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 …

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Rapid Reaction: VSONIC VSD5 & Final Audio Design Heaven VII (Black)

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. At first blush, I can see why …