Disclaimer: The Jomo Audio Flamenco was sent to us free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion. Jomo is not a site partner and we paid for taking the impressing and shipping them all the way to Singapore.
Jomo Audio (& Effect Audio)
Jomo Audio was founded in Singapore by a broadcast engineer who has first-hand experience to the video and audio content creation in studio, live mixing and post-production every day. The Jomo series IEMs were designed to recreate the exact form of music recorded in the studio. The founder (Joseph Mou, hence the JoMo brand name) was highly inspired by the Japanese craftsmanship and spent months on research and experimenting in order to deliver the finest IEM for musicians, worship groups and audiophiles. (cfr their Bio).
Next to making customs, Jomo Audio also makes universal IEMs, sells hearing protection, IEM drying devices, custom inear sleeves, accessories and Linum and Effect Audio cables. Effect Audio is another company from Singapore I like. Suyang and Eric always are a pleasure to deal with and for the creation of the Jomo Samba these two companies teamed up together and the Samba monitor is only using EA’s Ares II cable for internal and external wiring. In this review I’ll cover both the Jomo Flamenco (not internally wired with Ares II) as well as the Ares II cable.
The Flamenco & Ares II
According to Joseph, the Samba is the result of their extensive R&D. Unlike their other monitors, the Flamenco, together with the Samba and Jomo 6R is part of their Pro Audio series. The Jomo 5 we reviewed a while ago is part of the Jomo Series and they also have Signature Series where the CIEMs with the craziest designs can be found.
The Flamenco comes packed with 11 balanced armature drivers and according to Jomo it was designed to completely fulfill the name of “Customization”. Not only can you customize the look of your personal in-ears, but you can also have your personal sound signature using the double switch system. That’s right, Joseph integrated a switch for the lows as well as for the highs. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this (think Inear ProPhile 8 in example) and it certainly won’t be the last either.
Whether to use it as a reference monitor to work with your mixing with both switches down, jamming the drum hard in your band with the bass boost, or for some recreational listening during your daily urban commute, Flamenco is offering you the ultimate possibility of customized sound experience you can ever have.
The eleven Balanced Armature drivers can be found in the following configuration: one sub, double low, quad mids, two highs and two super highs. This way the Flamenco covers the entire range with the most detail possible. All this works together using a five-way crossover system. Using the switches you don’t get one but four different sound signatures. The up position of the switches turns on the bass and treble boost (see images). The Flamenco comes with three metal sound bores and unlike the Samba – which uses Ares II cable on the inside – the Flamenco uses Silver Plated Copper for the internal litz wiring. You still get the Effect Audio Ares II as the stock cable.
The Flamenco’s Frequency Response is 20Hz – 40kHz (Theoretical) and it has a sensitivity of 106dB at an impedance of 35 ohms @ 1K Hz. The noise isolation level is 26dB +/- 3dB(Custom Version).
The Effect audio Ares II cable is part of EA’s Premium series and it is a reworked version of their famous Ares cable. It now features better ergonomics, more balance, treble extension and vocals. The Ares II also has a new geometry design. The Ares II is made out of 26 AWG UPOCC Litz Copper in a proprietary Multi-Size Stranded design within a single encapsulation. Even though sound quality is the critical factor in determining an upgrade cable’s worth, the tensile strength and flexibility matters too. The reworked insulation features high tensile strength and flexibility, while adding as little weight as possible.
In contrary to a normal review I will use the same breakdown as I always do for my Custom Inear reviews:
- Build quality & Comfort
- Price & Accessories
- Customer Service
The Jomo Flamenco review continues after the click here or the jump below