The Biz: Where is Portable Audio Going? An Overview of the New Age DAP Market

Editor’s Note: Victor leads us on a trip into the realm of DAPs, with additional insight and commentary by Mr. T. Special thanks to longtime reader and good friend Moe, who helped us fact check and gave us numerous additional resources.

If we look back at the annals of [recent] history, we’ll notice that the most primitive portable audio player was probably the battery-powered cassette player. If you are young like me, then you probably didn’t have much experience with it. Yet, the cassette tape was what put the Sony Walkman on the map. Guys like Nathan at ohm-image probably had one attached to their hips while walking to school.

Continue reading The Biz: Where is Portable Audio Going? An Overview of the New Age DAP Market

Rapid Reaction: Cowon Plenue P1

** UPDATED 2014/08/22 ** (scroll to bottom)

If I had to boil my thoughts down to two words to describe the Cowon Plenue P1, it’d be: artificial analog.

Sounds like it’s a bad thing, huh?

Well, I don’t know. I really don’t, I swear. Continue reading Rapid Reaction: Cowon Plenue P1

A Short Tour of Hidition’s HQ in Seoul! (And brief impressions of their CIEMs)

Editor’s Note: Victor is another one of our new young staff writers; he’s been working on an overview of the Shure SE846 (so look out for that) but takes a detour here for some much-needed coverage on a notable Korean maker of custom in-ear monitors.

On July 25th, I had a chance to visit Hidition‘s headquarters, located in Seoul, Korea. It was an incredibly cool experience, so I thought I should share my experience with everyone! Continue reading A Short Tour of Hidition’s HQ in Seoul! (And brief impressions of their CIEMs)

Rapid Reaction: Calyx M

Everyone wants in on the DAP game these days, and the supply chain for lower power, high quality D/A conversion is easier than ever to tap into, and it seems like every hi-fi equipment manufacturer in China and Korea is releasing something within the next 18 months, setting high-end portable audio ablaze.

With so many different products releasing in quick succession, each one touting the “high resolution” moniker, it’s increasingly difficult to determine which one’s actually truly worth considering.

Enter the Calyx M. Continue reading Rapid Reaction: Calyx M

News Feed: Early March

Like FitEar with its AK100-111iS, one of my favorite quirky Japanese companies, final audio design, has also teamed up with the folks from South Korean iRiver‘s premium badge Astell&Kern to create a special edition version of their existing Heaven IV. Continue reading News Feed: Early March