Blog: High End Munich & Canjam Europe 2018 – Picture Report Part 1


It’s been a bit quiet at Beyerdynamic lately but I can assure you they’ll have news for you at IFA later this year..

I’m a big fan of the Beyerdynamic headphones and I’m not the only one, their booth was always very crowded

In my opinion the Xelento universal IEMs don’t get the praise they deserve, in the $1K price class they’re an absolute killer

The Aventho Wireless will be the next Beyer review on HFN for that matter

And their A2 amp is pretty nice as well, I just wish it was fully balanced.


Now this isn’t about a specific brand but if you’re a cable fetishist, then the Munich show is THE place to be. Power cable, interconnects, headphones cables, etc. They have it all there.


As said, the European -non Headfi- Canjam was hosted at the same time as the High End show. I wish I would have had more time to spend there as they had interesting gear. I wasn’t the only one to think so, as it was always very crowded.

The Canjam location was also awesome. Really beautiful.

Carot One

I admit I’ve not had the pleasure to listen to one yet, but as I’m a big tube fan, I know I one day will


Definitely one of the brands to go to the show for. Cayin was presenting a new Portable player, the N8, their 300B desktop headphone amp and their newest DAC. All top quality gear.

The 300B amp actually could be seen at several other booths. I found some time to listen to it and I have to say it sounded exceptionally good.

With our with the cage, the 300B amp looks gorgeous/impressive.

The unit we were interested in most however of course was the N8 DAP.

The N8 is a reference portable player and it features a 3.5mm single ended output as well as a 4.4mm balanced output. The nice thing is that there’s actually a nutube integrated inside!

As you can expect from a reference model, the details really do matter and the N8 looks unique.

As we’re used to from Cayin, they offer an impressive number of connectivity options

And then there’s the very impressive set of accessories that come with the N8. It’s price is estimated between $3K and $3.2K. Soon on HFN, where else.

If the N8 is out of your league, you can always count on the Cayin N5ii, which is an incredible DAP as well

A lot more goodies on Page four, after the click HERE

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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 May 22, 2018


    Waiting for Billie Jean Review ????

  • Reply May 22, 2018

    Carl A

    Excellent coverage.
    I’m waiting til you can reveal the news you mentioned in the Audioquest part. Maybe something re- Skylar …?

  • Reply July 4, 2018


    Hey Lieven, I have been searching for comparisons of Astell&Kern SR15 and the AK70ii. Did you get a chance to try the SR15? If yes, how is it compared to the AK70ii?


    • Reply July 6, 2018


      I only quickly got to listen to it in Munich. the SR15 samples aren’t available yet so I4m waiting for it just like everyone else. Soon I hope 🙂

      • Reply July 6, 2018


        How was your first impression of the SR15? I’m actually considering to buy a DAP instead of upgrading my IEM.

        Currently, I’m using a Shure SE215SPE with AresII Cable,V-MODA Crossfade Wireless, and ATH-M50. Do you think buying a DAP will be more beneficial than buying a $500 – $1000 IEM?

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