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Day 1

 

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This event is pretty much the first of its kind in the whole South East Asia. Generally speaking, we tend to see individual headphone booth in AV / electronics / computer show rather than being the main focus, and most of them they are limited to big brand names and 'consumer' (*price) friendly models. A big thanks to Uncle Wilson for the press invitation so I can get in early before all the booths were setup. I was there 9 a.m. and the event officially started at 11 p.m.

 

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Suntec Convention Center is huge. The Head-Fest only took a small corner of the whole building. There were actually several different events going on at the same moment.

 

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Turtle Beach, SOL Republic, V-moda, Beat-by-Dr.dre, Pioneer, Bose.

 

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Boomphones, Shure, TDK, Phillips, Monster.

 

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Denon, UE, Fostex, Klipsch, Sony.

 

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Parrot, Sennheiser, Stax, Missed the Grado booth next to Stax in the picture (see below). Also, SMS by 50, and Westone.

 

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PSB and NAD. NAD actually releases a new headphone on the show.

 

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iriver, MASS-Kobo, Elekit, Kojo Technology and VentureCraft

 

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Phonon, Xduoo and Abyss

 

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RudiStor, CEntrance, and FitEar.

 

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JH Audio, Final Audio Design, GoVibe, beyerdynamic.

 

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Hippo, ACS, Vision Ears (orignally from Compact Monitor), Graham Slee, Fischer Audio, ColorFly,  Alessandro, plus a few mores.

 

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Go-Vibe and Hippo's amps

 

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Still mostly Go-Vibe and Hippo amps. The three boxes on the right are Vision Ears Stage 2, 3 and 4.

 

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Jade-to-go in the mid. Bravo Audio on the right. Some Fischer Audio IEM on the left.

 

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Yamamoto Sound Craft HA-02 and Greham Slee

 

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The FAD's boss himself, Mr. Takai, bought a prototype to the show.

 

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This is the new prototype tuned specifically for AK120. I gave it a listen and I am quite impressed, though it is slightly too smooth for my taste.

 

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The Xduoo line-up

 

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Rudi arrived quite early in the morning.

 

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DACmini and M8

 

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Analog Squared Paper's TU-05

 

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It hisses slightly with IEM, but otherwise great sounding.

 

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Kojo Technology KM01-BRASS. The casing is CNC'ed from a block of brass and it does weight like a ton. Sound quite good as well though I will never want to carry it around.

 

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VentureCraft Go-DAP TT and SounDroid

 

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Elekit TU-8100

 

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Elekit 22 hybrid tube. We were able to feed an iPhone + CEntrance's HiFi-M8 to it and it drove the MasterClass 2504 speaker very well.

 

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The new TU-HP01 hybrid tube portable amp from Elekit. I have one and will review it later.

 

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MASS-kobo, a company I am not too familiar with

 

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Got a listen to MASS-Kobo's portable amp. A bit hissy as the gain seems to be too high for IEM, but the craftsmanship is out of the world.

 

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iriver's AK100 and AK120 are both a big hit on the event.

 

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This is one of the only two docks in existence. According to the iriver's guy, the other one is kept in studio.

 

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Got to listen to UE900. Surprisingly I find it more in line with W4's sound signature. One of the UE guys actually agrees with me about the sound signature

 

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Listened to the ADV. Quite like it but thought it will have a tough competition with other IEM of the same / lower price range.

 

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NAD

 

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PSB

 

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Pioneer

 

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Phillips

 

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SR-009 sounds absolutely beautiful.

 

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Fostex

 

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Err... I just don't like its sound. Almost like I am listening to a pair of out-of-phase IEM.

 

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Mr. and Mrs. Suyama from FitEar.

 

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A new prototype, still unnamed.

 

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MH335, 334, and Parterre

 

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Someone has his case signed by Mr. Suyama.

 

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No officially part of the Head-Fest, but a few of us just put out our source and had a photo shot.

 

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Jerry and Corbyn. They arrived 2 a.m. in the morning and didn't get much sleep.

 

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The carbon fiber prototype from JHA. Not just the cse but the whole earpeice is incase in carbon fiber.

 


Day 2

 

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Started the day at the a mini meet @ E1 Personal Audio's store at 2 p.m. with the local forumer and HF'er

 

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Surprisingly some of these guys really like the more vintage stuff.

 

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Listened to AK120 on the first day and again at the mini meet. I think AK120's owner and I both agree that this is quite an impressive DAP and far better than AK100, but it is not on the  HM901's level yet if SQ is the only concern.

 

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Most of us went to the Head-Fest afterwards.

 

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It was a Saturday so there were more people there, and noisier as well.

 

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Sony seems to have more stuff in the 2nd days, or maybe I just missed them on the first day.

 

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iriver booth was still a hit...

 

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... so was FitEar...

