At almost two thousand dollars, the qdc Gemini is not a steal. But for that, you not only get a very goodmonitor, but also the whole high-end experience: beautiful design, perfect fit, flawless production, a nice case, superior cable and the adequate packaging.
The tuning of the 8 BA receivers is done very delicately. The Gemini sound more musical than a reference tuning but they still provide overall great balance among bass, mids, and highs. They also scale very well with better equipment and I am interested to see how much I can push them in the future.
The bass switch is nothing I asked for, but surprisingly I use it a lot. Once I get on the tram, I subconsciously automatically flip the switch. When I arrive back home, I flip it back. Independent of the music genre, the sound is very saturated, melodic and easy to listen to, yet provides ample texture and great micro-details.
The qdc Gemini has been my daily driver for the past four weeks and they will surely continue to keep this spot for a while.
The full review is available at Headfonics.com: https://headfonics.com/2017/12/qdc-gemini-review/
Sennheiser HD 600 S
Just like the HD 600 and the HD 650 before it, the new HD 660 S is another great hi-fi headphone for home use. The revisions and minor improvements are legitimate and suit the series well – even if the surcharge seems to be a bit steep for the moment. I do not agree with the decision to include a symmetrical Pentaconn cable, but otherwise, considering the complete package, there is very little cause for criticism.
Sennheiser have once again delivered a very well-balanced and ambitious set of headphones, which can actually be blindly recommended for almost all purposes. However, if you already own one of the headphones from the six hundred series, you might save yourself the upgrade, depending on your requirements. Despite the new technology, the relationship to its siblings cannot be denied.
The full article is available on Headflux.de: http://headflux.de/sennheiser-hd-660-s/
The Hugo 2 can receive data via Bluetooth. It uses aptX with 352 kbps for 16bit-48kHz.
I used focus bracketing for this shot and manually stitched 10 pictures at f/1.8 together. The lighting is all natural.
Official Leather Case
This is a shot of the official Van Nys leather case accessory. The case is of exceptional quality. It features a perfect fit with velvet padding padding on the inside. The texture and the red stitching remind me bit of a famous motorcycle brand. It’s style might not suit everyone.
Dragon Wood Cutting
At rhines I became a perfectionist, just like the artist that carved a dragon into a single piece of wood.
Gold Tea Set
This is one of the very first photos I shot of a customer’s CIEM. I am not a big fan of gold, but I thought it matched my original Japanese tea set nicely.
The Hugo 2’s durable aluminum body with black accent perfectly matches the iMac desktop computer.
Tianjin in Winter
This shot of 天津 Tianjin shows the 海河 Haihe river frozen over in winter. My main camera’s lens was sent back to Japan for repair so I had to fall back on a Sony DSC-RX100 which felt a bit challenged at low light but still managed to capture this nice view on a low-angled Joby Gorillapod.
Drum Towers became an important trademark of urban cities after the Mongol Empire in the late 13th century. They signaled the time and with it the opening and closing of market hours. Zhu Yuanzhang had the Drum Tower erected in the early Ming dynasty. I took the shot from a balcony of one of the nearby restaurants in a shopping mall.
My scholarship colleague from Peru dressed up in traditional Shaanxi clothing. Applying the make-up was quite time-consuming but the result is amazing. She wore the dress not much differently than the actual opera star later that night.
This is another shot from Xi’an. I enhanced the colors of the sky. Actually Xi’an is a very desaturated city. Not only air pollution is a problem, but also dust that blows from the nearby plateau through the surrounding mountains. So when there is a nice autumn day with clear sky, the city feels like it blossoms. I wanted to capture this feeling.
This very Western-styled Café can be found in Xi’an. Coffee is very popular in China. It represents the Western lifestyle, even though more and more popularity comes from South Korea. This particular café, that not many people visit until late in the evening when the live band plays, is very reminiscent of renaissance art.
During an amazingly refreshing trip to east Tyrol, I captured this impression from our hut. The previous day we climbed down from our part of the mountains, crossed the valley, passed the waterfall and climbed up all the way to where the snow starts. However, that day it was extremely foggy and raining. We had no idea the scenery was this beautiful until the sky cleared up the next day.
This pagoda in Xi’an is very important to the history of Buddhism. Around 650 A.D. monks started translating and preserving original Buddhist scrolls that else would have been burnt and lost in the following wars.
I took this shot very early in the morning. The sun has just risen but is hiding behind the buildings. Düsseldorf is one of my favorite cities ever. Moving here gave me a lot of vigor.
Rotterdam is a beautiful and modern city that boasts creative architecture. This image is a high-resolution composition of several images over 8 minutes shutter speed. During the last shot a water taxi conveniently drove to the dock that gave this scene a dynamic yellow line. I decided not to straighten the lines vertically for a more island-like feeling.
CanJam Europe 15
I’m proud to have shot the poster and media advertisement for the annual CanJam Europe event. This was back in 2015.
Although I’m not into shooting films, I wanted to try out the image stabilization of my new camera back in summer 2015. So I made this short clip on the river Mosel.
Final Sonorous III
Though previously not too familiar with the brand, I have developed strong sympathy for Final over the past days. Headphones don’t have to be portable and if you need a closed pair that reminds you of a speaker setup, the Sonorous III might be right up your alley. I find them to be competitively priced just below the 400 $/€ price tag. Build quality and choice of materials is great, even though I strongly suggest to invest a few bucks into other ear pads. (I hear Shure SRH1540’s pads are compatible.)
I strongly recommend to put them on your watchlist if you mostly listen to Classical music or simply don’t want headphones to place you into the first row all the time.
Read the full review on Headfonics: https://headfonics.com/2016/09/the-sonorous-iii-by-final/