February 29, 2020, 1:20 am
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Solid-state amps involve digital processing and circuitry, are typically less expensive than their tube-based brethren and feature a more accurate, less “warm” sound.

FiiO Q5 DAC/Amplifier

FiiO Q5 DAC/Amplifier Review

Conceptualised in May 2015 as the company's flagship Portable DAC/Amplifier, the FiiO Q5 was originally named FiiO E19 to reflect its positioning over the FiiO E17. Eventually named FiiO Q5, the...
Audirect Beam

Audirect Beam DAC/Amplifier Review

Having reviewed the Audirect’s Whistle earlier in the year, the company is not an unfamiliar name to the readers of Porta-Fi. Based in Shenzhen, China, the Chinese company has been engaging in...
SMSL IQ DAC/Amplifier

SMSL IQ DAC/Amplifier Review

Apple started the trend of removing the headphone jack in 2016 starting with the iPhone 7. Since then many Android device manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon, ditching the 3.5mm headphone...
FiiO Q1 Mark 2

FiiO Q1 Mark 2 DAC/Amplifier Review

Apple’s closed-source iOS system, coupled with its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016 has made it challenging to play hi-res audio files on the iPhone. While...
Audinst HUD-DX1

Audinst HUD-DX1 DAC/Amplifier Review

The Audinst HUD-DX1 is a solid state headphone DAC and amplifier combo from Audinst, Korea. Audinst is a company established in 2009 with the goal of bringing PC-based audio components to...