There have been an explosion in high fidelity products over the past few years and 2014 is no exception. The folks at HiFiPlus have posted an article looking back at 2014.
John Darko has posted his initial impressions of the new PonoPlayer DAP. In short, he likes the SQ of it as compared to the AK120II and the Sony NWZ-ZX1. However, he mentions that the UI, build quality and other qualities of the PonoPlayer are lacking when compared to the other two. If you are interested in a $400 DAP the PonoPlayer might be a consideration. The reason why I would never recommend it is due the UI. Other DAPs in this price range have more refined interfaces, equal or greater storage and I dare say equivalent SQ.
Gilbert Hetherwick has an interesting article “Is “Who’s Next” the Most Perfect Rock Album of All Time?” over on The Audio Buzz. The premise of the article is that The Who may have actually matched or exceeded the accomplishments of the original “Fab Four” when you consider their progression from the release of “I Can’t Explain” in 1965 to “Tommy” in 1969. A great read.
Jude releases the latest addition of the Head-Fi buying guide. The link is below and hopefully your wallet won’t take too much of a beating.
Tommy has a great video over at Music Aficionado. Go check it out if you like clean solo acoustic guitar jazz.
Headphone.guru has published their 2014 Writer’s Awards and it is an interesting read. You can read it at the link below.
Head-fi member AnakChan visited the Akihabara Tokyo e-Earphone Winter Festival and posted his thoughts along with some photos. Included are some impressions of the new Layla and Angie IEMs.
Jerry Harvey releases new flagship models: Layla and Angie. Both are staring out as universals being sold via Astell & Kern. With the Angie MSRP of $999 for a new 8 driver system it sounds promising. According to Jude at Head-Fi, the sound signature of both models start at a flat neutral and then can be tuned using the JH Audio cable adjustments. The Layla is an eye popping $2,500!!!
Oh yes, the obligatory mission statement. Besides being cathartic, what is my mission with this blog? To inform other Hi-Fi junkies of product and music reviews gleaned for various sites. Since I started my trek to find musical nirvana, I found I was bouncing around various sites trying to find a few interesting kernels of wisdom. Sometimes these were reviews and helpful tidbits while other times it was simply general commentary which caught my fancy. The problem was that it would take an hour or so everyday to find the nuggets. After some thought, I began thinking about the value an edited aggregator would be to the community and so this blog was born. I’m certain my editorial choice won’t match everyone but if I can provide you with one nugget a week and it only takes you a minute to get it then I am satisfied that I have given back to the Hi-fF community.
Don’t expect to see daily updates but I will target updating at least once a week. I found that the Hi-Fi and music community should be easily be summed up on a weekly blog post.
If you have any suggestions drop me a line.