Today we review the $349 USD Yanyin Canon Hybrid In-Ear Monitors.
Disclaimer: Linsoul sent us the Yanyin Canon IEM for this review, free of charge. As always, I am here to honestly convey my thoughts about the product to you.
Yanyin Technology Co. Ltd. is an audio company headquartered in Fuzhou, China. It was founded by passionate audiophiles who aim to develop IEMs with competitive audio performance at affordable prices. Yanyin got off to a very fast start in the industry and quickly gained many fans around the world. The company’s product range currently consists of 5 products in total. Today we’re going to take a look at the Canon IEMs.
Yanyin Canon Hybrid In-Ear Monitors
Let’s start with the configuration. The Canon is a hybrid monitor. Inside each shell, there are 5 drivers and the configuration is 4BA + 1DD. The Canon features a 3-band tuning switch. The bass, mid and treble ranges can be adjusted via this panel located on the back of each shell. Canon comes with a 3-way crossover system that Yanyin has been working on for a long time.
Canon’s configuration, according to Yanyin, is designed to be compatible with many different genres. The Canon, like other Yanyin products, comes with very good material quality. This time burgundy and gray colors are preferred for the acrylic shell. The design looks very good yet again. We reviewed Yanyin’s Moonlight IEMs over a week ago and our impressions were very positive. Let’s see if the performance of the Canon, which is half the price of the Moonlight, will make us happy.
The Canon comes with a silver-plated copper cable in a litz configuration. The hybrid IEM retails for $349 USD and can be purchased with 4.4mm, 2.5mm, or 3.5mm terminated cables.
Driver Configuration: Hybrid – x1 DD, x4 BA
Socket: 0.78mm – 2Pin
Housing: Medical-Grade Resin, Custom Faceplates
Cable: 1.2m SPC Litz
Packaging & Accessories
The Canon comes in a medium-sized box. The box looks elegant in design. When we open the box, we see 2 compartments. In the right compartment, you can find Canon’s warranty cards and documents containing the serial number. There are 8 pairs of tips in a small box under this card holder. In the left compartment, a very stylish carrying case welcomes us. The carrying case is tan colored and made of faux leather. Yanyin’s logo is embossed on the case and the material quality is quite nice.
Inside the carrying case, we see the Canon and the SPC cable. At first glance, the headphones look quite compact and I like the craftsmanship of the acrylic shell. Yanyin has analyzed the industry quite well. In my opinion, the only thing missing from the box is a few pairs of different tips. Other than that, the presentation, accessories, and material quality are pretty good.
In addition to the accessories mentioned above, the Canon comes with a silver plated copper litz cable. The 4 braid construction looks pretty nice with Yanyin’s custom connectors. The cable does not have a stiff jacket and the microphonics effect is quite minimal.
Overall, the unboxing experience, the material quality of the accessories, and the IEMs are quite good. It is clear that Yanyin has not opted for cheap products to reduce costs, which is admirable.
Design, Build & Fit
Yanyin Canon’s shells are made of high-quality medical-grade resin. Yanyin’s meticulous team makes each set by hand and each set comes with a unique design. I like the theme that Yanyin has followed with the Canon. The designers have found a nice harmony between Burgundy and dark gray. The glittery texture used in the shell and the glossy lacquer on the outside make for a really elegant set of In-Ear monitors in my opinion.
Unlike Moonlight, the Canon’s shell is completely opaque and it is not possible to see through it. Canon comes with a metal nozzle and uses the same metal mesh filter as the Moonlight. The shell is quite compact, the form factor is quite good for a headphone with 5 drivers inside. The shell structure is very similar to custom in-ear monitors. The inner side is shaped to grip the cochlea area. There is also a dynamic driver ventilation port just above the switches on the back of the shell.
Canon is written in silver letters on the right faceplate of the headset. On the left, Yanyin’s logo is also placed in silver. I really like Yanyin’s logo, which looks like 3 squares intertwined and looks very elegant on the earphones. If you read our review from over a week ago, we praised Moonlight’s QC grade and spoke very highly of it. The same is true for Canon. There are any craftsmanship issues on the monitor at all.
The nozzle diameter is pretty widely used so I had no problems tip-rolling with the Canon. As usual, my go-to tips were the JVC Spiral Dots and Moondrop Spring Tips. As for the removable cable socket, the Canon uses 0.78mm 2-pin connectors. The included cable is a tight fit, so I’d be careful and use the wiggle remove method for the first removal. As I mentioned before, the Canon is compact, compared to Moonlight and nearly all the other tribrids.
It is very comfortable to wear and it does not irritate my ears even after really long listening sessions. I usually work whilst listening to IEMs and my experience with the Canon is really positive. As for the isolation, thanks to the solid acrylic shell, it provides great passive isolation for a universal IEM.
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