Review: AAW Canary – Overcoming Gravity

AAW Canary

In this review we’re checking out the latest flagship introduced by AAW. It’s a triple hybrid design that uses dual electrostatic tweeters.

Disclaimer: AAW provided the Canary free of charge for our honest opinion. I only had to pay to import the final product into Austria. AAW is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity.

About Advanced AcousticWerkes:

Advanced AcousticWerkes is a Singaporean brand of custom and universal In Ear Monitors. They have been around for a little while already. Their W900 hybrid monitor has been very popular especially.

Key products of theirs are the A2H – which was one of the first hybrid CIEMs, the W500, the W900 as well as Nightingale and Canary.

We have covered one of their latest models, the Nightingale, just recently. If you want to learn more about their planar magnetic IEM you can do so here.

Their line-up consists of many hybrid designs and AAW has been pushing them a lot since their launch. Earlier this year, AAW has introduced their first ever triple hybrid model – the Canary.

AAW Canary

AAW Canary

About Canary:

Canary replaced their W900 as flagship model and sits at the very top of AAW’s line-up. It uses two 6 mm isobaric dynamic drivers for lows, four balanced armature drivers for mids and highs and two electrostatic super tweeters. It features a flat impedance curve with an average below 12 Ohms, which means that you can use Canary carefree with any source, no matter the output impedance.

AAW’s latest and greatest uses a four way passive crossover system and three sound bores. Its sensitivity is measured at 100dB at 1 kHz. This makes Canary a moderately easy to drive IEM and you shouldn’t have to worry about not having enough juice to drive it.

When we look at the product page on AAW’s website we’ll also learn that it has a measured frequency response from 5 Hz all the way up to 100 kHz. AAW does not indicate the dB variations here though, so we can’t take that much out of it after all.

Canary is available as custom and universal IEM through AAW’s website or one of their many dealers. It retails for 2,199 USD in universal form. There is no price mentioned for the custom Canary, but AAW has confirmed that it sells for 2,499 USD.

The current build time for one set of Canary is 4-6 weeks.

More about AAW’s latest on page two.

4.5/5 - (155 votes)

A daytime code monkey with a passion for audio and his kids, Linus tends to look at gear with a technical approach, trying to understand why certain things sound the way they do. When there is no music around, Linus goes the extra mile and annoys the hell out of his colleagues with low level beatboxing.


  • Reply June 14, 2019


    plz comparison canary vs hyla te5b.

    • Reply June 20, 2019


      Hi Majid,
      sorry for the late reply.
      don’t have the 5B, can’t compare them. sorry.

  • Reply October 17, 2020

    Rahul Singhal

    I’m a sound engineer so my hearing is my livelihood. I’ve just started researching headphones (again) and much of what I read is opinion and mostly unsupported assertions. Can you point me to some research that supports your comments regarding the superiority of using over-ear headphones. ” Supra-aural earphones don’t send sound vibrations directly into your eardrum

  • Reply December 23, 2020


    My Canarys must have any issue because mids are horrible, worst I’ve ever heard, bass is lacking hard and soundstage is narrow. LCD-i4 sounds much, much, MUCH better, is night and day difference. I would have rate these 7 out of 10 to be generous with AAW.

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