Quick Thoughts: Audio-Technica ATH-LS200

Editor’s Note: This overview of the Audio-Technica ATH-LS200 is based off multiple listening sessions at headphone stores and shows, without sustained personal time with the product. Thus, it should not be regarded as a full review — in fact, our entire ‘Thoughts‘ category of articles is not meant to house comprehensive reviews. Continue reading Quick Thoughts: Audio-Technica ATH-LS200

Ωimage: creative ohmages to audio!

Had your daily dose of Ω?

If not, here you go: http://ohm-image.net/opinion/audiophile/

Ωimage is the brainchild of shigzeo, a Japan-based renaissance man of Canadian origin. He writes, he shoots, and he listens. Having been a longtime blogger at TouchMyApps, and a notable contributor to the world of portable audio, shigzeo delivers words and pictures like few in the audio world. Just recently, he released Ωimage‘s 2013 ohmage to portable audio, a pick of all things worth toasting to in portable land. Whether it’s an ohmage or a bowl of porridge, Ωimage delivers, and CYMBACAVUM is proud to be a friend!

Tralucent Audio 1Plus2 | Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking Glass

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.”

Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Continue reading Tralucent Audio 1Plus2 | Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking Glass

Heir Audio Tzar 350: High Impedance Ivan

A couple of months ago, I bought the Heir Audio Tzar 350.

Having bought the custom Heir Audio 4.A just a year ago, I was very satisfied with Heir Audio’s level of build quality and customer service, both amongst the very best in the high-end portable audio industry. Their push for high-impedance IEMs was also very unique, and something that I’d been hoping for.

The ‘Tzar” line of Heir Audio universal in-ear monitors comes in two different flavors: the Tzar 90 and the Tzar 350. Since the Tzar 350 is the higher impedance version and the one noted to be the flatter of the two, I decided to purchase the 350. Continue reading Heir Audio Tzar 350: High Impedance Ivan

Rooth Professional Audio’s Custom In-Ear Monitors

A while ago, I managed to listen to demos of the entire product lineup from Rooth Professional Audio. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, it’s a sister brand to Unique Melody — its custom in-ear monitors are developed and built in the same laboratory as UM’s, but is staffed differently and its marketing is handled by different people. Whereas Unique Melody is headed by UM Australia/Global and by Stephen Guo in North America, global development for Rooth is entirely in the hands of HFI International, headed by Tomo Okabe. Continue reading Rooth Professional Audio’s Custom In-Ear Monitors