Best of HFN – Canjam Europe 2016 awards
Best inear monitor
RHA did bring the ceramic CL1 and Headsound the Fidue Sirius (A91) but for me the award goes to the German Inear with their new ProPhile-8, the 8-driver universal in matte black with the double bass and treble switch for finetuning.
Best desktop amplifier
There were lots of good amps at the show but the one that seduced me most was the Serbian Auris HA2-SE. Not only does it have the looks but the sound was simply breathtaking.
Best portable dac/amp combo
Even though it isn’t fully finished yet, the RHA DACAMP L1 takes the prize. It’s affordable, sounds great, easily connects to your sources over OTG and it can drive as good as anything on the market. The only downside might be that they used a mini XLR for their balanced output. I wished they had just used the 2.5 mm out.
It’s the Astell&Kern AK380 and it won’t be a surprise for many. No the AK380 isn’t “new” anymore but it simply is one of, if not the best for now.
The Focal Utopia for the moment just might be the best affordable headphone in the world. While it certainly isn’t cheap – it goes for $3999 – it do is one of the best headphones I have ever heard. And it looks good.
RME ADI-2 PRO