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Fiio EX1 2nd gen in-ear monitor review: This second generation set makes quite a mark

In-ear monitors (IEM) are the perfect travel companion. These tiny little ear-phones are meant to be nestled snugly in your ears while they transport you to a world of audio nirvana. Well, that’s the theory anyway. It’s not easy to make good IEMs. Many manufacturers end up making devices that sound too tinny, too harsh or too bass heavy. Finding that right balance of performance is hard. With the Fiio Ex1 2nd Gen, Fiio is hoping to hit the right notes.Build and design 7.5/10When it comes to...

Campfire Audio Vega IEM

Released in 2015, Campfire Audio headed by Ken ball has emerged as a successful in-ear monitor (IEM) company across the audiophile community. Having released in excess of 5 earphones in the past 18 months, the company are a boutique brand aiming to deliver hi-fidelity sound quality in a durable form factor.Campfire Audio's Andromeda was a 5 driver balanced-armature driver which propelled the company as a serious contender in the top of the line audiophile range. The Vega, their latest...

FiiO i1: an affordable audio upgrade for your iPhone

So – you bought a nice pair of headphones/IEMs to make your morning/evening commute more tolerable. Nay, enjoyable. Now what?You may be told that your smartphone’s audio circuitry is only so-so — likely true — and are advised to ditch its music playback smarts in favour of a dedicated digital audio player (DAP). A DAP’s internals have been tuned to maximise sound quality.You might even be advised to take things further by adding an outboard amplifier to said DAP because the output power of...

Review: Fiio Q1 – The Entry DAC/AMP

Disclaimer: Fiio sent us a free sample of the Fiio Q1 DAC/AMP for review, it doesn’t need to be returnedQ1 Fiio’s product line changes all the time. They’re adding new products, updating old products (-k) and creating new “letters” faster than Lucky Luke’s shadow. After the E07, E10 and E17 getting K versions, Fiio now has removed the E07K from their product line up and they have replaced it with the Q1. That now makes the Q1 the most entry product in Fiio’s line-up, being available for...