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Like a Good Tailor, This Device Will Tailor the Audio from Any Sources to Suit Your Hearing Sensitivity

It is said that kids can hear audio frequency adults can’t and as it turns out, grown up also deciphers audio frequency differently, just like eyes can do with colors which resulted a debate that went viral. That said, audio pushed out by regular headphones, regardless of make and model, is not one-size-fits-all, so to speak. While it seem like nothing can be done, there is a Hong Kong-based tech startup thinks otherwise. Their product, Aumeo is a pocket-size device that helps you to map out your hearing sensitivity and adjusts the music based on your audio profile. Sounds pretty rad, right? We think it is, well, if it works as it has promised. Continue reading Like a Good Tailor, This Device Will Tailor the Audio from Any Sources to Suit Your Hearing Sensitivity

You Have Seen Portable Amplifiers, Now Meet One That’s Made of Wood

By now, we are no stranger to turning old speakers into Bluetooth-enabled ones and to this end, the market is certainly not lacking of such intermediary. That said, you could say Repop portable amplifier from Taiwanese outfit, Minfort, is yet another one, but we challenge you to say the same after looking at the product image. Seriously, tell us you are not captivated by it when you first lay eyes on it. Aesthetically, it is unlike its competitions. We are not saying the others are ugly, but Repop’s handcrafted, waterproof-coated teak wood enclosure is a departure from your usual aluminum or plastic variety. And even there are wooden examples out there, they would be in maple or walnut, which are pretty much the wood of choice in America. Continue reading You Have Seen Portable Amplifiers, Now Meet One That’s Made of Wood

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

heard a lot about DAC and how your demanding sound holes can benefit from it, but lack of the desktop real estate for one? well, then you will have no more such excuse for not getting one with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC. described as “pint-sized” by its maker, the DacMagic XS USB DAC is so called for its ridiculously small package which measures just 30 x 10 x 53.5 mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1 inches) and that size, btw, is actually smaller than a regular matchbox. its high-quality 24-bit digital-to-analog converter uses asynchronous USB audio clocking that supports both USB Class 1 and USB Class 2 to output anything from regular MP3 files to high-resolution 24-bit/192KHz recordings, free from noise, jitter and distortion. Continue reading Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier

looking for well-rounded portable headphone amplifier? well, then the Sony PHA-2 Portable High Resolution DAC and Amplifier might be worthily of an investigation. the PHA-2 promised to up the ante of your on-the-go music enjoyment and it is the first portable DAC/amplifier to be compatible with virtually every high-resolution digital file format, including up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM, as well as both DSD (2.8 MHz) and Double DSD (5.6 MHz). of course, you can also expect upgraded sound quality with your regular MP3 files, as well as music from other sources. Continue reading Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier

NuForce Mobile Music Pump – Portable Headphone Amplifier

green with envy of those Beats-equipped smartphones? don’t. your all other non-Beats smartphones and media players can sound as good – if you put down $59 for this NuForce Mobile Music Pump (MMP in short), a portable headphone amplifier. as high-end as your audio cans could be, the fact remains that today’s portable media devices aren’t made to amp them up enough to realize the cans’ audio potential but with the MMP, things might sound a little different, or maybe more than just “a little.” the MMP uses a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for input and output, and allows you to adjust the gain from between 3X to 5X. a built-in 200 mAh battery provides you with over 8 hours of enjoyment. at this price point, one really shouldn’t expect audio bliss like you would get from audiophile-grade items such as the Woo Audio WA7, but still it is a little amp than nothing at all. Continue reading NuForce Mobile Music Pump – Portable Headphone Amplifier

iFi micro iCAN Headphone Amp

long for some high-end headphone action, but lack of the dough for an astronomically priced audio cans? then you should seriously consider scoring yourself the iFi micro iCAN Headphone Amp. packed within its compact 158 x 68 x 28 millimeter chassis is a Class A TubeState amplifier, featuring a unique ‘tri-brid’ circuitry that blends the best of tube and transistor amplifiers. other highlights include 3D HolographicSound system for a high-end 3D sound field, XBass sound enhancement system for the deepest bass regardless of what headphones you use, and last but not least, there’s iFi DirectDrive technology offering 400mW headphone output with lower distortion as compared to some of the USB-powered audio devices. Continue reading iFi micro iCAN Headphone Amp

V-MODA VAMP VERZA Portable Amplifier

with the new Android OS supporting USB digital audio output, on-the-go audiophiles might want to squeeze every bit of that digital bliss out from their Android devices and the V-MODA VAMP VERZA Portable Amplifier is the device that can help you out. in fact, the VAMP VERZA, which happens to work with iOS devices as well, does more than just amping out your digital tunes, it is also a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) for extracting pure digital output from your smartphone and computer and it has a built-in 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery that not only powers the portable amplifier, but also doubles as a juice pack for your USB-powered devices. Continue reading V-MODA VAMP VERZA Portable Amplifier

SCHIIT Magni Headphone Amp

SCHIIT Magni Headphone Amp
if you are super serious about the audio quality pumped out by your headphones, then we think a pair of audiophile-grade headphones is hardly considered suffice. not even close. in the pursuit for the ‘perfect audio bliss’ from your favorite pair of audio cans, you will need a headphone amp but then again, these gadgets ain’t exactly affordable to every mortals. that said, we thought the SCHIIT Magni Headphone Amp offers the ideal proposition: it cost just $99 to own while offering 1.2W of power into 32 ohms that can handle virtually any headphone including those hard-to-drive orthodynamic models. Continue reading SCHIIT Magni Headphone Amp

Fiio Fujiyama E6 USB DAC Headphone Amp

Fiio Fujiyama E6 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier
Fiio Fujiyama E6 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier | US$27.99 | www.fiio.com.cn

obsessed with the quality of sound coming out of your headphones? like, really, really obsessed? then we suppose having an audiophile-grade cans wouldn’t be enough. what you need is a portable USB DAC headphone amplifier such as the Fiio Fujiyama E6 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier and unlike your audiophile-grade cans, it certainly won’t break you bank account. this $27.99 compact device promised to improve the sound quality and volume that’s coming out from your portable media player such as iPod, MP3 player, smartphones, as well as laptops. Continue reading Fiio Fujiyama E6 USB DAC Headphone Amp

NuForce Icon iDo audiophile-grade DAC and headphone amp

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NuForce Icon iDo | US$249.00 | www.nuforce.com

with the influx of digital audio formats, even the purest audiophile becomes weaken and bend to the force of digital formats but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice quality for these digital formats. as far as iDevices are concerned, this is where the NuForce Icon iDo comes in. iDo connects to any of your iDevice via the dock connector. it works by bypassing the iDevice’s built-in Digital Audio Converter, extracts the audio data in its original digital form in USB Host Mode and then converts these digital files using its own converter to send high fidelity music to your high-end desktop speakers via RCA cables or single coaxial cable. Continue reading NuForce Icon iDo audiophile-grade DAC and headphone amp