Headed off to the Acoustica Show in Chester

I'm heading off to another audio show today. This one isn't so well known outside the region I'm in, but if you are near Chester, the Acoustica show is worth checking out. The show will feature product debuts from ATC Loudspeakers, AURALiC, Kudos, Leema Acoustics, Roon, and Spendor. There is also loads of vinyl to... Continue Reading →

Bristol Sound & Vision 2018: AKG, Creek, EPOS, Rega, ELAC, Exposure, Audioquest, Focal, Wilson Benesch and Best in Show

In which I listen to two of my favourite headphones of the show, the AKG K812 and the Focal Clear, do a power demo and listen to some more speakers. Links to part 1 and part 2. Stay tuned all the way to the end to be rewarded with my ‘best-in-show’ items. AKG The AKG... Continue Reading →

iFi iEMatch 2.5mm: hiss busting miracle worker in a tiny magnesium suit

Pros:  I can listen to sensitive IEMs on the Questyle QP2R now without being swallowed by hiss, nice diamond dust feel and look to the casing, simple to use, lightweight, takes pressure off of 2.5mm jack Cons: 2.5mm jack isn’t flush with barrel, original iEMatch less expensive List Price: $69 Product Website: https://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/accessory-iematch2-5 Rating Disclaimer:... Continue Reading →

QP2R Cases: Miter vs. Spyker

Introduction The Questyle QP2R is a nice-looking piece of kit, and I want to keep it that way, so I was already looking for a case for it before anybody offered me one to review. I looked at Dignis, but they were way expensive, unavailable, or both. I looked at Miter, but I wasn’t sure... Continue Reading →

Interview with Tatco Ma of Lear

Introduction I like to reach out to companies that I view as doing innovative things. I gained interest in 64Audio when they worked with ADEL to relieve pneumatic pressure on the tympanic membrane with the potential to save hearing. I followed Noble for their gorgeous designs. I checked out oBravo because they were the first... Continue Reading →

Dawnwood GT-36: unboxing and initial impressions

Beauty isn't everything. There's an old song by Jimmy Soul that goes: "if you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp-6O-9-N_A   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. Some folks will dig this design, or maybe the Captain America or Iron... Continue Reading →

Ausdom M05: Not Just Good Bluetooth Headphones, Good Headphones. Perfect for night-time movies.

Pros:  good soundstage and imaging, forward mids (excellent for movies), nice mids for drums/percussion/vocals, engaging sound, good aptX Bluetooth implementation, easy controls Cons: midbass bleed, leaky, bit of bass looseness, some static and transmission artefacts, forward mids (if you aren't into that) List Price: $40 (Amazon) Product Website: https://www.ausdom.com/ Rating Disclaimer: ratings are subjective. Audio quality and... Continue Reading →

Bristol Sound & Vision 2018: Pioneer, Audio Technica, Quad, Ophidian Audio, Acoustic Energy, Prism Sound (part 2)

Read further for tiny speakers with big sound and professional audio produced for consumers. There's headphones too. Pioneer The Pioneer setup was running the SE-Master 1 (£1699) from the Pioneer U-05 (£540) DAC/Headphone Amp combo with the Pioneer XDP-300R (£459). I’ve checked all these elements out before, but haven’t covered them for the blog. I... Continue Reading →

Penon IEM (v2) – unboxing and initial impressions

The Penon IEM was thrown in along with a box of stuff for under $50 and $25 shootouts. I didn't expect much. When I opened up the big DHL box of budget surprises, the Penon IEM actually had one of the nicer boxes. a simple blue box with a magnetic closure. Inside there is some... Continue Reading →

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