Blog: Canjam Europe 2017 – Berlin – Part 2


Sonarworks might just be the coolest discovery at the Berlin show. Long time HFN reader Rudolfs is now working for Sonarworks, and they have developed software that makes your headphones sound extremely good.

You have to hear it to believe it but they actually made that Marshall headphone you saw earlier in the report, sound like an audiophile grade headphone. The result with the HD800 was less impressive, simply because it already is a great headphone.

What Sonarworks basically does is measure headphones and then they create specific settings for that type of headphone. You can even finetune the level of bass or modify the sound based on your age, it was really impressive. They also made me listen to a Beats headphone, and while it sounded remarkably better, it still was pretty awful. You can also send in your own headphone and they will measure your specific unit and set the software for that exact headphone. (at a cost)

I expected this software to cost hundreds of Euri/Dollars but it’s going for only €79!! Anyway, check these guys out and try the free demo for yourself. You’ll be impressed, I promise.


For some reason the review of this excellent electrostat hasn’t happened yet. Nathan, are you keeping it just for yourself?


Astell&Kern was most present at the different booths but the excellent Sony NW-WMZ1 did show up at Sennheiser and Effect Audio. Sony just released a new firmware fr the 1Z and 1A, so don’t forget to update your player.


As popular as always.


Many people go crazy over their gear and I can fully see why

Phonitor, mmm

And how about this Phonitor Mini?


An audio show in Germany without STAX? Impossible!

The Stax brand is incredibly popular with the German audiophiles and that shows

It just might have been the biggest booth at the show in fact. Gear everywhere

Pretty headphones too

Or how about the Mini Stax?

With a mini amp

If you don’t like mini, there’s always this

Tim de Paravicini

I can hear you say: “Tim who?”. Right, you might want to google him. The amp sounded pretty good but at the same time it didn’t blow me away at the show.

Ultimate Ears

One of the only brands I don’t have in my CIEM collection yet

Must make some work of that because they make great sounding monitors


Nathan is a big fan of the brand. Yes, there are many people that do love Ultrasone

Most attention went to the Ultrasone Edition 15 which Nathan showed in his Picture Sunday article last week

Some more brands on the last page, together with our Show conclusion and show winners!! Click Click

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.


  • Reply November 10, 2017


    I’d love to see some higher resolution photos, if available

    Regardless, thanks for taking lots of them

    • Reply November 10, 2017


      It’s a choice to downgrade and downsize the pictures. With the number of visits we have it’s simply impossible to use high resolution pics.

      Also, I simply don’t have time to edit over 200 pictures for a show report. This isn’t a showcase, it’s just a report ????

  • Reply November 10, 2017


    Great overview of the canjam. Unfortunately Berlin was not possible for me, bit now I get a Great sense of it. I m really curious about the meier audio soul. I read his website aswell and it looks very promising.

  • Reply November 10, 2017


    it is Romania … and yeah .. great article 🙂

  • Reply November 12, 2017


    The Malvalve Headphone 4 hooked up to their impressive tube amp to me bests any electrostatic setup on the market. I can still feel the goosebumps from last year’s extensive audition. There wasn’t anything like it in Essen or London that was more involving. Wonderful to see they were in Berlin this year, they have even made (not so subtle 😉 ) adjustments to make them more comfortable. Now all they need to do is make them affordable and smaller and we have a winner!

  • Reply November 14, 2017


    Nice report for those ppl who can’t make it to the show! Just wondering as DAC, chord Hugo or mytek Brooklyn is better?

  • Reply November 19, 2017



    I saw the mx4 sounded great to you. Any thought about lcd-2 classic?


  • Reply November 19, 2017


    Well it’s the old lcd 2.1. It has been covered many times already

    • Reply November 19, 2017


      Ok, thanks. Since i just got my hands on a bakoon hpa-21, was wondering if getting this one was a good idea since bakoon amps work particulary well with audeze’s hp…or mx4 are just crazy good and worth saving more to get.. 🙂 ? I always wanted to try audeze hp but the weight was a dealbreaker…until now.
      Or any other suggestion of planar? (I also got the auris ha2-se, and one pair ether flow opened).

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