The Empire Strikes Back: Empire Ears Line-up Overview

The Empire Strikes Back: Empire Ears Line-up Overview

Editor’s Note: shotgunshane was able to get a 10-day loan of the Empire Ears’ universal lineup; read the introduction, or jump straight to sound impressions

By now most of you have probably heard of EarWerkz , perhaps from one of our reports on the company (read more) and their previous flagship Legend CIEM (read more); many of you might even be owners of an EarWerkz product as I am.

But in case you didn’t know, I’m sad to report, EarWerkz is no more; but before you shed tears and scream to the audio gods, “Why hath thou forsaken me!”, you should know that Jack and team are back for the attack, this time as Empire Ears. The King is dead, long live the King! Continue reading “The Empire Strikes Back: Empire Ears Line-up Overview”

News: Reid Heath Acoustics Introduces the DualCoil™ T20

News: Reid Heath Acoustics Introduces the DualCoil™ T20

Reid Heath Acoustics (RHA) has not been around for all that long, but in the three or so years that it has been, the Glasgow-based audio firm has done a whole lot to up its profile in the competitive and increasingly crowded earphone space. New companies constantly come and go, and while there have been a number that have caught the eye of both the serious enthusiast and mainstream aficionado, only RHA has held true to a commitment of reinvestment into heavy duty research & development. Continue reading “News: Reid Heath Acoustics Introduces the DualCoil™ T20”

CYMBACAVUM’s new look: why the change

CYMBACAVUM’s new look: why the change

To All My Fellow Audio Geeks,

CYMBACAVUM began over a year and a half ago, basically by accident. I never thought it’d last this long, or that I’d end up solidifying so many friendships and learning new things. It has been a struggle to keep things going here, as the majority of us on the writing roster keep busy schedules — many of us are full-time working professionals, in rigorous academic programs, or both. However, for the love of the hobby, we’ve stuck it out, and we’re so happy to have made it this far, and to have been able to reach so many people all around the globe. Continue reading “CYMBACAVUM’s new look: why the change”

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”