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.
Build your own earphones and bring them home at Earbud 101!. This guided workshop features a DIY earphone kit designed by Final, an established Japanese earphone brand.
This DIY program is layman-friendly and is designed for participants to enjoy a meaningful understanding of the inner complexities of earphone design and manufacture through hands-on experimentation.
Participants will be given a kit containing all the parts required for building and tuning a pair of in-ear type earphones. This comprehensive kit includes required tools, tuning materials and an in-depth manual.
Tickets Cost S$110. Find them here on Peatix!
It's been out for awhile, and hailed by some to be the one of the best earphones of 2017.
Sound is subjective of course, but the D8000 is objectively a labour of love, elegantly finished with a beautiful aluminium magnesium alloyed housing, boasting warm, crisp mids and highs and a beautifully wide sound stage.
Bring magic into your familiar favourites with the Final D8000 Planar Magnetic Headphones.
Final has released a beautiful video detailing the brand's philosophy and the creative process behind this audio juggernaut, watch it below!
Adding to the long series official and unofficial accolades given to the Final E-Series. Issue #3 of the Japanese Magazine TEST, REVIEW and BUY has crowned the Final E3000 1st in its 5000 Yen Earphones category.
In the feature the reviewers noted that the E3000, despite its lightness and petite size, sits stably in almost all kinds of ears. It's soft cable makes it easy to wear and handle, even for non-audiophiles.
Sound-wise, the E3000's lush and detailed highs and mids make it a true steal at its price.
Pop by our retailers to check out the E3000! Find them here.
DITA Audio is going to Canjam NYC, and hauling the fruits of their year's labour with them. Stay tuned for the first glimpse of their new line Fealty and Fidelity.
CanJam Global is the world's premier series of headphone audio shows and is produced by Head-Fi.org, the world’s largest audio community. Since 2006, CanJam events have been a community showcase for Head-Fi.org, and an industry platform that enables headphone audio manufacturers, distributors, and dealers interact with their customers, peers, and the audio, lifestyle, and technology press.
Canjam NYC takes place on 17-18 February 2018 at the New York Marriott Marquis, within the iconic Times Square. Click here to visit the official site.
Japan loves its audio, and being first and foremost hobbyists we want to bring a piece of that love to Singapore as well.
Final Audio Design is no stranger to audiophiles around the world. Established in 1974, Final's operations run the gamut from component technology development, to the manufacture of products across multiple brands.
Through the years, the Final brand concept is rooted in simplicity and has been kept consistent since company’s inception “the comprehensive pursuit of things that are fundamentally right”.
In the pursuit of this philosophy, Final aims to introduce the idea that, far from being fast consumer goods, earphones and headphones are devices that can be used for the long haul, much in the same way you would use a mechanical wristwatch for a long time, perhaps servicing it from time to time, before it can be passed on and treasured by the next generation.
While a lot of Final's releases have been angled at serious audiophiles, 2017 saw them release two products seemingly angled at beginners. With a price tag of SGD$69 and SGD$85 respectively, these earphones were developed on the on the back of the latest acoustic engineering and psychological research results. With high definition and flat, natural sound quality, this product could be considered a "standard".
In today's product spotlight we delve into these newly crowned audio stalwarts geared towards beginner audiophiles
Final E-Series: E2000 and E3000
The E2000 and the E3000 has an anondised aluminium and a stainless steel shell respectively. Causing the E3000 to be ever so slightly heftier than the E2000.
Both earphones have a petite, low profile cylindrical design, that are a joy to slide into tiny ears. The non removable cables may be a deal breaker to some but it's a good deal for the price. The diminutive size of the phones also mean that they wear comfortably in bed, allowing you to roll around without feeling the pain of an bulky IEM being driven into your ear canal.
Pros and Pecularities
Final has pitched the E2000 and E3000 to be earphones that let both the audiophile and the layman enjoy great sound from their mobile devices, a selling point, therefore is the ease at which these earphones can be driven. Some audiophiles however report having to crank up the volume ever so slightly in order to get the earphones to play at the volume they're used to.
Both earphones were developed as "reference" earphones with a warm, constant overall sound. There are however some differences between the two. E2000 possesses higher sound at the top-range, less bass, and some say, a more refined, bright sound.
Very high frequencies are pristine and alive on both, making for a listening experience that's smooth as butter at any pitch.
Some consumers actually actively prefer the E2000, despite the E3000 being billed (and looking and feeling like) a higher end model. As with any earphone purchase, we'd suggest you go to your local retailer and listen to them for yourself before making a decision.
The E2000 retails at $69 while the E3000 retails at $85
If you're the kind who'd like to have a mic and controller on hand, there's also the E2000C and E3000C, these nifty upgrades come with a controller that can be used to, play, stop, rewind and answer calls at the touch of a button.