OnePlus Icons IEM Review

Peter Pialis has posted a review of these IEMs over on Headphone.guru.  He loves their price performance.  At only $50, these dynamic driver IEMs provide a nice “fun” U shaped sound signature. Read the rest of Peter’s review by clicking the link below:

Icons IEM Review

CanJam SoCal 2016 Show Report

Eric Neff has very nice report of the recent CanJam SoCal show over on Headphone.guru. Plenty of pics and impressions.  Part 1 of the report is listed below.  I will add links to the other parts as they become available so check back . . .

CanJam Show Report 1

CanJam Show Report 2

CanJam Show Report 3

CanJam Show Report 4

JH Audio Custom Layla IEM Review

Eric Neff has posted a nice review of his custom Layla IEM on Headphone.guru.

Summary:

Pros: Adjustable bass means a wide range of uses and personal styles are possible with one pair of CIEM’s
4th order crossover concisely controls the twelve drivers per side.
Perfect frequency phase delivered by three independent steel tubed bores.
Impeccable fit and finish. Custom fit was perfect as received!

Cons: Price. $2195 in my version is the low end. They scale up with materials options to nearly $3k
Cable is thicker to accommodate the bass adjust. Some people may prefer a thinner option.
No iPhone controls or microphone available at this time.

Layla review

Klipsch X20i Review

Peter Pialis posted a review of the dual BA driver X20i on Headphone.guru. These are priced in the $500+ price range which puts them in the same market price as the W40 and SE535.  That some tough competition for a dual BA IEM but Peter believes they are up to task.  Read his review by clicking the link below:

Review of the X20i

Stop Being Lazy and Demand More!

John Luongo has posted an article on Headphone.Guru entitled “Is the day of the audiophile about to expire or is it our job as music lovers to educate future generations on what they might be missing out on?”  A rather long title.  The thrust of the article is around the importance of evangelizing for well engineered music with great sound quality. Also, he pleads with us to stop accepting low quality products. This is almost becoming routine in today’s environment. Here is an example, when I grew up the focus of phone companies was around delivering quality sound reproduction. Sprint had there “pin dropping” advertisements which demonstrated that you could hear a pin drop from thousands of mile away using their service and your home telephone. Can’t do that today.  Now in the drive for mobility we get phone call and sound quality which frankly is garbage. Calls drop, they turn half-duplex and  you frequently require the other party to repeat themselves. This is also true in audio with mediocre earbuds and poorly engineered heavily processed low resolution audio products. John asks the question of why do we accept this?  His and my answer is simply that we are getting lazy.  Rather than spend a little effort to find better quality we are lazy and accept high profit margin mediocre products.  Think BEATS. Crap at a high place.  Our laziness simply reinforces low quality. Our focus today has turned to mobility, technology as fashion statements (i.e. iWatch) and trying to impress your friends, neighbors and anonymous website commenters. You get the drift.

Feel free to rant.

John’s Article