Ahhh, planars. Perhaps one of the best things that happened in personal audio. I myself am a fan, with my first being the Audeze LCD-2 (thankfully, not a lemon) introducing me to the tech which practically taught me that an enthusiast should have at least a pair in your arsenal. The speed it delivers coupling it with excellent presentation of the low frequencies should be a reason enough to have one.
After that, I have had a chance to have a couple more, the siblings Hifiman HE400S and HE400I, and while an electrostatic earspeakers has to be my favorite personal desktop audio gear, I still can’t rid myself of my love for planar magnetic cans. Maybe because planars are quite easier to manage (no need for a bias amp) and the potential to make it portable (I still can’t imagine myself using a planar magnetic cans and a Mass Kobo 404 in a bus ride) somehow takes its place in my heart.
Hello, hello! Welcome to another installment of the Bus Ride Impression. Coming off a very nice meet yesterday with earbuds folks, I was able to get a chance to try yet another Indonesian wonder, Crow Audio, and I was pretty mesmerized by two of their products.
Yes, that is right. I have to admit, sometimes having tried a lot of gears might make me a bit jaded with the new offers in the market today, but somehow once in a while something will pop out of nowhere and surprise me with how these gears perform. In the case of Crow Audio, I was only given a few minutes of audition for Raven MKII and Dietris 300 Ohms but I will have to admit how engaging both sounded like. These two offered a sound that is quite engaging particularly the Raven MKII which seems to sound a bit different from the conventional ones that I have tried. Yes, it is not as if it a totally unique tonality, it’s just that it has a distinct flavor that one would not normally get out of those currently in the market right now. Which bring to a point: brand is one thing, but the earbud model is totally something else.
I agree, the hobby is quite a subjective one. With a market full of products for the hobby, it is quite challenging to find the right fit for an IEM that will suit your taste, even more in such cases wherein your preferred sound signature is not of the usual norms. Even in the case of common ones like the bassheads, there still is a distinction as to how one would like his IEM is tuned (some would like a very tight mid-bass or an extended sub-bass, pick your boat ladies and gentlemen).
In my case, it can indeed be challenging. Yes, I would like my IEMs a tad bright, but of course, I have this specific tuning on the higher frequencies that in a split can border beyond ticklishly sparkly or brutally piercing (of course I go for the first, who would want a piercing sound signature? — okay my apologies, some might, although I cringe at that, what the hey, some people says my preference can sometimes be a bit of an ear shredder). However, as I primarily look into the brightness of an IEM, I still would want it to have a bit of body to go along with the brightness and a good, decent amount of mids to keep the IEM glued into my ears for a few hours. I can be specific, but just like most enthusiasts, I would rather go and try to see if it fits my need.
Fortunately enough, I came across this nice little gem from Whizzer, the Haydn A15Pro. Whizzer can be considered somewhat a new brand in the market, but the A15Pro isn’t their first batter off the plate of the hobby as they initially released the A15 earlier. This was an offer made by Whizzer for me to take the A15Pro for a spin and see how well it fares and perhaps to be candid as to how I think about the IEM. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much out of the little devil, thinking that it might just be one of those lows-heavy IEM usually coming out in the market. Upon trying though, I will have to admit that my prejudice was unfounded: this devil is actually good!
Let me take you through the IEM and see how it might fit your taste as well.
Whew, been a while.
Welcome again to another installment of Bus Ride Impression. The seasons seems to have taken a toll on me given how busy I have been for over a month now, not being able to write anything for you, my loyal readers. So allow me to apologize for the absence, times are trying, pair that with the seasons coming and you can pretty much imagine how busy I have been (a loss in the family held me back a bit, so again, my apologies).
However, as I pick myself up, I would normally go for something that I really enjoy doing, like writing for the column. And as I have been missing in action for a good few weeks, this is practically just right for me to get back to.
So, for today, I am writing about one of the newest IEMs in the block, the IMR Acoustics R1. IMR Acoustics is a new brand being helmed by Bob James of the famed Trinity Audio brand, and he decided to depart from Trinity Audio to pick up a brand of his own. I will really not go into details, but I guess that move somehow allowed Bob to really go at it, making IEMs the way he used to back in the Atlas days. I must say, he has outdid himself after several designs of his previous works.
So, does the IMR R1 offer anything that is much different from Bob’s previous works? If so, how much different? Considering the price tag of 500 GBP, is worth the investment? Let’s find out then.
We at The Tech Kaiju were given a privilege as we were invited to the launch of the latest Chord product, the Poly organized by Beyond Innovations, the official distributor of Chord in the country on November 9, 2017. People from media, audio groups and dealers gathered as no less then John Franks, the Founder and Chief Engineer of Chord walked the audience through their latest innovation at the event held at the Kuppa Roastery & Cafe.
John Franks and Robert Wong of Chord Business Development explained how the Poly plays a major role in the ever advancing technology of sound. They also got the chance to mingle with the crowd and answer the audiences’ inquiries about Chord and what it holds in the future.
John Frank and Robert Wong discussing insights on what Poly has to offer.
The audiences were also given a chance to audition the Poly along with other brands carried by Beyond Innovations like Beyerdynamic and AKG. The crowd was also given a treat as freebies and discounts were offered on the event for Poly.
Focal Multimedia – Philippines in collaboration with Philippine personal audio group Audio-Fi held a product showcase at The Curator Coffee & Cocktails, Makati City which also served as the launch point for their newest product, the Focal Listen.
Audio-Fi members had a blast as they had the chance to try Focal’s newest outing. Focal Listen was a revelation as it yielded an incredible sound coming from a relatively affordable can.
Focal Multimedia PH Marketing & Sales Manager Johann Tiu indulged the Audio-Fi members as he showcased Focal’s market level products such as the Spirit Classics, Spirit Pro, Sphear, Spark as well as their newest product Listen. He also even engaged in the music listening session and even ran a contest where 3 winners went home with Focal goodies.
At some point in this hobby you will get to that crossroad thinking what is the practical route to take. As a hobbyist, ideally you should be governed as to what sound you will get out of your setup. However, there’s a plethora of factors to consider, primarily whether if you will go portable or stationary. While I would assume that hordes will prefer to go portable, there still is a considerable number of folks who would prefer a desktop setup considering the value they get out of it in terms of the sound. However, in spite of that, the reason why a lot would prefer to go portable is because we are practically living in a very fast environment nowadays; much more people are mobile given our daily lives whether it is due to work or school.
Given this point, another factor to look into is the efficiency of the music source you are getting. While cost plays a huge role when picking the right gear, one would think of it more on practicality rather than just being blunt; that is, going for what is cheaper (this should be the ideal as price to performance is the right measurement of practicality, not low price period) should be equated by one’s expectation as to what kind of sound one will get out of the gear.