Monday, May 25, 2009

Last Week's Most Interesting

With the release of their latest, cheapest ever custom molded IEM, the UE4 Pro, I guess it does show that even the industry giant like Ultimate Ears can't be immune to recession after all. Consider that are other companies out there offering triple drive custom IEM for less than US$500 (as opposite to the near US$1K worth of UE10 Pro), it is no wonder why UE want to share a piece of the pie in the lower end market their have always managed to forget in the pass. Said to be the 'poor man's UE10 Pro'*, UE4 Pro is a dual drive custom IEM with a MSRP of US$399. (*by Jude, boss of Head-fi.org)

Spec:
Transducer: Dual balanced armature
Sensitivity: 108db @ 1mw
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 15,000 Hz
Impedance: 17.5 ohms at 1 kHz noise
Isolation: -26dB input
Connector: 1/8″ (3.5mm) gold plated

Creative announced a new entry to their high end Aurvana headphone line a few days ago. The new Aurvana Air is a clip-on earbud that has a 'shape memory metal' ear hook. Somehow it reminds me of the Audio Technica clip-on earbud series - equally elegant and just as expensive. It will set you back US$200.

Spec:
Transducer: 15.5mm Dynamic
Sensitivity: 102dB/mW at 1kHz
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 22,000 Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms at 1 kHz
Cable: 1.2m OFC wire

DigiFi released their latest Kleer based Opera wireless IEM, the S2 and the S5. S2 is an upgrade of the old S1 / S1+ series, while S5 comes with a integrated adapter that will fit on iPod's dock connector and allow some remote control function. I didn't find a lot of detail about the new S2 and S5, but you can read the press release here.

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