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:flag_gb: CanJam London 2015 Impressions Thread! August 29-30, 2015!

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  1. moedawg140 Contributor
    London was a memorable experience that I will never forget.  Thank you to everyone that came out to make the first London CanJam such an awesome event!  The sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, CanJam Global Team and hotel staff helped to make the event happen, but it was the attendees that helped make CanJam one event that I will always cherish in my heart.
    The camaraderie was exemplary, and it was fun hanging out with various Head-Fi'ers before, during, and after CanJam.  You are all simply beautiful people, inside and out.
    Here is to the start of many more London CanJams, and hope to see you all next year!

    Since I didn't get to listen to much equipment, my impressions post will be my London experience, with lots of pictures and video.  In order to create as least scrolling as possible, each day will have clickable spoilers that will house only small-size pictures.  Please click on any picture to see the full-size version.
    And away we go...
    Pictures in order of occurrence

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    Group shot of Warren (@warrenpchi), Ethan (@third_eye) and Maurice
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    The person that sat next to me accidentally broke my plug while he was listening to my Shure SE846!  He was terrified because before he broke it I told him how much the Silver Litz cable and SE846 are worth.  It was kind of funny, but kind of not because it looked like he was going to have a heartattack after he broke the plug!  I reassured him that it was perfectly fine, and that I can have my cable guy replace the plug, no worries!
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    Ethan (@third_eye) being bold wearing the HE1000 at London Heathrow Airport!
    Ethan and I ran into culinary and restauranteur superstar Gordon Ramsay near the luggage and then in the same elevator/lift at London Heathrow Airport.  Mr. Ramsay even wore the HE1000 and held the QP1R!  Really nice gentleman. 
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    Sennheiser Event with Imogen Heap and Youth Orchestra performances
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    Imogen Heap
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    Unveiling of the successor to the original Sennheiser Orpheus
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    Maurice, Warren and Ethan toasting to a great event
    @ejong7 (Eu Jin) and Maurice ready for the concert
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    @dnun8086 brought his AR-M2 to the DAP party - listening to the QP1R + HE1000 
    Eu Jin listening to the QP1R + HE1000
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    Various UK keys
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    RHA's Emma listening to the QP1R + HE1000
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    The HyperDynamic Transducer IEM.  I will add one to my collection.
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    The Sennheiser Orpheus
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    EarWerkz Legend Omega
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    Sony PFRV1 Personal Field Speaker Headphones
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    Sony Walkman + Cassette Tape + HE1000 combo 
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    CanJam Volunteer and Head-Fi'er Çağın (pronounced chaa-UUun), Maurice, and Head-Fi Moderator Duncan 
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    Gift from CanJam attendee
    Read the placard - pretty interesting
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    Exact design dining hall as in the Titanic
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    Warren enjoying half of the food
    View from outside Royal National Hotel
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    Decisions, decisions...
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    Continental dinner selection
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    My old school DAPs - iRiver Clix 2 and Creative Zen
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    These three posters were in the Casino's bathroom - shhh, no photography!
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    Tour starts here
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    Big Ben is inside
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    Maurice and Warren at the London Eye
    River cruise starts here
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    Various London's Tower Bridge angles
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    "London Bridge is filters on, filters on..."
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    Picadilly Circus
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    Warren and I went to CustomCable in New Malden to tour the store.  We met Head-Fier and friend @Ra97oR at the store as well.  @PhilW and staff were there to talk everything audio, and gave us a tour of the facility.  Anyone who is traveling around London should definitely stop by and maybe even purchase some audio gear!  Here's our adventure...
    Departing from the London Underground (Tube) station near Hotel Russell
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    Time Lapse of London Train from Green Park to Ewell

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    Time Lapse of London Train from Ewell to Raynes Park

    Time Lapse of London Train from Raynes Park to New Malden

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    Unilet Sound and Vision - Lower Level Tour

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    Unilet Sound and Vision - Lighting Demonstration

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    Unilet Sound and Vision - Tiring Game Demonstration Part 1

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    I had a great time, now to say adieu, for now...
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    Last but not least, the videos, in order of occurrence  
























