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
Editor’s Note: We tend to publish in bursts. That’s just the way it works when none of us on the writing roster does this for a living — we write when we can, and all of us do it essentially on a volunteer basis. Not having much activity in between these bursts doesn’t mean we’re not working behind the scenes. After all, CYMBACAVUM is not purely a review platform; we seek not only to identify folks doing good work within the audio community, but also to push for ever better standards of performance. We may never be the first to “review” something, but we always strive to be the most insightful. Continue reading LIFE Acoustics & Kickstarter
Editor’s Note: Victor drops a hybrid review. Please note that the Fidue A83 was provided to CYMBACAVUM free of charge as a review sample.
Hybrid IEMs, usually with a mix of dynamic drivers for bass, and balanced armature drivers for the mids and the treble, have been around for some time now. Many of them are recognized for deep rumbling bass, and sparkly treble. I myself have owned the popular T-PEOS H-200, and extensively demoed other hybrids such as T-PEOS H-300, Sony H1, H2, and H3, AKG K3003i, and Ultrasone IQ.
While I found all of them capable (except the Ultrasone IQ), the only hybrid I actually liked was the AKG K3003i, for it was the only IEM that got the mids right. As a vocal/guitar lover, the recessed mids of many hybrid IEMs have always bothered me, as did their usual and rather bothersome mid-upper frequency peaks (which tended to cause some ringing and sibilance). Continue reading Fidue A83: A different kind of hybrid sound