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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sleek Audio SA7 - The Revelation

If you know nothing about the world of IEM, then the name 'Sleek Audio' perhaps is not the kind of brand name that you will recognize as innovative and groundbreaking. Telling the world that audio can be sleek seems to be more in-line with companies that make bass heavy, ill-detailed and low resolution 'gangster-style' headphones that marketed toward the youth or those are looking for street credit. However, that is where you are most definitely wrong. Being one of the most forward-looking company IEM maker in the market, Sleek Audio first introduced us the concept of personal sound customization (VQ system) in universal IEM back in 2007~08. They are also one of the first to integrate the hi-fi level wireless audio technology 'Kleer' into their IEM product line. If anything, Sleek Audio defines innovation itself - forever pushing the limit of technology in the IEM world. 

Here is Sleek Audio latest creation, the SA7. With housing machined from a single block aluminum, dual balanced armature transducers wrapped in shock absorbing silicone (up to 14000Gs!), carbon fiber outer cover hold by titanium screw, plus the same treble- and bass-port equipped  VQ system found on their previous model SA6, the new SA7 is not only a pinnacle of design, but may also prove to be the perfect marriage of form and function. Price estimated around $350~400. Not cheap, but still within reason. ETA is 'soon', perhaps with in the next few months.

[Picture modified from the May 2010 issue of Popular Science]

[UPDATE] More pictures of SA7 have been released by Sleek Audio.

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