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Empire Ears Introduces A New “Tri-brid” IEM

By | July 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

At CanJam SoCal, Empire was Introducing two new IEMS. Both use Sonians new EST electrostatic drivers, but in two unique implementations. The Valkyrie ($1,599 USD) is a three driver per channel IEM paired with one W9 dynamic subwoofer, a balanced armature driver for mids, and the EST electrostatic for the highs. A tri-brid (hybrid) design if you will. Using three different types of drivers to somehow achieve a blending that just flat out works.

Empire Ears Wraith

Also on display the new Wraith IEM, holding down Empire Ear’s flagship position.… Read the full article

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Dekoni Audio – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 29th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Dekoni Audio Earpads

Known for their headphone ear-pad replacement kits, the NEW Nuggets are something to get excited about. One thing I’ll say about them, is don’t eat them. They may qualify as vegan, but these Nuggets are not as tasty as other vegan fare. The Dekoni Audio Nuggets are instead used to augment traditional or existing headphone headband padding with a vegan leather wrapped foam, and small design to either blend in with existing headband padding as a supplement or as a group or (pack) of nuggets to replace padding all-together.… Read the full article

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Akoustyx, In-Ears & The MS4 – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 25th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Akoustyx IEM from CanJam SoCal 2019

After launching five new IEM’s just last year at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Akoustyx is still riding high on the wave created by their own unique lightweight IEM design and custom fitting kits. Universal IEM’s aren’t for everyone, but they could be with the fitting kit from Akoustyx.

Showing at CanJam were many models from the Akoustyx product line-up, which include the R110 IEM that uses a single balanced armature to cover all ranges. However is was the NEW MS4 prototype that caught most of my attention.… Read the full article

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Qobuz: Forty-Million Songs Streaming in Hi-Res – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 24th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Qobuz from CanJam SoCal 2019

Can we talk? Ever since my generation started accumulating stereo systems for vinyl playback, I’ve been evangelizing to anyone who would listen about hi-res digital streaming as the other “must listen” format. Of course there’s no convincing anyone to buy a CD player, and purchasing downloads isn’t a thing anymore. The only answer is streaming, and with that often comes the use of popular low-res digital music streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. Yes these companies offer mobile access to low-res digital versions of the music we all know and love.… Read the full article

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Focal – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Focal Stellia Headphone

Focal was standing tall on the front line, center-stage even, with a horse-shoe full of Focal headphones. Along with being the big one-ring circus of headphone listening, busy throughout the weekend, the exhibit was standing room only — no chairs. This allowed more people to crowd in, and also not stay put too long as the chairs often find show-goers settling in for a listen and a rest. I prefer the “standing-listen” format, and wish other exhibitors would follow suit.

Still the star of the show, it was Focal’s Stellia headphones riding high, and in my experience one the cleanest sounding pair of headphones I’ve heard yet.… Read the full article

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MrSpeakers – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

MrSpeakers was showing two of their most popular flagship headphones, the Ether 2 and fully-electrostatic VOCE. The new Ether 2 features an all-new motor and driver, a 288 gram overall weight figure, new ear pads, and a new premium cable. Also on display, the AEON Flow closed-back headphones which fall into the more affordable range of bespoke high-end cans.

Founder Dan Clark himself was also showing three new pad options that not only change the fit and comfort of the MrSpeakers headphones, but change the sonic character of them.… Read the full article

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Astell & Kern – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Astell & Kern

As we reported in the spring during our Munich coverage, Astell & Kern launched four new products this year, of which all four are now making their west-coast American debut at Can Jam SoCal 2019.

Firstly the two new DAPs, starting with the Kann Cube which in person is a beast of a player. It’s heavy, it’s solid, and is oozes high-end in both looks and sound. Second, the A&ultima SP2000 which features a dual-mono DAC design, using AKM’s 4488EQ DAC chip-set.… Read the full article

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RAAL Requisite – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

RAAL Requisite SR1a headphone

The RAAL Requisite SR1a headphone is unlike any pair of headphones I’ve ever seen or heard. Well, maybe not heard, as in the two-channel world RAAL ribbon tweeters are all the rage quite a few loudspeaker manufacturers. The RAAL Requsite SR1a headphones almost deserve a classification all by themselves. They blur the (non-existent) line between headphones and extreme nearfield monitors. I may have just invented that line.

The way the RAAL position on your head, the sound-stage they cast is ghostly big and the lack of internal-can-clutter (yes, I made that up too) is missing, leaving behind a congestion free sound that can’t be equalled with canned or open-back headphones.… Read the full article

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Audeze – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 15th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Audeze at CanJam SoCal 2019.

The recent Mobius headphone from Audeze is taking over the world it seems. It’s a gaming headphone that carries with it all of Audeze’s pedigree build and sound quality. The laundry list of features runs deep. Bluetooth, DSP, in-play head-tracking, 3-D audio, etc.

But what peaked my interest at CanJam SoCal 2019 was the new LCD-GX headphone which is an even more extreme gaming headphone in that it carries a lot more of what Audeze is known for in their standard designs.… Read the full article

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Campfire Audio Shows Off Two New Earphones – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Two new IEM’s join the lineup from Campfire Audio. Showing for the first time at CanJam SoCal 2019, were the new IO and Polaris models. Conveniently positioned next to each other for photography, however inconveniently positioned at the booth for those looking to elbow their way in for a listen. Let’s just say that end of the booth was getting way too much attention. New IEM’s from Campfire could stand to have their own booth with stanchions, a waiting list, and a few punters. … Read the full article

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