    Made it home!  Thanks for experiencing the adventure with me, and hope to see you all next year.  Happy listening, everyone! 
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  3. moedawg140 Contributor
  4. Takeanidea
    It was great! We were worried it was going to be too commercial , but it wasn't . It was laid back. There were plenty of comfy chairs in the middle for people to have a chat and try each other's kit out. There weren't enough hours in the days, but no one can make that right!
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  5. Cagin
    Please I hope not. I'm on sleep depravation status. I refuse to sleep before I'm done with my impressions. Been at it for the past 13hours now. Awake for 30 hours now, previous sleep was 3 hours.
    I'm praying Chrome won't crash so I won't lose all my stuff. 
    ps: there's no save draft option in the interface is there? 
  6. moedawg140 Contributor
    I would highly suggest saving your work in a Word document in case anything happens.  I usually save (select all, copy, paste content) every so often (for example every 10 minutes) in Word whenever I post anything that will take longer than a few minutes for me to create.  To alleviate RAM and processing issues (especially when re-saving large reviews), whenever I re-save, I select all of the content I wrote in the browser, copy, then I select all and delete whatever was saved on Word and immediately post the copied info from the browser onto Word and save.
    Never depend on an internet browser or device to be 100% stable.
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  7. Takeanidea

    Hi Cagin, we await with baited breath. Do you remember volunteering with me and trying my Encore Ciem's. Alarmed you said to me, these Iem's are misbalanced.
    The right channel has died on them......
  8. Cagin
    Hope I'm not too late with my own set of photos and impressions from my first CanJam and audio related 'meet'. Once I got back home after the show, I decided to make a surprise visit to my family in Turkey, been pretty busy and not much internet access where I stay.
    Warm thanks to Jude, Warren, Ethan and Duncan for organizing this. I'll definitely come back next year and try my best to attend any kind of meets nearby (incl next UK one).
    Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Not just the fellow volunteers [​IMG] Eu Jin (@ejong7), Trevor (@Takeanidea), Maurice (@moedawg140), Michal? from Poland.
    I wish I had met more of you, and please forgive me for not remembering the name tags. I did try not to be too much awkward trying to read them out to associate the person to the forum names ^^ (the lanyards/badges were unruly for sure).
    My initial plan for the show was:
    - hear the Astell & Kern AK380 and its amp module for myself
    - hear the QP1R
    - compare both to my ZX2 and see my resolve against upgraditis
    - audition as many ciems as I could because Brussels is barren
    - test the Linum Super BaX cable and plead to allow me to buy one off on the spot
    - buy as many ear tips as i could to start my tip-rolling collection (only had Spinfits)
    - attend the 3 seminars [Dan/Mr Speakers; Chord Audio; Ask the panel]
    - meet as many headfiers as I could during my volunteering
    Saturday August 29
    Brussels-London St Pancras Int'l with the Eurostar train. The 30min delay at Calais (migrants on the tracks) gave an uneasy weird feeling. Passengers of the train looking around to spot the soldiers and migrants, felt like an awkward safari.
    The Hotel Russell is beautiful, and the small park of the Russell square too. Each tree having full distance space between each other to grow in peace. Sat for a bit by the soothing fountain in the middle before going into the hotel.
     ^ Registration booth. The people in this room (and outside of the photo frame) unknowingly helped me vs my mild agoraphobia as I was about to enter the show and meet a lot of persons.
    Noble Audio pt.1
     ^ I asked about the 'space zebra' Prestige Warren had, followed him to the Noble stand across the main hall to see it in flesh (or fabric ^^). 
    Met Brannan, was tempted to try to pry off info about @Watagump's chosen design for his K10 [​IMG] I'm still amazed at how tiny all the universal models were.
    The Noble stand seemed to be always busy. Got a seat and tried out the Savant (had placed an order for a Wizard designed one during Dr John Moulton's birthday event).
    Ideally I'd wish to have picked up my Savant unit right there after paying Gisele Flower but it wasn't ready yet. I met Gisele on Sunday, she's a very friendly audiologist (Aid2Hearing in London) and also the Noble dealer for the UK/EU.
     ^ Posted my impressions in the Savant thread here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/772698/noble-savant-thread-impressions-reviews-tours/180#post_11899876
    It paired greatly with my ZX2, made me happy. I would have liked to listen to the N4 and N6 to compare with the Savant, and then the K10, but I saw someone waiting for a spot, and I had gotten the reassurance I wanted out of the Savant so I said to Brannan I'd come back later.
    Brimar Audio

