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Tivizen DVB-T Dongle Freeview Tuner for iPad2/iPad and iPhone 4

Stuff.tv
Stuff.tv The Tivizen was featured on Stuff.tv's Festival Kit on the Road feature!Full Review
Date Added: Wednesday 27 June, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

engadget
engadget 'The E17 looks very much like an exquisite MP3 player with its luxurious brushed metal finish, crisp LED display and tactile buttons.' engadgetFull Review
Date Added: Friday 11 May, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

Sound + Vision
Sound + Vision ' Operation is quiet, even with sensitive IEMs (we used models from Westone, Shure, and ACS), and the unit lets you make use of headphones that otherwise might not be portable. Beyond that, the E17 offers about the deepest feature set I've yet seen in a portable DAC. Within the easy-to-navigate menus you'll find a three-position gain switch (offering 0, +6, and + 12 dB). A simple EQ is offered, with bass and treble controls, along with a balance control (and often-requested feature among listeners who don't have perfect hearing, and a welcome addition here). There's also a maximum volume limiter, and a sleep timer too. A front panel input switch lets you toggle between inputs (more in a second on that), while a hold switch keeps you from pocket-dialing some combination of features you'd rather avoid. The user interface is quite nice (especially for a feature-packed small manufacturer product like this; many of the lower cost Chinese designs I've run across have really skimped on usability). The little OLED screen alerts you clearly to which input is live (and tells you sample rate and lock status in USB mode), while the LED indicator ring surrounding the power button glows blue while in use, red when charging, and a combo of both when doing both (as when you're connected over USB). There's even a reset switch, should you crash (I never managed to), and another to toggle the analog outputs between fixed line and variable-level preamp operation. It's all clearly enough laid out that I never had to resort to the manual. The up and down buttons for volume control, however, just aren't to my taste; I really found myself wishing for an analog pot or rotary encoder instead. But considering how much functionality FiiO have packed into this little box at the ridiculously low price point, an omission like this is understandable. Most interestingly, the E17 includes S/PDIF inputs via a combo jack that accepts both optical and coaxial connections (adapters for both are included in the box; you just need to supply your own cables). While USB decoding is limited to 24/96, over S/PDIF the E17 will accept incoming streams at up to 24/192 — certainly high enough for most mortals, and possibly Neil Young too. An 1/8-in minijack accepts an analog input if you want to use the E17 simply as a headphone amp, and a dock connector lets you pair the device with FiiO's E9 desktop amp (and also provides an analog line out if you want to interface with external analog audio devices but don't feel like picking up the E9; that particular mini-dock — known as the L7 — will run you 10 bucks). The E17 does a lot in a tiny package. And where it isn't quite up to snuff, the E9 can fill in the gaps. The price for all of this performance? The E17's battery life, which is down to a claimed 15 hours, a significant cutback when compared to the E7's 80-hour lifespan. That said, unless I'm on the road, in practice I find myself charging my devices each evening or at some point during the day, and so long as I didn't leave it running I got several days of ordinary play (primarily on subway commutes) out of the combo of the E17 and my aging iPod (a 30 GB Photo model from a few generations back). But that's all fine given the E17's dual identity as a portable companion. Enjoy it on your commute, then take it home and pair it up with the desktop E9 for serious listening sessions. The E9 is a similarly capable headphone amp (though it's an amp only — there's a USB input, but it's merely a repeater for the E17's own), with a host of options. You'll find a big, comfy volume pot on the front panel, straddled by both 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch headphone output jacks (though we're guessing this'll primarily be used with full-sized phones in any case). Around back, alongside the USB input, there's a two-position gain switch, and auxiliary input on 1/8-inch jack, a fixed-level output on stereo RCA jacks, and a variable-level preamp output on a 1/8-inch minijack. The E9 charges the E17 as it plays, so it makes a nice little "dock" for it's portable partner. What the E9 adds on the desktop is the ability to drive current-hungry high-impedance headphones easily, and the E9/E17 pair sounds great with appropriate headphones, very much in line with the sound of my usual budget reference combo, the Musical Fidelity V-DAC II DAC and V-Can headphone amp. Output impedance is a bit high — 10 Ohms on the 1/4-inch jack, 43 Ohms on the 1/8-inch jack — but there's plenty of power on tap here (and given that the target headphones for this thing are likely to have fairly high impedances), you'll probably do OK with it's full watt of output power into a 16 Ohm load (for comparison, the E17 alone will put 250 mW into a similar load). Still, if you have full-sized headphones that don't have particularly flat impedance across the frequency spectrum, you may want to try before you buy. The pair of Sennheiser HD-650s we tested the E9 with, however, was very well served, even in the low-gain position — everything we threw at it, from the Tor Espn Aspaas recording of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111 (from Mirror Canon, on 24/96 FLAC); to Roxy Music's "Take a Chance With Me" from Avalon, as a 16/44.1 FLAC; to Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time" on 24/96 FLAC; to the track "Alpen" from the new Oval album, Oval DNA (as a 320 kbps MP3) sounded full and rich, with plenty of volume well before the output knob hit 10 o'clock, and without unusual bumps in response. For $139, this little thing does a great job in this application. The question is, do you really need the E9 at all if you get an E17? If you have a quality set of high-impedance phones for home listening, and prefer something else (like a set of quality IEMs) for out-and-about, you might well want to invest — it's only another $139, mind you. The E17 on its own has 1-Ohm output impedance, and plenty of horsepower for in-ears or portables, but it couldn't quite get our test HD-650s into the comfort zone (though they were plenty listenable, far more so than when driven with the iPod alone). With both devices, and a couple of pairs of nice headphones to drive for different situations, it makes sense. If you don't have difficult-to-drive cans to drive, you might be better off sticking with the E17 on its own — you won't be disappointed. The E17 does so much, and offers so much connectivity, at such an affordable price, it's something of a no-brainier if you have a need for a portable DAC/headphone amp that'll decode high-rez files. ‹‹ PREV 1 2 3 4 NEXT ›› RELATED TAGS: ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES, ALPHA DESIGN LABS, DAC, FIIO, FURUTECH, HEADPHONE AMPLIFIERS, USB Comments from jcaplan on 05.04.12 at 12:21PM I was hoping you could tell me where you bought: Tor Espn Aspaas recording of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111 (from Mirror Canon, on 24/96 FLAC) and Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time" on 24/96 FLAC. Cheers. from MBerk on 05.04.12 at 1:29PM The Tor Espn Aspaas recording is available from 2L (http://www.klicktrack.com/2l/releases/tor-espen-aspaas/). The Miles is a personal rip from vinyl, so far as I know it isn't available anywhere in that format. from jcaplan on 05.04.12 at 11:29PM Great. Thank you. 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Date Added: Tuesday 08 May, 2012

