Balanced Armature Drivers: They’re Small!

User hardcorist on the Russian language forum Player.ru posted this photo of various BA drivers from different models:

From 12 o'clock, going clockwise: (1) TWFK + CI, (2) TWFK + TEC, (3) EH, (4) TWFK
From 12 o’clock, going clockwise: (1) TWFK + CI, (2) TWFK + TEC, (3) EH, (4) 2800, (5) 2300, (6) E50D, (7) 2600, (8) 4100, (9) E25S, (10) TWFK, (11) ED, (12),

Did they really take apart all these earphones?

Those poor earphones…

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In Pictures: Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors

CYMBACAVUM has been and will be busy this summer. We made a very important trip to Ultimate Ears headquarters in Irvine, California this past August, but haven’t had time to completely sort through everything.

However, when it comes out, we guarantee it’ll be the most complete and detailed coverage of Ultimate Earsever.

For now, we’ve uploaded pictures of the Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitor to our Facebook Page.

At least FOUR of CYMBACAVUM‘s staff writers are using one and we all believe that it’s a true classic of a CIEM! It’s resolving, it’s neutral, and it’s open-sounding — the UERM is definitely a worthy buy and something that any custom in-ear enthusiast should have in their stable.

If you’re looking to pick up a pair of custom in-ear monitors, the Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors really are a great choice!

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Rant: Audio-Technica ATH-IM02 vs. ATH-CK90PRO MK2

Editor’s Note: Not so much a rant; more bemusement than anything else.

Audio-Technica‘s new series of enthusiast-oriented IEMs was introduced a few months ago (last November) to great fanfare.

Other than the 50th Anniversary products (that included the ATH-CK100PRO) released a couple of years ago, it’d been a very long time since the Japanese audio stalwart last introduced a entirely new lineup of in-ear products. Continue reading

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