Munich 2019

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Herb Reichert  |  May 22, 2019  |  2 comments
Now, one week after Munich, I see the headphone industry as a multi-headed hydra. One hydra head speaking to smart phone subway riders. Another to travelers on international flights. Another to indentured office-cubicle servants and stock-room box-sorters. Another speaking to recording engineers and air-traffic controllers. Another listening closely to mad gamers and silent-ravers.
Herb Reichert  |  May 17, 2019  |  2 comments
In the headphone world, companies like Stax relaxed; assuming their position on top of the electrostatic headphone mountain was secure. But we all know: you snooze – you lose.
Herb Reichert  |  May 16, 2019  |  0 comments
I have not yet experienced the music-playback capabilities of CanEver’s ZeroUno D/A processor. But Art Dudley has. And he praised it at some length in the April 2017 Stereophile: “By the end of its stay in my home, it had pushed virtually all of my Happy buttons — not by doing everything I could ask of it, but by having a point of view that aligned with my own.”
Herb Reichert  |  May 16, 2019  |  0 comments
At the start of High End 2019, I had never heard of electrostatic headphone manufacturer Warwick Acoustics. Then, on the second High End day, I noticed the $24,000 USD pro-styled Aperio electrostatic headphones and their associated power-supply-energizer, streaming DAC, headphone amplifier, and line stage, sitting on a spot-lit stand outside the Warwick auditioning room.
Herb Reichert  |  May 15, 2019  |  0 comments
As much as I like to pretend that my audio-reviewer self is free of pre-conceptions and prejudice I would be lying if I said ‘how a product looks’ does not affect me.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 13, 2019  |  0 comments
Astell & Kern please stop coming out with so many new and amazing products – my review schedule is already busy enough.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 12, 2019  |  0 comments
Just when many thought the Audeze gaming headphone experience couldn’t get any better thanks to their Mobius planar-magnetic cans, the company goes all audiophile and breaks out an $899 USD version for the top-tier line in the newly announced LCD-GX.
Herb Reichert  |  May 10, 2019  |  0 comments
As an audio component, you know you have hit the big time when you have a whole room to yourself at High End Munich 2019.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 07, 2019  |  1 comments
Headphones and High End should make for a potent combination this year at the world’s premier high-fidelity get together in Munich, Germany running from May 9-12.