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Beyerdynamic A200P Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Beyerdynamic A 200 p

Most headphones on the market today, especially the higher end models, need a little help reaching their full potential. Transforming digital sound data from a device such as your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to your headphones generally leads to a pretty significant drop in quality. The A200P high-end portable DAC/headphone amplifier from Beyerdynamic is designed to be a solution for this problem. Like any other headphone amplifier/DAC, the A200P converts digital data to analogue music signals between your device and headphones resulting in a level of audio quality that your mobile device simply isn’t designed for. When used with the A200P amplifier, you’ll hear previously unheard details in your music, better contoured and significantly deeper bass and more natural instrumental and vocal reproduction.

a200p_androidBeyerdynamic’s A200P headphone amplifier/DAC meets the most demanding audiophile sound requirements without tying you down thanks to its incredibly compact size. The A200P measures at just over 2″ x 2″ and is only ½” thick and easily fits in any pocket, purse or backpack for on-the-go use. Don’t let the size fool you though; the A200P features an internal rechargeable battery that provides you with up to 11 hours of music playback so you can use it on all of your cross country flights without worrying about running out of juice.

a200p_iphoneBeyerdynamic also wanted the A200P to be easy to use. They designed intuitive play/pause and track control buttons along the side while the tracking style wheel on the front offers easy volume control. The volume control offers an impressive 135 volume levels allowing you to listen to your music as loud or as softly as you want. The built-in LED display gives you charging, operation and volume indicators. With the A200P, there is no stopping to fiddle with any settings, it can all be done on-the-go.

Perhaps most importantly, the A200P works with both Android and Apple devices as well as both Mac and PC so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues. The A200P connects to your device via micro USB, Lightning connector or USB (depending on the device you’re using) rather than the typical 3.5mm connection. Beyerdynamic includes a cable for each connection type so you don’t need to worry about having the proper cables; all you need to do is connect your headphones and device to the amp and you’ll be good to go.


Beyerdynamic A200P

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Top 3 Components for an Audiophile Headphone Setup

Your Sound Isn’t Good Enough

A fair amount of people are usually content with the standard white earbuds that come with their iPods.  However, there are those who have a higher calling for their ears.   There are those who will not be oppressed by the tyranny of sub-par sound. Ladies and gentleman, I am talking about the audiophile, of course.  I speak from experience when I say it is both a gift and a curse being an audiophile.  My friends will tell me to listen to a sweet song only to be disappointed when my ears start to bleed from utterly disappointing sound. So, if you’re looking to break the audiophile sound barrier and become one of the audio elite, then you better take the advice that i’m about to give you!

There are a few things you’re going to need to complete your audiophile transformation:

  • Good Headphones
  • Headphone Amplifier
  • High Quality Source
Custom One Pro

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Obviously, you’re going to need some good headphones to start.  Based on your preference you might choose to go with ether in-ear headphones or over/on ear headphones.   If you’re looking to go the in-ear route, then I would suggest something like the Westone UM series which is top-notch when it comes to in-ear monitors.  If you want some over-ear headphones, then I would suggest something like the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro.   There are many factors to consider with headphones and many aspects of them are heavily opinion based. Audiophiles will generally steer toward an open-back design as it offers more detailed analytic sound, and a wider soundstage.  Furthermore, they usually prefer a headphone with an even, flat response to give the best representation of the sound without adding unwanted color.  There is a headphone for everyone and my main advice is to listen to as many as possible in order to see what you’re into.


FiiO E17

Headphone amplifiers are a commonly overlooked aspect of an audiophile set up. If you have some good headphones, then you’re going to need some good power to compliment that.  Not only does a headphones amplifier drastically increase the sound quality of your headphones, but some of them have equalization settings so you can fine tune your sound.  FiiO makes some awesome amplifiers that won’t break the bank.

Having a good audio source is the final piece to the puzzle.  For example,  even if you have awesome headphones and an amplifier, you will not get the full potential if you have crappy audio files.  Most people are going to be listening to MP3 or internet radio from their iPhone or iPod.  However, the key is to find files with low compression such as a FLAC or other lossless-type files.  Even high quality MP3 files will suffice in most cases.

