Yeah, you heard it right. The c-Jays carry an MSRP of 129$ USD, but Jays are giving away a pair from their blog. The good news? This ain’t another blow-over company. Jays’ earphones have garnered two GRAB ratings from TouchMyApps for their excellent sound quality and overall value. Few companies grasp both ideas but Jays are pretty well abreast both. The other good news? You just have to leave a nicely written comment on their blog to get your hands on a pair.
In the next few weeks, TMA will finish reviews of the v-Jays headphones and the one that started it all, the d-Jays balanced armature inner earphones. Contest rules are noted after the gap. Note: This is not a TouchMyApps contest. To enter the giveaway, you must Jay’s blog and leave your comments there.
Earsonics, a French producer of professional earphones, have broken into TMA with their SM2 DLX, a dual balanced armature professional in-ear stage monitor which is priced at 280 € in France, or 268€ outside the country . It both feels and performs worthy of its asking price and comes in your choice of the following three attires: black, crystal (clear), and white. Like the UM3X from Westone, Earsonics’ top-tier universal iem has been constructed to exacting standards and utilises the same cable type: a durable, non-microphonic twisted strand design which is a benchmark for cable quality. Also, like its American competitor, the SM2 is plagued by a dearth of accessories.
Want to read the entire 3000-post thread? No? Well I have and it has been a blast, but isn’t something easily summed up in a few words. DaveDerek, a headfi member went through the entire thread looking for hands-on impressions and photos, linking each into one of the best posts for people who are considering purchasing the JH13Pro. My own impressions will join that thread as well as a final review in about a month, but take a delicious look at what has been burning up the portable headphone section at Headfi.org.
If you don’t know, Headfi is largest English-language headphone-dedicated forum in the world. While headphiles (as some call us) are still counted among the geekiest of audiophiles, we get around. TouchMyApps will be reviewing a number of hi-end and bleeding hi-end custom earphones in the next month. Among these is the JH13Pro and the Westone ES3x which was mentioned earlier this morning.
I have picked off the links from Headfi and posted them below, but please check out the entire JH13Pro Appreciation thread.
In what is now absorbed in a flurry of sonic bliss and strange musical poses, yesterday, was a simple cardboard box. Yes, that is right, Felix received the Westone ES3X custom monitor and has been ordered to spend his days listening with renewed vigour (something he wasn’t about to cheat on anyway) to the customs until he can pump out a fitting review. He will be comparing Westone’s top of the range model to that of Jerry Harvey‘s similarly priced 10X3, another triple driver custom with a passive crossover network.
The two American headphones companies’ websites are below.
After 2008′s popular Image X5, which debuted at $100 less than the X10, Klipsch began expanding the affordable line of their inner earphones. In 2009, the S2 and S4 join the Image line at the more reasonable prices of $49.99 and $79.99. When Klipsch designed the new earphones, they utilised brand new drivers which were made specifically for their sound signature. So, the S4 houses a special 8mm dynamic driver which packs dual neodymium magnets and the audio performance for which Klipsch is famous. Happily, Klipsch also introduced the iPhone-friendly S4i which features a mic and remote and is priced at $99.99.
Ain’t sold on Apple’s ADDIEM (Apple Dual-Driver Inner Ear Monitor) and want to keep your Shure, Westone, Jays and Klipsch phones? Of course you do! Well, remote control is clearly out of the question, but at least you got the isolation and sound for which you dished out the big bucks eh? Well, you can’t have everything, right?
iLuv reckons you can. Their iEA15 resurrects the Apple controls which are lost when a user upgrades to higher quality earphones, yet retains a slim profile, and at 14.95$, it isn’t going to break the bank.
Audio Line Out (ALO), based in Oregon, USA, are masters of audio art. Their cables and line-out docks are among the best-built in the industry. Ken, ALO’s head, is always busy with some new project and this time, he is targeting the budding iPhone audiophile market with a top-secret new headphone amplifier – an amp whose spy-shots fell into my hands and whose final product will come to TMA for review! Following the break are a few details about the project.
My experience with wooden headphones began five years ago with Audio Technica’s Sovereign W1000, a beautiful lively headphone whose smoothness belies its price. Since then, there have been a few: Darth Beyers and Audio Technica’s ES9, but few companies have gone the extra step of pairing down their beautiful creations to the tiny real estate of an earphone or earbud. Mingo, home of a famous headphone shop in Hong Kong number among that handful. The WM-2 which comes in two flavours: bass (silver) and vocal (gold), is created from Longan wood and is an excellent-sounding debut model from the company.
Jays from Sweden joined the earphone market in 2006 with the balanced armature earphone, d-Jays. Since then, their engineers have been busy creating new technology and designs for their products. Later, they introduced the dynamic driver, j-Jays and the dual balanced armature, q-Jays that we tested in May 2009. Today, we have the s-Jays, an earphone that uses a new technology dubbed, ‘siren’, which refers to armature drivers which work similarly to moving coil drivers (dynamic). The drivers are designed to maximize low frequency performance and allow for high volume output without distortion. Jays has taken this technology and put it in their s-Jay, for the reasonable sum of $89.99.
Some of you may have never heard of Jays, Westone or even Sennheiser prior to our headphone reviews, so when I mention Jensen, Audiovox and Soundcat, you may be scratching your head. Well, the three have teamed up and created Ear Budeez, an upgrade earphone which is likely one of the least expensive on the market. Even in Canada, they can be found for less than 20$ – a nearly impossible feat – abroad, they are marketed starting at ~8$ US.