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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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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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FiiO E06 Headphone Amplifier: A product Review

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FiiO E06 Headphone Amplifier: A product Review

FiiO are in the process of rebranding and retuning many of their favourite amps. The E06 is no different, though it still holds a relevance and a punch far exceeding it's price point.

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FiiO X1 DAP: A Product Review

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FiiO X1 DAP: A Product Review

FiiO's entry level DAP still punching above it's weight despite the competition. The AV Shop review.

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Top 5 reasons to upgrade your audio player

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Tired of the flat sound given by your smartphone? Maybe it's time to invest in something different. Here are the top 5 reasons why.

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