InnerFidelity Update April 2017
Not a lot of new measurements in this update as most were also reviewed, but a couple of new ones of interest. Most model names at the beginning of the paragraph link to the measurements or are to be found in the copy; links to reviews are included where relevant as well.
As usual I've updated the AllGraphs.pdf of course, and added the cans to the measurement datasheets page. I've also linked to the measurement sheets to the headphone name in paragraphs below. New additions include:
AKG K1000 - A classic headphone the deserved to have been in the measurements bank for a long time..big thinks to Yaluen for making it happen! Short article on the measurements here, and a little discovery on the weird isolation measurements.
Bowers & Wilkins P7 - Measured both wirelessly and wired these are a terrific sounding sealed wireless headphone. As I wrote in my review, the P7 ticks all the boxes for the mobile audiophile. A Wall of Famer for sure.
JBL Everest Elite 700 - When measured wirelessly, wired active, or wired passive, the EE700 seems to be the first JBL headphone to receive the trickle down research from Sean Olive and friends. Yupper, my review is quite positive.
Massdrop E-Mu Purpleheart - Blinged out with this lovely lavender wood, The Massdrop E-Mu Purpleheart is a re-woodied E-Mu Walnut I reviewed positively here. I've got to hand it to Massdrop, they regularly pick winners.
Meze IEMs - I'm going to have to listen a bit more, but measurements of the 11 Neo and 12 Classics IEMs show a warm and well behaved earphone. Initial listening confirms a warm and inviting sound. I'll be listening some more.
MrSpeakers Aeon Pre-Production - I usually don't measure anything but production headphones, but man am I glad I made an exception in this case. Initial production run for pre-order customers has product slated to begin shipping before months end. Hard to know how soon I'll get to hear this hen's tooth, but that pre-production unit looks good on paper and sounded damned good for the two days I had it here.
MrSpeakers Ether C Flow w/E-Stat Pads - Another package to show up on my front porch was a pair of MrSpeaker ear pads for their upcoming electrostatic headphone. Dan said they sounded pretty good on the C Flow, so I measured them. Personally, I preferred the stock pads for a bit more presence.
Sony MDR-1000X - Lots of stuff going on here, so I measured this headphone: wired passive; wired ANC active, wireless ANC off, and wireless ANC on. A warm and pleasant sounding headphone in all but passive wired mode, but not quite good enough to knock the Bose QC35 off the Wall of Fame. Review here.
If anyone has a pair of Sony R10 they want to let me measure, I'd greatly appreciate it. Until then, the Sony MDR-CD3000 is likely the closest thing we'll get. As I recall, the CD3000 is a little brighter than the R10, but it's still a lovely vintage headphone. Again, big thanks to Yaluen for sending it in.
Bunch o' Stax - And yet again one more thanks to Yaluen for sending in his collection of Stax cans. He allowed us to add numerous Stax estats to the page including: 4070; Lambda Nova Signature; SR-1; SR-3; Alpha Pro Excellent; Alpha Pro Excellent with Yax 1 Pads; SR-Gamma Pro; SR-L300; SR-Lambda Signature; and SR-X/MK-3 Pro.
Still getting snow once or twice a week at night here in Montana. But the grass is peaking out...winter is over...ahhhhhhh.