Category Archives: Audio Gear

Headphones, earphones, DACs, amps, turntables, speakers, wireless transmission, and more. Being a geek about music is fun!

I Think I’m an Audiophile Now: Here Are the Warning Signs So You Can Avoid My Fate

I Think I’m an Audiophile Now: Here Are the Warning Signs So You Can Avoid My Fate

Over years of reviewing earbuds and headphones, I’ve come to understand what the geeks who love sound have been talking about: if you love music, great headphones really make a difference. I’ve become an audiophile, thanks to Yamaha, Bowers & Wilkens, Sennheiser, Creative Labs, MassDrop, and others. Hopefully you can heed my warnings, and avoid losing yourself down the rabbit hole of never being content with cheap gear ever again. Read More

Inateck Bluetooth Headphones: Connected Without the Hassle

Inateck Bluetooth Headphones: Connected Without the Hassle

For the last couple of months I’ve been living life with the Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth Headphones and they’ve pretty much replaced my other headphones. It should be known that, before these, I hadn’t used a pair of bluetooth headphones before, so this review will be talking about my experiences but cannot comment on whether they are better or worse than other models. Read More

GeekDad Review: Grain Audio OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones

GeekDad Review: Grain Audio OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones

If you follow the world of Kickstarter campaigns, you’ve probably heard of Grain Audio. The brainchild of “two ex-Altec Lansing guys, an architect/furniture designer and a liquor industry operational expert,” Grain Audio raised over $155k (well over the $120k goal) to produce a line-up of premium audio gear featuring solid wood design. I was sent a pair of OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones featuring FSC certified walnut ear cups to try out. The wood certainly makes for an attractive set of headphones, but does it make them sound better? Read More

Active Listening: SMS, Polk Audio’s New Headphones Move With You

Active Listening: SMS, Polk Audio’s New Headphones Move With You

Like many of you, I work at a desk eight hours a day. This means that I have to keep a keen eye on my activity level for the good of my overall health and wellbeing. I try to walk to meetings whenever it’s feasible and take the stairs instead of the elevator, but my real exercise takes place outside of business hours – and nothing motivates me to move more than enjoying a little music. Read More