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Review: Shinola Canfield Over Ear – Audiostyle

By | April 10th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Shinola Canfield Over Ear headphones have been supplied by the manufacturer for this review. Shinola is not affiliated to Headfonia in any way and is not a sponsor of this site. Many thanks for the opportunity.

About Shinola:

Shinola is a Detroid based manufacturer of watches and lifestyle gear. The produce a wide range of different products and have recently stepped into the audio world with their Runwell turntable. Their audio branche is headed by Alex Rosson. This name might ring a bell for some people in our part of the audio lands, as Alex Rosson was formerly the CEO of Audeze.… Read the full article

Detroit-Based Shinola Audio Announces Four New Headphones

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Its been long rumored and finally confirmed, Shinola is moving into the headphone business. As part of an expansion to their “Audio Goods” offerings (which already include the Runwell Turntable and Bookshelf speakers) four pairs of properly separated and paced earphones and headphones will hit the market this holiday season, spanning nearly all the major categories of personal audio.

Even better, the Canfield Headphone Collection partnered with ALO/Campfire Audio for the IEMs, which have produced some really great pieces since breaking into the market just a few years ago.… Read the full article

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Shinola launches new Canfield Headphone Collection

By | November 14th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


The good people in Detroit at Shinola are keeping very busy indeed. The hand built leather goods, watchmaker, lifestyle products, and high fidelity stereo company has just announced they are entering the headphone market with four new models to choose from in the Canfield Collection.

Following the great success of their Runwell turntable, and  Runwell Bookshelf loudspeakers, Shinola is swinging for the fence once again in the audiophile/lifestyle market with two new over-ear headphones, and two In-Ear Monitors to choose from.… Read the full article

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Review: Living in the future with KEF LS50 Wireless + Roon + Shinola Runwell

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“Roon” sounds like the forlorn cry of a waterbird. Something you might hear at night. Alone. As you sit in front of slowly crackling campfire, a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Right before the Lizard People come slithering out of the lake.

I’m not really sure how I got along without it, to be honest. Both the whiskey, and the Lizard People. Heh. No, Roon. Seriously — computer audio, even for this 21-year tech profession, is still something of a head-scratcher.… Read the full article

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Mini-Review: Shinola Audio Bookshelf Speakers

By | September 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

by John Richardson

You’d almost have to be labeled an old-fashioned Evil Pinkie Communist (think Boris and Natasha from the Bullwinkle cartoons…) not to like and admire what the folks at Shinola are doing. At first glance, this young and innovative company that makes lots of cool stuff seems like a Hipster dream come true — it’s all about the caché, not quality. Those who hold such an opinion? They need to take a closer look. Shinola, which is a re-branding, at least name-wise, of the company that used to make shoe and boot polish, is the real deal.… Read the full article

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MOOGFEST 2017 // Part Two 

By | August 13th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

by Eric Franklin Shook

By this point in my two part series on MOOGFEST, (part one can be seen here) I am now a bonafide convert, fan, and proponent of all things Durham. I’m easily sold with good evidence.

My writer friend Cheyenne Noelle and I discussed how the misconceptions of Durham and the changes it’s gone through in more recent years have reconciled themselves, and left us with a truly delightful and charming jewel of the south. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.Read the full article

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MOOGFEST 2017 // Part One

By | July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

by Eric Franklin Shook

Their mission: “Grow a community of futurists who explore emerging sound technologies and design radical instruments for change.” Seems simple enough.

A writer friend of mine, Cheyenne Noelle asked me if I was going to Moogfest ‘17, a music festival that moved to Durham in the last few years from our very own Asheville, NC, and I confess with due shame that I had no such plans. If you grew up in North Carolina you were part of two camps of locals.… Read the full article

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Best of 2016 and Product of the Year

By | December 24th, 2016|Categories: Nordost, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


best-2016So here we are again. Somehow, the year has turned, we’re all facing yet another New Year, and yet no one is running through the streets screaming about “the end of meaning”, “the inexorable march toward extinction”, or why Kanye West and Sarah Palin are still appearing in the news.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. There were, to be frank, a lot of great new things on the market in 2016. Which is awesome. And if you ask me quietly, at the end of a long day while I’m attempting to unkink my neck, my hands and my soul with a tasty adult beverage in hand and a startlingly large dog snoring across my lap, I might offer that the horn o’ plenty that is this new Golden Age of Audio is almost enough to offset the shrinking, shuddering horror that 2016 has turned out to be.… Read the full article

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The Revenge of Analog

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |


The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, by David Sax

The morning of Black Friday, just two weeks and counting past a very bleak Wednesday, and still a bit drowsy from the previous day’s over-indulgence, I opened the front door and stooped to pick up our copy of the NY Times. Instead of the Gray Lady’s latest details on the Trumpocalypse, what greeted me was a four-page, full-sheet, wraparound pictorial segment advertising…a new turntable.

Runwell Turntable

The timing was perfect.… Read the full article

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Shinola Watches: Photo Tour

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , |

Shinola Watches: Photo Tour


I’d never seen a watch-factory before, much less wandered the floor of one. Call it the “bonus round” when I visited Shinola last week! There’s a ton of stuff to say about watches, and watch-making, and why that’s interesting and different, but I’ll leave that to the experts. Suffice it to say that I left the floor impressed at the precision, care, and overall quality of the staff, the approach, and the corporate ethic. You’re welcome to click over to the “First Look” we did on the Runwell Turntable for my thoughts on the company and their approach.

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