Remember that there is no perfect formula these are just some basic guidelines. To give you guys an example, I’ve been using the Beyerdaynamic Custom One Pros with a FiiO E17 amplifier and it has been by far my favorite set-up.  Some of you not might agree but that’s the beauty of headphones! There is something for everyone!  Remember:  Life is too short to listen to crappy sound!


Attack of the Clones: Fake FiiO Products Discovered on Amazon

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. While that may have been true in some past age before the strict implementation of copyright and intellectual property laws, in today’s world it is an offense that can quickly land you in federal prison. Aside for the heavy putative measures taken against individuals and groups who engage in such “flattering” activities, the cost of fake products is heavy on consumers and the original companies. Before moving forward, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are authorized with FiiO and deliver only original FiiO products. Aside from that, we are also authorized with a multitude of other brands–rest assured, if you bought from Sonic Electronix it is the real deal.

It was officially reported last week that fake FiiO products including the E1E3E5E7,L1 have been sold to unsuspecting consumers on Amazon. Unfortunately, its not a surprise that such a fraud has happened to FiiO in particular. They are wildly popular for their high level of quality and cost-efficiency, making them a glaring target for counterfeiters everywhere.

Most shockingly, the counterfeit FiiO amps and DACs are practically identical to the real ones in appearance and reportedly perform well for a very brief period of time. According to various blogs, the real danger of purchasing the fakes is that they are poorly built and often short-out or even violently explode because of rechargeable-battery malfunctions.

Although the FiiO website is entirely silent on the matter, they have responded to customers and headphone enthusiasts on blogs offering lists of registered and authorized dealers. It is unclear whether FiiO is taking active steps in prosecuting confirmed scammers, but whatever the case, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our customers that we are completely authorized with FiiO and receive all our supplies directly from the manufacturer. You will not find any phony FiiO products  here (or any other phonies, for clarification).

To help our customers stay ahead of the game, here is a complete and official copy of FiiO’s Black List of US Retailers and some images to help you identify fake FiiO E6 amps.

Fake FiiO E6 Will Not Have a Serial Number

The User Manuals are Different from Original E6

Thick Pocket Clip Hook Are Fake E6

Fake FiiO E6 has Battery with Poor Insulation and Messy Soldering

Fake FiiO E6 has Battery with Poor Insulation and Messy Soldering


5 Year iPhone Anniversary

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the release of the iPhone and the day smartphones changed forever.  Whether you own an iPhone or not, it’s impossible to deny the affect it has had on the world.  Over 250 million units have been sold since it’s inception in 2007.  In honor of this milestone, I have created a list of the top 5 must-have iPhone accessories that are both innovative and not too heavy on the wallet.

Kogeto Dot

Kogeto Dot

Kogeto Dot

Have you ever been taking a video on your iPhone and couldn’t fit everything that you wanted too?  This is a problem of the past with the Kogeto Dot!  This panoramic video add-on conveniently attaches to your iPhone 4/4S giving your video a 360 degree lens shot.  The attached lens is lightweight, durable, and can fit in the palm of your hand.  The Free LOOKER app is available in the app store in order to integrate the panoramic lens.  No longer will your videos be dull and 2D!

i.Fuzen HP-1

i.Fuzen HP-1

i.Fuzen HP-1

For all you music lovers out there, this accessory is especially for you!  The i.Fuzen HP-1 is a headphone amplifier, splitter and an extended, rechargeable battery all in one.  It will double your battery life while allowing you to play your favorite tunes with you and a friend.  With full USB pass through capability, this case will allow you to sync flawlessly with iTunes without the need to remove the iPhone.  The sleek and low-profile design makes this accessory one that you cant pass up.

