When it comes to 2020, “I have tried to keep my sanity is by finding mini-obsessions,” my dear friend Shri writes on her blog. She has been obsessed with bonsais and mechanical keyboards, and she has gone into a rabbit hole, which even she finds challenging. For Shri, for something to count as a mini-obsession: It … Continue reading Infatuation

[Podcast] Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram

Sankar Thiagasamudram is the co-founder and CEO of Audeze, a maker of high-quality headphones, which are all the rage with audiophiles and music professionals. Sankar, who started his life working for a high-end 3D graphics company, is an engineer by training and audiophile in real life. He co-founded the company with Alexander Rosson. They were pioneers in putting (a proprietary) planar magnetic designs with extremely thin-film driver materials and powerful custom magnets inside their headphones. I experienced the Audeze magic when I got EL-8 as a gift from a friend.

I recently caught up with Sankar to talk about their new gaming headphone, Mobius, and more importantly about Apple’s HomePod, computational audio, the headphone boom and how head-fi changing our expectations of music. He shared his tips on how to buy headphones, his thoughts on other headphone brands including fashion/luxury headphones such as Master & Dynamic.

You can listen to the podcast on Soundcloud or download it from the iTunes.

Tyranny of choice

One of the downsides of living in a small place is that you have to learn how to live with less, otherwise you end up living inside of a curio shop. Add to that self-imposed constraint that you are going to buy stuff based on longevity and how long it will last, buying just about … Continue reading Tyranny of choice