CanJam SoCal 2019

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Grover Neville  |  Jul 07, 2019  |  3 comments
Are headphones - all grown up? My big takeaway from CanJam Socal 2019 was just how far headphones have come in the last few years. There’s a real sense that the industry has ‘grown up’ and come into its own.
Grover Neville  |  Jul 05, 2019  |  0 comments
Meze made quite a splash with their Empyrean headphone, a top-tier planar magnetic model from the company that put out the 99 Classics was certainly something I had never expected to see.
Grover Neville  |  Jul 03, 2019  |  3 comments
I’ve mentioned that I enjoy Manley Labs gear before, but I had a chance to really sit down with the Absolute headamp this CanJam and take a deeper listen.
Grover Neville  |  Jul 02, 2019  |  0 comments
I stopped by the ZMF booth to say hi to the owners, Zach and Bevin Mehrbach, who are two of the nicest, most relaxed folks in the audio business.
Grover Neville  |  Jun 30, 2019  |  0 comments
Two companies that were part of the large Shenzen Audio booth were S.M.S.L. and Matrix Audio. The Matrix audio booth was showing a handful of all-in-one streaming, DAC and headphone amp models, as well as their flagship X-Sabre Pro. The Matrix models are mostly in the over $1,000 USD range, but looking at their feature sets it’s easy to see why.
Grover Neville  |  Jun 27, 2019  |  0 comments
I hit the room being shared Mr. Speakers and Headamp then something else caught my eye, which was a rather colorful headphone I’d never seen before from a company called Rosson Audio. After that it was a company I had not expected to see at this CanJam, or really any CanJam ever. Grado Labs.
Grover Neville  |  Jun 26, 2019  |  0 comments
I hit up the FiiO booth to listen to their new FH7 IEM and M11 DAP, both of which retail for $450 USD. A lot of my friends and new acquaintances had been telling me I absolutely had to hear the new FH7 IEM from FiiO. Moving on to other IEMS, another product that was getting highly positive show-floor comments was the Moondrop audio booth.
Grover Neville  |  Jun 24, 2019  |  2 comments
I stopped by the HyperX booth on Saturday mainly intending to take a break from more intensive listening, and found myself doing quite the opposite.
Grover Neville  |  Jun 23, 2019  |  0 comments
CanJam Socal 2019 really knows their audience – the show didn’t start until a leisurely 10 a.m. on Saturday, which seemed to go over pretty well with the attending crowd and exhibitors.
Grover Neville  |  Jun 22, 2019  |  0 comments
One thing the headphone community has always done well is meets. From manufacturers who generously bring gear and fund the larger affairs, to show organizers and most importantly, the attendees, every meet I’ve been to has been friendly, fun and informative.