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     ^Right next to Noble Audio were the luxurious Brimar cables, a sure pleasure for the eyes.[​IMG]​ 
    I had my sights set for them after seeing the photos from the Tokyo Fujiya Avic show earlier this year. Their website was inaccessible but Creevy Yu owner of Brimar told me it was due to the site being under reconstruction, it should be functional again by mid-September.
    I was hoping to see one of their flat braided cables but they were all round or squared. It was suprising when Creevy told me that it's rare that people like flat braiding, he said they'd prefer to see round and square/box braids. He also mentionned that flat braid would be more microphonic. Am I wrong in assuming a flat braid would be less tangling and easier to coil for management/case store? I want one for my Noble Savant and EarWerkz ciem but I'm still pondering between this or the Estron Linum Super BaX which I got to hear on Sunday.
    Brimar had their two flagship cables the Monarch Supreme (pure 7N silver with 1%gold) and Monarch Supreme Reference (pure 7N silver with 7% gold). They also have their own solder which Creevy confidently said was better than the Mundorf Supreme silver/gold one they had been using before.
    Whoever gets an 8 conductor flat braided Monarch Supreme Ref for their QP1R gold, I envy thee [​IMG]
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     ^ I didn't get to hear the HE-1000 or the QP1R at their respective stands but I'm thankful of Moedawg who gave me a combo listen [​IMG]
    I believe Jude has a photo of me with it on Sunday. None of the ciems I tried at CanJam + my ZX2 gave that sound quality but within 30 seconds of wearing it I felt its weight on my neck. I think I'm just too hunched back for headcans. 
    The scrolling wheel motion of the QP1R was quirky for me during browsing up and down in folders, but I appreciate that Questyle had implemented a faster scrolling method with the up and down buttons, which skip a full display page with each press. I'm still waiting for Fiio to do the same with the X5 and X5ii. I'd still like a progressively accelerating scrolling wheel motion but at least implement a display page skip with the up and down keys. /rant 
    I liked how light the QP1R was and it's slender form factor compared to the ZX2. I wish I'd had more time to play with it. Maybe a loan/review tour will take place, hopefully. If the sound quality would warrant the loss of battery duration + Android advantages of the ZX2, I'd make the switch.
     ^ Doorway to the second big hall. All of the exhibitors were in these 2 hall rooms except for Creative who had their own smaller chamber away for auditioning their bookshelf speakers.
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    I thought I'd have time to visit each during my 2 day stay but I was so wrong. Looking at the photos I'm sure it's not 1/5th only that I got to enjoy, but probably a 1/15th. 
    I have no regrets though. Everything being relatively new to me, I knew it would be too much to take in all at once. I had decided to leave out all the desktop dac/amps and headphones for last if at all, but that wasn't enough heh.
    IEM Clinic

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     ^  The expression "like a kid in a candy store" applies here [​IMG]
    This part of CanJam I liked a LOT. It was held by Maurice Washington  (Moedawg140). There were around 20-30 IEMs on the tables. From Jude and Maurice's collection I think.
     Various price points, low-mid-hi-end. You could just sit down, hear any of them with your own dap/gear or even test em out with Moe's QP1R, and chat with each other to compare and share impressions. 
    While I didn't listen to all of them, it helped me flesh out my preferred sound signature in more depth. Dita Answer Truth, Campfire Audio Lyra, and @tranhieu's DIY CIEM were my kind of stuff [​IMG] 
    And while I didn't particularly like the A&K AKR-02 (or FAD FI-BA-SS as I was told), its absolutely exquisite carrying case left a deep permanent mark on me. [​IMG] Its small form factor is ideal for portability yet felt sturdy for jeans pocket use, has a nice cable management and is magnetically latched. I'd totally be ready to pay a good amount to get one, especially if I could have the earpiece receptacle moulds adapted for CIEMs. And if you could engrave or carve your own name and/or patch a logo onto it, oh my! [​IMG][by all means PM me if this exists already]
    I got to listen to Moe's own EarWerkz Legend Omega with the Ted Allen Litz Silver cable. It was a bit of a painful fit but it worked. I got my confirmation that the Omega's sound signature wasn't tailored to me.
    See the alcohol wipe cloths on the photos? These had to be of some epic medical grade because its alcohol content was so strong it disfigured my leather ZX2 case cover leaving all white stains. Serves me right for trying to remain hygienic [​IMG]
    Musica Acoustics

