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Master & Dynamic introduce Lightning and USB-C cables

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Metal and leather: aluminium and stainless steel; cowhide and lambskin. These are the core materials used by Master & Dynamic to carve out their own space in the prosumer headphone market. The Manhattan-based company consistently lavish as much attention on their headphones’ look and feel as they do on sound quality. Their recent collaboration with Leica resulted in a particularly striking colour coding of their first headphone, the MH40, that we reviewed in 2015. Style and substance.

Three years down the line, selling headphones to quality-conscious mainstreamers is a different ball game.… Read the full article

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One vision: DAR’s top 3 audio trends of 2017

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

What does it all mean? Not life but the slew of products heard by yours truly in 2017. Reproducing a summary list is an easy cop out – a hat tip to pull quote culture. Yeah nah. More of a challenge and therefore more rewarding (for me and you the reader) is to tease out trends sketched out by a selection of the year’s best audio hardware, to join their dots and ink the connecting lines with greater indelibility. Here are three such trends:

Idealist audiophiles talk a lot about synergy – of one amplifier extracting better sound from a pair of loudspeakers than another – but offered bespoke-fit amplification, tailored to the driver level, those same idealists will politely decline; their ability to choose an amplifier is gone.… Read the full article

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1More – keeping the headphone world honest

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What’s “a lot of money” for a pair of headphones? The answer depends on who we ask. For audio show regulars and Head-Fi.org devotees, we might be talking four figures. For the other 99% looking for a first step beyond smartphone-supplied IEMs, it might be as low as two.

Pitching their wares to mainstreamers at CanJam Europe 2017 – whilst simultaneously keeping diehard headphiles honest in their high/er-end preferences – were the local arm of Shenzhen’s 1More who, HQ-d in California, have enjoyed an official presence in Germany for the last 14 months.… Read the full article

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