2 years in the making, DITA Audio's upcoming flagship, the Dream XLS, is the spiritual successor to its 2016 cast-titanium cult-hit, the DITA Dream.
With its Summer 2019 just barely in sight, the XLS has been the subject of a fair bit of buzz and more than one accolade.
On top of earning a spot in The 2019 Summer VGP Award, the Dream XLS has also recently net Gold in Fujiya Avic’s Spring 2019 Headphone Festival award’s Grand Prix category.
This is in no small part thanks to the avid support of the Japanese audio enthusiasts and the steadfast efforts of DITA Audio's Japanese distributor S'NEXT.
In this interview. Fujiya Avic sits down with S'NEXT's Mr. Kudou Gaku to talk about DITA Audio’s upcoming product, the DREAM XLS. Mr. Kudou talks about his HpFes experience and the philosophy driving DITA's shiny new dream machine: The Dream XLS.
F: Fujiya Avic
F: Congratulations on Dream XLS winning the Gold Award for HPfes. We’ve been waiting for this since Autumn 2017
S: Thank you! We only started rolling out auditions of the XLS during the second day because we only had 1 sample to work with. There were a near-nonstop stream of customers queuing to listen so we’re sorry that we had to assign a limited listening time to each customer. We’ll be increasing the number of listening samples going forward so that we can collect more feedback.
F: That’s good news! Could you tell us more about the development of the Dream XLS?
S: As far as we know, DITA Audio’s basic approach to sound is to create products that can “Wow in 3 Seconds”. Among these products is the Dream Gen. 1, which garnered plenty of support among Japanese customers. Even though previous iteration of the Dream was a commercial success it wasn’t something the company was completely satisfied with, and so they endeavoured to create a model that could surpass the Dream Gen. 1.
F: The new product looks great to boot! Cable stiffness was an issue with the Dream Gen. 1, but it’s seems to have been resolved nicely in the XLS with the inclusion of the OSLO Cable.
S: The OSLO cable on the Dream XLS is still a prototype. The colour of the OSLO cable on the actual XLS is subject to change, but the pliability will certainly remain. The flexibility of the cable has been improved greatly over the Dream's Gen 1 edition.
F: I see, well then, may I give it a go?
S: Ah, you didn’t get to hear it during Hpfes did you? Please, go right ahead!
F: Ah, once the music started, I immediately thought, “whoa, that’s good sound right there”. It’s a sound that’s palatable, the way the mids and highs are placed is absolutely wonderful.
S: So it did in face grab you in 3 seconds, didn’t it? (Laughing)
F: Yes, in this sense it’s similar to the Gen 1 Dream. It’s quite unbelievable that a single dynamic driver can be responsible for such range and power. DITA has always had this aspect down pat. The bass is appropriate and the balance is good.
S: The dynamic driver fitted in the XLS has been designed and made specifically for the XLS. DITA Audio is really the sort of manufacturer that invests plenty of effort in everything it does even in a single dynamic driver
F: I see, that might just be the reason why the dynamic driver’s sound comes through in a natural, coherent manner. The XLS’ soundstage is also surprisingly wide for a pair of earphones.
S: Despite wanting to gun for a wider soundstage, DITA Audio didn’t want to create artificial divisions between instruments and bands and left the sound of the dynamic driver at its purest. That’s exactly why the XLS sounds so natural. That’s always been one of DITA’s characteristic strengths. The XLS’ soundstage is, indeed, as you say wider than that of the Dream Gen. 1.’s
F: The customer reaction to the Dream XLS during HpFes was overwhelmingly good. That said, were there a lot of audiophiles who knew of the previous Dream?
S: There were a number of customers who came up to us to show us their unit of the Dream Gen. 1, saying, “I’m using these even till today!”. They're mainly trying out the XLS with the intention of comparing the sound of the XLS that of the Gen 1 Dream.
F: So an official release date…
S: Summer 2019, they said, DITA seems to still be in the midst of firming that up!
F: I’ll be looking forward to it! There’s certainly going to be long queues at future product events too. Will the XLS be a limited edition release?
S: No, the XLS will not be limited edition. However, due to how intricately the XLS is designed, mass production is going to be a bit of a challenge. There might even be situations where demand far exceeds the supply! In any case, please wait for the official announcement!
"All We Know": DITA Audio
The culmination of lessons DITA Audio has learnt through its years of experimentation, the Dream XLS is made out of CNC-ed titanium for its lightweight, durable properties and it's knack for reproducing sound in dynamic detail.
Coming: Summer 2019.
Keep an eye on this space, or DITA Audio's social media outlets (Insta, FB) for more news to come.
Source: Fujiya Avic