     ^ Met with Dimitri Trush of Musica Acoustics, so full of energy and enthusiasm. Very friendly too. Passed a great time by that stand. Eventful to say the least.
    I got the learn about the new Oriolus iem, 3 BA drivers + 1 DD in universal fit but with an upgrade possible to a custom shell. The volume of the headstage coming out of the Oriolus was the first thing that jumped at me. The earpiece is much bigger than the Noble univ. The price is a bit too high for me to attempt a leap of faith after a short audition. I'd be interested in taking part of a review tour if one happens.
    I didn't try out the EarSonic Velvets nor the Esther DAP.
    I saw that Dimitri had also brought the Vorzuge Pure II + amp. I had read about its goodness (from Duncan or Soundblast75's posts) but I didn't have any proper iem with me to test it.
    But a British gentleman was who was sitting next to me was in state of ataraxia. He felt so relieved and free when adding the Pure II + to his stack comprising of an iBasso DX90, the Chord Hugo with a circumaural headphone that I didn't know of, which later Dimitri said to be an Ultrasone (I couldn't keep the model in memory so I just made a search now and from the colors I remember it had, I believe it was an Ultrasone Edition 8 Palladium). The gentleman said that the Hugo was a DAC foremost, not an amp. And that its amp section couldn't bring out the pleasure he'd just received from adding the Pure II +.
    He then offered me to hear it out myself. He had no idea of how much of a newbie I was haha. It was the first time I'd wear an expensive headphone + first time I'd see a Hugo (1/3 smaller than I imagined)  and hear one in flesh + same thing for the Vorzuge. That Ultrasone was very light for its size. Didn't expect that. I pressed Play on what his DX90's current track and paused, it was some kind of goa or psy trance.
    Effortless, equilibrium, meaning of fatigue nonexistent would be what I experienced on that moment.
    Imagined a mystical jungle with this palpable liquid fluid bass 'boings' going on, and some sparkling treble that was just defining my amount of wanted brightness devoid of any harshness or sibilance while being clear. His track was presented with such a fairness, not one element trying to overstep another. Everything evenly playing out together.
    I quite cherished that moment by that stand. It's a bit telling of the relativity of head-fi; of our respective journeys. For him who said traveled a lot, with long flights and hotel rooms, his rig was a portable heaven. For me, already obese, I viewed it as transportable, and only want an C/IEM + a DAP. Yet I can only hope to get to hear that kind of sound in my limited iem/dap pairing.
    Off-topic subject: when I read about other show impressions that some persons can listen very loudly, which leaks very easily with open backs, I was prepared to hear this leakage. But while I was chatting with Dimitri I suddenly heard loud music as if there was a small bookshelf speaker right behind me or like a laptop speaker blasting. I turned around and I saw that the source was indeed right behind, it came from Sennheiser's Orpheus haha. There was a lady listening to it but she herself was taken aback back the loundness and pulled it off.
     ^ Whiplash Modular cable with the adapters. 
    Unfortunately, destiny didn't want me to try it out as Dimitri remembered on Sunday after the show had ended that he had indeed brought a 3.5mm TRRS Whiplash cable terminated for the Sony ZX2. No worries :wink:
    Bought me some Ortofon ear tips.
    Aurisonics / Comply / Lotoo / Final Audio Design

    Following the IEM Basshead thread, I wanted to hear the ASG 2.5 to see how the basshead 'king' would compare to my EarWerkz Omega. Did only had the new series line-up.
    So I tried the Aurisonic Harmony. Oh boy that bass was head rattling haha, way too much for my taste. [I was told later by others that the Kicker had even more bass impact. brrr]
    If the ZX2 feels like a brick due to its weight, then the Paw Gold is an ingot. It sat firmly in my hand though. Yes very thick too. But the UI on the the Paw Gold was a delight. Fast, simple, convenient. So easily efficient to navigate from options to folders and all around. I quite liked the band spectrum. I like to learn visually what I'm hearing if that makes sense.
    Love that feature in Foobar2000. Helps me understand what's the frequency of things I'm hearing. And how much does my earphones present it. It could be a bit more reactive on the Paw Gold maybe, but maybe not worth losing battery life over it. The Paw Gold was a wee bit too trebly, but then again I only had my Creative EP830 to judge 'sigh'.
    The Paw 5000 is quite musical. Quite light. Has a nice form factor. The button layout is different than the Paw Gold. I thought the Paw Gold's button layout was more intuitive.
    I think the Paw 5000 would've been a Fiio X5 killer, but with the X5ii now I think not. But then again there's the new Cayin N5 out now which is very promising for that bracket.
     ^ My sister had seen these during her visit to e-earphone store in Tokyo a couple months ago. I told her to listen to them, they look good but are pricey.
    Now was my time to hear 'em. The line-up naming is too confusing. And that they look similar with color variance doesn't help at all. Like I've listened to two of them, the Heaven VI and Heaven VIII, but I'm not even able to 100% be sure. And that's after only 1 week's passing. I will definitely bring a notepad and a pen for future events like this.
    I'd personally opt for customs, which to me look way better visually or universals with faceplate customizations. Plus you're vulnerable on the lack of interchangeable cables.
    Estron Linum

