Knowles, industry leader in balanced armature design and production, teaches us about IEM design and tuning

Knowles, industry leader in balanced armature design and production, teaches us about IEM design and tuning

Andrew Bellavia (Twitter) of Knowles Corporation gave a talk at AES@NAMM 2018 last month on the 27th of January and went into depth about the acoustic science behind in-ear monitors and multiple balanced armature acoustic design.
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Critical Analysis: 1964|ADEL — Science or Science Fiction?

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. Continue reading “Critical Analysis: 1964|ADEL — Science or Science Fiction?”

LIFE Acoustics & Kickstarter

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 not working behind the scenes. After all, CYMBACAVUM is not purely a review platform; we seek not only to identify folks doing good work within the audio community, but also to push for ever better standards of performance. We may never be the first to “review” something, but we always strive to be the most insightful.
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LH Labs Verb: Indefensibly Bad

LH Labs Verb: Indefensibly Bad

LH Labs, a subsidiary of ultra high-end audio company Light Harmonic (maker of the $20,000 Da Vinci DAC), has wafted massive ripples across the personal audio industry over the last couple of years. With their seminal Kickstarter campaign for the pocket-sized DAC/amp the Geek Out, they popularized crowdfunding as a viable option for audiophile products, spurring a bunch of follow-up campaigns in the Geek Pulse and Geek Wave, as well as campaigns by other companies. Continue reading “LH Labs Verb: Indefensibly Bad”

The Biz: What companies make Balanced Armature Speakers?

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 is far lower. In the past, the market for BA manufacture has been (and still is) dominated by two companies: Knowles and Sonion. However, as the market for in-ear earphones has expanded, global demand for “premium sound” has propelled more and more companies to get into the game for manufacturing balanced armature drivers. While both Sonion and Knowles continue to dominate, earphones using balanced armatures in the future might not necessarily use their products.

So without further ado, here is a posting of the fruits of our labor… (in no particular order) Continue reading “The Biz: What companies make Balanced Armature Speakers?”