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When did you sneak that shot in :P!?

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Same time different angle.

 

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Lol!

 

Thank goodness I've got a wall on my right or soon you chaps can start forming a 3D image of me.

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post  Lol! Thank goodness I've got a wall on my left or soon you chaps can start forming a 3D image of me.


3D-spin virtual-tour of AnakChan FTW!

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Lol!

Thank goodness I've got a wall on my left or soon you chaps can start forming a 3D image of me.

DSD Anak? :-P
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Lol!

 

Thank goodness I've got a wall on my right or soon you chaps can start forming a 3D image of me.

 

... and do a 3D print into mold.

 

I am one who love pictures more than words, anyway nice pictures Anak.

post #39 of 61

The great thing is that you posted your own picture in photos 2 and 3, now we can make head-fi memes out of them ;)

 

Cue evil laugh, and so it begins.........

 

Over app for iphone *cough* is free atm * put text on your photos* cough...LOL


Edited by ExpatinJapan - 7/16/13 at 11:40am
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15th July 2013 Fujiya's Summer Portaken Photo Report

  1. Timelord (Distributor of Ultrasone, Aedle, April Music, and Focal to name a few)

Ultrasone had a new earphone to display, the Pyco.

 

I assume it's a dynamic because the outer shell is similar to the one of the Xears models, so it's probably the lower end model? The unfortunate part of Ultrasone's in-ear stuff is that all their models are priced about $250 too high over the market average (for what they offer), and I doubt the PyCO is going to break that trend.

  1. Mixwave (Distributor of Unique Melody, 1964 Ears, JH Audio, CEntrance, ALO Audio, Cypherlabs, Audeze)

Did you get to see ALO's new IEM cables? They look quite special.

  1. Jaben (GoVibe, Hippo CriCri, ProOne)

Everyone's going balanced these days...
  1. J-Phonic & Sensaphonics

 

They have some rather interesting custom IEMs that are soft silicone based (same as US basically). I've not actually held/touched a soft silicone-based CIEM and I can guess that they're probably more comfortable and less hard on the canals than the standard acrylic. These are actually made in a local lab in Japan however, as opposed to being shipped to the US.

 

Interesting that they're made locally; that really helps with respect to turnaround time and customer service.

  1. Ortofon, Kojo-Seiko, & Stax

I didn't cover Stax or Ortofon who had the SRS-002/SR-003Mk2/SRS-005SMk2, MHd-Q7 and Hd-Q7, covered in past reports. Their tables were joint together with Koko Seiko too with some really heavy and expensive KM01 amps in different flavours. I didn't get a chance to try them but I've seen them in Fujiya Avic shop on a regular basis. I'll have to give them a try one day.

 

I just want to hold one of those heavy amps in my hands and feel its heftiness...

  1. Fostex

Fostex had a much simpler display this time. They had their new BA IEM on display and although I did try them, I must say I can't remember (at all!) their signature. I'll have to listen to them again. They also had their HP-V1 however another customer was testing it. Surprisingly they didn't have the TH-600 or TH-900 on display.

 

Oh, I didn't know that model was a BA! I assumed it was dynamic because of the body shape.

  1. VentureCraft (Portable DAC/Amp for iDevices)

 

This prototype iPhone 5 case will bolt onto any VentureCraft Go-DAP. Magnets are used to hold the swinging door.

 

I like this case design more than the Verza...


  1. Shoshinsha Guide (Beginner's Guide)

It took me awhile to work out what this table was about but turns out that it's merely an Audiophile Guide. They had photocopied booklets of "how to be an audiophile". Surprisingly many visitors stopped by this desk!

 

I think I need a guide. I'm failing.

 

  1. Kumitate Lab (Custom IEM by KumitateK: MoT here in Head-Fi)

I first heard of KumitateK only recently on Head-Fi and was surprised that he had his own table at Fujiya. He had some rather interesting Custom IEMs with a lab in Japan. No need to ship impressions overseas! The KL-001 were mid/treble focused and actually quite decent for vocals. Whilst the KL-003x (with the external resistors) were quite trebly focused. He mentioned that the resistors could be customed/chosen prior to making the CIEM but once done it's fixed. The K?-??1 Stage (why did I cover up the label?) was the bassiest of the 3 however probably still not bassy enough for my liking (and I'm not really a bass head). However it's really nice to see a local Japan CIEM and think this little business has potential.

 

Nice to see them get going. I think they were there as a group of DIYers? KumitateK is just the most accomplished of them, and is sort of the ring leader. They had a mini-competition between the DIYers where listeners posted stickers to whichever version (belonging to a different builder) that they liked best. Anyway, from my conversations with him, he's a really nice, helpful guy that's truly very passionate about his craft.

  1. Eme Audio

Eme Audio has some aesthetically nice DAC/amps for speakers and headphones. In the stack below, the top is actually a DAC/Amp for headphones. Next below is also a DAC/Headphone Amp but primarily a DAC for the power amp below for speakers. Whilst the bottom is a toroidal transformer for the power amp above it. I don't know the name of this little device but it's a really cute/small DAC/Amp with USB input and a 3.5mm output on the other side. I really like the oversized volume dial. It kind of reminds me of the Ortofon Hd-Q7 but without the body. The T-Peos H-100 and H-200 also made an appearance. What is surprising is that it's not really known at T-Peos but as EME Audio. The OEM/rebranding isn't only for localising the product name but the tuning of the T-Peos for the Japan market is actually different from the international one! I will need to e-mail the distributor to ask him the details of the differences as specs-wise, it appears the same but the FR chart is different.

