Two years after the absence of high-end Munich, the normally annual audio exhibition did not disappoint us. And if you’re looking for the best audiophile headphones that cost money, there’s no better place to start your search.
So what did we see and what did we like? At least at first glance? Join us for the best virtual tour of Munich’s high-end headgear without the hassle. Then, if you’re feeling inspiration, keep an eye on your local dealer and test drive your favorite pair. Do you feel super adventurous? You can always check your flight to Munich next year. See you there …
1. Campfire Audio Super Moon
Supermoon was a timely release from Campfire Audio, which went on sale a few days before the actual lunar eclipse event on May 16. This is Campfire Audio’s third custom-fit option model within the extensive and jewel-like IE Moeuvre. An “audio fan” that offers a shallow seal depth, or a classic “artist” fit-but it’s the first planar magnetic screwdriver design for a Portland, Oregon-based company.
Supermoon features a single full-range planar magnetic screwdriver within each earpiece, surrounded by rugged, patent-pending bodywork using the latest 3D printing technology. Delicacy, expansive soundscapes, and frequency-wide details are the names of the games here – and they’re yours for a cool $ 1,500 (about £ 1,200 or AU $ 2,124).
2. InEarProMissionX In-ear Wired Headphones
If you are not familiar with this fascinating family business yet, let me introduce you. Launched in 2000, InEar and Marius Schmidt, who showcase the flagship product of this dedicated headphone maker, proudly talks about his father Andreas Schmidt. The founder of the company.
ProMission X consists of 10 or more (yes, Ten) 4-way system driver. The housing is made of jet-black violetwood with a finish of your choice (our favorite is definitely the flagship shimmering mother-of-pearl sky blue acrylic). There are smaller sizes available, but Schmidt is convinced that a universal fit is suitable. – The foundation of InEar’s universal housing design was created by digitally “superimposing” hundreds of different ear patterns.
At the end of development, the company created an in-ear universal monitor that “almost perfectly fits the anatomy of the ear.” And it can be said that when we tried them, they were certainly suitable for our little ears as well.
Are you interested in the price? Good thing. The ProMission X retails for € 2,100, which is around $ 2,225, £ 1,780, or A $ 3,145.
3. T + A Solitaire T
Premium German hi-fi brand T + A Elektroakustik’s latest wireless reference headphones are called Solitaire T and are not yet available for purchase. It will go on sale in July for $ 1,600 (£ 1,200, about AU $ 2,120). Finish.
That is the ultimate claim. The sound is as detailed and pleasing as when you deploy active noise canceling and listen wirelessly, just as you would with the included wired connection.
To do that, the Solitaire T features a special cellulose transducer and a 42mm driver, as well as an optimized bass system. To more closely match the wired level performance of the headphones, these 326g / 0.7lbs cans use the latest Bluetooth codecs such as LDAC and aptX HD, using the Qualcomm QCC5127 chip and Esstech ES9218Sabre, using a Bluetooth connection. Support is also included. DAC.
Solitaire T’s active noise canceling circuit can be turned on as needed. We can’t guarantee those wireless music chops yet because they were presented to us in the case, but we are definitely intrigued.
4. Final D8000 Pro Edition
A quick glance at the machined aluminum magnesium alloy housings of these high-end over-ear headphones is sure to put us in the high-end realm.
D8000Pro Edition will be billed as follows the Overear finally blends a sensitive planar magnetic design with the volume of a dynamic model and the bass of an open feel. Final explains that low-frequency amplitude has always been a challenge in traditional planar magnetic models, where the diaphragm is in contact with the magnet, raising the bass frequency to a level that the driver unit can reproduce. .. Final also implements a new and unique AFDS (Air Film Damping System), the inside of the earpads is tightly sealed, and the front of the diaphragm is a closed space. why? This is the same idea as a small earphone with a sealed earpiece. These need to reproduce the bass frequencies, despite the nature of the bijou.
The D8000’s diaphragm is one-third lighter than competing dynamic models of the same diameter. This is because the ultra-thin aluminum coil is actually etched into a very lightweight film diaphragm, so there is no glue (which can be detrimental). About sound quality) was necessary.
Final’s D8000 Pro Edition over-ear is priced at € 3999 (about £ 3395, $ 4238, A $ 5995) and we can’t fully guarantee these sound claims, but at first there was a lot of fun. ..
5. Campfire Audio Trifecta
Another entry for dedicated headphone craftsmen in Portland, Oregon, but they deserve it. These are very different suggestions. It’s not because it looks as good as it looks when hung next to a cell phone, as it appears in a dark velvet jewelry box.
Trifecta’s clear nylon housing provides windows for three 10mm dynamic drivers, each covered with a chronograph-like gold-plated case, while the vented drivers face each other in a unique triangular configuration. This allows the silver-plated, high-purity copper ribbon cable to meander well around the ear, creating a very comfortable shape for the ear. However, this is a premium kit. When Campfire Audio’s Trifecta in-ear monitor becomes available on July 30, 2022, it will retail for $ 3,375. This is about £ 2,710 or AU $ 4,800 …