Review: Bloc & Roc Galvanize S2

Wishing your headphones had a gorgeous design, were lightweight, solidly built, comfortable to wear, with a great sound? Hollin Jones finds out if the Bloc & Roc Galvanize S2 hit the spot.  

The advent of the smartphone has led to an explosion in the number of people listening to music in public. On trains, buses, even while walking you'll see almost as many people with headphones on as without. Although the earbuds that come with most phones are OK, anyone who is serious about fidelity usually upgrades to something a bit more advanced. In recent years it has become acceptable once again to wear actual headphones in public, rather than just in-ear models and this has seen the rise of a new generation of lightweight but higher quality portable cans. 

Back on the Bloc

Bloc & Roc is a British company specializing in such headphones and its Galvanize S2 models have been designed, in the company's words, as 'a superior alternative to the mass-produced headphones which currently dominate the market.'

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More

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