 

From what I know, T-Peos has been hunting for OEM opportunities with their H-100/200 products; they've listed themselves on those wholsale/ODM/OEM sourcing websites, so it's not a surprise that Eme picked them up. I think Cowon also picked up the H-100 in the form of the EH2. Eme's DACs and amps look very pretty, though, and I really like that big volume dial --- very baby-friendly --- I think I'm regressing developmentally.

 

A Friend From A Different Shop

 

I'll leave it at that ;-).  How come it's always him that goes to these shows? (or maybe I only recognize his face?)

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  1. Mixwave (Distributor of Unique Melody, 1964 Ears, JH Audio, CEntrance, ALO Audio, Cypherlabs, Audeze)

Did you get to see ALO's new IEM cables? They look quite special.

  1. Fostex

Fostex had a much simpler display this time. They had their new BA IEM on display and although I did try them, I must say I can't remember (at all!) their signature. I'll have to listen to them again. They also had their HP-V1 however another customer was testing it. Surprisingly they didn't have the TH-600 or TH-900 on display.

 

Oh, I didn't know that model was a BA! I assumed it was dynamic because of the body shape.

  1. VentureCraft (Portable DAC/Amp for iDevices)

 

This prototype iPhone 5 case will bolt onto any VentureCraft Go-DAP. Magnets are used to hold the swinging door.

 

I like this case design more than the Verza...

  1. Kumitate Lab (Custom IEM by KumitateK: MoT here in Head-Fi)

I first heard of KumitateK only recently on Head-Fi and was surprised that he had his own table at Fujiya. He had some rather interesting Custom IEMs with a lab in Japan. No need to ship impressions overseas! The KL-001 were mid/treble focused and actually quite decent for vocals. Whilst the KL-003x (with the external resistors) were quite trebly focused. He mentioned that the resistors could be customed/chosen prior to making the CIEM but once done it's fixed. The K?-??1 Stage (why did I cover up the label?) was the bassiest of the 3 however probably still not bassy enough for my liking (and I'm not really a bass head). However it's really nice to see a local Japan CIEM and think this little business has potential.

 

Nice to see them get going. I think they were there as a group of DIYers? KumitateK is just the most accomplished of them, and is sort of the ring leader. They had a mini-competition between the DIYers where listeners posted stickers to whichever version (belonging to a different builder) that they liked best. Anyway, from my conversations with him, he's a really nice, helpful guy that's truly very passionate about his craft.

  1. Eme Audio

Eme Audio has some aesthetically nice DAC/amps for speakers and headphones. In the stack below, the top is actually a DAC/Amp for headphones. Next below is also a DAC/Headphone Amp but primarily a DAC for the power amp below for speakers. Whilst the bottom is a toroidal transformer for the power amp above it. I don't know the name of this little device but it's a really cute/small DAC/Amp with USB input and a 3.5mm output on the other side. I really like the oversized volume dial. It kind of reminds me of the Ortofon Hd-Q7 but without the body. The T-Peos H-100 and H-200 also made an appearance. What is surprising is that it's not really known at T-Peos but as EME Audio. The OEM/rebranding isn't only for localising the product name but the tuning of the T-Peos for the Japan market is actually different from the international one! I will need to e-mail the distributor to ask him the details of the differences as specs-wise, it appears the same but the FR chart is different.

 

From what I know, T-Peos has been hunting for OEM opportunities with their H-100/200 products; they've listed themselves on those wholsale/ODM/OEM sourcing websites, so it's not a surprise that Eme picked them up. I think Cowon also picked up the H-100 in the form of the EH2. Eme's DACs and amps look very pretty, though, and I really like that big volume dial --- very baby-friendly --- I think I'm regressing developmentally.

 

A Friend From A Different Shop

 

I'll leave it at that ;-).  How come it's always him that goes to these shows? (or maybe I only recognize his face?)

 

1) Mixwave ALO: Nope! I didn't know they had new cables!

11) Fostex: Better let me doublecheck on that ;-)

13) VentureCraft Case: I'm only worried the magnet may not hold the phone well enough. Personally I'd like to see a more substantial lock.

17) KumitateK: I only heard of him when he was requesting to be MoT status. I've actually not followed him before

18) EME Audio: I'm just surprised at the special Japan customised tuning of the T-Peos. I need to ask them on what they've tuned and if I can get samples to hear the differences. I really like that mini USB DAC/Amp with the giant knob. No idea how it sounds but aesthetically it looks awesome. You would have thought something like B&O would have designed something like this.

 

A Friend: shhhh...from a competing shop.

post #42 of 61
Awesome pics there AnakChan!

Good to see that Onkyo IE-HF300 finally begins to make appearances on Head-Fi! Quite a number of people are interested in how Onkyo's first take on IEM performs
And T-Peos H-200 and H-100 as Eme Audio EAC-H1 and EAC-D1??? confused_face(1).gif Definitely interested in how they compare to the originals
post #43 of 61

@AnakChan:  thanks, this is a great report.  Great photos. Wish I was there...

 

BTW. I also would appreciate info about regular Audio-related events in Tokyo.

Would you be able to post these to head-fi (even if in Japanese).

We can always use Google-Translate to decipher.

post #44 of 61

Pity I couldn't come this time (but I was overseas). I look forward to going in October though.

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15th July 2013 Fujiya's Summer Portaken Photo Report

  1. Mass Kobo (Amp Maker)

And the Model 392 which I know nothing about. I'll have to ask Masuda-san.

 

 

http://www.masskobo.com/jpn/top-j.htm

 

That's something like the "Pro" version of model 385 with TRS/XLR hybrid Neutrik jacks. Imagine pairing that with HiFi-M8 for more tweaking options.

 

The question is whether we "Prosumers" could purchase that or otherwise since they mentioned something about the target audience on that page linked above.

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