While Andrew has been a headphone reviewer for the past five years, he started his audio journey back in 2010 and has been building up his experience with high end equipment ever since. Andrew grew up surrounded by musicians and has an academic background, having done his Masters degree in perceptual theory and his approach to product evaluations stems from these two influences.
The headphone hobby first got its hooks in for Andrew when he bought an original HiFiMAN HE-500 planar magnetic headphone back when it first came out. Not having the space for a full-sized speaker setup, for a music lover this was the next best thing, and really the first eye-opening experience as to what sound delivery from headphones could be. Since then he’s gone on to own many different headphones over the years with a wide range of sound, but his preferences still lean towards a neutral, detailed presentation.
His preferred music genres include jazz, acoustic, and generally music with instruments, and his favorite headphones currently are the HiFiMAN Susvara and Focal Utopia, which in Andrew’s opinion are two of the very best at what they do well. His interests within the headphone space at the moment centers around drawing the connection between data captured by headphone measurements and perceptual experiences with headphones that haven’t yet been clearly understood in terms of existing metrics.