Every single day hundreds around the world sit down at microphones and cameras and whisper to their setups while a million more people tune in. That's a part of the undeniably weird but undeniably addictive phenomena known as ASMR. In which audio and visual stimuli supposedly produce a tingling sensation in the listener. This sensation usually occurs in the spine and/or the scalp. We know it exists, except that, according to science, it doesn't (yet).
There is presently a dearth of scientific evidence behind the ASMR phenomena. It's something we only know exists because multiple people have experienced it independently and reported it in the same way.
Steven Novella, the Director of General Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine and a Very Important Person in the field, posits that it might be a type of pleasure response. Or even a pleasure seizure. Terminology aside, various scientists have realised that, despite the multitude of brain imaging technologies,
Either way, for the folks that do experience it, soothing, relaxing and sleep-inducing have been words used to describe this phenomena. Listeners hook themselves up to their earphones before bed, allowing the crinkling and tapping to lull them to sleep.
While it has always been the preference of some to listen to their favourite tracks before bed, the demand for sleeping earphones have seen an increase after the advent of ASMR.
To some, a dedicated pair of sleeping earphones is an indispensable for a night of comfortable sleep. Petite unobtrusive earbuds ensure that you can toss and turn painlessly, and good sound isolation. Thankfully, a speedy google search for “sleep earphones” turns up myriad results. But an affordable option often turns up in the search results.
The Final E2000 and E3000 seems to be a sleeper favourite (pun entirely intended), often turning up in the honourable mentions of a few of these lists, while never explicitly stated to be a “sleep-only” pair of earphones, these slim all-rounders can be used through the day and taken to bed with their dimunitive size. Perfect for the audiophile who’s unwilling to risk getting some of their more expensive builds entangled in the sheets, or for the beginner who’s looking to explore the magic of ASMR on a wider soundstage.
Our sound design satellite event for Singapore Design Week 2018. A wonderful morning of hands-on tinkering with our friends from Forests and HULS Gallery Singapore.
We'll be holding more of these workshops from time to time! Like our Facebook Page for up-to-date information on more events, workshops and promotions.
Canjam SG saw DITA Audio bring their new prototypes, the Fealty and the Fidelity to Canjam SG 2018 where event goers got a chance to audition them for the first time.
This twin release will officially be out in the market at the end of April, in conjunction with Japan's Fujiya Avic Headphone show.
Manufacturers often find themselves in the position of having to serve two masters: The Music and the Listener.
From the very beginning, it has been DITA’s goals to serve both the Music and the Listener: And to this end, we present, Fealty & Fidelity.
Fealty, refers to DITA’s sworn loyalty to reproducing that captivates and draws the Listener in, while Fidelity refers to the product being faithful to the source, the Music.
Both together and in juxtaposition, Fealty and Fidelity reflects our goals to please the individual and provide them with greater immersion and enjoyment.
Fealty and Fidelity invokes the dynamics of duality in all that is important to the soul. Neither Fealty or Fidelity is skewed, preferences are left to the individual to decide, as are their loyalties.
Stay tuned for more snippets of information to be released throughout the months of March and April!
The D8000 is housed in machine aluminium magnesium alloy and sports a pliable and durable headband. Unfortunately for fans of lightweight construction, the D8000 weighs a hefty 523g, luckily. word on the street is that it performs its worth in weight.
Pros and Peculiarites
The D8000 brings Final's signature warmth to the table once again. It has thick and warm low frequencies, and a relaxed, but nevertheless again, warm, mid-range. smooth sound, However, the treble in the D8000 takes the background so treble fans might want to audition this pair at a retailer's before making a purchase.
The width of the soundstage is beautifully expansive, sound placement is accurate, and the entire construction is quite easy to drive.
The only thing some listeners might find iffy is the headphone's 523g weight, which can become increasingly apparent as a listening session draws on.
The D8000 presently retails for $4999 SGD, catch them at our Final Audio Retailers here!
Project Perfection presents STAX's new portable driver unit with chargeable lithium ion batteries for an all new on-the-go STAX experience!
