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Feb 19, 2023 at 3:55 PM Post #49,291 of 87,303
Those of you going to CanJam and have not heard Eclipse, I encourage a listen - especially if appreciative of single DD goodness, or in this case, the active/passive dual implementation. I'm listening yet again tonight, so smooth and immersive, but with great detail and a fantastic stage - the bass really does dig deep, and provides a nice shelf to inject a hint of warmth across the FR. Very much under the radar still in my opinion!
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 4:31 PM Post #49,293 of 87,303
Two more days and we'll find out :D
Emerald and Solaris 🤭
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Feb 19, 2023 at 4:32 PM Post #49,294 of 87,303
The Trifecta and Supermoon both qualify as "truly new" imho.
I didnt mean that in a disparaging way. I know those are both new releases. I only meant something truly new from the current crop of releases they teased last week. Supermoon at this point is probably not something I am interested even if they do finally have a widely available uni, and the trifecta is just far beyond my comfort zone price wise. But if there is nothing I am interested in, probably for the best, for the wallet.
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 4:37 PM Post #49,295 of 87,303
I like it a lot and it fits quite well with the type of music I mainly listen to at the moment. The discography costs only 21€ and I will buy it.

Do you have any other recommendations?

















This just came out today and I love it already:

 
Feb 19, 2023 at 5:03 PM Post #49,296 of 87,303
Those of you going to CanJam and have not heard Eclipse, I encourage a listen - especially if appreciative of single DD goodness, or in this case, the active/passive dual implementation. I'm listening yet again tonight, so smooth and immersive, but with great detail and a fantastic stage - the bass really does dig deep, and provides a nice shelf to inject a hint of warmth across the FR. Very much under the radar still in my opinion!
Just added it to my Demo list. Thanks for the reminder.
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 5:17 PM Post #49,298 of 87,303
CanJam preview video:



First look at new Solaris and Andromeda confirmed from CFA...OMG. Still watching the video. Elysian seems to still be about Diva and Anni...nothing of VE or EE that I can see yet.

I like the little hand on the new CFA packaging that can be used to hold the cable. As Jude said, you just have to like that detail.
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 5:51 PM Post #49,299 of 87,303
Looks like PW has officially released the cable that came with the UM Le Jardin? I loved this with the Jewel when I got to demo the LJ.

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Also some other one (where do these names come from?) 😂

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The stock Mentor cable is a Meet Agains?

I own a Meet Agains that came with the Le Jardin and it doesn't look, nor feel like the Mentor stock cable. I have not tried to listen to them. So, I guess it's possible. The weave at a minimum is different.
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 5:54 PM Post #49,300 of 87,303
The stock Mentor cable is a Meet Agains?

I own a Meet Agains that came with the Le Jardin and it doesn't look, nor feel like the Mentor stock cable. I have not tried to listen to them. So, I guess it's possible. The weave at a minimum is different.
Mentor comes with Deep of universe shielding cable.

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Feb 19, 2023 at 5:54 PM Post #49,301 of 87,303
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RIP screws on the faceplate, the new Andro looks more comfortable but less I dunno, iconic? Those edgy shells were hard to mistake with anything else. But I dig the Storm inspired (by time of appearence I guess) faceplate of the Solaris
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 5:57 PM Post #49,302 of 87,303
The stock Mentor cable is a Meet Agains?

I own a Meet Agains that came with the Le Jardin and it doesn't look, nor feel like the Mentor stock cable. I have not tried to listen to them. So, I guess it's possible. The weave at a minimum is different.
Nope.
Mentor comes with Deep of universe shielding cable.

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Correct. They’re different cables.
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 6:04 PM Post #49,303 of 87,303
Actually for CPA, their naming makes more sense compared to new names every year. It will be like a car model, CFA Solaris 2023, Andromeda 2023.
 
Feb 19, 2023 at 6:11 PM Post #49,304 of 87,303
It's been 6 months since I updated my top 12 headphone and IEMs ranking list. This list is a ranking of what I own in my collection. It is aligned with my taste in music and musical preferences and there are some very worthy IEMs that may rank higher from a pure sound point of view, but I didn't include them here because for whatever reason I chose something else over them.

What's different this time around is that I actually spent a lot of time listening to various combinations of IEMs, Cables and DAPs to determine optimal synergy. My favorite cable and DAP pairing and Headphone/DAC/AMP combinations are included in parentheses. Readers should note that my approach toward building a collection is a specialist approach. I am looking for the absolute best of each sound attribute that strikes my fancy. Generalists don't tend to do as well with me as something that is the best at one thing and nothing else.

Noticeably missing is A&K Odyssey since I have not bought it yet. Waiting to see what Empire Ears comes up with this year.

I am very happy with this collection as it covers my entire music library with most of the flavors of sound I really love. I do not expect it to change much over time now. Will more likely be substitutions as really great new product offers get introduced into the market.

Last note is that I have found that headphone synergy with DACs and Amps is much more important than with IEMs. So, if I were to own different DACs and Amps, my headphone rankings may change dramatically.


Top 12 IEMs
  1. Fir Audio XE6 CIEM (Iliad + RS8)
  2. Unique Melody Red Halo FE (FT Shielding + N8ii)
  3. Aroma Jewel (Aeneid + RS8)
  4. Noble Audio Ragnar (Magnus 4 + 1ZM2)
  5. Campfire Audio Trifecta (Centurion + RS8)
  6. Unique Melody Jade Mentor (Ode to Laura + 1ZM2)
  7. Elysian Acoustic Labs Annihilator (Venom + RS8)
  8. Sony Z1R (Leonidas II Octa + 1ZM2)
  9. Noble Audio Kublai Khan (Stock + N8ii)
  10. Softears Turii ti (Stock + RS8)
  11. Vision Ears EXT (First Times + N8ii)
  12. Fir Audio Ne4 CIEM (Stock XE6 cable + N8ii)

Top 12 Headphones
  1. STAX SR-X9000 (stock + Mscaler/TT2/Mjolnir Carbon)
  2. ZMF Caldera (Silvergarde S4 + Holo May/Ferrum Orr)
  3. Hifiman Susvara (Vykari + Mscaler/TT2/Rockwell)
  4. Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC (Superconductor +Mscaler/TT2/Rockwell)
  5. Focal Utopia 2018 (Lazuli Reference + Holo May/Ferrum Orr)
  6. Stax SR-007mki (stock + Mscaler/TT2/Mjolnir Carbon)
  7. ZMF Atrium Koa (Drausk + Holo May/Ferrum Orr)
  8. T+A Solitaire P (TBD + Hiby RS8)
  9. ZMF Verite Closed Koa (2K Copper + Mscaler/TT2/Rockwell)
  10. Hifiman HE1000v2 (Silvergarde S3C + Holo May/Ferrum Orr )
  11. Sennheiser HD800S (Draug 3SC + Mscaler/TT2/Rockwell)
  12. Focal Clear OG (Audiophile Ninja + Holo May/Ferrum Orr)
 
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Feb 19, 2023 at 6:11 PM Post #49,305 of 87,303
Wondering how canjam is with disabled accessibility. Not even sure I'll be able to go. Managed to tear my calf badly on Friday. Trying to get a surgical consult this week but I'm barely managing on a cane. If im able to go at all itll most definitely be in a wheelchair.
Yeah, this sucks...
Sorry to hear this. Several years ago, I tore my calf in one of my morning run when I tried to catch the pedestrian light a few days before my business trip. I ended up still managed to make to the trip in Seattle, limping all the way. It was not a fun experience.
 

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