All I Ever Wanted: Proenza Schouler Headphones

All I Ever Wanted: Proenza Schouler Headphones

I woke up one morning, a few days before London Fashion Week AW2015 frenzy was to sweep us from our routine and thought: “I should get new headphones.” But where was I to start? So I asked our musictech-savvy Chief Millennial Officer, Alex Marlow: “What do you think of the Proenza Schouler designed ones?” His answer:

“Everything about the Master & Dynamic MH40-PG feels right.”

His review:

In The Box

In the box you get a leather cable box containing 2 cables, one with a mic and volume control and one plain 2m cable as well as a 6.3mm adapter. The cables are woven so are less likely to tangle and the ends are really nice aluminium. You also get a really nice canvas bag to store the headphones in.

Design

I like the design overall. The Proenza Schouler version comes in all black but there other versions that have flashier colours. They have an aluminium body with steel components where there is most stress. The headband is made from leather and feels really solid.

Comfort

They are really comfortable to wear with an over the ear design the sits in place nicely even with glasses on. They are heavy. For extended periods of listening they could get slightly uncomfortable.

Sound

The sound overall is good; they have a really nice open top end. Speech sounds great and cuts through outside noise really well, so listening to your serial podcast or calling someone on the tube will sound great. This high end is nicely balanced too, from experience some headphones can have really fizzy top end making hi hats in dance music especially jarring, but with these you can hear a lot of detail in them. Listening to the Theo Parish Remix of Mala’s Como Como, the bass is punchy and clean. This has benefits of course, as the bass does not overpower the listening experience or fatigues your ears after longer periods of listening. The headphones seem to suit a range of genres with the MH40s sounding good throughout the frequency range, and everything from Led Zeppelin to Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs sounds great on them.

Specification

Dimensions – 200mm x 185mm x 50mm

Impedance – 32 ohms

Drivers – 45mm Neodymium

Weight – 360g

Ear-pads: Lambskin

Boom Mic

The boom is designed to cancel surrounding sounds. The design of the Boom Mic matches the design of the cables with a woven cable. Combined with the headphones, which block out a good amount of noise, the microphone sounds good and is well positioned for speech, unlike microphones on cables which can often get caught under clothing and be sound muffled.

Alex Marlow graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a degree in Popular Music. He is the founder and creative lead of Sub_Raid_Records. He is a contributing writer to Never Enough Notes, LondonLondon, and was sound engineer and artist liaison at the 2000 Festival, in Reading. He is currently our Chief Millennial Officer in residence for London London flagship event for tech entrepreneurs and PE/VC and angel investors, Tech Tastes Wine. You can follow him on Twitter @alexdjmarlow

Problem solved. This is the one I am getting: http://bit.ly/1ChEdd4

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Master & Dynamic Proenza Schouler headphones
£476.62

London Fashion Week AW15

London Fashion Week AW15

Georgia Hardinge

Georgia Hardinge was born and raised in London. Truly a cosmopolitan soul like so many Londoners, she chose to study fashion at the Parson’s School of Design in Paris in 2008, where she she won the best designer award for her graduate collection. Her work is strongly influenced by architecture and sculpture. Her use of pleats, and the delicate craftsmanship required when it is applied to silk, are as satisfying to the eye as the new fabrics and textiles that she likes to experiment with.

Graphic design, colour bloc, and a sense of privacy, modesty, permeate the AW15 collection. These models look inward, and their clothes speak for them.  The cobalt blues and subdued canary yellows are playful, powerful, young, fresh.  And Beyonce and Lady Gaga cannot get enough of her. She is a darling at home in the UK, and a household name in the US.

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Julian Macdonald strikes black, with Goth inspired looks, and vibrant colours

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Get to SXSW with a little help from UKTI

South by South West is THE creative and interactive conference  in Austin, Texas, and is truly a global networking platform for film and music tech entrepreneurs, and the digital music industry. The world meets at SXSW. It takes place every year in Austin, Texas, and is  the most watched event by the music industry for the launch of new tech products and startups with multimilion pound potential. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)  steps in again this year to offer support for entrepreneurs to attend SXSW and to help UK companies make the most of the event, from learning what to say when meeting American investors, to perfecting their pitch decks.

