In the eyes of many portable audio enthusiasts, the earbud is dead. Long live the in-ear. Well, almost. AdvertisementsRead More New Age Earbuds: Don’t Call It a Comeback — Yet?
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 […]Read More Rapid Reaction: Astell&Kern x JH Audio Layla
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, […]Read More LH Labs Verb: Indefensibly Bad
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 […]Read More Electroacoustic Measurements from speakerphone
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, […]Read More Quick Thoughts: Custom Art Music Two, Revisited
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 […]Read More In Pictures: TEAC HA-P90SD
VSONIC VSD5 There’s no point beating around the bush; let me make this point patently clear: the VSD5 is no EX1000. It is nowhere in its realm of existence. I know. I own an MDR-EX1000. I wrote a tribute to it. It’s possibly the last great Sony earphone.Read More Rapid Reaction: VSONIC VSD5 & Final Audio Design Heaven VII (Black)