A Linum Day
Starts early, keeps me chasing around Tokyo on various long-sit errands: queueing at city hall, riding city-to-city trains, writing reviews, shooting shitty street photography. It’s the sort of day that doesn’t mind long sits, and which rarely requires the removal of earphones.
It’s a study day, a walking day, a stand-and-chew kebab day that has me knocking around the city, but neither shaking hands nor otherwise protractedly interacting with people.
Linum cables’s scragginess is all feature, and very little fuss. Linum cables disappear enough that even if you wear thick-armed glasses, they never cant your specs to the left, the right, or pitch them forward or back. If you wear thin t-shirts, threading Linum between fabric and skin won’t bulge our your garment. If you’re on an evening jog, sweaty and icky, Linum cables make next to no touch noise, and they stay in their earphones, and never, ever, hook themselves on grasping trees, handles, or pull when the wind blows.
They are perfect for the active person. I’d imagine that they’re great for the stage, where usually, CIEM cables are spotted jangling out of the ear at angry angles.
What they are not perfect for is the audio festival where you unplug your earphones, dangle them around your neck, leaving your player, or amp plugged in.
Linum cables are so light that they can’t even keep the welterweight Ultrasone IQ from immediately drooping to your belly button. If you’re heading to a festival, or casual business meeting, your options are: drop the earphones in a shirt pocket, or put them in a case. Linum cables present loads of talking points, but next to no support for the person that wears earphones like a necktie. At recent festivals, I sat twice on my earphones, thrice caught them swinging away from me as Sean Chan pointed at something behind that I _must check out_.
Which is why when I sat at Linum’s booth, I met Allan plugged into something more substantial. Something from PlusSound.
And if you’re out with a bunch of earphone nerds and are jumped by speaker guys, the sprightly Linum’s won’t do much damage in a scrap. PlusSound cables are better for whipping. ALO cables are better for garrotting.
But if you’re like me: a bespectacled lover; if you don’t have a lot of chairs into which you must plop after handing over a business card and saying your name in accented Japanese, Linum’s cables are the bee’s knees. They are so comfy they nearly disappear, making them the best option for great-fitting custom earphones.
Finally, their prices, while not chump change, are, like their marketing, reasonable, and as easy to understand as their cables are to wear. Well done.
Editors Note (Lieven): As most of you know I’m an avid fan of the Linum cables as well. It was Cosmic Ears who introduced me to them and I’ve been hooked ever since. Sure I still use other IEM cables but none of them are as comfortable as the Linum ones. I do think it even was Cosmic Ears who developed that AB Testing box Nathan likes so much. If you’re an IEM user and haven’t listened or used a Linum cable yet you are missing out on a lot. You really have to try one, but be warned, you’ll be hooked just like us.