CanJam SoCal 2016 Report, Part 3

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Earphones and in-ear monitors,
Headphone amps and amp/DACs

 

1More

La Jolla, CA-based 1More (pronounced “one more”) is a company dedicated to reducing the typically high prices charged for multi-driver universal-fit earphones. In fact, pricing for the entire range of 1More earphones and headphones is skewed toward the affordable end of the spectrum. Thus, the firm’s IM301 single-driver earphone, which features a triple-layer dynamic driver, is priced at just $29.99. In turn, the firm’s EM323 dual-driver earphone combines a dynamic mid-bass driver plus a balanced armature-type driver cover upper mids and highs and is priced at $79.99.

Finally, at the top of the range, the firm’s flagship E1001 tripe-driver earphone couples a dynamic mid-bass driver with two balanced armature-type drivers and is priced at $99.99. Voicing for the E1101 Luca Bignardi, a veteran producer, mixer, and sound engineer, influenced the voicing and tuning of the E1001. Hi-Fi+ has received an evaluation sample of the E1001, which may become a review subject in the future.

The firm’s E801 over-the-ear headphones are likewise affordably priced at $79.99, with a self-powered, E801-based Bluetooth version on the product roadmap for the future.


 

Onkyo

Onkyo’s primary product release for CanJam SoCal 2016 involved its powerful and flexible new DP-X1 Android-based portable digital audio player/streamer ($799). The DP-X1 features 32GB of on-board memory with capacity for up to 432GB via two Micro SD card slots (each slot capable of handling a card of up to 200GB capacity), plus an impressive array of audiophile-friendly features. For example, the DP-X1 is a dual DAC/dual amp design that is MQA-ready and that provides both single-ended and balanced headphone outputs, plus micro USB/OTG digital outputs.

The DAC section of the player can decode PCM files up to resolutions of 24/384, as well as DSD 64 and 128 files. Finally, the player offers Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity and a colourful 4.7-inch capacitive touch screen. Power output is a respectable (though not overwhelming) 75mW per channel @ 32-Ohms in single-ended mode or 150mW per channel @ 32 Ohms in balanced output mode.

The closer you look, the more it seems this Onkyo is well-positioned to do battle with far more costly models from competitors such as Astell & Kern.

 

Oppo Digital

Oppo previewed an interesting new personal audio product in the form of its upcoming Sonica self-powered Bluetooth/Wi-Fi enabled speaker system, which should appear in Q4 of this year and is expected to sell for about $299. Apart from this rudimentary information, few other concrete details on the Sonica were available at show time.

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