Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 21, 2020  |  0 comments
The high-end of personal audio seems to be experiencing heightened interest from companies who not only design and build the headphones, headphone-amplifiers and DACs that mere mortals tend to covet, but also those companies who up until now have been focused exclusively on building two-channel gear.
Herb Reichert  |  Feb 19, 2020  |  1 comments
To quote myself, “Measuring is an essential element in the design and manufacture of all audio components. But! As a tool for evaluation, or as a predictor of user satisfaction, today’s measuring procedures are almost useless.”
Herb Reichert  |  Feb 18, 2020  |  0 comments
Like I mentioned earlier, when I’m at a CanJam I weave through the crowd down the isles – staying alert for what might jump out at me. This “JPS Labs stack” jumped out big time.
Herb Reichert  |  Feb 17, 2020  |  1 comments
I did not need a divining rod to find the other portable audio DAC superstar: Chord Electronic’s 2Go streamer/server module.
Herb Reichert  |  Feb 16, 2020  |  0 comments
No matter how much due-diligence I do before a CanJam event, I still do not know what is really new and exciting until I get there.
Herb Reichert  |  Feb 16, 2020  |  First Published: Feb 15, 2020  |  0 comments
I’m always telling floorspeaker people how headphones “eliminate the sound of the room,” but laughingly the big jabbering-people-filled room at CanJam NYC’s Marriot Marquis gets so loud by noon – it penetrated even the most perfect fitting IEMs.
Herb Reichert  |  Feb 15, 2020  |  3 comments
I didn’t go, but I heard about it. Jude Mansilla’s first ever national Head-Fi meet was in New York City 2006. I remember because one of my friends went and came home raving about “inner ear monitors” by Jerry Harvey. I was like . . . “What the hell is an inner ear monitor?” And, “Are you kidding me? People actually get together to listen to headphones?”
Grover Neville  |  Feb 14, 2020  |  1 comments
The name Manley has been legendary in audiophile and professional audio circles for many years now, and I recall my dad lusting after VTL and Manley high-powered tube gear when I was younger, not just because of its sound, but also because it was expensive. But, not so expensive that it was totally out of reach for the average Joe who saved their pennies.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 12, 2020  |  2 comments
While components and devices seem to continually get smaller as technology progresses, it doesn’t seem to come at the cost of feature set.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 07, 2020  |  1 comments
Technics has held a special place in my mind when it comes to my relationship to music throughout most of my life.