Just four days ago 64 Audio has officially launched their signature monitor – the N8. This was created in collaboration with Nathan East, a very successful musician. N8 – N eight – Nate, get it? We do see more and more collaborations happening in the custom IEM scene lately, and I think it’s great that manufacturers reach out to the pros for feedback on their tuning.
The N8 has been known to happen for a few months already, I think it started at NAMM in early spring this year. It was also then when 64 Audio has asked me to be part of the selected reviewers who they want to work with. Of course I couldn’t resist to accept that offer.
A tiny bit on specifications: The N8 is a hybrid IEM that uses a nine Millimeter dynamic driver for bass, six balanced armatures for mids, one for upper mids and a single TIA high driver for treble. The TIA driver is a 64 Audio proprietary hat-less balanced armature that delivers exceptional sonics. Unlike most of their IEMs, the N8 comes exclusively in a custom form. There are also no plans to offer it as a universal.
If you have read my recent reviews of 64 Audio products, you know that I am very impressed by their sound and also the fact that they do things a little different. I admire people who think outside the box and redefine the possible. With the N8, 64 Audio has done it once again. Unlike any other manufacturer, to my knowledge, they are not using a tube to bring the sound of the dynamic driver to your eardrum, but rather they use the shell as tube-alternative.
I have had the N8 for the better part of a week now, and while it is still running-in the dynamic driver, I can already say that it is pretty different to all my other 64 Audio monitors. It is the warmest and smoothest of my collection and to me it’s clear that it was tuned in conjunction with a bass player. Don’t take that as a bad thing, the bass might be more forward, but that doesn’t stop the rest of the audio bands to sound really good. What I especially noticed, is that even though the bass takes the most prominent place in the signature, the treble does not have any difficulty to sound clear and clean at all. The beauty of the TIA driver. I won’t say too much now, as I don’t do detailed early impressions, as they to me don’t reflect a 100% solid opinion. Also I don’t want to waste your appetite for the full length review. 😉
Speaking of which, of course it will contain comparisons to its siblings of the 64 Audio family as well as some interesting competitors. All will happen in a timely manner, just keep your eyes on Headfonia.