Source: UKTI

Pitch Perfect – How to Approach US investors and Navigate SXSW

UKTI’s Haileigh Meyers, Vice Consul of Technology & Creative Media in Austin, will be hosting a complimentary webinar on Wednesday 18th February at 2:00pm (GMT) to help UK companies gain a competitive edge at SXSW Interactive.

Learn how to pitch to US investors, understand the US market and navigate the chaos of SXSW. Join the webinar which will provide vital tips and tricks to make the most of your journey to SXSW.

Register for the webinar here.

UK EXPO

Don’t forget this is your last chance to apply for a unique opportunity to participate in UKTI’s UK EXPO and have your own dedicated space on the UK Trade Show stand. Applications must be submitted by Friday 13th February.

For more information on the above events and UKTI’s other activities at SXSW, please visit UKTI’s website.

Interview with Yoann Turpin

By Beatriz Romanos

– What is it for you Tech Tastes Wine?
Yoann Turpin – A very innovative way to socialize around tech startups while tasting wine. A fairly good way to mix learning and fun. And like any good thing, the event is always too short!

– I think you have been attending since the first event, how has it evolved?
Yoann Turpin – I have indeed. The diversity and size of the crowd has grown and there is not enough space around the table anymore! People come for the speakers as much as for the wine, which is always excellent by the way. The founder of Tech Wastes Wine, Maya Plentz, hand-picks wineries and importers of fine wines, and organic wine producers that have an interesting story to tell, so participants learn about wine production methods, economics, markets, logistics, and wine history as much as about varietals, vintages. It is not a wine tasting in the traditional sense; it is a master class for those interested in creating or investing in digital companies in the wine sector, or food, or fashion sectors. It is not a demo either, nor pitching, but entrepreneurs and investors speaking candidly how they go about launching their startups from concept to market, scaling issues, finding capital, going global, etc.

The goal of Tech Tastes Wine is to introduce tech entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts to one another for possible collaboration and investments, and at the same time learn about fine wines. From the start, we had investors like myself, and a mix of COO’s, CTOs, entrepreneurs and developers in fashion e-commerce, such as Not Just a Label, FineryLondon.com, and StylePilot.com. We also had the founder of a wine tasting app, and event management platforms, and the fashion e-commerce StyleCompare.com which has a very strong team behind it. Maya does a really great job of picking startups and founders that she has met before and has followed their progress over months; she is looking for startups that have the potential to become multimillion-pound global companies. So the investors who attend the events are sure to meet some of the sharpest teams working at Google Campus London and around Tech City, and entrepreneurs meet investors who are serious about providing seed capital and mentoring to get their companies off the ground.

– What do you think about the foodtech sector? What do you think are the most interesting opportunities in terms of innovation and in terms of investment?
Yoann Turpin – Because of issues of logistics, the foodtech sector still has a lot of room to grow. I find startups like Salez Poivrez in France or Gousto in the UK quite interesting: they basically deliver you the right amounts of ingredients to your office or home so that you can still manage long working hours and cook for your family! If you include food delivery in the foodtech sector, JustEat was the obvious one to invest in!

– How is this sector in Europe compared to USA? And Spain?
Yoann Turpin – Talking about Europe as a whole is quite problematic: the food market and its consumer habits can be very different between countries. If I take Gousto’s example a bit further that model picks up quite well in the UK but is a tough nut to crack in France! The main reason must be that French people don’t need anyone (or don’t think they do) to tell them how to cook! I would imagine Spain or Italy to be similar to France in that way and the UK, the USA and the Netherlands to be in another group.

– What is next, what are your expectations in this area for the next 5 years?
Yoann Turpin – The Food delivery market has already generated some very successful companies like JustEat or Deliveroo. Just like in the fashion industry where online penetration is lagging behind other sectors, we are likely to see more and more happening online and hopefully see a few disruptive models shake and renew the sector.

