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

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. Continue reading “Between the Headband: FIIL’s Diva Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones”

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The Biz: Show Report – TAA International Hi-End Hi-Fi Show

The Biz: Show Report – TAA International Hi-End Hi-Fi Show

The TAA International Hi-End Hi-Fi Show is a large annual audiophile exhibit organized by the Taiwan Audio Association.

Held this past weekend at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, the show is hi-fi heavy in the traditional sense, so it’s mostly about the KEFs, the Focals, and the Magicos of the world. However, for the past few years headphones and portables have slowly made their way into the show and now have a lasting presence. Continue reading “The Biz: Show Report – TAA International Hi-End Hi-Fi Show”

In Memoriam: Final Audio’s Kanemori Takai

In Memoriam: Final Audio’s Kanemori Takai

Mr. Kanemori Takai, head of Japan’s Final Audio Design, passed away two weeks ago on June 5th. FAD themselves announced the news via press release, leaving many audio lovers at a loss.

It’s not uncommon that high-end audio companies revolve around the personality of a single person’s vision, but few men have left their mark so distinctively as has Takai-san. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Final Audio’s Kanemori Takai”

The Biz: What the possible Apple/Beats deal might mean for enthusiasts

The Biz: What the possible Apple/Beats deal might mean for enthusiasts

It’s been all over news networks for the past week: Apple is allegedly acquiring Beats Music for a whopping $3.2 billion.

Audiophiles collectively groaned, and many analysts raised eyebrows. Why would the world’s most valuable company — a true innovator in consumer hardware and user experience — buy up a headphone company that makes headphones of mediocre sound quality and derivative design? Continue reading “The Biz: What the possible Apple/Beats deal might mean for enthusiasts”