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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Last Week's Most Interesting

Ortofon, the Danish turntable cartridges maker, announced the company first IEM, model e-Q7, in Japan. It will feature a newly developed balanced armature (BA) transducer that is larger (in size) than conventional BA drive and has only one magnetic pole (a normal BA drive works between two poles). It will hit Japanese stores in July with a expected MSRP of just under US$300.

Transducer: balanced armature
Sensitivity: 119db @ 1mV
Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 20,000 Hz (-4dB); 20~16,000Hz (±3dB)
Connector: 1/8″ (3.5mm) gold plated
Cable: Silver plated OFC

MP4 Nation, a Hong Kong based PMP company / distributor, is releasing a new IEM called 'Beta' under own IEM brand name of 'Brainwavz'. It is the company's 2nd IEM under the same brand. They are sending me a pair for review, hopefully I will receive it in a week or two (so stay tuned!). The actual stock is expected to be shipped out at July with MSRP US$34.50 but they are currently having a presale promamtion with an introductary price of US$27.50.

Transducer: 11mm Dynamic
Sensitivity: 110db @ 1mW
Frequency Response: 8 Hz – 28,000 Hz
Impedance: 24 ohms +/- 10% at 1 kHz noise
Rated Input power 10mW
Maximum Input power 40mW
Connector: 1/8″ (3.5mm) gold plated
Cable Length: 1.3m

Four months after the introduction of the original Turbine, Monster is secretly cooking up a newer, 'better' IEM called the Turbine Pro. Not much info at this point but we know the price: MSRP US$250, a $100 jump from the original Turbine. The street price will probably be lower (as in the case of Turbine). Anyway, you can have a look at the new Turbine Pro here (or imagine the old Turbine got gold plated).

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