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
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 stalwart last introduced a entirely new lineup of in-ear products. Continue reading Rant: Audio-Technica ATH-IM02 vs. ATH-CK90PRO MK2
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. Continue reading Rapid Rant: Hey, It Fits Well In Your Hand…
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 bassy and sibilant. Continue reading Rant: Ultrasone’s Irritating IQ