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    The Danish company Estron was also present, and awaited by those longing for their chance to get a Linum Super Bax cable.
    Linum audio cables gained popularity with their super thin, aramid fiber strengthened SPC conductors making em nearly invisible to see, and providing a comfort that makes you forget they exist (2.7g), ideal for those wearing glass frames and over the ear C/IEMs.
    They look fragile but the normal Linum line as a pull strength of 60N or 13Lbs. The other caveat is the heavy coloration they can bring to your gear.
    The impedance of the Linum cable varies with the model. The BaX has 1.5 ohm, the Music has 2.0 ohm, and the Vocal has 4.5 ohm.
    One final thing that may be cause an issue was the short length between the Y split and the earpiece connectors.
    Enter the Super BaX. Headfiers who've been following Estron are aware that they are working on a release a mass produced version of the Super BaX. The improvements are as follow:
    0.75 ohm impedance, twice the pull strength, twice the amount of conductors, and a longer length between Y-split and earpiece connectors.
    Overseeing the Linum stand was Allan Sørrig, who's the sales director and co-owner and founder of Estron. I explained a bit embarrassed that I wanted to test the Super BaX for a few months now, but that I had no C/IEM with me at the moment to test the cables with my Sony ZX2. He immediately offered me a pair of demo CIEM, the Cosmic Ears CE6P. I had read a bit of its related thread but I hadn't heard them before, now was my opportunity to do so.
    I started with the Linum BaX TRS (1.5 ohm) + CE6P + ZX2 :  low and mids were muddy with thick bass. The pairing felt meh. The cable is kinda tangly/unruly.
    I then switched to the Super BaX TRS (0.75 ohm) + CE6P + ZX2 : I noticed as I was putting it on, that the length past the Y-split was indeed longer. When proceeding to repeat the same tracks the presentation was very distinctly different. The murky mud had gone. This ciem had a controlled tamed bass. And had a nice sound signature I liked. And I remembered that the CE6P was also affordable for a 6BA CIEM (£450).
    I then asked if it would be ever possible to like commission a pure silver Super Balanced BaX in 8 conductor flat braid with 3.5mm TRRS for balanced Sony ZX2/HIFIMAN, I said I knew that 8 conductor would be too much of a tight fit for the currently used small male 2 pin connector  or T2. That I could provide and mail my own plugs and connectors (was thinking Eidolic Tellurium 2pin barrel + Ranko REP-1040 3.5mm TRRS rhodium or Pailiccs angled barrel). Mr Sørrig replied that wouldn't be possible. But he then pulled a small bag from behind the table and told me that they had made another prototype Super Bax cable but this one in 3.5mm TRRS terminated for Sony ZX2 balanced ground!
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    It was high time to test it  Super BaX TRRS (0.75 ohm) + CE6P + ZX2: yeah well I might of heard a bit better separation and headstage width but I might not. I can't certify. I think I'd either need a quieter environment or more different tracks to discern sensibly. Or, it's just my brain bias. I mean as much as I could say it's a clear cut difference between BaX and Super BaX; with Super BaX TRS and TRRS I wouldn't dare proclaim a thing.
    The Super BaX having twice the conductor amount, is more docile and easier to manage. We have to wait for Q4 to be able to buy it for 250eur  VAT excl until Estron Vietnam and/or Estron China goes into full production.
    I stayed at the table but switched on seat to the right for the part of my journey.

