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Review of the Creative Sound Blaster E3 – A Versatile Portable Amp

Before getting into this review, I would like to thank Creative for sending me the E3 for review.
It can be found on their website and on AmazonUK for around £100 & AmazonUSA for $130.

For full specs – visit Creative’s website.

Creative E3 - Top view

The Sound Blaster E3 sits in-between the E1 and E5 in terms of price point. I was thus curious to see how it performs for its price and more so interested to see how Creative were able to push through all their features in the small-factor size, without impacting the sound quality.

Before continuing the review, here”s my video review of the E3:

Let’s get on with the review!

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Impressions & Thoughts on Open Back vs Closed Back Headphones – Sennheiser HD800/700 & Fostex TH-900


I’ve always been fascinated about audio and when I get the chance to hear new products, or even old products that have always been on my mind – I jump on the opportunity.
I recently was lucky enough to demo the Sennheiser HD800/700’s & the Fostex TH-900’s at P.J. Hi-Fi, a high-end audio shop located in Guildford. Before I get into my impressions, I would like to thank Andrew Holt for allowing me to spend as much time with these three headphones and more so being an extremely professional individual. I had a great chat with him both before and after my listening session; I found what he said really spot-on and honest. P.J. Hi-Fi is mainly a speaker/hi-fi shop, however they do store these three high-end headphones.

The headphones:
Sennheiser HD700 : £500-700
Sennheiser HD800 : £900-£1100
Fostex TH-900 : £1100-1500

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Unboxing, Pictures, Initial Impressions & Gain Switching Guide of the Just Audio µHA-120 Portable Amplifier

I got extremely lucky in picking up the µHA-120 in a audio-meet raffle in Cambridge! I also talked to the maker of the amp, whilst I was there, and was impressed with the quality and clarity that the amp provided for the price!

The Just Audio µHA-120 can be found to purchase from Analogue Seduction & Hifi Headphones for around £220.

The product information can be found directly on Just Audio’s website, where you’ll also find the PDF document showing the disassembly guide I go through in my video below.

Here is my Unboxing Video:

Here are the pictures:
Click on them, to open them and see them in a larger size, enjoy!


Initial Impressions
-Crystal clear mids and transparent sound
-Powerful amp – drives headphones
-Good powerful bass reproduction
-Good battery life (running over 15hours @60% Volume on High Gain)
-Portable to a certain extent
-Easy assembly disassembly of the amp, in order to change jumper settings (high/low gain)
-Well built, and looks beautiful with its metallic finish
-Charges fast on both settings

To read my published final review – Click here

Hope you enjoyed the unboxing, pictures & the initial impressions!

Unboxing, Pictures & Initial Impressions of the Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2D (DAC) headphone amplifier & MJ2 Interconnect

Here is my Unboxing Video:

Here are the pictures:
Click on them, to open them and see them in a larger size, enjoy!

Initial Impressions
Here are my initial impressions of the EHP-O2D:
-Powerful amp
-Well built
-Beautiful design
-Quick switching between low and high gain
-Very simple plug and play into PC
-ODAC works marvellously
-Drives my Denon AH-D2000’s very well
-With no music playing, HDD can be heard on the PC (whilst connected via USB)
-Clear representation of the music – Transparent sounding
-Clean and lean bass response
-Bulky (white) power adapter
-Works on my Samsung Galaxy S 3 GT-I9300 as a USB DAC (needs power though), and thus by-passes the audio 3.5mm jack of the SGS3

Overall the EHP-O2D is extremely impressive. For the very affordable price of sub £200 for both a DAC and AMP, it seems to be the perfect solution for people like me who want a desktop headphone amp, that produces a very clear and transparent reproduction.
I’ve been very much enjoying the amp, and so far it puts my Asus Xonar D1 > Logitech Z-5500 > Denon AH-D2000 to shame. My desktop headphone rig is currently using the EHP-O2D, directly being connected via USB, and being used directly via “output” to my Denon’s. I can finally enjoy music at home, through my PC, for late night listening, or audio analysis/reviewing – whereas beforehand I would have to use my SGS3 for a more “truer” sound.

The full review of the EHP-O2D has now been published – Click here

Here are my impressions of the MJ2 interconnect (2m red):
-Beautifully made
-Great quality wire
-Good jacks, with no signs of problems throughout the wire (unlike other wires I’ve previously owned)
-Reproduces music very well, and brings out the mids, with no loss of sound
-Flexible enough, but not so much so that I can make it twist a full 180 degrees on it (I suspect this is mainly due to the fact that this wire is long, and has a nice sheeting around it, thus rendering it less flexible – its use is made for the desk, and not on the go, another reason why I bought the 2m version of it)

Overall my initial impressions of the MJ2 cable are extremely positive, especially at the price point it comes at (around £13) – it should be a no brainer for anyone looking for a 3.5mm interconnect.

Here are my impressions of the MJ2 interconnect (7cm black):
-Well made, craftsmanship is very good
-Has a nice reinforced jack
-Great sound quality

I am also impressed of the short 7cm interconnect, mainly because of the sound quality that I get from it!

Hope you enjoyed the unboxing, pictures & the initial impressions!

DigiZoid ZO2 Headphone Amplifier Review & Overview – A Bass Lover’s Delight

Pros: Ultra portable, amazing bass contour settings, adds to the fullness of the SQ
Cons: Doesn’t drive well, fairly expensive, not as “clean” sounding as other amps out there

Packaging & Accessories: 7/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 9/10
Audio Quality: 9/10
Portability: 10/10
EMI (Interference with mobiles etc): 9/10 (higher rating means lower EMI)
Transparency (Plays same sound as source): 6/10 (higher rating means it’s close to the source)
Battery life: 8/10
Hissing: 8/10 (higher rating means lower hissing)
Value: 8/10
My final Rating: 10/10

Purchase Date: February 2012
Purchase Price: £72

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