Hi-Fi+ Interviews Jude Mansilla of Head-Fi and Ethan Opolion of CanJam Global - Part 2

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

Hi-Fi+: Do CanJam events appeal primarily to Head-Fi ‘insiders’ or do they also attract newcomers looking to learn more about headphones and personal audio—or perhaps a bit of both?

EO: That’s an excellent question. There is definitely an element of both. We have many of our local Head-Fi members that will attend CanJam and also have Head-Fi members that will travel in. For example, our CanJam Singapore event attracts visitors from the entire region including China, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, and others. More recently, we’re seeing a trend of newcomers visiting the shows and this is exciting for us as the word gets out. From our perspective, anyone that enjoys listening to music can find something that can enhance their music listening experience at CanJam.

Hi-Fi+: CanJam London is rapidly approaching. What can attendees look forward to seeing, hearing, and doing at the event?

EO: CanJam London is coming up on July 15-16 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in Central London. It will be our biggest CanJam London event yet and we’re very excited about it. We’ll have the world’s most exclusive headphone system, the Sennheiser HE 1 on hand, as well as the exclusive private demos of the Smyth Research A16 Realizer, and the final production unit of the Sonoma Acoustics Model One electrostatic headphone system. Some notable products to check out include the new STAX SRM-T8000 amplifier, the new Chord Hugo 2 DAC/amp, the new flagship Astell+Kern A&Ultima SP1000 portable player, and the new Tia Fourte flagship earphone from 64 Audio.


Hi-Fi+: When you listen to music for personal enjoyment (and not for work), do you listen through speaker-based systems, or through headphone or earphone based systems, or perhaps all of the above—depending on your mood or the setting?

JM: I listen to loudspeakers when I can. Currently I use the KEF LS50. I also have a Naim MuSo at the office. I'm currently looking to add some active studio monitors, but haven't yet decided on which ones to go with.

Overwhelmingly, though, I listen through headphones and in-ear monitors—they suit my lifestyle more. I'm a Head-Fi'er!

EO: I’m passionate about music and listen to music every day. While I do have a nice pair of Neumann studio monitors on my desk, I primarily listen to music through headphones.

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