There’s no question that, over the past three years, ESSTech has completely dominated the premium portable digital audio segment. The … Continue reading The Biz: Asahi-Kasei and ESSTech go to war over mobile superiority
Editor’s Note: iFi Audio provided the iEMatch free of charge for the review
What is the iEMatch and why would you need one?
With the next generation Apple iPhone 7 set to be announced imminently, many people have bemoaned Apple’s decision (not 100% … Continue reading Op-Ed: Embrace the Jack-less revolution!
Editor’s Note: Victor leads us on a trip into the realm of DAPs, with additional insight and commentary by Mr. T. Special thanks to longtime reader and good friend Moe, who helped us fact check and gave us numerous additional resources.
If we look back at the annals of [recent] history, we’ll notice that the most primitive portable audio player was probably the battery-powered cassette player. If you are young like me, then you probably didn’t have much experience with it. Yet, the cassette tape was what put the Sony Walkman on the map. Guys like Nathan at ohm-image probably had one attached to their hips while walking to school.
We didn’t get to listen to it at all, as the operating system froze and crashed repeatedly; turning the power knob to the ‘OFF’ setting couldn’t even turn it off — we had to wait until the battery drained. A very bad sign indeed.
The build quality feels similar to that of the lower cost HA-P50B, with slightly larger dimensions. It would be considered very good for a $299 budget device (as is the HA-P50B), but is starting to show its lumps as a $700 premium DAP device. Worrisome all over.
Better step up your game, TEAC.
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”
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If I had to boil my thoughts down to two words to describe the Cowon Plenue P1, it’d be: artificial analog.
Sounds like it’s a bad thing, huh?
Well, I don’t know. I really don’t, I swear. Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: Cowon Plenue P1”