iFi's xDSD

It has always proved exciting for me to receive an email from iFi, and the same held true when they reached out to me regarding their new xDSD portable DAC/amplifier. This entry to the market seems to seek to directly compete with offerings from similar boutique audio companies, like the Chord Mojo, which I reviewed many months ago. Regrettably, the device has since left my hands, so I won’t be able to do a direct comparison. However, continue we must.

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Taction Technology's Kannon

I've been waiting to get these in for review ever since the HeadFi meet back in the fall of this year. I came into that expo with Taction marked as a stop, since they had claimed quite a lot about their products on their website, and I wanted to briefly put them through their paces. I'm fully willing to admit that after having heard many "bass boost" headphones, the only commonality between them being their almost-universal terribleness, I was skeptical, at the outset.

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Fostex's T60RP

Fostex sent me a pair of their newly released T60RP to test out about a month back. This is the next iteration in their RP (Regular Phase) series, following the famous T50RP, which I have only heard as modifications. This employs some of the same orthodynamic technology that has served Fostex well in the past, and I'm glad that I was able to take the time to really put them through their paces.

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ZMF's Classic

ZMF made its name in modification. First of the T50RP, which is one of the most commonly modified headphones in existence, they eventually made their move into wholly custom products. Although I haven't had the opportunity to hear those yet, I hope to in the future. But, I have had the time to listen, extensively I might add, to Zach Mehrbach's modification of the T50RP Mk III - the ZMF Classic. Having heard Cascadia Audio's Talos, a modification of the same headphone, this made for a great comparison.

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Impressions: ZMF's Classic

I finally got my hands on another modification of the most prolifically-modified headphone out there: Fostex's T50RP Mk III. After being so impressed  Cascadia Audio's Talos, I'll admit, from the get-go, that I have very high expectations. Especially with all the work and care that Zach Mehrbach at ZMF puts into all of his products, I've got high hopes.

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Audeze's iSine 10

Audeze sent me their iSine 10, knowing that I had independently reviewed the 20 in the past. Although I know that it has been emphasized to death, I really can't overstate that this innovation is the most magnitudinal that I've seen in the past 5 years in headphones, generally speaking. I mean, to take the technology and (arguably) the sound of a pair of full-size, orthodynamic headphones and cram them into a pair of portable, in-ear monitors is absurd, in the least. So let's get at it, then.

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Sony's MDR-1000X

Sony sent me their reasonably new portable offering, the MDR-1000X. It occupies a section of the market that is relatively saturated at this point, although the man contenders right now are Bose's QC 35 and Sennheiser's PXC 550, both of which I have to hear. These make a great bang-for-the-buck in the wireless, over-ear, noise-cancelling category, and man was that a lot of words to get out. They've got a killer, unique feature-set that offers great ease-of-use, with a sound that falls right in line.

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Impressions: Periodic Audio's Beryllium IEM

After much waiting, as they made their rounds around the reviewing community, all three of Dan at Periodic Audio's new bespoke IEMs have made their way to me. I say bespoke, by the way, as not one part of any of these products are designed, machined, or tooled by anyone but Periodic Audio: they're all made in-house. Let's get to it...

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Impressions: Audeze's iSine 10

The first review I ever wrote (well, posted, rather) was of my own personal set of iSine 20s. It's an odd feeling to now, almost six months later, be onto the 10s. But, major thanks to Audeze for sending these to me for review. As its been so long, and I did part with the 20s about a month back, I'll try to avoid too direct a comparison, since I don't have them in my possession.

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Impressions: Sony's MDR-1000X

One of many headphones in the "wireless, over-ear, noise-cancelling" category, I just received the Sony MDR-1000X the day I'm writing this. I've spent the last few hours with them, and although much more exhaustive testing will be conducted and called for, they've been very fun thus far.

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