Astrotec Lyra Nature Limited Edition: Refinement

Greetings! Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s newest premium earbud, the Lyra Nature Limited Edition (LE). The lack of isolation, fitment oddities, bass presentation, and negative reputation built by crappy pack in earbuds that come with various electronics have left them as a niche product, though one that has its die hard fans. Just visit the Earbuds Anonymous group on Facebook, or earbud thread on Head-fi.org … Continue reading Astrotec Lyra Nature Limited Edition: Refinement

2019 Super Award Ceremony of Audio Excellence

Welcome Back! Today I’m handing out accolades to products that won my heart throughout 2019. These weren’t necessarily best in class in every case, but the ones that stuck around in my daily driver lineup and made the most impact long term, or as long a term as could be given they were all received and reviewing during the 2019 calendar year. Let’s get started! … Continue reading 2019 Super Award Ceremony of Audio Excellence

Campfire Audio Cascade – expatinjapan/Head pie

‘Cascade is a culmination of a 3 year engineering effort to bring our signature sound to a headphone. The result is a portable, closed-back headphone that sounds and performs like it’s open. Even better; it has the unique sound you expect from a Campfire Audio headphone.’ https://campfireaudio.com/shop/cascade/  Campfire Audio Cascade and ALO Audio SXC 8 upgrade cable Ken and Caleb with some of the early prototypes … Continue reading Campfire Audio Cascade – expatinjapan/Head pie

SMABAT ST-10: Little Bat

Greetings! Today we’re checking out a snazzy new earbud from Smabat, the ST-10. Smabat is a new company with two products under their wing, the ST-10 earbuds and the XT-10 iems. The ST-10 that we’re checking out today is a pretty cool little earbud. Unlike many companies that have been tuning the driver and shoving it into an MX500 shell, Smabat put a little more … Continue reading SMABAT ST-10: Little Bat

Astrotec Lyra Nature: Budding Champion

Greetings! Today we’re checking out the latest entry into Astrotec’s lineup of premium ear buds, the Lyra Nature. Astrotec’s lineup of Lyra earbuds dates back a few years and was recently reinvigorated by the release of three models; the Classic, the Lyra Collection 32 ohm, and the Lyra Collection 150 ohm. The DNA making up these three ear buds can be found throughout the Nature, … Continue reading Astrotec Lyra Nature: Budding Champion

Astrotec Lyra Collection 150 ohm: Totes a Premium Bud

Greetings! Today we are checking out the all new Lyra Collection 150 ohm earbud from Astrotec. Astrotec isn’t new to the audio scene and has been producing products in one form or another since 2004. When I was first getting into the hobby, they were one of the few companies producing affordable hybrids and unique flagship ear buds like the original triple-hybrid Lyra. The version … Continue reading Astrotec Lyra Collection 150 ohm: Totes a Premium Bud

Astrotec Lyra Classic: Like a fine wine

Greetings, Today we’re checking out Astrotec’s most affordable member of the Lyra lineup, the Classic. Astrotec’s lineup of Lyra earbuds dates back a few years and has recently been reinvigorated by the release of three new models; the Classic, the Lyra Collection 32 ohm, and the Lyra Collection 150 ohm. The Classic features a single 15mm dynamic driver inset within a lightweight metal shell. It … Continue reading Astrotec Lyra Classic: Like a fine wine