Audio-Technica ATH-CKR50iS in ear headphones

Audio-Technica is not a brand I knew much about when I lived in the UK. When my trusty Senheiser earphones gave out after I'd first moved to Singapore, I realised they would cost a small fortune to replace like for like, so I thought I would try another brand. That's when I bought my first Audio-Technicas. Read more

Week 15 - 2018 (men who sing good)

I set myself an unnecessary challenge this week. 4 tunes by great male vocalists. What sets some voices out from the crowd? Power, range, tone? is it feasible to say one voice is 'better' than another? Well.. yes clearly I can name a vast number of people with a better singing voice than mine.. But with this qualitative analysis of vocal talent the bigger question is raised again. Is quality a direct reflection of personal taste? I try to avoid using the labels 'good' or 'bad' when I talk about music. Repeat the mantra after me: 'If I do not like something, it does not mean it is bad' There are many reasons that people don't connect with specific musical styles. I am not fond of Country and Western music. I let it be known.Read more

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

This is a great little speaker from Bose. Easy to connect to, long battery life and great sound I take it on holiday with me, on picnics, to BBQs. It has surprising power and warmth for its size. there are so many little speakers like this on the market and many for a considerably lower price, but its likely that most will disappoint when you crank them up. Read more

Marantz Network Audio Player

With so much of our technology expected to multitask these days we often expect a lot of the new devices we bring into our homes. I had a very specific list of requirements when I started researching equipment to power my Dali speakers. Connectivity and sound quality being the two primary needs. The NA6005 delivers both in spades. Multiple options to connect via network streaming or bluetooth for wireless devices and a healthy span of ports on the back for wired connections. Its pretty straightforward to operate and gets fairly regular updates from Marantz - some more successful than others it should be said.Read more

Week 14 - 2018 (1990)

Well this week is a bit of a nostalgia trip - which really doesn't distinguish it too much from all the other weeks I suppose. However, the theme is 1990. The year I became a teenager. A momentous avalanche of change and complicated thoughts about stuff I didn't really understand.Read more