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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  • George Lai

    Video blogging, Mike?

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Sorry I don’t do video.

      • 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.

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          Ah I missed the wide angle shots George.

  • Marc

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

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

  • George Lai

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

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Maybe not the Shure but something else

      • George Lai

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

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          No its a headphone. ;)

          • 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.

            • http://www.headfonia.com 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.

              • 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.

                • http://www.headfonia.com 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.

              • Ken Stuart

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

  • Sendy Ardiansyah

    Proud of you mike

    from bandung

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Thanks man!

  • http://www.headfonia.com 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!

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

      Well done Mike!

  • 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.

    • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

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

      • MassiveTurboLag

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

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ 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 ;)

          • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

            Haha I’m okay L, thanks

          • George Lai

            Hear Hear.

  • Audi Ar

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

    • http://www.headfonia.com 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.

      • Audi Ar

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

        • http://www.headfonia.com/ L.

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

          • George Lai

            LOL

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

  • Gurtej Virdi

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

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

      • Gurtej Virdi

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

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          No, sorry I missed that one!

          • Gurtej Virdi

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

            • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

  • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

    Updated with #JHAudio Roxanne impressions

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

  • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

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

  • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

  • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

  • George Lai

    Page 4 Shure 1540. YESSS bigger ear pads!

  • George Lai

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

  • Arkapol Saengdeejing

    Mike, Here are some pic.

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Thanks man! Did you get to try it?

      • Arkapol Saengdeejing

        Which one?

        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          Ah sorry thought you were posting photos of the Sony

          Thanks for those photos though! DSLR? Looks a lot better than the one I took.

      • Arkapol Saengdeejing
        • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

          Wow the pictures are awesome. I looked at those photos and immediately wanted to do the festival all over again.

  • 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?”

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

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

      • 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.

  • 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?

    • http://www.headfonia.com 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.

  • Dave Ulrich

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

  • Dave Ulrich

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

    • http://www.headfonia.com Mike

      Tonally the Continental V3 is darker..

  • Gabriel

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

    • 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.

    • http://www.headfonia.com 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.