 

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...and JHA. You really needed to wait in Q to demo them.

 

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Mr. Takai left after the first day with his prototype, but other models were still around for demo.

 

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A lot of bundle deals...

 

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Tried Stage 3 and Stage 4, both are excellent.

 


Day 3

 

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Sunday. Less people than Saturday and quieter as well, much better for auditioning actually.

 

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A lot of Jaben's bears today.

 

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Overall the Head-Fest is quite successful, especially consider this is the first times such an event is hosted in S.E.Asia. Jerry is pretty much the rock star of the show, getting constant request of demo, Q&A and autograph. FitEar has a lot of demo request as well. AK120 is pretty much everywhere.

 

SR-009 is the first highlight of the show for me, sounding almost perfect in everyway. I am very impressed by the freq-phase JH13 as well, which is very different from my memory of the old JH13. Last but not least - I demo'ed the FitEar's MH335 demo unit with my HM901 (standard amp module) on the first day. I played 'Money' from Head-Fi's Open Your Ears (HDTracks) and got a goosebump almost instantly. I gave SenG a listen and he dropped his jaw (his words, not mine) as well. Mrs. Suyama was in the booth so we recommended her to try the combo too. She listened with the demo unit first, switched to her own custom and pretty much lost her tongue. Mr. Suyama came back to the booth a few minutes later and tried the HM901 on his custom as well. Needless to say he was very impressed too. I think we all agree that HM901 and MH335 are pretty much a match made in heaven.


Edited by ClieOS - 8/5/13 at 8:22pm
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been there, seriously i must thanks to the organizer for this event, especially Jaben.
The event is amazing, i finally able to get to try out some rare equipments such as Abyss, Stax 009, Hi-fi M8, mass kobo and rudistor RP308.

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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post

Overall the Head-Fest is quite successful, especially consider this is the first times such an event is hosted in S.E.Asia. Jerry is pretty much the rock star of the show, getting constant request of demo, Q&A and autograph. FitEar has a lot of demo request as well. AK120 is pretty much everywhere.

 

SR-009 is the first highlight of the show for me, sounding almost perfect in everyway. I am very impressed by the freq-phase JH13 as well, which is very different from my memory of the old JH13. Last but not least - I demo'ed the FitEar's MH335 demo unit with my HM901 (standard amp module) on the first day. I played 'Money' from Head-Fi's Open Your Ears (HDTracks) and got a goosebump almost instantly. I gave SenG a listen and he dropped his jaw (his words, not mine) as well. Mrs. Suyama was in the booth so we recommended her to try the combo too. She listened with the demo unit first, switched to her own custom and pretty much lost her tongue. Mr. Suyama came back to the booth a few minutes later and tried the HM901 on his custom as well. Needless to say he was very impressed too. I think we all agree that HM901 and MH335 are pretty much a match made in heaven.

Hey ClieOS, thanks for your coverage of the Mook Headphone Festival, it was a pleasure to meet you. I had the opportunity to learn so much from you and I look forward to meeting you at future events or meets.

 

Mr Jerry Harvey's and Mr Suyama's hospitality and service was top-notch and they had a lot to share on their existing offerings and future ideas, which explains why their booths were constantly packed with visitors.

 

It was truly a jaw-dropping experience to try the MH335DW demo with your HM-901. However, I shall refrain from writing my impression as I wouldn't be able to describe the feeling I felt from the combo, though I would say that it brought new meaning to the word `bass' for me. If only I had the chance to try it with the Balance amp module L3000.gif.

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Great Event! Just waiting for this to get featured!
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Nice work ClieOS. Just a minor correction. I'm pretty sure the Analog Squared Paper with the 4x 1T4 or 1U4 tubes is actually TU-05b. Don't think there's a TU-08 yet?

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Overall the Head-Fest is quite successful, especially consider this is the first times such an event is hosted in S.E.Asia. Jerry is pretty much the rock star of the show, getting constant request of demo, Q&A and autograph. FitEar has a lot of demo request as well. AK120 is pretty much everywhere.

SR-009 is the first highlight of the show for me, sounding almost perfect in everyway. I am very impressed by the freq-phase JH13 as well, which is very different from my memory of the old JH13. Last but not least - I demo'ed the FitEar's MH335 demo unit with my HM901 (standard amp module) on the first day. I played 'Money' from Head-Fi's Open Your Ears (HDTracks) and got a goosebump almost instantly. I gave SenG a listen and he dropped his jaw (his words, not mine) as well. Mrs. Suyama was in the booth so we recommended her to try the combo too. She listened with the demo unit first, switched to her own custom and pretty much lost her tongue. Mr. Suyama came back to the booth a few minutes later and tried the HM901 on his custom as well. Needless to say he was very impressed too. I think we all agree that HM901 and MH335 are pretty much a match made in heaven.

