OMG, have I become an Audiophile?!
Adam Blair • January 15, 2015 • 23 Comments
I’ve been learning a lot about sound just recently.
I know that sounds like a strange thing for the owner of a headphone company to say…
But I started PUMP as a lover of music rather than as a sound engineer or an Audiophile.
We’ve been working in secret on an over-ear version of PUMP that was originally intended to rival the Beats Studio model.
I’ve listened for hours and hours to PUMP prototypes in recent months, comparing them using all kinds of different music to Beats Studio, BOSE Quiet Comfort, Audio Technica (which I’ve already mentioned in a previous blog post), as well as Sennheiser, Quincy Jones AKGs and SMS Audio Streets, amongst others.
When you really get in to it, you start to understand the subtle differences that you hear Audiophiles talk about.
Except they start sounding like major differences rather than subtle ones!
I had previously not really been able to hear what they were talking about, and I actually found a note in my phone saying: “Audiophiles seem to love maths more than music!”.
…Sorry about that consider yourself to be an Audiophile :-p
Anyway, I’ve been in the “lab” (the music room I’ve created at the top of my house) a lot recently and we’ve come up with something that I think is at least as good as the best of those models I mentioned, and frankly tramples all over the worst of them, which out of courtesy to their makers I won’t mention here.
We’ve got the sound of the new PUMP over-ears just as we want it for all different genres of music, and the bass is really tight – not “muddy” like the Beats Studios – which I had previously considered were close to audio perfection!
We’re just working on the finer details of the design and packaging and I hope to have them ready for you by mid 2015, possibly sooner!
All the best,