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CanJam @ RMAF 2018 Impressions (Oct 5-7, 2018)

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  1. Andykong
    Cayin is sorry for unable to attend the RMAF for various reasons, but we want to thank Final Audio and Meze Audio (@MezeTeam) for using our DAP and amplifier to demo their headphones at RMAF. Without their support, we'll miss this important event completely,

    The N8 DAP is our recently announced flagship DAP, we had demonstrated an engineering prototype at CanJam London 2018 and we have the production version fresh from our first production batch at RMAF.

    HA-300 with Final Audio D8000
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    N8 DAP with Final Audio D8000
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    N5iiS DAP with Final Audio IEMs E2000, E3000, E4000, E5000
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    N8 DAP at Meze Audio booth.
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    N8 DAP with Meze Empyrean
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    Cayin Stay updated on Cayin at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
  2. kidgafanhoto
    Impressions ?

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  3. Keithpgdrb
    Made some very slight changes to the damping on the Vérité. If you listened yesterday. Come back and let us know what you think.
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  4. bmichels
    is Final Audio there ? I will be interested if anybody could tell me how final-audio-sonorous-x sound.

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  5. musicday
    Who have a chance, go and listen to Meze Empyrean straight out of Dave. Very, very good synergy and maximum comfort.
  6. rockcrusher
    "Can someone do a comparison of HE1000SE and Ether 2? Any input would be appreciated, thanks."

    Take my impressions with a bucket of salt as I would rate my ears a solid 3. :)

    Here are the cans I can remember listening to:

    HE1000V2(I think, not the SE)
    Shangri-La Jr (I think)



    Mr Speaker:
    Ether 2
    Aeon Flow open back



    Ragnar (I think)

    I'm willing to offer up my B.S. opinion on any of them. However, I will say that as things got louder in the hall, the closed back cans sounded significantly better than the open back cans.

    The surprise of the bunch for me was the HE400i at the Schiit booth. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and comfortable set of headphones.

    My favorite headphones were probably the Ether 2. Three vendors had the Ether, Mr Speaker of course, Schiit, and Moon Audio. However, I found the Focal Clear to be a very close second, and the Aeon Flow not far behind.

    Someone asked about the Ether 2 versus the HE1000SE. I think that I listened to the V2, not the SE, but I found all of the higher end HiFiMan headphones to be unremarkable and thoroughly forgettable. Maybe that's a good thing, and maybe that's a bad thing. I can't say. Also, it's hard to compare since they weren't compared on the same equipment. Not sure if that helps any at all. What I found in the Ether 2 was a really good all-rounder. Nothing stood out to me as being over emphasized, and the bass was solid, but not forward.

    At the end of the day, I really want to listen to the HE400i again as I KNOW that I need better presentation gear(amp/DAC) and they are readily available at a good price. After that, I'd have a real hard time deciding between the Elear and the Aeon Flow, but I think the Aeon Flow open back cans were a touch more comfortable, but the Elear sounded better.

    But, if I had the money, I'd get the Ether 2 all the way.
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  7. Allanmarcus
    Distinct meh. I was expecting to be blown away by a $10000 desktop system, but I would take the vanatoo encore over the dragonfire.
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  8. RCBinTN
    Thanks all for your pictures and impressions.
    Sounds like most folks either 1) aren't there and want impressions, or 2) are there and it's too loud to offer listening impressions.

    The one clear reco I read was from @rockcrusher for the HE-400i ... :)
    Any impressions on the Sennheiser HD-820? The one can in which I'm currently interested. Thanks in advance.

    Here's hoping the elevators work tomorrow!
  9. Audio Addict Contributor
    I did not know you are now a member of the trade Keith. Congratulations !!!
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2018
  10. Allanmarcus
    Elegia. Same comfort as utopia, digs right into the top of my pointy head, soft pads. Mids, male vocals, sounded a little congested to me. Utopia, made 10 stock cables and blind tested. Wire is sommer, but custom to focal. Lemo connectors, the black ones, are expensive.
    Listening to the Eligia at TTVJ later, quietly in the hallway, though iPhone, and with a beer, and it sounds better! I would call it a little warm; others may not. Maybe it’s a bit thick, but my closed back is the ether c. For some reason (beer) the headband wasn’t uncomfortable.
  11. Keithpgdrb
    Yeah. New thing. I run the place now. Not really. I take out the garbage.
  12. purk Contributor
    Want to hear some impression about the Sony DMP-Z1 please.
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  13. Mediahound
    I have this -

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  14. singingbee
    guys... any photo or impressions for earsonics new flagship grace iem? thanks!
  15. Liu Junyuan
    Can someone offer impressions of HeadAmp GS-X Mini?
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