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Apps Magazine (RATED: 5/5)
Apps Magazine 'Gives an instantly noticeable boost to your music volume' Apps MagFull Review
Date Added: Thursday 26 April, 2012
RATED: 5/5

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Gadget Speak
Gadget Speak 'A simple one purpose device that does what it should.' Gadget SpeakFull Review
Date Added: Thursday 26 April, 2012

ACS Custom 'T2 Classic' Custom Made Dual Driver Earphone Monitors

wired.co.uk (RATED: 9/10)
wired.co.uk 'That said for those who do have the means and the desire to take their music to the next level the T2s represent a powerful, enthralling and hair-raising leap beyond the competition.' wired.co.ukFull Review
Date Added: Wednesday 28 March, 2012
RATED: 9/10

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

The Scotsman
The Scotsman 'Be warned though, this little amp packs quite a punch, so you really shouldn’t bump it up too high or your ears won’t thank you.' The ScotsmanFull Review
Date Added: Monday 26 March, 2012

Jaybird Freedom - Wireless Handsfree Bluetooth Headphones

Click (RATED: 3/5)
Click 'The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Stereo Headphones are easy to use and perform admirably under some very trying conditions, remaining unconcerned about moisture or any normal jarring motion.' ClickFull Review
Date Added: Monday 26 March, 2012
RATED: 3/5

