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Death Vessel – Island Intervals (Sub Pop) Album Review

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Naim DAC-V1 Digital To Analogue Converter/NAP100 Power Amplifier REVIEW

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Naim DAC-V1 Digital To Analogue Converter/NAP100 Power Amplifier REVIEW

Naim’s DAC-V1 Digital To Analogue Converter and NAP100 power amplifier reviewed by Ashley Kramer

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Headphones/Earphones

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OPPO Releases HA-1 Headphone Amplifier

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Photo/Gadgets/Computers

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ASUS N Series Notebook REVIEW

The ASUS N750 multimedia notebook claims to offer cinema quality sound. It’s powered by a Bang & Olufsen ICEpower module and comes with a subwoofer. Ashley Kramer reviews one to see if the audio lives up to the claims.

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