Tokyo Headphone Festival 2013 Autumn

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Westone

Westone came with the UM10-20-30 as well as the World Premiere of the W10-20-30-40.

The UM10-20-30 are the updates of the UM1-2-3X. I listened to the 10 and 30 and felt that they were more balanced and felt more planted on the bass section (especially the UM10 in comparison to the UM1).  The mids on the UM3X has always felt too forward for me and the UM30 balanced that out better.

The W10-20-30-40 took a more linear, more monitoring like approach when compared to the old Westone W series. We all remember how much of a bassy IEM the W3 was. The new line up sort of took the previous generation W4 character and created a whole new line up based on that sound signature. The W40 itself felt more lively, spacious and dynamic — that was the pitfall of the W4 — when compared to the W4. The faceplates are now removable too, so you can use a combination of red-blue-black like on the picture.

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J-Phonic

Dual BA by Japanese manufacturer j-phonic. Very soft tone, spacious and smooth. Very unique tuning and I like it. Like trying to translate the stats sound into BAs. They had two models, the standard tuning and the treble tuning. It’s not like the standard tuning is bass heavy (remember, soft Stax like sound) and so I felt that the treble tuning is just too bright.

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A Westone W4 like shape, but much thinner and are more comfortable generally than the already superb Westones.

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This one is the treble tuned

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Available with different color shells.

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61 Comments

  • Reply January 14, 2014

    Gabriel

    do y’all have a full review of the SRH1540s planned any time soon? 🙂

    • Reply January 14, 2014

      dalethorn

      I have the 1540 – used it for a couple of months. It has a thick, dark sound – opposite of the 940/1440/1840 headphones. In fact, without EQ I think the treble level is too recessed for hi-fi listening, compared to other dark headphones that are better. The fit isn’t anywhere near as comfortable as the 1440 or 1840, and it’s extremely bulky – not suitable for portable use.

    • Reply January 15, 2014

      Mike

      Gabriel,
      I’ve been trying to get it from Shure US and they sent me to the local Shure distributor who apparently won’t get it until the next few months. This is what you get from being based from a country like mine.
      It’s a really nice headphone and my favourite among all the headphones Shure has released, even the SRH1840. The easy way to describe it is a HD650-like sound. Of course it won’t be identical and the bass slam is still not HD650 like, but it’s a warm full sound in a closed-back package. The fit and comfort is also an improvement from the SRH1840 which I already considered very comfy. What’s there not to like?
      I’ll see where things stand when the local Shure finally gets one for me to review. If they take too long, sometimes you just get tired of waiting and lost the drive to review it.

  • Reply December 1, 2013

    Dave Ulrich

    I will look forward to hearing how the hp-v1 compares to the Continental.

    • Reply December 2, 2013

      Mike

      Tonally the Continental V3 is darker..

  • Reply November 14, 2013

    Dave Ulrich

    Is there a ESRP or release date for the V1 or the A4?

  • Reply October 31, 2013

    youkeum

    Hello, Mike. Thanks for the review. I’m very interested in Dan’s Alpha dog. It looks great. Is it good for rock music? I’m a little bass type. I prefer the fostex th900’s sound. Before I saw this review, I have a plan to buy Lcd-xc, but it’s too expensive for me, so if the Alpha dog is good for rock music, Maybe I’ll choose this. Could you tell me about some comments?

    • Reply November 1, 2013

      Mike

      Hi,
      I think it’s good for Rock, but bass quantity is not as much as the TH900. I do think the alpha dog is more suited for Rock than the TH900 though.

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    dalethorn

    That ‘relaxed treble’ sounds like trouble right out of the box. The 1840 treble was perfect – just needed a better bass. If this treble (and I already ordered the 1540) is like the Momentum, it’ll be a disaster for jazz, classical etc. When the wire brushes stroke the cymbals with a good headphone, you can hear harmonics going out to infinity it seems, but with the Momentum it’s like “where are the harmonics?”

    • Reply October 28, 2013

      Mike

      I think the term I use to describe what you’re saying is recessed treble.

      • Reply October 29, 2013

        dalethorn

        Hopefully it’s not recessed much. If it becomes annoying, it will get a bad review. I watched the headfi video where the guy says that he found the Shure 1840 to have an elevated treble. Now the 1840 is not as bright as the Senn HD800, so maybe the headfi guy doesn’t like high frequencies. I did a little experiment with a few headphones a year ago, walking around outdoors. As I listened to several tracks, I would take the headphone off and listen to my environment – not a noisy environment BTW, just a quiet evening with people talking, animals making noise, water running, etc. There was a LOT more treble in the environment than with those treble-shy headphones.

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    Arkapol Saengdeejing

    Mike, Here are some pic.

    • Reply October 28, 2013

      Mike

      Thanks man! Did you get to try it?

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    George Lai

    Page 10 AK10 – pre ordered to pair with my iPhone 5. But launch delayed from end Oct to mid Nov.

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    George Lai

    Page 4 Shure 1540. YESSS bigger ear pads!

