Op-Ed: Embrace the Jack-less revolution!

With the next generation Apple iPhone 7 set to be announced imminently, many people have bemoaned Apple’s decision (not 100% confirmed, but essentially a foregone conclusion, based on the substantial and numerous rumors) to remove the 3.5 mm analog jack from the phone. Not only have highly influential e-zines such as The Verge have come…

The Biz: More Companies Join In On The Manufacture of Balanced Armatures

With so many companies making earphones and headsets, it’s no wonder demand for balanced armatures is on the rise. They’re not just for premium earphones anymore, as BA and hybrid earphones can now be found for under $30, and reach prices upwards of $2500. As mentioned in a previous article of ours, ‘The Biz: What…

Critical Analysis: 1964|ADEL — Science or Science Fiction?

Editor’s Note: At CYMBACAVUM, we’re constantly trying to bridge science with the wonderful audio experiences we have. @miceblue takes on an scientist’s curiosity to examine Asius Technologies and 1964Ears’ ADEL — how it functions, the scientific principles behind it, and what it might or might not be. This article was intended to be published on…

Quick Thoughts: Ion by Soranik

Editor’s Note: Our thoughts are based on pre-production, prototype units of the Soranik Ion and may not necessarily be fully indicative of the state of the final production models. Pictures were generously provided by Soranik. In the grand scheme of things, the financial requirements for becoming a custom IEM manufacturer are not all that stringent….

LIFE Acoustics & Kickstarter

Editor’s Note: We tend to publish in bursts. That’s just the way it works when none of us on the writing roster does this for a living — we write when we can, and all of us do it essentially on a volunteer basis. Not having much activity in between these bursts doesn’t mean we’re…

The Biz: E-Earphone’s CIEM Store in Akihabara, Tokyo

Founded by an Osakan man with a full head of hair and a hope to spread the spirit of porta-fi to the masses, E-Earphone is one of Japan’s premier personal audio store chains, with storefronts in both Tokyo and Osaka metropolises. Its aisles upon aisles of headphones and earphones are famed to the enthusiast community,…

Electroacoustic Measurements from speakerphone

Editor’s Announcement: Ladies and gentlemen, we have great news to announce — CYMBACAVUM will now provide in-house acoustic measurements! Our newest contributor is speakerphone; he has been running his own acoustic measurement blog, http://clarityfidelity.blogspot.kr/, but will be partnering with us to deliver measurement results on select items featured on this website. Occasionally, he will also…

The Biz: What companies make Balanced Armature Speakers?

Legal Disclaimer: All information produced in this article has been obtained through publicly accessible means. CYMBACAVUM and its editors and writers, have not been privy to nor have disclosed any confidential information. There are countless manufacturers for dynamic coil speakers in earphones. However, due to their miniature size, the number of balanced armature receiver makers…

Teaser for ‘Inside Ultimate Ears’

Last year, CYMBACAVUM visited the facilities of Ultimate Ears in Irvine, California and collected a TON of footage. We’ve had multiple challenges with the sorting and editing process due to lack of free time, but this documentary project might just finally see the light of day. To even out our time commitment more evenly, we’re…

Why Hearing Protection Matters, with the Dynamic Ear Company

Editor’s Note: Before you gloss over this article and deem it “not important” because it doesn’t really feature any “cool gear” — think again. Hearing protection is central to our enjoying music and life to its fullest. The first third of this two-part article is by Mr.T, while the latter two-third is by Sinocelt. You’ve…

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: Did they really take apart all these earphones? Those poor earphones…

Universal to Custom Reshell — Things to Know Beforehand

Editor’s Note: Please give a warm welcome our newest writer, who will be giving us his “Yeoisms” from time to time. He’s fanatical about custom in-ear monitors, and hopes to shepherd more people to the custom realm. Check out his bio, and his articles! His first couple of works take everyone back to basics, and consider the fundamental…