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iFi Zen DAC Review

iFi Zen DAC Review

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If you are in the market for an affordable and compact desktop DAC/headphone amp, iFi Zen DAC could be just the thing you need. Along with great looks, compact design, and affordable price, iFi Zen DAC delivers very nice, distortion-free sound and can drive the most demanding headphones (up to 600Ω). In this review, we will discuss the features and performance of this very nice entry-level DAC/headphone amp.  iFi is a young audio company, founded in 2012. The company headquarters are located in Southport, UK. iFi makes all kinds of headphone amps, DACs, audio cables, and other audio equipment. Their products have quickly become very popular, mostly because of the value they offer for the price. iFi Zen DAC is another product that justifies iFi’s reputation.  iFi Zen DAC use
MartinLogan Motion 40i Review

MartinLogan Motion 40i Review

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Looking for a reasonably priced audiophile-grade floorstanders for your stereo or home theater system? MartinLogan Motion 40i definitely deserves a place on your shortlist. This is arguably the best speaker in its price range and it’s our top choice when it comes to entry-level high-end floorstanding speakers. The price will be a dealbreaker for most people (up to $2,500 for a pair) but if you know anything about audiophile equipment, you know that prices can be much higher.  MartinLogan is an American speaker manufacturer best known for its electrostatic speakers and, especially, for its hybrid speakers from the Masterpiece and ElectroMotion series. The biggest and probably the only issue we have with these speakers is their price. They are all very expensive. In order to expand i
Como Audio Musica Review

Como Audio Musica Review

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Como Audio Musica is a premium all-in-one music system with a fascinating set of features. It’s one of the most versatile music systems on the market. If that's something you're looking for and if a $600 price tag is not too much for you, you are going to love it.   Como Audio is a very young audio company founded in 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. Its founder, Tom DeVesto has more than 40 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and introducing all kinds of high-quality electronics brands. During his professional career, Mr. DeVesto gained a lot of experience in marketing and sales. According to his bio, Mr. DeVesto was the guy who introduced the concept of factory-direct selling.  The idea behind Como Audio was to make a compact device that could access all y
Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet Headphones Review

Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet Headphones Review

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Looking for a great pair of kids Bluetooth headphones with an amazing set of features? Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet kids Bluetooth headphones are arguably the best option. They might be made for children but their performance and their features are very much on par with headphones made for adults.  Volume-limiting headphones for children were not a big deal back in the 90s. We all used to listen to our Walkmans and portable CD players at high volumes and we didn’t care. We were stupid and irresponsible, and our parents had no way to control our music listening habits all the time. Some of my friends experienced the first signs of noise-induced hearing loss at the age of 15. Luckily, today, there’s an easy way to prevent this from happening to your child. There’re all kinds of volume-l
Paradigm Persona 5F Loudspeaker Review

Paradigm Persona 5F Loudspeaker Review

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Looking for a pair of high-end floorstanders for your stereo system or your surround sound system? Paradigm Persona 5F loudspeaker might be just the thing you need. A pair of these beauties will cost you as much as a nice car but, if you still decide to buy them, you will be awarded the best listening (and visual) experience of your life.  Paradigm is a famous speaker manufacturer from Canada. They’ve been in the business since 1982 and, up until three years ago, they’ve been known for their high-performing and relatively affordable speakers and home theater solutions. Before the Persona line, Paradigm’s previous flagship floorstanders were priced around $5000 per piece. Shure, that’s not cheap but it was still much cheaper than the high-end speakers made by KEF, Focal, B&W, So
Brainwavz HEX Review

Brainwavz HEX Review

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Brainwavz HEX comes from the growing line of Brainwavz’s 3D printed in-ear monitors. The practice of using 3D printers to make earphones is becoming very popular among manufacturers as it gives them a lot of freedom when it comes to shaping and introducing new and attractive designs. Design is just one of the things that make HEX earphones special. The second thing is the use of triple BA drivers made by Knowles. The third thing is the price tag, which is surprisingly low considering the overall performance. According to the Brainwavz, HEX can outperform any pair of in-ear monitors in its price range. In this review, we are going to put that claim to the test. Brainwavz is a brand from Honk Kong owned by a company called GPGS. Brainwavz has been in the business since 2008 and it’s f
Vandersteen VCC-2 Center Channel Speaker Review

Vandersteen VCC-2 Center Channel Speaker Review

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Looking for a high-performing center channel speaker? Vandersteen VCC-2 center channel speaker might be just the thing you need, especially if you are building a home theater system around Vandersteen floorstanders and subwoofers. The biggest quality of VCC-2 is its performance – this thing delivers better clarity and more detailed reproduction than any other speaker in its price range. The price tag is high and it can be a deal-breaker but you can be assured that VCC-2 is worth every cent. Let's see why. VCC-2 comes from a reputable loudspeaker manufacturer with a long tradition of making high-quality speakers. Richard Vandersteen, the founder of Vandersteen Audio, started making loudspeakers in 1972. For the first 5 years, he was making them in his garage and it was rather a hobby or
Koss BT232i Wireless Bluetooth FitClip Headphones Review

Koss BT232i Wireless Bluetooth FitClip Headphones Review

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Looking for a nice pair of budget earbuds under $40 for your workouts? Koss BT232i Bluetooth FitClip in-ear headphones could be the right choice for you, especially if you have really small ears.  Koss is one of the legendary names in the audio industry. The company was founded in 1958 and it is, along with Beyerdynamic, AKG, and Sony, one of the pioneers of the industry. Koss was the company that manufactured the first stereo headphones (aka stereophones) in 1958 and the first pair of US-made electrostatic headphones in 1968. During the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Koss was one of the most reputable and most wanted brands. For the last two or three decades, Koss was known for its great-sounding low-budget headphones. For some reason, the management of the company decided not to enter the hi...
Mackie MC-250 Headphones Review

Mackie MC-250 Headphones Review

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Headphones are, among some other gear, the essential piece of equipment for every recording studio. Big studios with limitless budgets will always go for top-of-the-line gear, but every recording artist has to start somewhere and, as you’re probably aware, the budgets are usually very limited. If you are trying to make your own home studio and looking for the best affordable studio headphones, Mackie MC-250 headphones deserve your attention. The manufacturer claims that these deliver reference-quality sound, perfect for mixing and critical listening. We gave them a chance and ended up impressed by the performance and detailed sound reproduction. Want to find out more about Mackie MC-250 headphones? Our in-depth review follows.   Mackie is a well-known name in the recording
Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 System Review

Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 System Review

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Whether you’re looking for a great home theater system under $3,000 or you just want a pair of great-sounding tower speakers, you should check out the latest Novus speaker line by Aperion Audio. In this review, we'll be talking about Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 system and we'll give you our impressions about each speaker and about the system as a whole.   Novus speaker line is the latest line introduced by the award-wining Aperion Audio. In terms of pricing their Aperion Audio Novus 5.0.2 system is somewhere in between their first Intimus system and their flagship Verus systems. In terms of performance and especially in terms of performance/value ratio, Novus 5.0.2 is an excellent system and deserves our recommendation. There are quite a few pretty big selling points. First o