Show Report: CanJam SoCal 2015 – Part 3

Earphones and in-ear monitors,
Headphone amps and amp/DACs
Show Report: CanJam SoCal 2015 – Part 3

This is the third and final segment of the Hi-Fi+ report from CanJam SoCal 2015—a continuation from Part 1 and Part 2 published last week.

oBravo’s David Teng demonstrated his firm’s hybrid dynamic-driver/AMT-driver HAMT-1 headphone ($1,900) as recently reviewed in Hi-Fi+. 

In a brief conversation with Teng, we learned that oBravo does still plan to bring out a slightly cost reduced version of the HAMT-1 that will be called the HRIB-1 and that will be based upon the hybrid combination of a dynamic driver and ribbon-type driver. The HRIB-1 (projected price $1,700) will come out later in the year as will a yet-to-be-introduced oBravo in-ear model.

Olasonic offers sweet relief for listeners for whom space is at a premium in the form of three adorable Nano Compo series mini-components—all with footprints not much larger than a CD case! The three models shown at CanJam were the Nano Compo CD-1 disc transport ($799.95), D-1 44.1kHz – 192kHz-capable DAC with four digital inputs ($799.95), and the UA-1 integrated amplifier ($799.95), which produces 18Wpc and provides three digital and one line-level analogue input.

Our thought: These components could be ideal for bedroom, dorm room, or office use. They’re very small, but also very attractive and appealing to use.

Oppo Digital
Oppo Digital Chief Technology Officer Jason Liao was demonstrating a host of new or recently launched Oppo headphone products, including the PM-2 planar magnetic headphones ($699 –essentially a cost reduced but not performance inhibited version of the firm’s flagship PM-1 headphone) and the new PM-3 closed-back planar magnetic headphone ($399), whose sensitivity and voicing are both geared for on-the-go listeners who will be powering the headphones directly from smartphones or tablets.

Peachtree Audio
Many audiophiles are familiar with Peachtree’s affordable yet high-performance integrated amplifier/DACs, but now the firm stands poised to enter the personal audio world with its soon-to-be-released Shift portable headphone amplifier/DAC ($399).  The Shift features a 32/384 PCM and DSD64/128-capable DAC, an Apple Lightning connection with charge option, an Android/PC USB input.

The Shift, whose chassis is made of aluminium partially clad in leather, comes with a custom leather carrying case plus a set of Apple Lightning, Android, and PC cable. A fixed output level switch allows the Shift to serve as a standalone DAC in a full-size hi-fi system.

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