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.
!Check in with our amazing retailers here
Cleaning up our record shelves we pulled out and put on a timeless favourite. If you haven't heard of it yet. Hold your horses and read on. You might still run into a familiar tune.
Joao and Astrud Gilberto's signature soft, sweet vocals meets Stan Getz's saxophone, building us a cosy cabana club right in the comfort of our homes. What's truly lovely about this record is how you don't have t be a hardcore audiophile to admire it, you simply need to have ears and like good music. It's soothing, it's palatable, it's one of those records you can just let loop again and again in the background.
So palatable in fact, that the record opens with "Girl from Ipanema", that one track everyone’s heard but no one knows the name of, the track begins with Joao Gilberto’s soft, earnest and comfortably intimate vocals, holding the listener’s hand through the first quarter before Astrud Gilberto enters with unique, pure vocals with an unspoiled quality to them, owing to fact that the recording is the first time Astrud Gilberto sang outside of her home.
Stan Getz's sax lays low in the background for the most part, only beginning to shine in the track Corcovado.
There really isn’t much in the way of variety in this record, its tracks blend together to form a harmonious sea of bossa nova we’re all too happy to float in. if you can’t get your hands on the vinyl or the CD (which would be beautiful), do yourselves a favour, find it on Spotify and hunker down with a warm drink and this album after work.
In fact, we'll help you out. We have it right here.
The STAX Srs-3100 comes bundled with a pair of earspeakers and a compatible amp, it's a surefire way to enjoy your favourite music, like this Getz/Gilverto album. Check it out at our retailers AV One, ConnectIT, E1 Personal Audio, Stereo Electronics and Zeppelin & Co.
Win not one, but two pairs of E2000s from Final Audio Design this Valentines' day, follow us on Facebook and snap and submit a picture of you and the love of your life to our Facebook Page from today till 13 Feb!
How to participate.
1. Follow us on facebook.
2. Snap a picture of yourself with the love of your life.
3. Upload it under the comments section of the post of this give away.
(Pssst. It doesnt have to be a person)
Draw closes on 13th Feb 2018. Results will be released on 14th Feb 2018
Terms and Conditions
1. The competition is open to residents of Singapore with a valid address.
2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
3. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Project Perfection Facebook.
5. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
6. Closing date for entry will be 13 February 2018. After this date no further entries will be accepted.
7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
9. The prize is as follows: 2 sets of E2000 to one winner
10. Winners will be chosen randomly with the use of a software
11. The winner will be notified DM on Facebook 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw th prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
12. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize will be delivered.
13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Singaporean data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
16. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
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Today we're turning the spotlight on the STAX SRS 3100, we've also bundled in some wonderful news so read till the end, (or go ahead and scroll all the way down if you're the flighty type) to check it out!
The STAX SRS 3100 comprises of SRM-252S amplifier and the STAX L300 electrostatic earspeaker, bundled together so that you can avoid the hassle of having to go through the drag and toil of matching your STAX earspeakers to a suitable amplifier. The SRM-252S has a simple design that excels in sound quality employing the carefully selected newest high-voltage transistors and low-noise FETs for a beautiful, clean sound. Despite being marketed as STAX's entry level offering, there's nothing amateurish about this dynamic duo. Trying it for yourself, you'd realise that it easily measures up to higher-end offerings in terms of sound quality.
The L300 is part of STAX's advanced Lambda series, an evolution from their signature Lambda series, in that same vein, the design of the earspeakers scream STAX, for better or for worse.
It's rectangular with an open back design. The cord is sturdy and ends with STAX's exclusive 5-pin plug. In case it's the first time you're rubbing shoulders with these earspeakers, it should be noted that they're really not designed for outside use, especially considering you're tied down with a hefty amplifier. While buying an adaptor or a DAC is an option, the STAX SRS-3100 is best enjoyed within the comfort of your own home.
Which brings us to the SRM-252, it is a solid-state driver unit with a 5-pin plug corresponding to the one found on the L300. It boasts a class-A DC amplifier that allows for RCA input and output, allowing for a nice, whole sound.
Pros and Peculiarites
The sound is clean, but not cold by any means, the tonality of the SRS-3100 dips into a warm signature, there's a good amount of bass, not stingy but definitely not amped up to basshead levels. The electrostatic design of the STAX earphones means that you're getting a lot of delicious detail in your music, milking the smooth and natural sounding mids for all they're worth. Both male and female vocals shine on this system. It really is the closest you may be able to get to all-round good, especially at this price-range.
While the treble is silky smooth, some users have talked about it being slightly late and a tad too independent but most find that it tones down into a more coherent sounding one after a bit.
Addressing the elephant in the room, If there's a relatively large flaw, it's that the L300 earspeakers definitely lack the comfort factor, the shallow ear pads can prove to be slightly taxing on large heads and cause a fair bit of hurt to your ears. However, should that start happening, you'll always have the option of changing your pads to the L500 or L700 pads (S$130 and S$160 respectively). The amplifier is also guilty of looking a wee-bit dated, but it's not something that should deter you from the great sound the STAX SRS-3100 is capable of putting out.
It was S$1125 but it's going for S$999 in the month of February 2018, which means an even better price to performance ratio. If you've always wanted to give the STAX series a go, this is a great chance to get your toes wet on electrostatic earspeakers and experience the STAX sound for yourself!
Head down any of our retailers here to give them a spin.
Second in this series is a community sourced entry from Timothy, a Singaporean student facing his A-levels this year. He brings with him a curious must-have he bundles with his portable rig. Read more about TImothy's rig, and the little extra something he uses to hold it all together, below.
This is my portable rig. It consists of the Shanling m1 as a Bluetooth receiver connected to the now discontinued Project Palaios Iona Amp.
The IEM I use is the Empire Ears Spartan Adel with a Manual Adjustable Module and connected to the Lionheart cable.
I now use an adhesive pad instead of the rubber band pictured.
.I think it's a must have because it's not only unobtrusive, it is also useful on the bus, I can mount my phone on the seat in front of me when I want to watch videos
I'm presently a student and I use the enjoyment of music to help me concentrate. I personally prefer a "natural neutral" signature as it allows me to concentrate on my work. I also aim to get into reviewing as a hobby and have already written some unreleased material.
This s a new series showcasing the bags from our community, and we would love to see what you've got.
We'd love for you to share your bag, your daily must-haves, your music rig, a little bit about yourself and the things you like to do.
Curating the bags and rigs in our community shows off the diversity of preferences found in the audio world. It's sometimes easy to forget that all ears are built different, and a rig that sounds completely terrible to one person might sound brilliant to another.
Contact us on our Facebook page or our Instagram @pperfectionaudio. Talk to us, send us your bags and rigs and, we'll do the rest