– What is / or should be the role of investors to facilitate or foster this industry?
Yoann Turpin – I am not sure if investors’ role in this sector should be different from any other: this depends on the stage and the level of relevant involvement investors want to have and the level of open-mindedness of their respective investees.

Some early stage investors like myself like to recommend and help with some of the early tech development (hence my involvement with Innovify), some business development, facilitating funding and many other things. I think it is important for founders and investors alike to have an open dialogue about the business in order to best answer clients’ needs. Things move fairly fast nowadays and knowing whether and when to pivot is getting harder every minute.

Yoann Turpin – The new kind of investors that crowdfunding brought in adds a very interesting mix to foster this industry. Crowdfunders, to me, are the perfect investor for product companies like in the food industry: they will be your evangelists. The recent developments with Seedrs and the Domaine Chanzy are a good example of that. Now do they understand your product enough to promote it? As a founder, you will have to make sure that is the case.

Besides food, which other industries you think will be disrupted by technology next? Fashion?
Yoann Turpin – Fashion is indeed lagging behind in terms of penetration. A lot of London startups experiment with business models like clothes renting (like RentezVous), clothes delivery before buying (you try them at home and you return what you don’t like) but logistics’ costs make it hard to iterate upon. There are a few like Lyst, StyleCompare, Stylect and others which use tech to unify the experience of buying fashion online. The huge diversity of technologies between fashion websites made information integration difficult but we are getting there.   Many other industries can be disrupted, but the serendipitous nature of innovation makes it impossible for me to guess really.

Beatriz Romanos is a  PR and Communications professional with more than 10 years of experience in ITC and in the mobile industry in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Turkey. She is the editor-in-chief of techfoodmag.com.

Made in Heaven: Chocolate and Wine

Made in Heaven: Chocolate and Wine

Date: Thursday, February 12th, 7 PM at Google Campus

“Some pledge their allegiance to the Rhone; others swear by the grapes of Napa Valley; but we say there’s nothing quite like a draught of good old Hungarian wine. The silky sweet desert wine, Tokaji and the mighty Bikavér, otherwise known as Bull’s Blood, have each earned a prominent place in the wine cellars of oenologists across the globe.”

This time we will taste wines from Hungary and the sumptuous Chocolat Madagascar – they will present the concept, the company, explain the business model and how they produce in Africa with the finest cocoa beans, own the vertical, and sell globally from their headquarters in the UK. Join us for an evening of amazing sparklings, robust reds, and chocolates that will melt your resolve.

With the recently announced investments from the EU for the wine industry in the Tokaj region, a UNESCO historical cultural landscape site, we are sure that we will be hearing more and more from winemakers and producers from the country that gave us strong reds and sweet , sublime, fortified wines. Hungary’s history in winemaking dates to the 1600’s when Louis XIV mentioned that  the Tokaj was the “Wine of Kings, King of Wines”. Its appreciation throughout history is well documented, and according to the Royal Tokaji Wine Company website:

“The Tokaji was served at the French Royal court at Versailles, where it became known as Tokay. Delighted with the precious beverage, Louis XV of France offered a glass of Tokaji to Madame de Pompadour, referring to it as “Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum” (“Wine of Kings, King of Wines”).  Emperor Franz Josef had a tradition of sending Queen Victoria Tokaji Aszú wine, as a gift, every year on her birthday, one bottle for every month she had lived, twelve for each year. On her eighty first and final birthday in 1900, this totaled an impressive 972 bottles. In a continuation of this tradition we were honoured to present a case of Royal Tokaji to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

Tokaji wine received accolades from numerous great writers and composers including Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert, Johann Strauss, Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Friedrich von Schiller, Voltaire and Bram Stoker. The composer Joseph Haydn’s favorite wine was Tokaji.”

Chocolat Madacascar is produced in Africa following the best organic and fair trade practices.

Join us on Feb 12th at Google Campus London to taste their exquisite chocolates