Head-Fi is without a doubt the largest online community of headphone and personal audio enthusiasts in the world, while CanJam Global is an organisation that, under the auspices of Head-Fi, produces an international series of headphone and personal audio expositions. Together, Head-Fi and CanJam Global represent the ‘tip of the spear’ in the rapidly expanding movement toward wider enjoyment of all things headphone-related.
Here, Hi-Fi+ magazine (itself a leading proponent of high performance personal audio) takes a moment to interview Head-Fi founder Jude Mansilla and CanJam Global head Ethan Opolion.
This is Part 2 of a two-part interview. Click here to return to Part 1
Hi-Fi+: How did the idea for holding CanJam events originate and when was the first CanJam held?
JM and EO: What we now call CanJam stems from a community-organized event in 2006 that was called the National Head-Fi Meet. There had been a growing number of locally organized Head-Fi Meets, and an enterprising team from our New York community thought a national-class event was possible, and organized the National Head-Fi Meet (also with the help of Tyll Hertsens, then of HeadRoom Corporation, and now of InnerFidelity). The following year, it was called HeadFest in California. In 2008, it was called CanJam for the first time. Since then, CanJams have taken place in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, London, Singapore, and at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver.