The recent Pyeongchang winter Olympics might have introduced the world to the unforgettable, 200-strong North Korean cheerleading team, but another individual that has made his mark in the ice and snow is Yuzuru Hanyu, the Winnie the Pooh toting figure skater from Japan who commands legions of fangirls and is somethng of a cult figure in his home country
Source: The Japan Times
Hanyu the Head-Fi Fan
While the world has been adequately acquainted with his skating chops, a lesser known fact about Hanyu is that he is a well known Head-Fi fan, as of time of writing Yuzuru Hanyu owns a whopping 50 pairs of earphones, 10 of which he carries about with him.
Being Head-Fi (and Hanyu) fans ourselves, we've been moved to take a closer look at Hanyu's 10-earphone rig to see if we can spot anything familiar, and we were more than slightly thrilled at the results. As such, we're hightlighting two of his 10 products that we happen to carry.
1. Final Audio Design: Pianoforte X
Here's the solid proof sitting quite snugly in his ears. The revolution of Hanyu's fondness for the Pianoforte X had chinese netizens buzzing over the cost (2.2k USD!), sparking off discussions about how much is too much to pay for a pair of earphones. That's the same pair of earphones that has been described by a The Verge writer as "crafted by a mad genius" other gems in the article include the author's colleague describing the earphones as looking like "mini-butt plugs", but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a solid pair of earphones that are lovely, warm and musical. It's worth noting though, the Yuzuru carries the older edition and that the newer Pianoforte XT packs a lot more punch in its sound, it may be over-the-top luxe but undoubtedly good.
Locate the Pianoforte XT at our Final Retailers here.
2. Dita The Answer (Truth Edition)
Right there, smack in the middle. It's pretty amazing to see a humble local company make the desk, and, considering our ties with Dita, all the more thrilling. The Answer (Truth Edition) is easy to drive and offers a clear dynamic and balanced sound that users can get hooked on after a period of use. It's the ultimate testament to Dita's hard work that Hanyu seems to think the same.
Get your pair off the Dita store here.
Bonus Feature: UE 18 Pro
This one boasts a custom faceplate crafted by K2Craft's Oya Kazuhiro (read his interview here). Sadly, we don't carry this, but it's been described by various sources to be sweet, lush and laidback, and what's better that having your own custom art on your pair of phones. They cost $100 to add, a pretty sweet deal if you're looking to build your signature pair.
We hope we've shed some light on Hanyu's daily carry. And if you're still craving more Hanyu and Head-Fi you can find out more about his rig in the sources below.