In 2016, we released 687 articles in Chinese, 180 of those are reviews, 30 are comments. We reviewed 34 earphones, 17 of those are in-ear phones, and the rest are headphones. Among those earphones, the price of 25 ones are higher than 500 RMB (about $80), 12 ones are between 1000 to 5000 RMB (about $80 to $700), and 7 ones are higher than 5000 RMB (about $700). Although we reviewed less earphones than previous year, we reviewed more hi-end earphones. However, among those cheap ones (less than 500 RMB), half of them are not satisfied. Ten earphones are Chinese brand, and 5 of them attached special functions. We reviewed 12 speakers, 9 of them are able to connected to the internet or to speak. We tested 16 full-size DAC/AMPs, 9 portable DAC/AMPs, 7 portable AMPs, and 2 full-size AMPs. We also reviewed 10 portable players, not including amplifier module. Our reviews of traditional players are more and better than previous years.
We reviewed 25 smartphones, covering most hot smartphones in China except Xiaomi. Each smartphone review including call quality, audio, photo gallery (about 50 to 100 photos) and camera aspects. We are also trying something new, such as VR, Smart Home, and IoT, released 4 articles of VR. We only wrote 8 articles about technology, but all are exclusive.
In the personal audio field, the earphone market is changing faster with new brands, products, and technology, which we will concentrate in 2017. Also, we will try more new things of Smart Home, IoT and VR. Let's start.
This is our 10th annual Most and Least Recommended, and our conclusion of the year. We had been trying to find something interesting and worth. However, the market is changing fast, although we are experienced in personal audio products, we still spent 2 years to adapt this new market. We did not recommend any DAC in 2015, but lots in 2016, that's because the upgradation of industry and consume.
Entry Level: Edifier S1000 Stereo Active Speakers
Edifier S1000 speakers is the best entry level one for consumers. We hold this opinion at the very first time we review these speakers. It is also becoming the best speaker seller on JD.com. Of course, you can also choose S1000MA as a component for your Smart Home.
Mid-Level: Airpulse A200
Airpulse A200 combines Edifier and Airpulse's technology, and adopts the high performance speaker technology with a fair price. Although it is sold at nearly 4000RMB (about $550), it is able to be compared with those over 10000 RMB (about $1500) speakers. The ribbon tweeters, titanium woofers, digital amplifier and digital frequency divider are making this speaker outstanding with such a price.