Hi ClieOS, I would like to thank you for sharing with us the event coverage for the Mook Headphones Festival held over the weekend here in Singapore with such fantastic photos and your mini write-up. It was absolutely my pleasure to be able to meet you though I did not exactly have a long chat with you, I was that guy who was at E1PersonalAudio's shop earlier on Saturday who shooked hands with you before I left with some fellow forumers from my country, I believe I thanked you as well for previously commenting on my CK100PRO's discussion thread though not exactly sure if you still remember me for who am I since I believe it has been quite a busy and hectic weekend for you.
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I was very happy to be able to meet upclose and personal with some of the legends reknowned in the audio industry, such as Mr. Keita Suyama-san from FitEar booth, who was extremely humble and friendly and even graciously helped to sign on my booklet for me which came from one of my Headphone Book japanese magazine. Spent some time and chatted with him and had a brief understanding about his upcoming universal Monet/alternative white variant of Parterre latest prototypes. Was extremely impressed by the white variant of Parterre in terms of SQ performance, which was said to be tuned more for mainstream pops instead of classical genres, which the original black Parterre's were created/engineered for in the first place. (the original Parterre's had this non-fatiguing sound signature which I enjoyed as well, but in my own words was alittle too laid-back for my own taste preferences coming from quite energetic phones such as AD1000PRM/CK100PRO)

I spent most of my time on Sat actually sticking around at FitEar's booth as well as at Final Audio Design since I already owned 2 products from this company. It was quite unfortunate that I was not able to meet personally with Mr. Kanemori Takai-san as I was informed on Sat by one of the booth representatives that Mr Takai-san left early on Saturday noon and wasn't coming back on Sun. I actually brought my Piano Forte IX box down as I was gonna request for his autograph signature, but alas it seems that we wasn't fated to meet, lols. Oh wells, that probably gives me the determination and motivation to perhaps make time for a Tokyo trip probably next year, hopefully I will be able to attend one of those headphone festivals organised by Fujiya-Avic, and probably have a chance to meet Mr. Takai-san for myself next time.

I already had the chance to try most Final Audio Design products before this Mook Festival, so most of the IEMs displayed there wasn't exactly new to me at all. Tried the Heaven V Aging for the first time, but I still greatly preferred Heaven VI's presentation/signature wise in overall, but the real surprise for me at their booth was the Pandora Hope VI which was based on a 50-mm driver with dual-hybrid Balanced Armature/Dynamic units. I was extremely impressed by it's performance/value and will be proceeding to order my own pair very soon, once it's out in Japan officially.
Edited by Haonan - 8/5/13 at 9:19am
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Nice work ClieOS. Just a minor correction. I'm pretty sure the Analog Squared Paper with the 4x 1T4 or 1U4 tubes is actually TU-05b. Don't think there's a TU-08 yet?

 

Yep, it is typo.

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Oh, forgot to mention I tried SE846 as well. Definitely one of the best universal around. Shure really hits a home run on this though I still think it is too pricy.

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Great review about the event ClieOS !!

 

 

Just want to add some pictures:

 

Rudistor Chroma MD2 + RPX-38

 

The Mighty Abyss Headphone

 

JH16Pro Full Carbon!

 

Stax Set-Up (With Cary Amp)

 

Beyerdynamic A20

 

Otomatsu Balance Headphone Amp

 

Shure SE846

 

Kojo Amp

 

Rudistor DAC X3

 

Rudistor RPX-38

 

 

For the rest you can look at my album: http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/793064/mook-headphone-festival-suntec-city-singapore-2-4-august-2013/

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Hello!

Nice write up and I was "this" close to pack myself there but there's guest coming over so I missed my meet with Jerry and SRH-846 T.T

Minor note for you ClieOS, I see you write "PCB" instead of "PSB" smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks for sharing!
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What is the story behind the Jerry Harvey carbon fiber creation and case?

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I've seen so many different opinions about the SE846. Has anyone compared it to other TOTL products?

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Minor note for you ClieOS, I see you write "PCB" instead of "PSB" smily_headphones1.gif
 

Corrected. Thanks.

 

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What is the story behind the Jerry Harvey carbon fiber creation and case?

I think he said on the show to another person that the reason to offer carbon fiber finishing is to further differentiate his products from others. Not just on the face plate but the whole package as well.


Edited by ClieOS - 8/5/13 at 8:28pm
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I think he said on the show to another person that the reason to offer carbon fiber finishing is to further differentiate his products from others. Not just on the face plate but the whole package as well.

Indeed, just to add on, he also mentioned the idea of full titanium shell with the same intention to differentiate from his competitors, on top of looking awesome.

 

I feel like the carbon fiber case is a revisit of a previously used JHAudio case that had carbon fiber skin instead of true carbon fiber.

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Thanks for the pics ClieOS

 

Is this an annual event in Singapore?

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