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Marty Smith

Founder Curagami, cancer survivor, Moon Audio Ambassador.

  1. 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. We may not have known a Rembrandt from a Warhol, but we instantly recognized The Beatles Sgt. Peppers, Blondie’s Parallel Lines and Warhol’s banana for Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground. Album art became the paintings of baby boomer youth. They may...
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  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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 Moon-Audio.com. 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...
  5. 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!
  6. 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...
  7. Focal Clear Unboxing Video

    Focal Clear Unboxing Video

    Start at 0:00 I remain mystified about how a French speaker company makes such great headphones. I say that despite spending hours listening to the "speakers on your head" experience created by the Focal Utopia cans.  If you've bought or experienced the new Focal Clear headphones please share your reactions via the form below.  Thanks,  Martin --- Moon Audio Ambassador...
  8. Cables Matter Video

    Cables Matter Video

    Just Ask Drew - Why Audio Cables Matter Video The Audio Cables matter video where my friend and Moon Audio founder Drew Baird riffs about audio cables remind me of reading philosophy in Mitch Miller's class at Vassar. Reading Heidegger, Nietzsche, or Kant was sure to put me to sleep even though every word, idea, and concept felt important. Sitting...
  9. Cables vs Bluetooth

    Cables vs Bluetooth

    Why Audio Cables Beat Bluetooth Why Audio Cables Beat Bluetooth has a subtitle - and that's okay. We agree with Cnet. They wondered why customers were willing to lose sound quality for the sake of convenience. But there's a rub. During the summer I built a "tiny house" on my brother Drew's property in Efland, North Carolina. Yes, my brother...
  10. Hack Headphones

    Hack Headphones

    Hack Headphones Manifesto Hack your headphones is more than alliteration. Who can survive without music in this chaotic time?  Hack your headphones is a movement. Bob Marley was right. When music, "Hits," there is no pain. Inspiration, joy, and connection follow Marley's Buffalo Soldiers over a Long Long Winter to sing a Redemption Song. One of the lesser-known Wailers, Friedrich...
  11. U2 Joshua Tree Headphones Recommendations

    U2 Joshua Tree Headphones Recommendations

    U2 Joshua Tree headphones share memories of a great album. I heard Joshua Tree for the first time on a beautiful spring day in 1987. I opted for the back way home after a hard day at the candy factory. Leaving M&M/Mars in Hackettstown, New Jersey windows were down, and U2 was LOUD. The Delaware river flowed peacefully on my left...

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