Cowon i10 32GB MP3 Player

ITReviews (RATED: 3/5)
ITReviews 'The audio prowess of Cowon’s recent players is well noted amongst the music community [...]' ITReviewsFull Review
Date Added: Monday 26 March, 2012
RATED: 3/5

Cowon i10 16GB MP3 Player

ITReviews (RATED: 3/5)
ITReviews 'The audio prowess of Cowon’s recent players is well noted amongst the music community [...]' ITReviewsFull Review
Date Added: Monday 26 March, 2012
RATED: 3/5

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Techworld
Techworld 'The fact you can readily pick one up for less than £20 makes this a steal if want to enjoy your music to the fullest on the move without having to lay out a fortune for an audiophile mobile player.' TechworldFull Review
Date Added: Friday 23 March, 2012

Cowon i10 16GB MP3 Player

MSN Technology (RATED: 4/5)
MSN Technology 'We found the quality clearer, sweeter and deeper than the iPod touch in normal mode, but were blown away by the presets (four of which are customizable) provided by the JetEffect 3.0 engine. We were particularly impressed with the various bass boost settings, all of which deliver an extra oomph without muddying the overall sound. As always, though, you'll want to pair the i10 with the best set of headphones you can afford to really appreciate its qualities.' MSN TechFull Review
Date Added: Wednesday 21 March, 2012
RATED: 4/5

MEElectronics AF-32 Air-Fi AF32 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Hidden Mic for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Phone

American Association of Individual Investors
American Association of Individual Investors 'The sound is quite amazing. There is none of the crackling or popping sometimes associated with Bluetooth audio. The headphones deliver clear, crisp sound through the low, medium and high ranges, as well as noticeable, albeit not overpowering, bass.' AAIIFull Review
Date Added: Tuesday 20 March, 2012

MEElectronics AF-32 Air-Fi AF32 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Hidden Mic for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Phone

wired.com
wired.com 'They are very comfortable. I’ve already mentioned that By the way, the ear pads are centered so the headphones can be worn in any manner — there is no left or right side, making the controls mounted on the side of the headphones work for a righty or lefty.' Wired.comFull Review
Date Added: Tuesday 20 March, 2012

SONOS PLAY:5 Wireless Music System - The ultimate all-in-one listening experience with the deepest, richest HiFi sound

T3 (5/5)
T3 '[...] the speaker drivers in the S5 are of excellent quality and offer enough bass alongside reasonably detailed treble highs [...]' T3Full Review
Date Added: Monday 12 March, 2012
5/5

SoundScience QSB - 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology Rated 5/5 by What HiFi

TechRadar
TechRadar 'Sound quality is excellent, with a wide soundstage, plenty of detail and enough bass to make even a movie convince. If you have a laptop full of films and time to kill in a lonely hotel room, the Sound Science QSB is a wise investment.' TechRadarFull Review
Date Added: Monday 12 March, 2012

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Twin_Geeks
Twin_Geeks Twin_Geeks video review the FiiO E6.Full Review
Date Added: Friday 02 March, 2012

Jaybird Freedom - Wireless Handsfree Bluetooth Headphones

Fitness Blogger
Fitness Blogger 'The quality is amazing. Now I am not used to listening to music via headphones so I understand technology has come a long way since the days of my Sony Walkman but I am really impressed.' Fitness BloggerFull Review
Date Added: Thursday 01 March, 2012

MEElectronics AF-32 Air-Fi AF32 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Hidden Mic for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Phone

Android Police
Android Police 'The next hour was spent on watching the wife excitedly hop around the room in disbelief that something untethered could sound and look so good, and, you know, that there was no cable to get in the way. And that's the most important part - after a while, you don't want to go back. Life is good on the other side.' Android PoliceFull Review
Date Added: Thursday 01 March, 2012

Cowon i10 32GB MP3 Player

MixMag (RATED: 3/5)
MixMag 'By using the very best components and wizardry such as JetEffect 3.0 and BBE+ , the iAudio10 is able to deliver astonishing sound from an incredibly light and stylish package. The sleek design continues with a vivd UI presented on the three inch colour screen [...]'Full Review
Date Added: Thursday 01 March, 2012
RATED: 3/5
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