Opinion

Recommended Reading: Schiit Happened

Recently, Ming Thein sent me a link to what must be the most interesting forum thread I’ve ever come across on the interwebs. Unearthed while looking for information on some audio related products, this has made for an entertaining, engaging and educational read over the last few weeks. And if the existing 160,000+ words of content wasn’t enough, it continues to be regularly updated by the thread’s OP!

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Audio

From EarPods to Custom-IEMS…

I consider myself a ‘lazy audiophile’ – while I care about the quality of my listening equipment, I will prioritise convenience and portability (and the limits of my wallet, of course) over absolute sound quality. My experience is limited to portable equipment –  primarily headphones and earphones. Speakers and a home setup have never made much sense given the cost of entry and how often I’ve moved continents in the last few years.

While I did make a few mistakes early on (like buying an O2 DAC/Amp that I never used in the end), I managed to avoid the very expensive ones and worked my through a few in-ear monitors (IEMs) that I bought used from friends.

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Opinion

The Appeal of Bespoke

Several months ago, I commissioned some custom-made watch straps and a wallet, and since placing the order, I’ve had several conversations about the people, the process and the product. A few of them, predictably, have led to more pieces being commissioned from the maker, but more germane to this article are the vast majority that went a different direction. Most people were quite simply confused by why I would want to order something bespoke and wait months when I could buy something similar off Amazon, and the one phrase that was commonly thrown around was “oh, but that sounds like a terrible waste of money.”

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Cigars

Cigar Review: Ramon Allones Club Allones LE 2015

In my short history of cigar smoking, the Ramon Allones Club Allones LE 2015 takes the spot for the most smoked cigar. This is quite impressive given that they’re not only hard to come by, but I’ve spent most of my that time living in the United States where Cuban cigars are not common… yet. The Ramon Allones brand is one of Habanos’ (the Cuban cigar manufacturing behemoth) niche offerings, and a surprising candidate for a Limited Edition release.

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Horology

Watch Review: Omega Dynamic

I first came across the Omega Dynamic on a friend’s wrist, his particular piece was a Dynamic 5240.50, the chronograph sibling to the 5250.50 which I’m reviewing. The Dynamic line of watches it seems, has a long but not very profitable history in Omega.

Launched in 1997, the 5250 & 5240 are actually part of the third generation of Omega Dynamics. Both the previous generations proved to be largely unsuccessful runs for Omega and despite the adage, “Third time’s the charm”, the final one in 1997 didn’t prove to be much different either. You can find a more detailed history on the Dyanmic name over here: http://www.watchcollectinglifestyle.com/home/rare-bird-omega-dynamic-chronograph-ref-52405000-at-least-to-us-third-time-is-a-charm

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