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Living in the fast-paced city of Los Angeles, ljokerl has been using portable audio gear to deal with lengthy commutes for the better part of a decade. He spends much of his time listening to music and occasionally writes portable audio reviews across several enthusiast sites, focusing mostly on in-ear earphones.

Introducing CTC Audio – Authorized North American distributor for Fidue, Dunu, T-Peos, and more

CTC Audio Logo

Introducing CTC Audio, the official North American distributor for FIDUE, DUNU, T-Peos, and HiSound Audio

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Unique Melody launches 12-driver upgrade for JHAudio JH13/JH16 CIEMs with introductory discount

Unique Melody 12-driver Reshell

Unique Melody has introduced an upgrade service for owners of JHAudio JH13 and JH16, which will upgrade either unit to 12 drivers per earpiece

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Brief Review: Sony XBA-H3, Dunu DN-2000, Fidue A83, and T-Peos Altone200 triple-driver hybrids compared

Fidue A83

A brief look at four new triple-driver hybrid earphones - the Sony XBA-H3, Dunu DN-2000, Fidue A83, and T-Peos Altone200

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[Expired] Deal Alert: 20% off all Noble Audio IEMs and CIEMs for 24 hours


Noble Audio is celebrating the birthday of one of its founders, The Wizard (aka Dr. John Moulton), with a 20% off sitewide sale, which includes both custom-fit in-ear monitors and universals.

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[Expired] Deal Alert: Sony MDR-V6 studio monitors for $54.99 (Amazon deal of the day)


Sony's classic MDR-V6 studio headphones are available for $54.99 from Amazon.com today. Typically these run $75-80. While a little treble-deficient to qualify for true "reference" sound, at $55 these are a perfect 10 for value and make for an especially great "first headphone" - an all-purpose set that will last years.

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OPPO PM-1 Review (with comparisons to LCD-2, HD600, and HE-560)


The OPPO PM-1 is a full-size, open-back planar magnetic headphone with fantastic craftsmanship, and is superbly comfortable in both fit and sound.

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Deal Alert: Musica Acoustics Weekend sale – 10% off sitewide + free Fischer Audio earphones

EarSonics SEM6 Devil Edition

Japanese Hi-Fi boutique Musica Acoustics is offering 10% off site-wide this weekend plus a free pair of Fischer Audio earphones with orders of $100 or more

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Brief Impressions: Noble FR & PR, Perfect Seal SportBud Silver, Minerva Mi-Performer Pro & Mi-Artist Pro

Minerva Mi-Artist Pro

A brief look at the Noble FR & PR, Perfect Seal SportBud Silver, Minerva Mi-Performer Pro & Mi-Artist Pro In-Ear Earphones.

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Brief Impressions: Noble 6, Dunu DN-2000, NuForce, & T-Peos In-Ear Earphones

Noble 6

A brief look at the Noble 6, Dunu DN-2000, NuForce NE-600X, and T-Peos D200R & RICH200 In-Ear Earphones.

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New IEMs from Fidue announced – A71 dual dynamic and A83 triple hybrid

Fidue A83

Fidue, designers of the superb A63 model I reviewed last month, have announced two new in-ear earphones slated for release this summer - the A83 and the A71

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