Who? James Strong, founder, Atomic Floyd
What? Atomic Floyd HighDefDrum Titanium
When available? August 2017
How much? £149 or $199
Description: The British firm Atomic Floyd has been at work for some time on a revised version of their popular HighDefDrum earphone and the new version now appears to be finalised in anticipation of an August 2017 launch. The HighDefDrum features earpieces fashioned from titanium and stainless steel parts, which in turn house a ne 13.5mm dynamic driver fitted with a dual-layer diaphragm. The HighDefDrum earpiece is a semi-open-back design incorporating a ‘triple filter’ system. The robust earphones come fitted with Kevlar-reinforced signal cables and a built-in Mic/Remote module. The standard model is rated as being ‘Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad, but later on the firm also intends to release an Android-compatible version.
What are you listening to? Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’, from Led Zeppelin IV
Who: Scott Kwon, Sales & Marketing Director, Audio Opus
What: Opus #3 digital audio player
When available: Now
How Much: $899
Description: The middle model in the Audio Opus range, the Android 5.1.1-based Opus #3 DAP differs from its brothers in its use of a Burr-Brown 24-bit, 192kHz DAC. The Opus #3 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4 (not AptX), and third party streaming applications. The player also supports DSD 64, 128, and 256 without conversion. Audio Opus claim and impressive 8.5 hours battery play time, with a four-hour charge. The Opus #3 has both 2.5mm balanced and 3.5mm TRS headphone jacks.
What are you listening to? K-Pop!
Who: Robert Hay, Marketing Director EMEA, AudioQuest
What: NightOwl Carbon over ear headphones
When available: Now
How Much: £599
Description: The NightOwl Carbon was first seen in sneaky prototype form at last year’s London CanJam. Now the closed-back NightOwl joins the open-backed NightHawk for listeners seeking something altogether more relaxing. The two designs both share the same 50mm dynamic driver with biocellulose diaphragm, split-gap motor assembly, and liquid wood earcups, but feature different cables and an aperiodic vent. We reviewed this model in our 150th issue.
What are you listening to? Bonfire to Ash, Porter Nickerson