On this page you’ll find our recommendations of this moment for all the accessories you need. This is an ever evolving list.
I mean, this is a 30$ device. FB1 is also 30$ and I feel it’s awful. The Fiio uBTR is 30$ and that should cause anything at any price above it to turn real red real fast. Sure, it’s not super powerful, but it’s enough for portable use and for all earphones out there. You’ll not be listening to it with your 300Ω HD600s. And I don’t think FiiO think you will be, either. The only thing I’d fix is that hiss, but again, it’s minimal at worst. And, this is 30$. Gee whiz, this thing is amazing. Well done.
Linum BaX (Cable)
The Linum cables are the most comfortable cables on the planet when it comes to IEM Cables. Once you’re used the the light weight and excellent sound on the go, it’ll be tough going back to another cable.
Roon Labs LLC – Roon (Software)
Only on very rare occasions we write about playback software, but Roon was something that we couldn’t leave untouched. It is the most fluid, informative and impressive software out there. It makes setting up new devices a piece of cake and offers an incredible selection of features, like Parametric EQ, Speaker Correction or Crossfeed, just to name a few. It combines your locally stored content with your TIDAL account and your DropBox, creating the biggest selection of audio ever. It comes with a 14-day trial and once you have used it you will know that you have been missing it the entire time.
SieveKing Omega (Headphone stand)
If you’re in to full sized headphones you can’t take yourself serious without owning the Sieveking Omega headphone stand. It’s one of the best and prettiest stands out there.
Xduoo X10t – (Digital Transport)
The Xduoo X10T is a portable source that delivers the best possible digital signal to the external DAC of your choice. It’s a niche product for professionals and for the audiophiles who want the very best digital signal/sound. If you have a Chord Mojo, JDSLabs C5D, RHA L1 or any other portable DAC and you’re not afraid of stacking up your units on the go like in the good old days, then I fully recommend this unit. If you have a good DAC/AMP desktop system, the X10T can also act as a very good source. The downside is that the X10T’s possibilities are somewhat limited: there’s no Tidal, Spotify or even DLNA streaming and navigation to a specific track or album can take a bit of time. The good side is that you’ll get a very detailed, distortion free sound and once you get used to the level of clarity, precision and organicity, it’ll be very hard to go back to that other source you were using. At this price point it is very easy to recommend the Xduoo X10T as a digital transport to everyone. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
plusSound – X (IEM Gold-plated copper cable)
The X-series iem cable offers outstanding flexibility, comfort and build quality. The cable itself is made of ultra-pure OCC Type 6 Litz and features multiple proprietary damping cores for vibration reduction, consistent conductivity and a better overall feel and ergonomics. On top you get a great sounding cable with striking transparency, meatier lows and softer highs. Rather than colouring the sound too much, X concentrates on creating a smoother overall tune but leaves other critical aspects of the spectrum untouched.
plusSound – Exo (IEM T-Metal cable)
The T-Metal Exo iem cable is made in an unconventional material mix of three different conductor materials: silver, gold-plated silver and gold-plated copper. All of which have their key-sound-signatures. The build quality is excellent. It again is a very flexible and unmicrofonic cable. What I was really suprised with though is the Y-split. When I first saw it I feared it will be too heavy to use the cable comfortably. Nothing could be more wrong. Though it is big in size it is also lightweight, even with the additional metal chin-slider. Sound-wise the T-Metal is a natural cable, with excellent top and bottom end extension. The level of layering and details of it are outstanding, especially for its price-point.
Double Helix Cables (DHC) – Clone Fusion
I was curious about what DHC had to offer for a while, and now that I finally got the chance to try out one of their products at an extended period, I must say I am very impressed. Not only is the Clone Fusion a true one of a kind product, that convinces with outstanding sound, wonderful build quality and great flexibility. It cures the weaknesses of two of my favourite custom monitors and matches well with a good number of other monitors too. There are only two points for improvement as I see it. The supplied packaging could at least contain a box and the channel indication should be revised. Other than that the Clone Fusion ticks all the boxes and becomes a member of our Recommended Accessories List. Well done DHC!
Effect Audio – Leonidas (IEM cable)
The Leonidas cable is one of Lieven’s and Linus’ favorite IEM cables. If you’re looking for a great sounding musical cable that does everything really well, then the Leonidas is the one for you. It’s the poor man’s Horus 😉
plusSound – X16 (Headphone cable)
The X16 is their TOTL headphone cable and I can only confirm this after months of extensive testing. It makes every headphone sound as good as it gets: detail, clarity, precision, sound stage and layering simply are really good. It’s beautiful but it’s not the most comfortable cable.
Labkable – Samurai III (IEM cable)
Hong Kong based cable manufacturer labkable has a very broad selection of different audio cables for in-ears as well as for full sized headphones. Their Samurai III cable is seated in their Master Series and consists of 98% silver, 1.5% gold and .5% platinum. A very rare mix of materials. It offers great flexibility and a low-profile look. Sound-wise it offers impressive details and high resolution, with added mid-body for a lusher and fuller experience.
PWaudio has created two wonderful sounding copper cables with a unique design structure. Their sound improvements are indisputably there for me. The two-wire quickly became one of my favourite cables and has been mainly attached to my Kaiser Encore because it elevates this already incredible in ear monitor to new levels. The four-wire has found its best friend in the Kaiser 10, though I wish I could use it with another monitor of mine – JH Audio’s Layla. The transparency of PWaudio’s four-wire flagship is unrivaled and the way it portrays even the finest details is outstanding. The two-wired version adds a touch of warmth to my reference and brighter tuned monitors and gives them a nice organic sound.
Effect Audio – Horus (IEM cable)
One of the finest cables I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. It matches up perfectly with all IEMs, and the detail, clarity and precision that comes with the cable is incredible. It’s very expensive but it is the best cable in my inventory.