Show Report: CanJam SoCal 2015 – Part 3

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

Wilson Audio
Represented by its regional dealer Audio Salon, Wilson Audio used CanJam for what we believe to be the first public demonstration of its eagerly awaited Sabrina three-way floorstanding loudspeaker ($15,900/pair).

The speakers, driven by new-generation Audio Alchemy electronics and fed by an Aurender server, sounded spectacularly good. Despite the Sabrina’s moderate size, the sound it produced was big, full-bodied, articulate, and offered killer dynamics to boot. My thought: The Sabrina may be one of the most accessible and immediately likable Wilson models I’ve heard in a long time. Well done, Wilson!

Woo Audio
Woo Audio showed its latest prototype of a yet-to-be-named battery powered, valve-driven, portable headphone amp/DAC whose DAC section supports 32/192 PCM files.

Listeners at CanJam were impressed with the portable unit’s ability to sound more like a set of high quality headphone amp/DAC separates than a typical portable unit. Pricing has not been set at this time, but expect something in the $1,500+ range.

WyWires, along with a handful of other astute cable makers, has realised that headphones can benefit significantly from signal cable upgrades.

Accordingly, WyWires offers its new Red-series cable with terminations appropriate for many of today’s most popular high-performance models. Pricing for Red-series signal cable sets starts around $239, depending on length and configuration.

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