Viper VSM200

Viper VSM200

Viper VSM200

If you own a Viper alarm/remote start on your vehicle, then it is possible for you to use your iPhone to remote start or lock and unlock your vehicle with the Viper VSM200.  Simply integrate this with your existing Viper alarms system and have the ability to control features from your iPhone such as trunk release, panic, car finder, and so much more.  You even get into the SmartStart Motor Club which is a Free 24/7/365 roadside assistance that is included with all SmartStart Secure service plans.  How can you pass that up?

Scosche freeKEY

Scosche freeKEY

Scosche freeKEY

One of the possible short-comings of the iPhone is the small, touchscreen keyboard.  If you’re the kind of person who needs to get a lot of writing done, then the Scosche freeKEY is exactly what you need.  This flexible, water resistant bluetooth keyboard creates a perfect writing surface for long durations of typing.  It is easy to roll up and tuck away allowing it to be used seamlessly on the go.  It includes a retractable cord for further convenience and the compact design makes it easy to use anywhere.

Kicker IK501

Kicker iK501

Kicker iK501

Last but certainly not least, the Kicker iK501 is the ultimate iPhone/iPod docking system.  It features two 5″ speaker with two separate 3/4″ tweeters.  Not only that but it features a 6″ square subwoofer on the back.  I’ve had the liberty of hearing this system in person and trust me it will not disappoint.  It plays low frequencies like no ones business and mid and high frequencies that are elegantly present. Also, it has RCA stereo outputs and an auxiliary jack making it a very versatile unit.  What more could you ask for?!

The future is certainly bright for the iPhone and pretty soon they’ll have apps that whiten teeth and perform lasik eye surgery.  Until then, these accessories are the next best thing!


Do I Need a DAC? When and How to Choose a DAC

A common question that arises among music lovers looking to improve the sound quality of their set-up is the question of whether a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC, for short) is necessary and at what point a DAC becomes a useful component of either a speaker system or headphone rig. Before addressing the question of the necessity of a DAC, it is important to understand precisely what DACs are designed to do.


The essential function of a DAC is to convert the digital signals that computers or portable players use to store music into an analog current that can be used by headphone transducers or speakers to create physical sound. As a matter of pure functionality, no player that stores music digitally can interact with analog components without some type of on-board DAC. Of course, to keep the overall price of machines and devices capable of digital music storage down, many manufacturers equip devices such as mp3 players, laptops, and desktops with sub-par DAC systems. These systems generally do only enough to convert binary into a current and do not stress distortion reduction and general sound quality leaving the music without dimension or depth.

Do I Need a DAC? When to Get a DAC?

The statement I am about to make may surprise some and completely offend others: no one ever needs a DAC. A dedicated DAC should be the final step in achieving the finest audio quality for your stereo system or headphone rig. No amount of specialization, flashy specs,

NuForce Signature Gold; No amount of gold or diamonds will save a poor source

or carefully selected DAC components will improve the sound quality of a poor source. Painfully compressed digital audio files such as MP3 and internet radio streams will always leave out the nuances serious listeners crave. Before a DAC should ever come into consideration, it is of greater priority that the audio file is of the best quality available and of the lowest compression.

Even before considering new headphones or speaker components, until the music files have achieved the highest possible level of quality it is premature to begin considering external DACs or amplifier DAC combinations.

Choosing a DAC

Assuming you have all your lossless files in line, decent set of headphones or speakers, and (in necessary cases) an amplifier, a DAC is something to consider as final step in improving you system. Like adding the finishing touches to a carefully crafted work of art, adding a

FiiO-E17, described as having a "neutral" signature

DAC to you system should feel like polishing an already impressive composition. An effective way to select a suitable DAC is to test one with the music it will be used to play. Because DACs feed decoded information to other systems within the unit that eventually travel to the listening device in an analog form, all DACs will have a unique sound signature. The sound signature is basically the amount of coloration, or sound imposed on the analog signal not inherent to the mix or engineering. While the most neutral reproduction is the most desirable, some individuals may find that DACs with “warmer” coloration are more suited to their tastes. At this point in the process, it is just a mater of selecting a DAC with a sound signature that suits your individual tastes and that most heightens your musical enjoyment.