02 Apr How to Level Up Your Audio Without Going Broke
We visit CanJam 2019 in Singapore to check out the best value for money to upgrade your audio arsenal.
CanJam, produced by Head-Fi.org – the world’s largest online audio community, is the premier headphone audio show with annual events in New York City, Singapore, Los Angeles, London, Denver, and Shanghai.
CanJam is the headphone audio industry’s leading platform for exhibiting brands to expand their product distribution channels, interact with their customers and industry peers. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to check out the latest tech, innovations and advancements in Audio.
Upgrading your audio experience, be it headphones, converters, amplifiers or the like can put quite a dent in your bank account. At CanJam Singapore 2019, I was able to check out some of the best audio upgrades that are music to your ears, and don’t cost an arm and a leg.
RHA TRUECONNECT – True Wireless Earphones
The RHA TrueConnect combines stylish, subtle design, IPX5 sweat and weather resistance, and intuitive device and call control in earpieces. Its stem design is both stylish and functional as it improves call and streaming quality,
The TrueConnect earphones carry 5 hours of charge; with another 20 hours in the metal-reinforced, flip charging case. From empty, the earphones can be charged to 50% in just 15 minutes.
Price range: SGD 288
Mojo by Chord Electronics – Powerful Digital-to-Analogue Convertor (DAC)
The extremely compact Mojo, might just be the world’s most advanced portable digital to analogue converter DAC/Headphone amplifier.
Developed using technology from Chord’s Hugo, it’s older, bigger, more powerful (and expensive) brother, packs a punch and will not only make your music sound better, but will drive any pair of headphones.
Best of all, you can pair Mojo with your Smartphone, tablet, music player, DAP, games console, PC, Mac, or almost anything that allows audio out via USB, Optical, or Coax.
Price range: SGD 450
M11 by Fiio – Android based Portable Lossless Music Player
Fiio’s M11, powered by the Samsung Exynos 7822 chipset, offers high resolution audio playback in both wired and wireless setup. The M11 uses 2 AKM AK4493 DACs to decode your music.
Using Bluetooth 4.2 technology, the M11 can transmit and receive several hi-definition music formats. the high-performance Bluetooth radio ensures you can transmit signals further, more reliably.
Another great feature is the availability of 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm ports for all your headphone needs.
Price range: SGD 679
Customized In-Ear Monitors by Stealth Sonics
Stealth Sonics began developing hearing aids before moving into the musical aspect of the audio spectrum. The group have taken their learnings and research from developing medical-grade equiptment, to hand-craft in-ear monitor systems that are as unique as you are.
They have the ability to tune their In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) to your ear’s natural acoustics to offer the utmost sonic accuracy and advanced hearing protection.
Stealth Sonics offer a full range of universal and custom-fit options, at competitive prices.
Price range: Starts at USD 249 (universal), USD 499 (custom)
Mobius, the Planar Magnetic Gaming Headset from Audeze
Mobius is the first premium high-end, fully immersive 3D cinematic audio and head tracking-enabled headphone designed specifically for gamers. Mobius harnesses Audeze’s award-winning planar magnetic technologies to unlock the full potential of gaming audio.
With fully-integrated surround sound functionality, Mobius produces cinematic experiences you would find in a theatre. Unplug and listen to music, binge watch Netflix, or re-watch Game of Thrones in full 360 surround sound audio.
Price range: SGD 629
Beyerdynamics Enters the Gaming and Vlogging Arena – FOX USB Studio Microphone
An icon in the music industry, Germany’s Beyerdynamics needs little introduction. However, moving slightly away from the high-quality headphones, microphones, and conference systems, they’ve released their first USB studio condenser microphone.
The Fox is a 24 Bit 96 kHz studio grade condenser microphone that has what you need to set up or start your own podcast, video-blog or Smule arrangements.
It carries the signature Beyerdynamic sound profile. So if your a fan of the brand, at this price point, it’s a no brainer. It is also availlable in a Team Tygr package with the TYGR 300R headset.
Price range: SGD 250 (mic), SGD 559 (Team Tygr)