Feels like they really need some kind of USP or very good performance to sell something that looks way less sexy than the black/red W4 or the kind of tacky UE900 or any of the other quad/tri BA's. But interesting. I'm very interested in the top model from Audio Techn. Since the CK100Pro was very interesting and quite unique compared to a lot of the other in ears I've heard.
*disclaimer: my crappy photos make certain plastics look much worse than they do in reality.
I wouldn’t say the Audiofly stuff looks worse than the W4 up close. Maybe the gray one but not the dark red/blue ones.
Yeah, I've seen the tech sheet; looks a little better in real-world lighting, very low-key and not flashy.
It'll certainly be interesting to compare it against the W40. The W40 has noticeably better ergonomic feel over the old 4/4R, so if the AF180 isn't any better in that category, then it'll lose out automatically due to its lesser reputation. AFAIK, the accessories aren't as well-appointed either. Westone now gives people both the non-mic and mic cables, right? Along with an improved Monitor Vault that seems to be less prone to breaking (the hinges on mine broke after two months). How do these Audiofly cables feel against the new EPIC cables (and UE's and Shure's, for that matter)?
There's now a "glut" of four-driver universals on the marketplace. High-end models like the 846 and 334 aside, the Nuforce Primo 8 and Audiofly AF180 are both set to release soon, alongside the Westone W40 and Audio-Technica ATH-IM04 (which is strangely getting some hate, for whatever reason), not to mention the Noble 4.
The W40 and UM Pro 30 looked great at the show, would love to compare those with the Audiofly sets head to head for sure.
I didn’t feel that the cables were lacking in any way but of course long-term use would be more telling. Curious if the cloth sheathing will kink or not.
Not at this time.
First of all, let me say thank you again! A year ago, following your advice i bought a MeElectronics Cw31 as substitute for my cx300, since i wanted something more "clean". I loved the CW31's. Great sound, good bass extent, good mids etc etc (comparing agains't my cx300 and agains't the Galaxy S4 headphones)the best i ever heard. unfortunatly i broke this, snaped the cord in half.
Now i'm wondering about a replacement, since you had recommended the Cw31, E30 and the M3, and considerig the same price range, i was now debating on whether i should get the M3 (still available for 60€ [80$]) or the Aurvana Live!.
I loved the CW's, and i gues the only thing i would change a bit, would just have a tiny bit more bass...hum...impact? How can i say this, deep bloomy voices sounded good, but i wish they could have a bit more warminess to it. Not much more, just a tad.
Do you have different sugestions than those 2? You're always testing new products, and maybe some new contender pops out thats really worth it. I know the Aurvana are no IEM, but since i know you tried them both and since i really come to respect all your hard work (btw still waiting for the Aurvana 2 review :p) i trust your opinion greatly.
Thanks again man. cheers
If you’re okay with headphones I have no reason not to recommend the CAL!. It’s not very portable but it’s a great headphone with a warm, impactful sound. Don’t like comparing headphones to IEMs though.
Depends on your ears. They are more comfortable than I expected and I can wear them for 2-3 hours with no problem but longer than that might be problematic.
I've really enjoyed the CES coverage; it's definitely given me some new products to think about.
Regarding Audiofly: I hope they've got their act together quality wise. My girlfriend's AF56 had the housing split twice, the second time even glue couldn't save it. Now they're marketing much more expensive IEMs so the quality control had better be leagues better.
That's too bad about the AF56 - I really hope the new line fares better.