The Biz: Asahi-Kasei and ESSTech go to war over mobile superiority

There's no question that, over the past three years, ESSTech has completely dominated the premium portable digital audio segment. The fab-less circuit design firm kicked things off in 2014 with the introduction of the now-ubiquitous ES9018-2M, a mobile-minded DAC chip designed as a two-channel die shrink of the venerated 8-channel ES9018S (itself the evolved production …

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Celsus Sound: Trailblazing Wireless Freedom

Editor's Note: Another incredibly late article --- apologies to everyone all around! We're extremely limited on time! Last year, I had the good fortune of meeting with Jason Lim, co-founder and former CEO of Nuforce. Since leaving Nuforce (the company is now a subsidiary of Optoma), Mr. Lim has been busy. He founded Heap Venture, …

Resonessence Labs Concero HP: USB-Powered Tour-De-Force

Editor's Note: CYMBACAVUM was lucky enough to get a hold of the Resonessence Labs Concero HP; now Mr. T won't relinquish it. You'll have to pry it away from his cold, dead hands. There are audio companies and then there are audio companies. Resonessence Labs is the latter. You may have heard of Resonessence Labs …