Having heard only two of their headphones (the great sounding Exodus, and the rather poor sounding Stir it Up), I was very much looking forward to getting my ears on the entire House of Marley line to get a feel for their overall performance as a headphone company.
Argh! I forgot to take a picture of the Comply booth. I didn't forget to visit them, though. This company makes great aftermarket tips for you in-ear monitors, and their booth was manned by one of the engineers.
I just love it when someone technical is available to talk about their product.
There's no doubt I want Audio Technica's ATH-M50 on my wall of fame, I had but to find the AT booth and ask. The question in my head as I walked up to their display was whether there was anything else of interest.
I was glad to see and hear a couple of new goodies from Audio Technica.
Fang Bien is a longtime friend in the headphone world, and a prolific developer of headphone product. His line of planar magnetic headphones has caught the attention of enthusiasts, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the HE-500 in particular. I was happy to round the corner and spy the HiFiMAN booth.
You know, being as brutally honest as I am in my product evaluations can be pretty uncomfortable sometimes. I've recently measured the Polk Ultrafit line and was pretty disappointed. I know the engineers there have been watching my measurements, so it was with no small measure of trepidation that I walked up to their booth.
Sony is the battle ship ... the elephant in the room ... the world's largest headphone maker. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes. With the tremendously fast moving headphone world and the likelihood they were lulled to sleep by their lion's market share, they're now facing a war on all fronts to keep their piece of the pie in the face of hoards of hungry headphone makers producing all manner of specialty product for everyone from cowboys to kids, and hairdressers to hipsters.
I think it's interesting their response is to go back to basics and develop their ability to manufacture a critical component.