Audition it at Ocean 10 at Canjam Singapore only with Project Perfection!
Pan Pacific Hotel
DITA celebrates our local illustrators and the Relationships that define our world through a night of drawing, music, wine and cheese.
On 10th March, Dita Audio invited 10 local illustrators to interpret the theme of "Relationships" using their new Fealty and Fidelity boxes as the canvas.
DITA and Project Perfection thank all the absolutely wonderful artists who turned up for this event! The world is made brighter by you. Over the next 10 Weeks, we will be featuring the artists and their individual boxes.
Catch these wonderful boxes in the flesh at Canjam SG over the next weekend!
Catch Project Perfection at 2018 H1's biggest local audio show! We'll be bringing you familiar brands like
Canjam Singapore 2018 will be an eventful one for the Dita Fans as Dita audio brings in the prototypes of its new line of earphones, The Dita Twins: Fealty and Fidelity. Available for audition only at the Project Perfection booth.
Dita will also be presenting works from its Singapore Design Week Satellite event: Relationships, A Collaboration story. Stay tuned for the 10 works of 10 featured local illustrators as they interpret the theme of Relationships, using their own unique voices on Dita's Fealty and Fidelity boxes.
Established in 1992, this canvas bag company also specialises in custom audio rig bags. Designer and founder, Hiroshi Tada met designer Irene Harte at the Vannuys Airport in California, United States. Finding in each other a kindred spirit, the two decided to collaborate in a project to construct a functional and durable product fusing the tastes and sensitivities of Japan and America.
Tada and Harte wanted to create a line of products that encompassed everything they wished for in a bag, without any compromise. Van Nuys' bags were created to be something fun, playful, lasting and timeless, something that takes its user through various experiences in life.
The resulting product was one that was meant to be inseparable from the individual, a partner so dependable and so functional that there was no way the individual could let it go. And the products born is closely related to individual life "become the most functional and dependable buddy you can't let go."
This season's Canjam Singapore features the exclusive Van Nuys x Dita Platypus Cases.
Final Audio Design
Established in 1974, Final is a reliable, high-end Japanese audio brand that predominantly manufactures earphones and headphones. FInal has spent its past year releasing stellar products like their E-Series and the highly lauded D8000. The D8000 and the Sonorous series is Available for audition at Ocean 10 at Canjam Singapore
A name needing no introduction in the audiophile community, Project Perfection will be presenting the T8000, The SR-009 and the L-Series down for audition at Ocean 10 in Canjam Singapore, a perfect opportunity for those uninitiated to the STAX Sound to hear the STAX Experience for themsleves!
We've seen places online where the Final Audio Design Heaven II is described as having a sound you can only love or hate, and we're right on board with this description. The Heaven II is a pair of earphones housing a balanced armature driver that aims at delivering spatially interpreted tracks on the go. Some have hailed as the best single armature offering while others say it doesn't measure up to the rest of the line, this really is up to your
Typical of FAD earphones, the build quality of these entry level earphones is extremely high. The enclosures are made for polished stainless steel. A single balanced armature driver resides in each enclosure. According to FAD's website, these are newly developed BAs. It also features FAD's signature "Balancing Air Movement" or BAM mechanism. The slim build of the Final Audio Heaven II allows for deep insertion
Pros and Peculiarities
I always try to start with the Pros and end off with the Peculiarities but this format doesn't quite work when the sound is truly quite peculiar.
The sound signature of the Final Audio Heaven II is something of an acquired taste. They're not quite as refined and full sounding as the other members of the Heaven series and detractors will certainly say that the sound signature of the Heaven II is "airy" or "tinny".
However, Heaven II enthusiasts have swayed in a polar opposite direction, hailing the undeniably excellent soundstage as a near-perfect replica of a live experience. Check out some online
For a earphone constructed to deliver a strong spatial experience, the Final Audio Heaven II shines in its sound placement, transporting its listener to the concert venue in their DAP.
The Final Heaven II retails at SGD$139.90 at Final Retailers. Check them out here
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.