    Estron was sharing the stand with the UK's stalwart hearing protection supporter ACS. I immediately recognized the person behind the stand from the ACS Banbury tour visit article I had read a few times; it was Andy Shiach, audiologist, founder and CEO of ACS.
    Mentioning that article made Andy roll is eyes haha. Aside for the overwhelming spelling errors, I remember it because it mentioned there were universal versions of the Encore Studio in the store for us in the near future.
    In the beginning of this year there was a show in the UK where some attendees were so compelled by the Encore Studio which they preferred over the Layla and Angie which had just been released, that they placed an order then and there.
    The Encore Studio is ACS' flagship 5 BA driver silicone ciem.
    Seeing as I had just tried the Super Bax TRRS, and that the CE6P and Encore Studio shared the same Linum T2 connector, I asked if I could try that cable with the Encore.
    Unfortunately when Alan or Andy tried to attach the SuperBax onto the Encore, the T2 plug didn't quite fit. So I got to audition the Encore Studio with the Linum BaX.
    The ZX2 + Linum BaX + Encore Studio + Spinfits gave me a sound signature that was somewhat around my alley. The bass had a nice impactful slam to it, but wasn't overwhelming me.
    The electric guitars sounded closer to my Omega, an aspect that I like a lot about them smooth non-harsh treble and not recessed. But it also shared one aspect I couldn't get used to on my Omega. When some voices make a sudden increase in volume, it sounds a bit uncontrolled explosive; like over-amplifying to the point of being aggressive on the ears.
    I hope I'm being able to convey my meaning. It's like a sound of 'paH' that's boomy instead of a 'paaa'. But anyway, on the Encore this was less pronounced yet still present.
    I really wish I could've heard it with the Super Bax even more now. Especially after seeing how it made a difference with the CE6P. And I found the CE6P to be close to the Encore, but with the Encore being better detailed and clear.
    In recurring threads about silicone vs acrylic ciems, I'll see some mention that their ears can get a bit warm, or sweaty with silicone. What concerns me in the event I ever get a silicone ciem, is ear irritation. I have a dermatographic condition which can sound funny: basically, I can run my nail along any area, scratch it just once, even if gently, and within a couple minutes it will go red and give a feeling of burning (like holding a lighter too long). When it happens in my ear it's quite annoying. Andy assured me that the medical silicone grade doesn't cause allergies or irritations. I asked Andy if I could maybe start of on the cheaper side, with silicone ear protection filters for example. So I'll see if my ears handle it well and this way I can further protect my ears from even more tinnitus damage.
    Before I joined Head-Fi, I had thought tinnitus to be an ear infection when you'd get a cold or something. I didn't know that the buzzing was tinnitus. To me I thought we were all hearing a buzz when in quiet environment. I don't even remember ever not hearing it. It's always there permanently. With hindsight I imagine the damage was done during the 3 concerts+2 festivals I've ever been to at around 18-23yo. I'd always be at the very front with nothing in my ears to protect them. Now I'm annoyed by noise in most restaurants and bars to the point I want to leave. 
    Andy detailed me all the different kinds of protection they offered for various situations, but he advised me the Pro17 filters. I agreed to it and he then took my ear impressions the old fashioned way (and my favorite way, it's so soothing when everything is blocked out), silicone syringe.
    I also bought an ACS Revivo sanitizer for ciem/iem maintenance. I already use small dessicant gel pack in the carrying case. I was even ready to buy a couple of the 10 dessicant gel packs to last me a while but Andy told me that it wasn't necessary. When it would turn black, I just have to pop it in the oven at 50 degrees Celsius for as long as it takes until it turns orange again. I tried to insist saying I wouldn't mind buying the 10 packs at all, he said he didn't have them that day, and again that the 1 dessicant that came with the Revivo was all I needed. I appreciate his honest integrity [​IMG].
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zwU-2HEam4  for those interested in how it operates.
    I tried my best to steady my hands for this iPad photo shot. I hope it benefits those that wanted a higher-res close up of the available colors ACS offers. A couple months ago I had contacted ACS to try to get a close up photo of the Smoke, Grey and Purple colors (when I was thinking of getting an Encore as my first ciem). This photo is real light conditions, no flash. Yes, the top 3 on the right and the grey one on bottom row have glitter.
     ^ I had seen a photo of this a few days prior to CanJam, and I thought, that's awesome, just what's needed for silicone customs who do face a certain disadvantage when it comes to customization and looks compared to acrylics. 
    Andy told me these were made very easily. You can have any motif, artwork, name, logo you want, and because silicone shells are filled, there's no risk of damaging the drivers/wires/tubes. You may wonder why am I saying this? Because those faceplates are not permanently attached to your ciem shell. Oh no, these are user removable and interchangeable! That's right! You can have one for each day, for each mood, to match your clothes or for color blocking desire. This is just a start, I'm sure of it. Soon I bet there will be either ACS or third parties making their own variants, with exotic materials, like silver plates etched, real jadeite carvings/grindings and so on. This might even surpass dare I say the prestige of a Prestige [​IMG]
    Sunday August 30
    Awesome morning (9am-1pm) by the registration room with the fellow volunteers . I was quite suprised at the amount of CanJam attendees that weren't from Head-Fi. Which I assume means it can only get bigger next year [​IMG]
    Got to listen to a DIY modded Beyerdynamic T70-T90  + cassette player setup from a headfier it was great. An open airy sound in a closed super light can.
    Met @musicday with his Tera+Portapro, and Chris Martens of HiFi+ we exchanged T-shirts [​IMG] , he also gave us each a copy of the current issue of HiFi+ which covers the HE-1000.
    Jaben Network

