price you can’t go wrong.

Pros: Sound Quality, Android OS, Wifi, USB DAC

Cons: Older android OS, Slow transfers.

 

Review of X5 3rd Gen

iBasso Audio DX200 DAP Review

H20Fidelity has a review of the DX200 digital audio player on Head-Fi. One item to be aware of is that it uses USB-C connector and while this is the future in the USB world it is early in its adoption period so you likely don’t have any spare USB-C cable laying around if you misplace or forget to bring the one provided by iBasso.

Pros: Amazing sound performance, resolution, detail, dynamics, features, large screen, fast interface, build quality, purchase presentation
Cons: Single micro SD card slot, minor features missing on initial release firmware, slightly heavy/large device for portability

 

Review of DX200 DAP