News & Reviews

The Upgrade: Fiio E17 “Alpen”

As me and Lieven were talking at the end of 2011, we both agreed that the Fiio E10 was the biggest surprise of the year. Everybody was busy making USB DACs with built in headphone amps, and all of a sudden the E10 came out seemingly out of nowhere and gave us a price/sound combination that we haven’t seen in a very long time. It was somehow akin to the Grado SR60 of the old days. The E10 was such a big hit, not only because it was loved by everyone, but it happened to be very affordable at...

FiiO E09K Headphone Amp – Feedback works!

Ah FiiO – where would we be without budget hi-fi’s answer to Apple eh? So small, so neat so well put together and for nickles and dimes when you consider their performance to price ratio. I don’t know a soul who has a bad word to say for this company and the products they churn out. Sure we could want more out of this and that unit but then there is that price that just rids the body of stress and tension and gives us a pleasant nights sleep with our favorite toy beside our bed for...

Blue Ella and Sadie headphones review: Stellar design and sound that don’t come cheap

I’ve been a fan of Blue since I tried their excellent USB microphones over the past year; these people know their sound. And that’s why I was excited to test their duo of premium wired on-ear headphones, the Ella and Sadie.Don’t let their good looks fool you: both pairs are as much about high-fidelity sound as they are about exemplary design and ergonomics. The Ella and Sadie feature built-in headphone amplifiers to add depth and improve clarity in your audio from a range of sources, whether...

Audio Technica 900x Review with Fiio E17 AMP/DAC

Jun 20, 2012     THREAD STARTER New Head-Fier Joined: Dec 5, 2011 Posts: 18 Likes: 11 After a couple of months of burn in I noticed the 900x has not changed much from day 1. The bass has become a little more pronounced and more solid. The highs are still great, the sound stage is a little more open. Overall the difference is not like some other headphones where it was night and day kind of deal....