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5 reasons to buy a new IEM cable

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5 reasons to buy a new IEM cable

There's an industry legend that it wasn't until The Beatles played the Shea Stadium in 1965 that monitors of any kind were used to hear clearer music. The story goes that the sound of screaming was so loud that the band could barely hear themselves, let alone each other, so their road crew frantically laid down some extra sets of amplifiers to direct the sound straight back at them. Foldback monitors became the norm for live performance but this quickly led to extreme increases in volume as the outward facing speakers competed with the monitors to be heard. A solution was needed to minimize this increased volume...

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FiiO L9: A Product Guide

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FiiO L9: A Product Guide

So much is said about the exceptionally technical and daring series of DAPs and Amplifiers produced by FiiO that its accessory production is often ignored. Cases, screen protectors and even artistic stickers bear the FiiO brand, but the best seller by far is their varied selection of cable interconnects. As they are a company firmly aiming at the purest audio signal for the least amount of money it makes perfect sense to also want a cut of the elusive cables market. Though the jury is still out over whether it is worth spending thousands of pounds for minor improvements, FiiO...

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The FiiO K1: An Introduction

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The FiiO K1: An Introduction

Do you need a DAC? Actually, the initial question should be ‘what is a DAC?’ because for those not in the know, these three letters can be the difference between dull, flat sound and inspirational audio. The simple answer is that a DAC (or Digital-to-Analogue Converter) converts digital data into an analogue signal (with ADCs providing an inverse functionality). The slightly more complex answer is that digital data in the form of a binary stream (as in 11000000110100110) is decoded by the DAC into a current, voltage or electrical charge which in turn drives an amplifier which in turn drives...

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Top 5 modules we’d like to see on the FiiO X7

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Top 5 modules we’d like to see on the FiiO X7

With FiiO announcing third party modules will likely be made available for the X7, here are a few flights of fancy...

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FiiO M3 DAP: A Product Guide

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FiiO M3 DAP: A Product Guide

By this point you should all be well versed in FiiO’s quality X-series digital audio players. If you’re not quite up to speed you can check out our thought on the upcoming X7 here or our product review of the X1 here. For two years FiiO nurtured the X-series and in the process brought to market some of the finest budget DAPs available. From the original X3 to the aforementioned X7; each has been a step up in value and quality, each has cemented the brand ambition of audiophile-grade sound for all. Now, to the surprise of almost everybody, FiiO have added...

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