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, 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

Quick Thoughts: Astell&Kern ARK03 (JH Audio Roxanne) — Hear No Evil, Feel The Pain

12 drivers. $1299.

Continue reading Quick Thoughts: Astell&Kern ARK03 (JH Audio Roxanne) — Hear No Evil, Feel The Pain

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 stalwart last introduced a entirely new lineup of in-ear products. Continue reading Rant: Audio-Technica ATH-IM02 vs. ATH-CK90PRO MK2

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

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 bassy and sibilant. Continue reading Rant: Ultrasone’s Irritating IQ