Disclaimer: The Shinola Canfield Over Ear headphones have been supplied by the manufacturer for this review. Shinola is not affiliated to Headfonia in any way and is not a sponsor of this site. Many thanks for the opportunity.
Shinola is a Detroid based manufacturer of watches and lifestyle gear. The produce a wide range of different products and have recently stepped into the audio world with their Runwell turntable. Their audio branche is headed by Alex Rosson. This name might ring a bell for some people in our part of the audio lands, as Alex Rosson was formerly the CEO of Audeze. He is directly responsible for the famous LCD series. It only makes sense that he has lead Shinola to release their first headphones to the audiophile community.
As far as I know most, if not all, their products are manufactured in the USA. They put high value and focus on the design of their products, and it is no surprise the Canfield oozes of style.
About Canfield Over Ear:
The Canfield Over Ear is one of two headphones under the Shinola name, the other being the On Ear counterpart. The headphones themselves are characterized as fully closed back circumaural headphones with a dynamic driver. This driver is 50 Millimetres in size, whereas the On Ear has a smaller driver (40 mm).
With a rated impedance of 41 Ohms and an efficiency of 115 Decibels SPL @ 1 kHz, the Over Ear is an easy to drive headphone that should not have any problem being fed by a smartphone. In fact, the supplied 3.5 mm cable also has an inline remote and a microphone built-in. This implies it is perfectly suitable to be used as a headset on the go. Shinola states that the frequency response of the Canfield goes from 20 Hertz all the way up to 24 Kilohertz.
The Shinola Canfield Over Ear can be yours for 450$ and comes in different colour variations. My sample is the silver and cognac mix. You can also get it in black and silver or shiny black.
The Canfield comes in a very luxurious and nice packaging, that certainly reflects its pricepoint. The box is covered by a slip-over canvas that shows the headphones in the middle and a small notification in the bottom left corner which tells you that it is made for the iProducts by Apple. I assume this means the in-line remote commands are set for iPhones etc, I did not try out if they also work with Android. Get rid of the canvas and you will be looking at the box in which the headphones are safely stored. Once that box is opened you’re greeted by a soft-shell protection and carrying case. Under this case there’s the warranty card, a short instructions-booklet and a silica gel pillow to keep your new toys humidity-free.
Of course also supplied in the package are the headphones themselves, a mini-jack terminated cable, a 6.35 mm adapter and a cable pouch that moonlights as a polishing cloth.
One thing that I could not get out of my head when seeing the Canfield headphones was that they, to me at least, strongly resemble another pair of headphones that has made waves for its design and seems to be very popular for new audiophiles. I still think they very much look like the Beoplay headphones. Don’t take that as bad criticism, they look fabulous in my opinion.
When I first had the Canfield Over Ear in my hands I was impressed by the high quality and great craftsmanship these seem to carry. The earcups are made of aluminium and have Shinola’s logo centered on both sides. The complete headphone is built using top level materials. Leather and aluminium is what my eyes spot the most.
The earcups can be adjusted in height by gliding up and down the slider. Unfortunately it seems this headphone is not built for the biggest heads out there, as the adjustment is rather limited. For my person that’s not a problem, but I imagine not everyone will be able to use these headphones. In my opinion that should be something for Shinola to consider changing.
Each earcup also is able to pivot a quarter turn, this makes it easier to carry around in a bag. The supplied transportation case certainly is shaped to be used with the earcups tilted flat.
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