When I first got wind of the French boutique headphone company Aedle their website was just a logo and the words "Coming Soon." With every tid-bit of info I've seen since, I became more and more intrigued.
There was certainly a big PR buzz going around prior to CES promoting Motorheadphones. Rock is bigger than rap; rocker endorsed headphones should be just as big as rapper endorsed cans...one would think.
I'm rough on stuff...very rough. I could break a bowling ball in a padded room. That's why every smartphone and pad I own lives in an Otterbox Defender series case. I was really curious about new stuff from Otterbox, and boy am I glad I stopped by their booth.
You know Bryston? The 35 year old company is based in Peterborough, Ontario, just northeast of Toronto, and they have over 150 dealers in North America. The BHA-1 may be their very first headphone amp, but it's a Class A, fully-balanced, fully-discrete design. Incredibly, Bryston may be the only major high-end audio company currently making a serious headphone amp, but I guess it's only a matter of time before Ayre, Mark Levinson, Rowland, Naim, Audio Research, Conrad-Johnson, Rouge Audio, VAC, etc. wake up and join the fray.