CanJam London 2017 show – part four

Earphones and in-ear monitors,
Headphone amps and amp/DACs
CanJam London 2017 show – part four

In the penultimate section of our definitive multi-part round-up of the best personal audio products on show at CanJam London, 2017, Chris Martens and Alan Sircom run from Noble to Sony!

Noble Audio

Who? Brannan Mason, co-founder, Noble Audio

What? Noble Sage universal-fit earphone

When available? Now

How much? £549 or $599

Description: The Sage earphone is directly descended from one of Noble Audio’s most popular design: the critically acclaimed but now discontinued Savant earphone. The Sage is, as was the Savant, a two-driver design that improves upon the Savant design formula in two important ways. First, the Sage uses purpose-built and Noble-specified balanced armature drivers sourced from Knowles, and second the low-end driver of the age incorporates a revised vented port said to increase low-end extension, provide a slight lift in overall bass response, and to improve rendition of low frequency textures. The result sounds like a fundamentally better Savant, yet with no increase in price. Welcome detail touches include precision CNC-machined aluminium earpiece faceplates anodised in – what else? – an attractive shade of sage green. The Sage is hand assembled and precision matched.

What are you listening to? A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Buggin Out’, from Anthology


RHA Audio

Who? Calum Gracie, Community Officer, RHA Audio

What? RHA MA750 Wireless Bluetooth earphone

When available? Now

How much? £149.9 or $169.95

Description: Leveraging the design of RHA’s very popular and critically acclaimed MA750 earphone, the MA750 Wireless is in essence an MA750 that has been fitted with an elegant, necklace-type Bluetooth amp/DAC. As always, the earpieces of the MA750 wireless are made of stainless steel, while the earphones are supported by an extensive set of various types of ear tips. The necklace-type amp/DAC incorporates Bluetooth, aptX, and AAC technologies and is very easy to use. The amp/DAC affords 12 hours of playback time per charge. A built-in universal multi-function remote is incorporated into the signal cable leads running from the necklace-like amp DAC to the earphones.

What are you listening to? Muse’s Absolution


Rupert Neve Designs

Who? Josh Thomas, Rupert Neve Designs

What? Rupert Neve Designs RNHP studio-quality headphone amplifier

When available? Now

How much? £469 or $549

Description: The Rupert Neve Design RNHP is a no-nonsense, minimalist, studio quality headphone amplifier that offers the wonderfully well-rounded analogue audio sound for which Rupert Neve products—including some of the greatest studio recording consoles ever made—are famous. The RNHP provides three analogue inputs: balanced, single-ended, and 3.5mm analogue. Neve describes the RNHP as a ‘high power, high headroom’ design and it certainly sounds the part.

What are you listening to: Etta James’ At Last! And Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take Five’ from Time Out

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