Report: Canjam Europe / Essen 2016 Part 1

Disclaimer: Headfonia is media partner of Canjam Europe / Essen. The community area was “organized” by the Headfonia and Canjam Europe team. Canjam Europe isn’t related to the Head-Fi Canjam events in any way, just to make this clear (again). There are Three parts. Two and Three are HERE and HERE.

Canjam Europe 2016

It’s the event a lot of European personal audio fans have been looking out for the last few months. Canjam Europe delivered with yet another successful edition, one that went by way too fast. The list with the exhibiting brands again was very long but we managed to get almost everything done over two full days. In total I took about 700 pictures at the show, of which you’ll get to see around 200 in this picture report. Because of the large number of pictures, the report will be split up in three parts and it will be published over the same amount of days.

Next to that I’ll be naming the Best of Canjam Europe 2016 units for the following categories at the end of the series:

  • Best inear monitor
  • Best desktop amplifier
  • Best portable dac/amp combo
  • Best DAP
  • Best Headphone
  • To Follow

The lighting inside the showroom this year seemed even worse than last year, so I’m not always happy with the picture quality. But on to the – more or less in alphabetical order – photo report!

1 More


The three-person team brought a lot of gear for just one table and they had one of the best placed table right at the entrance and exit. We know 1 More especially from Paul’s 1More Piston Earbud & Voice review but they havegotten quite good reviews for their triple driver inears all over the www. Certainly a brand to watch.


More and more companies now are in to 3D-Printing their own headphones, or at least parts of it and this “school” has been present the last few years at the show.


After a lot of printing you get these kind of headphones



That iBasso DX80 was the only iBasso player I spotted at the show and I’m not surprised by this actually. I have one here for review supplied by and I just can’t get to love it. Power to the discontinued DX90!



The Singapore based Advanced AcousticWerkes was also at the show showing off their universal and custom designs. Their booth was always pretty crowded and I know I sent a lot of people to their stand to check them out. We haven’t reviewed them yet but never say never.



Almost every booth where portable players were used to demo units was using Astell&Kern music players and that comes to no surprise. While they are relatively expensive everyone loves their sound and design. Count me a fan as well.


Of course the 3XX models were the most popular at the show although everyone at the show agreed the cheepest model, the K70, was one of their best units. Just like we’ve reported a few weeks ago, here and here. Next to their DAPs, Astell&Kern were also showing the new analog to Digital recorder and the brand new XB10, their latest high quality Bluetooth unit we’ll be looking at very soon.



The AK XB10 uses aptX™ HD technology, the latest Bluetooth codec from Qualcomm. 24-bit HD audio that was simply not possible with previous Bluetooth technologies but can now be fully enjoyed with aptX™ HD. Of course they also brought their line-up of universal inears in cooperation with JH.



Like each year AKG was present as well and this year they were mostly showing of the AKG K812. Did I ever tell you the AKG K414P onear was one of my first headphones? (If you read last year’s report, I did 😉 )



We’re also working on the Massdrop AKG K7XX review, it’ll be online soon if Berkhan finds some time. And of course it isn’t a real headphone show if the classic AKG K1000 isn’t there





Lately it seemed to get quieter around the popular Audeze but the Sine and iSine put them right back on the map. Almost all stands were also using their headphone models for demoing gear. For some reason however I missed the Audeze LCD-4. Or maybe there wasn’t one at the show, hmm.




The Audeze LCD-XC and X are two very popular closed and open models but comfort wise these aren’t the best. Sound wise however I still love them very much. Audeze didn’t only bring their full sized units, they also had the award winning Sine and brand new iSine at the show. Unfortunately I didn’t get to take a sample home as they still didn’t get any deliveries. At the end of the show on of the isine’s right channel also died, no idea what happened there.



I have to say I quite like Audeze and their house sound, but I never really liked the EL-8 units


Lately Audeze has also been looking to the headphone amplifier market and they showed both the Deckard and the King at the show:




It continues on Page 2, after the JUMP

5/5 - (5 votes)

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 October 1, 2016


    Did you get a chance to try out the new Oriolus Mellianus / Forsteni and compare them to the current ones? Any ideas on the price tag on the Mellianus?

  • Reply October 1, 2016

    Barun C

    Nice photos Lieven. Either you changed the camera or you tweaked the settings in the camera or with a editing SW, cause photos are crisp and clear, exposure, shadows have been enhanced, along with lens correction, good job.

    Lot of new stuff, which is nice to see. Will be waiting for Part 2.


  • Reply October 1, 2016


    Same camera Barun. I must have gotten better at photoshop 😉
    Part Two is now online!

  • Reply October 2, 2016

    Rasmus Horn

    So nice to see the pictures and read the impressions. I missed being there this year but I couldn’t make it. I am looking forward to read more about the new 8-driver IEM from InEar.

    • Reply October 2, 2016

      Rasmus Horn

      AND the new Meier Soul amplifier… wow!!! I wish I could have listened to that one.

  • Reply November 28, 2016


    Haha! My old Lime Ears 🙂 Good to know they are doing good!

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