Custom Build Choices (Personalization)
Shortly before 64 Audio launched the N8, they introduced three other models, the A3e, A4t and A6t. With these new models they also brought new customization options for their customers.
At the very first step in 64’s designer tool you can pick between the m15 and m20 module. At first the only available option was the m15 module, but 64 Audio has responded to their customers and changed that.
When you’re at the step of colouring your N8’s you will be left with five different choices for the shell. Solid black, clear transparent, translucent blue, translucent red and charcoal. Before the introduction of their latest models there actually were only three options, I’m glad 64 now offers more choices.
There is a whole array of different picks for face plate picks. 22 standard colours (opaque and translucent), eight glitter options and four glow colours. These come at no additional costs. Ten different wood types are available for 50$ per side. Nine different Premium face plates are available as choices also for an upcharge between 30 and 50 USD. You can also add rhinestones and watch components on top of each face plate for an additional 100$ per side.
As a final step you can also add the company logo and the initials of Nathan East to your N8’s in silver or gold. The printing process for that has also been redone by 64. Now the printing looks more three-dimensional compared to before. Please note that you will not be able to put watch gear or rhinestones on your face plates when you chose to have printing on them.
In the final step of customization, you have the option to print something on your carrying case, either your name or even a picture.
My set features clear shells, black face plates, the NE initials and the 64 Audio logo in gold on top.
The chosen options have an impact on the final pricing of the N8 and makes it vary between 1699$ and 1999$.
I have been a fan of the simple packaging 64 Audio offers ever since I reviewed the A18. It’s very simplistic and does the trick. The N8 comes in a slightly different package, while the form factor still is the same, the looks have changed. The outer sleeve has been reworked to show the status the N8 enjoys within the lineup. You will find a photo of Nathan East enjoying his set of customs on top, when you look at the back you will also find a short story of how the N8 has been made, as well as information about apex and tia. Glide off the first layer and you’ll be greeted by three sentences of Nathan East about this collaboration.
Underneath that you will find the black hard-shell plastic carrying case and a round 64 Audio sticker. Also included is a quick start guide and volume advisory. A reason for me to use customs, actually the main reason why I got into this game, is to be able to listen at lower volumes to protect my hearing. It’s always important to save your hearing, without it this beautiful hobby will come to an earlier end that one might wish.
Included in the packaging is a cable that terminates to a 3.5 mm right-angled stereo jack. As part of the customization process you can also pick between white and black as well as the length of it. There is also a ear-wax removal tool and a shirt clip supplied.
All in all the packaging provided by 64 Audio is very basic, it does the trick, but one can argue it’s not the most luxurious out there. On the other hand, do you actually need more than the CIEMs and a carrying case?
The build quality of the N8 is very good, with no sharp corners or left-over glue anywhere to be found near the face plate or the 2-pin sockets. These sockets are for the first time recessed. All my previous 64 Audio customs came with flush sockets. Personally I prefer the non-recessed version, as cable-rolling is easier with this type.
There is no single air-bubble found even after close inspection. The dynamic driver uses a tube for pressure outlet, which can be found where the Antihelix meets the Concha area. Of course all that would not be noticed with a solid black shell.
I consider my 64 Audio custom in-ears to be the best fitting ones I have. The N8 is no exception there. It is truly impossible for me to break the seal, even with making the weirdest faces. The comfort of the N8 is also outstanding, where some other models push my canals too much and leave me with a pressure relieve feeling when I take them out, the N8 does not. I take it out and that’s it. Like I haven’t worn it at all.
Sound-impressions on page 3