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    Mike

    Page 5 on #AudioTechica Balanced Armature IEMs, #Dita and #Ocharaku Donguri IEMs. http://www.headfonia.com/tokyo-headphone-festival-2013-autumn/5/

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    Mike

    Page 4 updated with #Shure1540 impressions http://www.headfonia.com/tokyo-headphone-festival-2013-autumn/4/

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    Mike

    Page 3 updated with #FostexRP, #Fostex HP-V1, and #Wagnus impressions

    http://www.headfonia.com/tokyo-headphone-festival-2013-autumn/3/

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    Mike

    Updated with #JHAudio Roxanne impressions

    http://www.headfonia.com/tokyo-headphone-festival-2013-autumn/2/

  • Reply October 28, 2013

    Gurtej Virdi

    Great pictures Mike, did you get a chance to check out the new Sony nw-zx1 Walkman?

    • Reply October 28, 2013

      Mike

      I was wondering if I missed any other products and it seems you just reminded me!

      • Reply October 28, 2013

        Gurtej Virdi

        Hope you get a chance to try it, looking forward to some impressions. 🙂

        • Reply October 28, 2013

          Mike

          No, sorry I missed that one!

          • Reply October 28, 2013

            Gurtej Virdi

            Oh right, that’s a shame, oh well until next time I guess.

            • Reply October 28, 2013

              Mike

              Yeah I do feel bad now. Those orthos man… Distracted me

  • Reply October 27, 2013

    Audi Ar

    The Roxanne from JH Audio , Awesome :3
    Is that Shure Connector a.k.a MMCX mike ?

    • Reply October 28, 2013

      Mike

      Good question, Audi. No it’s not Shure. Ive updated that section with a close up picture of the connector and also some explaining.

      • Reply October 29, 2013

        Audi Ar

        thx for additional information 😀
        can you describe what you heard from roxanne ?

        • Reply October 29, 2013

          L.

          I heard she didn’t have to put on the red light
          ^ ^

          • Reply October 29, 2013

            George Lai

            LOL

        • Reply October 29, 2013

          Mike

          I added the impression on the article, I believe page 2

  • Reply October 27, 2013

    MassiveTurboLag

    I find it odd that when I click on a photo it opens it the same size. What’s the point? It should open a full res gigantic photo.

    • Reply October 27, 2013

      L.

      I hope that’s humor I’m not getting?

      • Reply October 28, 2013

        MassiveTurboLag

        What am I missing here? I just expected photos to open big like they do for the reviews.

        • Reply October 28, 2013

          Mike

          You are right, Im doing this from my Samsung phone so maybe something is up with the WordPress app.

        • Reply October 28, 2013

          L.

          Like Mike pointed out, this is done on an S4. Not only did he go trough all the trouble to bring you live coverage of the event, he even got pictures up, all on his phone. So when someone comes along complaining the pics ain’t big enough, that gets on my nerves 😉

          • Reply October 28, 2013

            Mike

            Haha I’m okay L, thanks

          • Reply October 28, 2013

            George Lai

            Hear Hear.

  • Reply October 26, 2013

    Mike

    There are the majority of the photos, maybe 2-3 still left on my phone. Will add in the more in depth impression on Monday.. Have a nice weekend guys!

    • Reply October 27, 2013

      L.

      Well done Mike!

  • Reply October 26, 2013

    Sendy Ardiansyah

    Proud of you mike

    from bandung

  • Reply October 26, 2013

    George Lai

    That Shure sure looks good! Hope you will be reviewing that soon.

    • Reply October 26, 2013

      Mike

      Maybe not the Shure but something else

      • Reply October 26, 2013

        George Lai

        Based on the no. of photos on the first 4 pages, it’s probably the ATH quads.

        • Reply October 26, 2013

          Mike

          No its a headphone. 😉

          • Reply October 26, 2013

            George Lai

            I look forward to it since as you know I’m not an IEM man. I hope it’s the one with the red cups.

            • Reply October 26, 2013

              Mike

              UHH are we thinking of the same red cups? I love the alpha dog. The sound of it keeps on sounding on my head. Better than Smeggy’s.

              • Reply October 26, 2013

                George Lai

                Yes the alpha dogs. And wow, better than the Smeggy’s? I know you adore the Smeggy’s so I should order the Alpha Dogs too then.

                • Reply October 28, 2013

                  Mike

                  Yeah I think the Alpha Dogs are better. Ill write an impression on the Alpha Dog section comparing it to the Smeggy and also Fostex RP prototype.

              • Reply October 27, 2013

                Ken Stuart

                So it sounds like you prefer the Alpha Dog to the SRH-1540 in the realm of closed headphones ?

  • Reply October 26, 2013

    Marc

    I refresh this page more than I refresh my Twitter… and I’m a high school student!! Haha

    • Reply October 26, 2013

      Mike

      Thanks! More content coming. This is just about 30%.

  • Reply October 26, 2013

    George Lai

    Video blogging, Mike?

    • Reply October 26, 2013

      Mike

      Sorry I don’t do video.

      • Reply October 26, 2013

        George Lai

        That’s a shame. I wanted to see if you had steadier hands than Tyll in his recent Can Jam visit 😉
        Anyway photos are good too. Do take some of the exhibition room or hall.

        • Reply October 26, 2013

          Mike

          Ah I missed the wide angle shots George.

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