Tag Archives: portable audio

AK Jr red

REVIEW: AK Jr – Astell & Kern’s new kid on the block

It may be designed as an entry-level addition to the acclaimed digital music player range, but this £399 machine is has serious intentions – and it’s now available in red, too! UPDATE: The sleek little Astell & Kern AK Jr. digital audio player is now available as a limited edition in red. Selling for the […]

Oppo PM-1

REVIEW: Oppo PM-1 headphones

Beautifully presented high-end headphones also have a beautiful presentation UPDATE: Oppo has responded to those users wanting slightly more treble from their PM-1 headphones with the announcement of new earpads, designed to give a slight lift in the treble response while maintaining the existing midband and bass characteristics. The newly-designed earpads will be supplied as […]


REVIEW: TEAC HA-P50 headphone amplifier

Compact and very capable, great-sounding and with a good range of digital input flexibility The boom in the sales of headphones has seen the hi-fi industry undergoing two changes: one is the large number of companies getting into the personal audio market with their own range of headphones, and the other is the appearance of […]

Fiio X3 with v3.0 firmware

REVIEW: Fiio X3 gets even better as new firmware adds DSD and a slicker interface

Free download improves the user-interface immensely, and the £160 digital media player now handles more music formats and plays them better, too The Fiio X3, the Chinese company’s great-sounding little digital media player, just keeps on getting better. You may have read my original review of this bargain-priced device back in August last year, and […]

Is the hi-fi system dying from a lack of enthusiasm?

A piece published on the CNN website over the weekend, dramatically headlined The death of the home stereo system, suggests that a decent sound system is no longer a priority for first-time consumer electronics buyers. Whereas once new arrivals in college rooms or their first flats would unload and set up the hi-fi before doing […]

REVIEW: Fiio’s X3 portable music player puts hi-res audio in your pocket

The highly affordable Fiio X3 digital music player is just about the perfect way to take high-resolution music – at up to 24-bit/192kHz – out and about There’s a problem with locking yourself into what the computer commentators call ‘the Apple eco-system’: for all the advantages of the company’s ‘it just works’ interoperability between computers […]

Review: Hands-on with Just Audio’s AHA-120 headphone amp

After my wife reviewed some of the Final Audio Design headphones recently for Hi-Fi Widow, UK distributor HiFiHeadphones  was keen for me to review one of the headphone amplifiers it sells. It’s an interesting reverse, for while the Final Audio Design headphones come from Japan, and are just being introduced into the UK, HiFiHeadphones’ Robin […]