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Marty Smith

Founder Curagami, cancer survivor, Moon Audio Ambassador.

  1. Focal Elegia Review - Quiet Refined

    Focal Elegia Review - Quiet Refined
    Days after the French company Focal (Focal-JMLab) released Elegia their new closed-back headphones a pair spent a morning on my head. Great to have friends who own an audio company (Drew and Nichole Baird at Moon Audio) because they let you play with their new toys. How Elegia sat on my head is an excellent place to start this review. I own an older pair of Fostex TH900 purchased well before the Focal Utopia headphone sound revolution, so I am familiar with closed-back headphone tradeoffs. Closing headphone cups mean they can’t incorporate air (or noise) from the environment. Locking out...
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  2. Great Audio Geek Contest Update - Where Do You Fit In?

    Great Audio Geek Contest Update - Where Do You Fit In?

    Audio Geeks - we're looking for you! Learn More About and ENTER Greatest Audio Geek Contest Geeks Are Global Great geeks from around the world are sharing their audio gear, favorite music, and stories. The search for the great geeks has entries from India, Norway, Ukraine, Austrailia, and Canada. We've received the most entries from California, but we've heard from...
  3. Greatest Audio Geek Contest

    Greatest Audio Geek Contest

    The Greatest Audio Geek Contest is for people who love music and audio gear. Moon Audio's customers, partners, and supporters are audio geeks. Founder Drew Baird and the team at Moon Audio is searching for fellow audio geeks. Share - Share and Gallery Favorite Audio Gear from fellow audio geeks by entering the Greatest Audio Geek Contest. Hire - Discover and...
  4. Summer Audio Gear Trends - Roon to Brooklyn

    Summer Audio Gear Trends - Roon to Brooklyn

    Audio innovations can be slow in the summer. As heat climbs audio manufacturers, like many industries, go on vacation and begin to gear up for fall. Summer 20128 saw exceptions to the everyone is at the beach rule. This summer featured four cool things, audio trends and game-changing new streaming hardware from Roon Labs. Roon Nucleus - Music Streaming Networks...
  5. Roon Nucleus Review- Marty Music Magic

    Roon Nucleus Review- Marty Music Magic

    Roon Nucleus Review - Marty Music Magic is about the search for a better musical NOW by remembering the past. Remember when a big part of listening to music was holding, reading, and contemplating an album? There was something magical about holding Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles, and Joshua Tree by U2. ...
  6. Three Audio Upgrades To Love Your Music Again This Summer

    Three Audio Upgrades To Love Your Music Again This Summer

    Roon Labs, makers of the new Roon Nucleus home music streaming network, defines the problem for today’s music lovers well: “In the transition from physical to digital media, something has been lost. We have more convenience, but no feeling of excitement or engagement.” Back in the day music engaged many senses. Sight Album art became the paintings of baby boomer youth...
  7. Drew's Chord Qutest Review

    Drew's Chord Qutest Review

    Want to read about how England's Chord Electronics have done it again with their new Qutest DAC? Read Drew's Qutest DAC review.
  8. Bronze Dragon IEM Cable

    Bronze Dragon IEM Cable

    There's a new Dragon in town - the Bronze Dragon for 2 pin in-ear monitors (IEMs). In a brief interview this week, Moon Audio founder and chief engineer Drew shared why his company created a new Dragon. "We noticed some IEMs sound thin and cold," Drew explained, "and that's easy to understand given the challenge of creating spacious and warm...
  9. How To Train Your Dragon video

    How To Train Your Dragon video

    Dragon Audio Cables Dragon Audio Cables were created by Drew Baird founder of I've experienced the sound difference Drew's cables can make on Shure IEMs, Focal, and Fostex headphones.  I owned a pair of Shure IEMs for a year before upgrading to Silver Dragon cables and will never wait that long again. Even before "break-in" I hardly recognized my music...
  10. Focal Utopia Review

    Focal Utopia Review

    Utopia is an imaginary place where everything is perfect. If a there is a sound Utopia we've heard it. Read our review of a French speaker company's thrilling sound perfection - The Focal Utopia headphones powered by Black Dragon cables. Too Good!
  11. Chord Hugo2 Unboxing Video

    Chord Hugo2 Unboxing Video

    Hugo 2 Unboxed After spending the morning typing up the transcript from Drew's amazing Cables Matter video I realized something. Boxing videos don't need transcripts. I just get to watch this Hugo2 DAC unboxing video and wish upon a star. The Hugo 2 is on my, "Will Work For Gear," wish list. Want to really turn me green with envy...

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