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FiiO E17 Alpen hardcore headphone amplifier revealed

FiiO E17 Alpen hardcore headphone amplifier revealed

There's one whole heck of a lot of iPod opponents out there these days, but not exactly the same amount of contenders in the headphone amplifier world. What we've got here is the announcement for the FiiO E17, made to satisfy, complete with a hardcore body and all the features you audiophiles will love. This device also goes by the name Alpen and is made to work as a headphone amplifier and a USB sound card for ultimate cut-down excellence. You've got a two-color OLED display, brushed metal housing, and two parallel 3.5mm headphone outputs, right out of the box.

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Griffin Twenty Audio Amplifier for Airport Express hands-on

Griffin Twenty Audio Amplifier for Airport Express hands-on

There's a brand new piece of white technology out there this week, it having a lovely silver dial and the very obvious intent shown right on the surface: this device is made to provide you with untethered digital playback from iTunes with little to no effort at all! This piece of technology works with a Class D stereo amplifier complete with TI PurePath and you've got both S/PDIF optical and an included TOSLINK connector to get you hooked up.

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Yamaha outs retro THR5 and THR10 amps

Yamaha outs retro THR5 and THR10 amps

I like products that look really old, but have modern insides. Yamaha has a new amplifier for musicians that look like something out of the 50's to me. The amps come in two versions including the THR5 pictured and the THR10. These are small amps reports Wired looking like the head unit of a stack. I've got so little music talent in me I have no idea what size that would be.

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iAsus Diablo mobile amp breaks cover

iAsus Diablo mobile amp breaks cover

If you are always on the go and wearing headphones that might not offer you the kind of power you want from your music, iAsus has a new amp for mobile use that will increase the power of any headphones. The mobile amp is called the iAsus Diablo Mobile Amp. The little thing may be perfect for folks that ride motorcycles and need more power to hear clearly when riding.

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Epiphany Acoustics EHP-1 headphone amp is packing

Epiphany Acoustics EHP-1 headphone amp is packing

If you're an audiophile, prefer headphones to speakers and gain particular pleasure from visitors complimenting you on your shapely knob, Epiphany Acoustics might have the headphone amp for you. The British-based startup is kicking things off with the walnut-fronted EHP-1, a compact hand-made amp promising minimal noise and distortion along with a distinctive aluminum volume control.

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Dan D’Agostino Momentum Monoblock Amplifier Costs $42,000 Per Pair

Dan D’Agostino Momentum Monoblock Amplifier Costs $42,000 Per Pair

Dan D'Agostino's name is synonymous with high-end audio. For 30 years, his previous company, Krell, made some of the best high-end audio set-ups you could find. And, with those high-end features, they were also known for their high-profile price tags. That hasn't changed with D'Agostino's new company, as they've just unveiled their first product, the Momentum monoblock amplifier, and while it has plenty of features and a compact size, you'll certainly be paying for it.

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NuForce Icon uDAC2 and Icon2 make USB DACs stylish

NuForce Icon uDAC2 and Icon2 make USB DACs stylish

Perhaps its just our desire to anthropomorphise gadgets, but we can't help thinking that NuForce's new Icon uDAC2 USB portable DAC looks a whole lot like a big nosed man looking somewhat surprised.  No matter; the important thing is the bag-friendly size (just 21 x 42 x 68 mm and 87g) and decent specs for a USB-bus powered DAC: 110dB, total harmonic distortion of -95dB and a SN ratio of 98dB.

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