Report: Canjam Europe / Essen 2016 Part 2

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.) Part one is here and Part three here

Canjam Europe 2016 – Part 2

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

And so the report continues with the next brand!



Ever since Focal launched the Elear and Utopia, everyone has been talking about the French brand. For me personally it was the first time I heard both headphones but boy do I love them


Focal brought all there speaker experience to their headphones and the driver, especially the one of the Utopia looks very impressive


The $999 Elear was a great sounding headphone and while it it slightly different tuned than lets say the LCD2, HE-560 and the Sennheiser HD800, this headphone will over many hearts and ears. It for sure is a giant killer. I didn’t really like its looks though and the comfort to me wasn’t the best but the pads and sound were sublime.


The Utopia driver is on the left, obviously


The UTOPIA earpads don’t only look nice but they, together with the rest of the design, make it a very comfortable headphone. It doesn’t only look extremely good but its sound is out of this world. It’s like listening to really good speakers right next to your ear. It just might be one of the very best headphones out there and for $3999 it should be 😉


German Maestro

At a German show the German Maestro of course has to be present. They’re no stranger to us and their low priced headphones have found their way to Headfonia before. Right HERE.



The German Grado guys always come with a big booth and all of their models. There’s always so many people listening to the Grado headphones. I really like how they look and I do feel they keep getting better and better each year. The SR80 and the other low-end models still are the best selling one. And I agree, everyone should have has an SR-80 at some point.


The new GS-2000E looks really good and it sounds impressive on that tubes amp


But basically every single Grado looks good on a nice Sieveking stand, don’t they?




I have to admit I wasn’t really familiar with this brand but this HA-75 tube amp made an excellent pairing with the Kennerton Odin



The guys from can always be found in the same corner and they always bring heaps of top quality budget gear


One of the most popular items at their booth – just like last year- was the JDSLabs Element. It always fun listening to (and smelling) the CMOY amps


Star of their booth for me was the Fidue Sirius A91 with its 4BA + 1 DD combination, awesome sound for $899




I love how IFI works with the community to develop their units and as a result they have some really great gear. For my personal taste their amp sections are a bit too clinical but their DACs are great


I always love seeing those IFI racks with the iDSD and it’s brothers. Star of the IFI table however was the PRO iCan, Haja couldn’t stop talking about it so I think doing a review of it is inevitable


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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.

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