At first listen wanted nothing more than to enjoy Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends. A few days later, I had wandered back to jazz and trance. The BD4,2 is one of the most effortlessly adaptable earphones on the planet. It does trance, jazz, hip hop, and whatever the hell John Denver is, without the slightest complaint. But like all renaissance men, it won’t do jazz quite like the more genre-specific Primo 8.
Tralucent introduced me to the magic of hybrid earphones. Ultrasone made them comfortable. But BD4,2 seals the deal. As much as I dig certain balanced armature earphones, there’s an element of touch, of grace, that ultimately is missing. And I hadn’t realized it until my time with LEAR began.