    Got to meet the famed "uncle Wilson" Yong. Bought me some more Spinfits haha. But the Spinfits weren't the only star of Jaben's stand. For they got something mighty good brewing and very affordable: the HyperDynamic iem.
     ^ I forgot to take a picture of it, but it looks almost like an unpainted Trinity Delta. It's 1BA Dynamic Driver + 1 piezoelectric transducer. Mr Wilson told me that they had tamed the piezo for music.
    I only got a few minutes of listening time to it, there was a queue for it :p It was popular amongst the volunteer crew. I quite liked its treble presentation and had nice punchy bass, but ut during my very short listening, I found it a bit thin in the mids with electric guitar distorsions. I wish I could've explored that more. 
    Mr Wilson put great emphasis on pricing it under $200.
    @Bobtrinity you gotta watch your back yo! [​IMG]

    Visiting the Creative room was a way for me to reconnect with my lost fanboism with the company. Being a pc gamer since very early age, I've had the pleasure of the sonic company of nearly each of their soundcards, from the first gen of SoundBlaster to fifth gen X-Fi one. After the end of the Mini-Disc era and the advent of MP3, I went through a lot of Creative players. From the MuVo 16MB to the Zen X-Fi 8GB. 
    X-7 white limited edition (more powerful) with the E-Mu bookshelf 2.0 speaker set. The X7 black normal edition is 35W+35W rated power, while the white is 37W+37W; 38W+38W and 50W+50W Max power respectively. Headphone Amp Out Impedance is 2.2 ohm on the black and 1 ohm on the white edition.
    The next time I'll upgrade my PC I will consider getting the X7 instead of buying a soundcard. The 2 beamforming mic seems nice for making a cone centered on you and reducing unwanted outside noise.
    Bluetooth speakers... something I'd like but unwilling to allocate a budget to at the moment. Plus I don't know the specs, comparisons, reviews of them.
    The differences between the Roar and Roar 2 were the size and weight, the bass ports on the lateral sides. Both have a memory slot with play buttons on the back, so it can play on its own too. We put one in the middle of the room and played a song from the laptop. The room was hmm I'd say like 8mx20m? I kept moving from spot to spot and the sound seemed to remain consistent and enjoyable. But like I said I don't have any practical knowledge of BT speakers.
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     ^ I wasn't interested by headphones or amps so I skipped these.
     ^ The MuVo compact waterproof bluetooth speaker. I was told they'd be 59eur in mainland Europe (they were 50pounds at the show). I tested it by turning it around facing the small alcove, to mimic a shower/small bathroom, did A/B with my iPad. If I do find one for 59eur around here, I'll definately get one for my daily shave/shower sessions. 
    Seminar: Ask the panelists
    Only managed to catch it mid-way. The panelists were from left to right: Ethan Opolion, Alan Sircom, Chris Martens and Jude Mansilla.
    There was an ongoing debate with the panelists and @Windsor and @Ra97oR. It transcended my knowledge but it was around room speakers and headphones, and if headphones should pursue after room speakers and the emerging trend that it's gettting more about personal audio, so it things might shift the other way around for mixing or mastering? I hope I didn't butcher the seminar content. I tagged both headfiers so feel free to correct me [​IMG]
    If someone filmed any of the three seminars I'd love to have a youtube link of it.
    Noble Audio pt.2
    Went back to Brannan and again all the seats were occupied but Brannan offered his own chair so I got to try the Kaiser Soze 10. I understood @jelt2359 when he said be like water my friend, quoting Bruce Lee in his Fit for a Bat review. It went nicely with the various songs I tried, but it still was a bit on the warm side (with my ZX2 more so). I think I'll be more content with the Savant. We'll see, we'll see.
    Jerry Harvey Audio

