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,…

Rant: Audio-Technica ATH-IM02 vs. ATH-CK90PRO MK2

Editor’s Note: Not so much a rant; more bemusement than anything else. Audio-Technica‘s new series of enthusiast-oriented IEMs was introduced a few months ago (last November) to great fanfare. Other than the 50th Anniversary products (that included the ATH-CK100PRO) released a couple of years ago, it’d been a very long time since the Japanese audio…

Rapid Rant: Hey, It Fits Well In Your Hand…

What. The. F**k. $250 for the AK S02 charging stand. Really? So the zillion percent profit margin isn’t enough? Please tell me that the leather case came from a kosher slaughter.

Rant: Ultrasone’s Irritating IQ

For some time, I’d been bound by morbid curiosity to try the Ultrasone IQ. It has been panned almost universally even before it came out, and today, I shall add further insult to injury. About a month ago, in a show of insanity, I assailed aural cacophony on my senses. You guessed it. It is…