Quick Thoughts: Audio-Technica ATH-LS200

Editor's Note: This overview of the Audio-Technica ATH-LS200 is based off multiple listening sessions at headphone stores and shows, without sustained personal time with the product. Thus, it should not be regarded as a full review --- in fact, our entire 'Thoughts' category of articles is not meant to house comprehensive reviews. The ATH-LS200 is …

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The Biz: Asahi-Kasei and ESSTech go to war over mobile superiority

There's no question that, over the past three years, ESSTech has completely dominated the premium portable digital audio segment. The fab-less circuit design firm kicked things off in 2014 with the introduction of the now-ubiquitous ES9018-2M, a mobile-minded DAC chip designed as a two-channel die shrink of the venerated 8-channel ES9018S (itself the evolved production …

Between the Headband: FIIL’s Diva Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Editor's Note: We're starting a new category of articles here on CYMBACAVUM that covers headphones. Historically, there have been numerous websites that do a very good job of covering full-sized headphones, so we chose to cover --- obsessively --- in-ears and other aspects of the most portable arm of audio. But while we've always focused almost …