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    Left the Jerry Harvey Audio stand for last (were 30min left before the end of CanJam London 2015, and start of the SHaG drawing for the prizes).
    I tried the Angie first, saved the Layla for dead last. Didn't have time for the Roxanne or 13/16 (dunno if they had those).
    You'll notice these were from the lastest batch haha, perfect weave of the red and black CF. I tried at first with the tips they had, but I felt discomfort so I put on my own Spinfits. I still kept getting a minor seal loss in the left ear (I'd get more bass when I'd press against it). Played around with the bass pot dials.1-2'o clock was nice. 
    There's no way I'd wear universal ones. They are too huge. They'd be way too painful if lying on the side of a pillow. Customs would be the way to go if I'd ever want a JH.
    Moved on the the Layla to see if I'd get a bit smoother treble which I think I did. The headstage was better but I gotta say neither to me were that special. Maybe they'd warrant an extended time to access.
    My own conclusions regarding CIEMs is that well none of em floored me. Or created a feeling of I must have it now. Wish 1964Ears/64Audio would've been there to test the Adel 10 & 12, or SpiralEars for the 5 Way Ultimate. So for now it's a lie down and wait phase :)
    Scavenger Hunt And Give-away contest
     ^ Scavenger Hunt and Give-away prizes in the Virginia Woolf seminar room of the Hotel Russell.
    Oh how I wished I'd have won the QP1R [​IMG]
     ^ Headfier who won the SHaG prize Audio Technica ATH-MSR7
     ^ @mark2410 who had just won the HiFi+ contest's main prize: HIFIMAN HE-1000    Enjoy! 
    End of CanJam London 2015 and after-thoughts
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     ^ IEM Clinic packing up. Pretty collection of cases. But the A&K AKR-02 one though... hmmm.... [​IMG]
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    Ra97or listening to the HE-1000. (still haven't forgotten about your phone tips. Trying to find it here in Turkey Z2 and Z3 compact iirc ^^)
     ^ After CanJam London 2015's closing, at a Turkish restaurant nearby called Tas. Thank you very much Jude [​IMG]
    Things I missed and got no excuse:
    1. Orpheus
    2. Blue Note Hawaii + Stax SR-009
    3. HE-1000
    4. QP1R
    5. Ether Closed
    Things I've learned for next time around:
    1. bring a small notepad+pen, it can get hard to remember the differences when you hear a lot of gear.
    2. bring a reference dap+top isolating iem I know inside and out for optimal comparisons
    3. assemble a shortlist of tracks into one playlist of about 10-15min max to help me assess better
    4. read up beforehand so exhibitors don't have to repeat the same things (less taxing for them too :p)
    5. manage me time better
    To close my long winded post, I'd like to nominate myself as well for the CanJam Numpty, as I only had a Creative EP830 (came with my Zen X-Fi player) iem available at the time with me to well hmm, audition stuff. So I was too embarrassed to try out the AK380+Amp module, the QP1R, HifiMan 901s & others. [​IMG] Or how about missing out the prepaid for full English + continental breakfast on both days.
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  9. Cagin
    Damn, I feel bad now. Sorry Trev, did I mishandle them? Or is it bad juju? I got to listen to the Encore, but sadly not with the Super BaX. I still don't understand why it didn't. Maybe the demo Encore had a deeply recessed socket and they didn't want to risk any damage to the Super BaX prototypes if they'd have to pull out be the cable to remove the T2?
  10. Ra97oR
    Oh you Warren, so sneaky and mean. :p
  11. gr8soundz
    Let it crash!
    Thanks to all you've posted, this is the first time I feel like I was THERE without actually going.......
  12. miceblue
    I clicked on this thread to see Cagin's impressions. Instead, my browser nearly crashed trying to load 8762349527 photos and videos from the posts above. >.>
  13. bearFNF Contributor
    Ditto any way we can mod this so the photos are in spoiler boxes?
  14. Duncan Moderator
    FWIW London Bridge mentioned above is actually Tower Bridge, although to be fair, Maurice isn't the first person to get it wrong :)
  15. warrenpchi Administrator
    I'm thrilled that you had a good time!  That "laid back" feeling is one of the intangible qualities of a proper CanJam.  [​IMG]  Ours is a sincere and unique camaraderie, forged through years of online and offline friendships, that pervades the entire event.  It cannot be replicated, nor transplanted, and can only be fostered by all of us over time.  CanJams are created for Head-Fiers, by Head-Fiers, and there is no substitute.  Yes, we care about the gear.  And yes, we care even more about the music.  But truly, we care most about each other.  An authentic CanJam is just as much about community, if not more, than it is about commerce.
    Now that is dedication!  [​IMG]
    WOW!  [​IMG]
    I think it was a kind word that your ears were good enough to detect an imminent failure?  [​IMG]
    It's a tradition at meets and shows... one that they were kind enough to uphold on behalf of the rest of us.  [​IMG]
    Sorry about that... I've spoilered mine.  [​IMG] 
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