Quick Thoughts: Cosmic Ears CE6P — Smooth Seduction

It’s the Barry White of custom monitors. Cosmic Ears is a Swedish custom in-ear manufacturer that burst onto the scene in 2012, offering resells and budget-minded models. Since then, Cosmic Ears has expanded the line with higher end offerings, matured tuning, and artistic faceplate options (steampunk, watch movement, paua shell, etc.), and a new workshop…

Rapid Reaction: Astell&Kern x JH Audio Layla

Layla is the latest and greatest entry into what Jerry Harvey has dubbed his ‘Siren Series’ of in-ear monitor offerings, named after women featured in famous rock songs. As the flagship of the series, JH Audio markets her as a mastering reference tool. Bass-adjustable, Layla comes equipped with a cable integrated with an adjustable bass…

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,…

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…

Quick Thoughts: Custom Art Music Two, Revisited

Editor’s Note: When shotgunshane reviewed the Music Two last March (read the review), he thought it was incredible value for money. A bit later, Mr. T also took the plunge, this time with removable cables. Mr. T considers Custom Art’s Piotr Granicki a personal friend and thus may be partial to the Polish company’s products,…

In Pictures: TEAC HA-P90SD

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…

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…

Ode to a Classic: Sony MDR-EX1000 — Dynamism, Defined.

Editor’s Note: This pithy post is  a prelude to impressions on the new Sony in-ear products flooding the Q4 2014 market (and bursting into 2015) in typical Sony fashion. But before extolling the future, we must pay homage to the past — one that may never return.

Aurisonics Rockets: Up, Up, and Away!

Editor’s Note: shotgunshane is a fan of Aurisonics and has been to their Nashville headquarters. Mr. T envisions a projectile trajectory with the Rockets. This a brief hive-mind amalgamation of their thoughts on these ‘Made in USA’ products. Aurisonics was one of the first personal audio companies to run a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Boasting…

John Franks’ & Rob Watts’ baby, the Chord Hugo

It’s been a busy few weeks for me lately, but I managed to sneak a few hours away from work to attend a local presentation by CHORD Electronics’ head honcho John Franks and lead designer Rob Watts. By now, most people fixated on the high-end of portable audio have heard of the Hugo. When it…