Articles by David Herbert

Meze Audio LIRIC Hands-on Review: Planar Magnetic Headphones for the Road

As the popularity of planar magnetic headphones increases, their makers are also increasingly expanding their forms. And Meze Audio's latest entry is an example of this: LIRIC is designed to change the typically large and heavy form factor of planars to a light and portable closed-back headphone - while not compromising the unique planar sound. How does this portable adaptation play out? Let's dive in to find out.

Audeze Euclid Closed-Back In-ear Monitor Hands-on Review: In-Ear Planar Magnetic Earphones

Audeze sets out to break out of its over-ear headphone mold with its in-ear planar earphone lineup. The revolution began with its LCDi series of peculiar looking earphones that look like tie-fighter wings, with the Euclid a re-think to the whole planar earphone solution that has a much more mainstream aesthetic. How do these in-ears headphones made by the planar maestros at Audeze perform compared to their over-head counterparts? Let's dive in to find out.

OPPO Find X5 Pro Hands-on Review: Ceramic Backed Flagship Android

Whereas for the OPPO Find X3 Pro, the Chinese phone company showcased a new way to build curves into glass that we've never seen before, for its latest flagship the Find X5 Pro, it has turned to ceramic - which is twice as hard as glass on the Vickers hardness scale. Can this phone be the one to do away with phone cases? Let's dive in to find out.

FiiO K9 Pro ESS Desktop DAC and Amplifier Hands-on Review: Flagship of a Different Kind

Having featured the K9 Pro AKM version in a previous review, we had the opportunity to also spend considerable time with the new ESS version and directly compare the two. Could the 'involuntary' design result in an improvement of the original design of the K9 Pro? Or will the ESS simply be a passing phase until AKM can get their production back on track? Let's dive in to find out.

Schiit Jotunheim 2 Amp with True Multibit DAC Hands-on Review: Future-Proofed All-in-one Desktop Sound System

Among the various modules that Schiit Audio makes, the Jotunheim 2 is its fully balanced headphone amp designed to incorporate an internal modular DAC, making it a standalone headphone DAC/Amp. Equipped with the company's own True Multibit DAC Module, this is quite a different device from the other Schiit modules that work in stack configurations. Should this standalone device be your next music source to upgrade your home office? Let's dive in to find out.

YEMA LED KAVINSKY Limited Edition Watch Hands-on Review: Back to the Future meets Terminator

The French watchmaker YEMA is right on the money when it announced its crowdfunded project: the YEMA LED KAVINSKY Limited Edition Watch. There is no other watch like it on the market right now. Its aesthetics screams gimmickry but its quality is backed by a renowned watchmaking company. How does this hype worthy project play out in real life? We went hands-on to find out.

B.EASE Suspended Basketball Shoes Hands-on Review: Environment Friendly Performance Shoes

Numerous environmentally-friendly footwear that were launched on crowdfunding platforms have been featured on IBTimes, but so far, they were almost exclusively streetwear, which has less demand when it comes to performance. With the release of the B.EASE Suspended basketball shoes, we see for the first time an attempt at producing performance athletic shoes.

Zigma Aerio 300 Air Purifier Hands-on Review: Smarter Way to Clean Air

Clean air is one of those commodities that you're not aware of until you lose it. When you relocate from a suburban environment to an urban office, and the city's stuffy air becomes your new habitat, or when hay fever season hits, these are the moments when pure and unadulterated air is sorely missed.

Vonmahlen High Six Fast Charging Cable Hands-on Review: The Swiss Army Knife of Cables

As smart devices continue to advance, one thing that remains the same is the need for a data/power cable. Especially if you want high speed data transfer, like videos and photos, and a fast battery recharge rate, wireless just doesn't cut it. Let's face it: everyone has had at least one experience of being crippled because they didn't have a USB cable on hand.

Antelope Axino Synergy Core Hands-on Review: A Mic of All Trades

A microphone that sets itself apart is the Axino Synergy Core from the Bulgaria-based tech company Antelope Audio, which comes with a microphone suite so powerful that, with one microphone, you can effectively model multiple microphones in different recording situations. Can the Axino really be the microphone that satisfies all the needs of a content maker? Let's dive in to find out.

Theodore Tailored Suit Hands-on Review: Cyber Tailoring is Here

When you have companies like Theodore who promises to vastly improve the whole tailoring experience by replacing the nominal tailoring process with the ease of a smartphone app. Can smartphone technology really replace the personal touch of an experienced tailor? Let's dive in to find out.

SPL Phonitor xe Headphone AMP/DAC Hands-on Review: Master Soundstage Maker

The SPL Phonitor xe is an example of how a product developed for the professionals can be a godsend to music purists. Originally meant for sound engineers to master music on headphones, it promises to deliver an amazing listening experience for music lovers. Just how good does music sound on it? Let's dive in to find out.