Twister6 has a review of the Cayin N6ii digital audio player over on Head-Fi. The cool trick with this DAP is that it has replaceable DAC/AMP circuitry. The circuitry is on a motherboard (they should be calling it a daughterboard) which is removable from the top of the player. The remaining components such as the motherboard and battery are all static and are fixed in the case. This actually reminds me of my old HP 41c calculator of days long past. This is an intriguing concept and I will be interested in seeing where it leads.
LMka has a review of the Fearless Audio S10 IEMs on Head-Fi. This is a 10 balanced armature driver setup in a 4-way crossover configuration.
Pros – Balanced sound, wide sound field, detailed yet smooth, sweet vocals, non fatiguing yet revealing, tight textured bass.
Cons – Quality control issues on Fearless side, some may prefer a thicker sound signature
Berkhan posted an in-depth review of Kinera’s Odin IEM on Headfonia. The Odin is an 8 balanced armature 4-way crossover IEM using drivers from Knowles and Sonion. The configuration is 2BAs for lows, lower mids, upper mids and highs.
Mysticstryk posted a review of the Aeolus over on Head-Fi (link below). I’ll let you read the article to see if the Aeolus is worth the $1,000-$1,300 price tag.
Warning: There is some language that some may feel is “inflammatory” when mysticstryk is comparing the Aeolus to other vendor products.
Pros – Build quality
Negatives – mysticstryk posted no negatives which I have to say is likely inaccurate. I haven’t auditioned or owned a pair of headphones that didn’t have some flaw.
B9Scrambler posted a review of the Cascade headphone over on Head-Fi. Sounds like it is a bit bass forward headphone. With a diaphragm of 42mm that is smaller while B9Scrambler states the headphone controls the bass well you will have to see for yourself. Many smaller diameter diaphragms have difficulty in not sounding boomy and control roll off. All in all, from the review it sounds like a great headphone that is designed for mobility.
It’s in the sweet spot for headphones ($400-$1,000) and therefore has some tough competition from the older HD-800, T1, Z7 and many others.
Pros – Amazing fit and finish – Plush sheepskin pads – Bass driven signature that doesn’t overpower – Sound stage
Cons – Concern for yolk/hanger durability – Cloth cable is just alright – Impact of dampeners minimal
Ngoshawk posted a review on Head-Fi of the new Campfire Audio Cascade headphones. Sounds like an interesting headphone but it is in a congested space being priced @ $799. This is about what you would pay for a first generation Beyerdynamic T1 or HD800. The asymmetrical attachment of the headband to the headphone appears to create a comfort issue. Being attached on only one side could create more pressure on one side of the headphone than the other. Also, to get seal you may need more pressure than a symmetrical design.
Pros – Deep lucious bass.
Right. price point to enter.
Sound befitting a flagship.
Cons – Not the most comfortable.
Treble lacked a bit of sparkle (to me).
Not much else!
Jude has posted his review of CanJam Singapore on Head-Fi. As it typical at the Singapore event there will be great stuff to hear. Maybe I will bump into you as we try to hear the new Focal gear.
Jude posted his video review over on Head-Fi containing some of the equipment and software that will be at the CanJam NY show.
Audio123 has a review of the Earsonics ES3 triple BA driver IEM over on Head-Fi. From the review they sound like an interesting IEM to which audio123 thought were superior to the well reviewed Noble Trident. It should be noted that the ES3 is nearly 40% more expensive than the Trident.
Pros – Full-bodied presentation, Midrange, Soundstage
Cons – Accessories
Blueshound24 has a review over on Head-Fi of the Focal Elear headphones. They are an amazing headphone priced right around $1,000. The characteristics of the Elear, taken directly from the review, are: “Insane slam!, startling, fast, dynamic, impact, attack, separation, textured, sweet airy treble, detailed, coherent, refined, depth, large, space of the venue, decay, flat response, presence.” Click the link below to read the entire review.
Pros – Insane slam!, startling, fast, dynamic, impact, attack, separation, textured, sweet airy treble, detailed, coherent, refined, depth, large, space of the venue, decay, flat response, presence.
Cons – The slight basshead in me might prefer a tad more bass.