Report: Canjam Europe / Essen 2016 Part 2

INEAR

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It’s always good chatting up with Marco at the show. Their StagDiver series simply are the best fitting universals in the world. The StageDiver 2 and 4 are two of my favorite universal IEMs.

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They of course also make custom molded versions for professionals and the new thing there was the possibility to personalize the face plates with leather

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The big news from Inear however was a new universal called the ProPhile-8 and Canjam Europe had the world première

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The ProPhile-8 is an 8 driver universal with a flat reference tuning and a double switch system. That makes it possible to have four! different sound signatures. The switches add 3db down below and 2db to the treble. Price if I’m not mistaken is €1295. A review will be on HFN soon!

KEF

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I was a little surprised to see KEF at the show but they sure did color up the room with their headphones and IEM.

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Kennerton

The Kennerton Odin that was playing with the above mentioned amp sounded incredibly good. So good in fact that I immediately wanted to buy one, until I was told the price (+$2K). A great headphone though!

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Lehmann Audio

The classic German Lehmann has given the community a lot of great amplifiers over the last few years

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Their new amp is called “The Drachenfels” and it is an analogue amp to which you can add a DAC card. I listened to them with my Obravo EAMT-1A and I really liked how it sounded. More soon!

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Lotoo Paw

KS distribution was showing a lot of brands of which Lotoo was one. The Gold DAP is one of the better high end DAPs and I’m sure everyone knows it

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I have always liked the P5000, it’s little brother, more though. It’s a back to basics DAP

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Malvalve

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Malvalve always has a wide selection of tube amps at the show and they’re always demoing their gear with a selection of the very best headphones from Audeze, Hifiman and Mr. Speakers

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This year they also brought this new headphone, which looks like an advanced version of the AKG K1000

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The unit is called Headphone 4, it’s still a prototype for now but the price will be around….€9000!

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The Headphone 4 is huge and it uses a double headband system to keep the headphone on your head. Everyone had a tough time listening to it because of the size and weight but Haja from Audiogarden.fr had no issues with it. I wonder why.

Manunta

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The Italian Manunta was displaying their complete (new) lineup with DACs, AMPs, PSU, etc etc etc

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I especially liked the EVO HPDAC TWO headphone amp/dac. It’s compact, looks great but isn’t the cheapest (+1K€)

You’ll find PART 3 of today’s report on the next page, right after the click HERE or below

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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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