The gang of TMAC has converted me into their numbers. I walk the hollowed halls of TMAC lunacy which for me isn't anything new.
Nice photoshop skills Warren
Edited by DigitalFreak - 1/6/13 at 10:29pm
Thanks, and you wear it so well!
This month is our chance to visually poke fun at pay homage to Jude without getting like all banned and stuff. Just couldn't resist...
Remember those $5k Spired-Man orthos? The Abyss? Well, I suspected that was just an early prototype they were showing, and it turned out to be the case. Here is the production JPS Labs Abyss:
Note the vertical and horizontal adjustment a la TakeT H2+. At least, that's what I assume the little thingy on the headband is. The headband looks pulled from the Jade, though it should be more flexible to accommodate adjustment. The cups look like they have angled connectors a la Audez'e, but actually the entire cup seems ever-so-slightly angled. The earpads are attached to the cups using a magnetic locking system, which seems super convenient. The cups / screens are supposedly milled and setup to act like diffusers, and the whole thing uses some type of porous aluminum to control resonance. Also remember: this is a single-sided ortho driver, which is kind of unusual, but in theory offers certain benefits in controlling resonance. They also come with a wood box and aluminum stand.
Still $5k I believe. Available in April from what JPS Labs says.
Edit: Also the screens look like brillo pads. lol.
The only impressions I've seen were for the early prototypes. DBel liked them a lot. Anetode (I think it was him?) thought they were fairly decent but was underwhelmed given the price (biggest complaint was the treble stridency on certain tracks). Tyll refused to go into much detail, but said what he heard was promising.
So I wouldn't call that pretty bad. The vast majority of the criticism for the prototypes had been for the design and materials.
Yeah, the price is stupid IMO. I suppose they're trying to justify it as saying it's a "whole package" by throwing in some fancy cables (they're a cable company, after all), display box, and stand when they perhaps should have done more to try to offset the costs or come up with a better business strategy there. However a lot of innovative R&D work has gone into these, and it's nice seeing new advances in orthos.