Blog: Canjam London 2017 – Part 2


The UK based Snuggs has been in the media a lot lately. Basically what they do is make custom tips for you universal monitors, in all possible colors

The ear impression aren’t done like the ones Aid2hearing makes with the goo, but Snuggs used a scanner!

Of course I had to try it, and I look forward to my Snuggs. Hmm, that sounds weird.


I had heard the Model One before but this time Sonoma booked a private room at the show and I spent at least an hour in there. one word: SUBLIMITY. And then there’s the packaging…

The company is run by people who have a lot of experience with high resolution audio and the Model One shouldn’t be used with anything less

The headphone and DAC/AMP can only be used together. Why no other amp? Because no other amp on the market has what it takes to drive the Model One headphone

Together with the Sennheiser Orpheus, HE-1, the Shangri-La and Abyss, this is one of the best headphone systems I’ve ever listened to. I wish I could buy one but $6K is a little bit over my actual $0 budget.


Sony only had very interesting gear at their booth as far as I’m concerned and it was one of the tables I spent the longest time at

Of course the Japan team, they came in numbers, brought the MDR-Z1R headphone and I think everyone wanted to listen to it since Jude and Tyll got into a discussion about the measured 10K peak.

I’ve listened to the headphone on several occasions and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I really like it in combination with desktop sized amps, but I’m not a fan when connected directly to the brick of gold. (WM-1Z)

The WM-1Z is heavy, but just like the AK SP1000 it is an incredibly good sounding DAP. Both of these daps give you heaps of detail and dynamics but the SP1000 does it in a more analytical way, where the Sony makes it musical and smooth. They’re just very different, and both are really excellent in all possible ways.


Every show I go to I lten to at least one Stax system and while they without doubt sound good, I always feel something is missing. And I didn’t get that with the Sonoma Model One…


It looks like STAX has a serious new competitor…

The last Page of our London Show Report can be found on the last Page after the jump. You’ll also find the “Best Of Show” awards there.

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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 July 28, 2017

    Carl A

    Nice coverage and write-up.
    Many thanks.

  • Reply July 28, 2017


    That Sonoma System is the biggest disappointment i have listened to in the last 5 years. I had a chance to listen to this one at the HighEnd in Munich this year and it was a total letdown. Not only is the amp not capable of driving the headphone to a proper loud listening level, it also distorts really easy. I’m also glad that I am not the only one who thought about this one the way i did. What a waste of money.

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