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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

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

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

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

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

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

Manley Labs – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Manley Labs Absolute Headphone Amplifier at CanJam SoCal 2019.

The still NEW Manley Absolute Headphone amplifier is finally free for me to listen at this show, and only so because I bullied my way into position by telling EveAnna Manley that I was coming over and to reserve me a spot. As typical with Manley Labs, the Absolute is an all-tube affair which features on-the-fly switching between Triode and Single-Ended modes. Furthermore there are a fun set of EQ controls (defeatable if so needed), which is a pleasant thing to see considering tube-rolling may be a thing for some end-users.… Read the full article

Cobalt Is The New Blue – AudioQuest Releases A New Dragonfly DAC

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt

It is hard to deny the wide appeal and success of AudioQuest’s original Dragonfly Series. What may have started as just another headphone USB dongle for the computer quickly migrated to a $99 sensation, no doubt thanks to the low power draw and compatibility with iPhones across the board.

The Dragonfly series started with a single black colored unit and spread its wings into another black V2, but also a red option as well. Both USB sticks had a solid organic feel to them, something somewhat unusually for the sticky portable size and price tag.… Read the full article

Periodic Audio – CanJam SoCal 2019

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Periodic Audio

The scientists at Periodic Audio debuted their newest metallic driver IEM and super-small but powerful in-line headphone amplifier at CanJam SoCal 2019. I’ve been using their Magnesium IEMs since the show in Irvine, and must admit that once I got the right fit with the supplied tips, I was off to the races.

The new Carbon IEM ($399 USD) could be called the “Diamond” model, because uses a diaphragm made from an 8-micron lab grown diamond layer, is fitted to a proprietary high-strength/high-temperature polymer substrate through a vapor-deposition process.… Read the full article

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Drop (formally MassDrop) Partners with Fostex for a New T50RP Kit

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

Drop + Fostex T-XO II

For those familiar with the headphone modding scene, there is no bigger establishment than the one surround the Fostex T50RP planar magnetic headphone. The low barrier of entry for the studio-oriented headphone has paved the way for personal audio startups like MrSpeakers and ZMF Headphones along with a massive online community dedicated to tweaking every dark corner of the can.

The equally large online community surrounding the group-buying club Drop is also in for a treat on the mod front with a new product called Drop + Fostex T-XO II.… Read the full article

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