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Every Top-End Product of Every Headphone and IEM Brand Currently In Existence (Current Noncurrent List) - Page 13
Head-Fi's Best Sellers
Exactly one month after the last update, I finally found time to post another. This time there were six brands to add. Four of them (Alpex, AudioComm, Axes, and Brightonnet) were relatively uninteresting, cheap Japanese products with little sonic merit. I did find two brands, however, that piqued my interest. Here, in brief, is what I found:
Vetted, an online company that specializes in chic, fashionable versions of everyday things (hairbrushes and pens are prominent) and also does much of their business selling modern art-culture magazines, offers a modern headphone based on the visual design of the classic Ashidavox through the Japanese firm of IDEA, which owns rights to the design. They've been offered before on such retailers as Amazon, but now the deal seems to be exclusively through Vetted, where they're quoted at $140. If the SQ is any good (and I personally expect it probably won't be near $140 good, judging by the other ripoffs sold at Vetted), it could be a cool little throwback portable.
The company that really gained my interest, however, was Audio Interu. With a typically unorganized site dated from 2002 at the latest and bad Japanese translations provided by Google, I exasperatedly navigated to their two personal audio products, an earphone based on the Sony MDR-E931LP (now discontinued) and their only full-size headphone, the UST Headphone EXH-313. It looked like a typical plasticky full-sizer trying to pass itself off as concert-class (I'm looking at you, Auvio), but when I converted the price to USD I was very surprised. This was a $700 headphone. I dug deep to find reviews, and eventually came up with one on yet another badly-translated page. It seemed to be praising the EXH-313, and yet another page corroborated this with what I believed were comparisons to the ATH-W1000X, which the Japanese headphone resembles. I wonder if anyone on Head-Fi has ever tried this set out, as it seems very interesting...
Take a whack at it:
Did a bit of digging, and what I can find is - "UST" is some sort of technology from Intel, implemented in a few headphones. Including those Sonys, a modified ATH-A900, and the 313 (which I can't figure if it's the same as the A900UST or not, they seem to appear together in documents though).
Take a whack at it:
It seems to be saying that the EXH-313 is based on the ATH-A900, but is modified to the extreme with UST technology from Intel and Den Labs. Perhaps that modification turned it into a world-class headphone?
Altec Lansing has apparently released some flagship grade (at least flagship expensive) stuff without anyone noticing:
They tend to do that, don't they? It'll be in the next update.
EDIT: Somehow I doubt that they're Altec-Lansing OEM.
Edited by ssrock64 - 5/27/12 at 9:36am
I'm confused here. What does ACS have anything to do with Altec Lansing's customs? Don't tell me they ship the impressions across the pond to have the customs built?
I found a (brief) thread on them:
It seems that it's a partnership of sorts between Altec and ACS (likely Altec just specs what they want and ACS does it). Despite that, they may still be different than ACS products; I don't know though.