Note: About three months ago, we were contacted by Joseph from Jomo Audio regarding a review of his newest reference flagship, the 6R. The unit in this review was provided free of charge.
The CIEM business, at least to the general public, is much more of a niche circle compared to universal IEMs or headphones. That might explain why CIEM makers are more rare compared to IEM makers. Yet, every year, more and more companies dive into the business. As a consumer, it’s a welcoming phenomenon, as it means the market gets more diverse and competitive with the addition of new companies.
Jomo Audio is a fairly new company based in Singapore. They’ve been around for over a year, but they haven’t really received much attention outside of Singapore. In Singapore, they’re known for great value CIEMs, and their prices do tend to be typically less than the more costly UE or JH Audio products that their products can compete sonically.
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Note: Perfect Seal graciously provided the AR6 in this review.
Perfect Seal Laboratories, based in Wichita Kansas, is a relatively new company in the increasingly popular custom in-ear market. The company is run by Mike Martinez, and while Perfect Seal might be new to the Head-Fi community, Mike is certainly not new to the industry. He previously worked for an early industry lab that made monitors for Sensaphonics and Fireside, in which everything was dynamic driver based at that time.
Before getting into the model being reviewed here, I wanted to share a Q&A I recently had with Mike, so he can shed a light on the Perfect Seal team and how he approaches the tunings that make up the Perfect Seal line-up:
Continue reading “Perfect Seal AR6: Ambiance and Reference Defined”
Editor’s Note: shotgunshane was able to get a 10-day loan of the Empire Ears’ universal lineup; read the introduction, or jump straight to sound impressions…
By now most of you have probably heard of EarWerkz , perhaps from one of our reports on the company (read more) and their previous flagship Legend CIEM (read more); many of you might even be owners of an EarWerkz product as I am.
But in case you didn’t know, I’m sad to report, EarWerkz is no more; but before you shed tears and scream to the audio gods, “Why hath thou forsaken me!”, you should know that Jack and team are back for the attack, this time as Empire Ears. The King is dead, long live the King! Continue reading “The Empire Strikes Back: Empire Ears Line-up Overview”
Founded by an Osakan man with a full head of hair and a hope to spread the spirit of porta-fi to the masses, E-Earphone is one of Japan’s premier personal audio store chains, with storefronts in both Tokyo and Osaka metropolises.
Its aisles upon aisles of headphones and earphones are famed to the enthusiast community, and when the CIEM specialty store opened its doors last August, Nathan of OHM Image and Headfonia went to take a look (link). This glowing report of toys abound convinced me that it had to be a must-see stop while I was on vacation in Tokyo last month. Continue reading “The Biz: E-Earphone’s CIEM Store in Akihabara, Tokyo”
It’s the Barry White of custom monitors.
Cosmic Ears is a Swedish custom in-ear manufacturer that burst onto the scene in 2012, offering resells and budget-minded models. Since then, Cosmic Ears has expanded the line with higher end offerings, matured tuning, and artistic faceplate options (steampunk, watch movement, paua shell, etc.), and a new workshop in the UK, while still maintaining excellent value for the dollar. Continue reading “Quick Thoughts: Cosmic Ears CE6P — Smooth Seduction”
Layla is the latest and greatest entry into what Jerry Harvey has dubbed his ‘Siren Series’ of in-ear monitor offerings, named after women featured in famous rock songs. As the flagship of the series, JH Audio markets her as a mastering reference tool. Bass-adjustable, Layla comes equipped with a cable integrated with an adjustable bass potentiometer capable of adding an additional thirteen decibels of bass at 60 Hz. Layla also boasts 4th order crossovers (an industry first as claimed by JH Audio), patented FreqPhase tuning, stainless steel waveguides, and three sets of proprietary quad-stacked balanced armatures (for a total of twelve). After a successful previous venture, JH Audio now co-ops the universal model with Astell&Kern. To top off the mystique, Layla weighs in at a hefty $2,500. Welcome to insanity! Continue reading “Rapid Reaction: Astell&Kern x JH Audio Layla”
Editor’s Announcement: Ladies and gentlemen, we have great news to announce — CYMBACAVUM will now provide in-house acoustic measurements! Our … Continue reading Electroacoustic Measurements from speakerphone