Sponsored by Echobox, NXT, and Sennheiser, CanJam 2017 is a premier audio expo for Head-Fi enthusiasts hosted by Head-Fi.org. This time, the event is hosted in Singapore at the Pan Pacific Hotel, after a successful gig in New York City. Featuring more than 50 retail brands from across the world, there is something for everyone regardless of listening preferences.
Many of the products that I’ve experienced during the show impressed me, but there were a few that really stood out.
The Android-powered Echobox Explorer DAP feels right at home in your pocket with its gentle curves and very fetching hardwood chassis. Wireless music streaming from Tidal is supported but if you prefer to enjoy your own downloads, you can pack them into its 64GB Internal Memory (or up to 264GB with a Micro-SD card). The Explorer supports Hi-Res PCM formats up to 24/192 and DSD.
The iconic Chord Mojo+Poly Headphones Amplifier (with its expandable storage and wireless connectivity options) impressed me with its balance of tight bass attack, dynamic range and super low noise floor.
The new Aeon V-Planar Headphones from MrSpeakers were a pure joy to audition. Its generous cushions felt like pillows on my head, and it looked sexy to boot. It’s priced attractively at its performance level too!
Tucked away in a secluded room on the second floor was Smyth Research’s Smith Realiser system, which delivered on its promise to deliver a Dolby Atmos Experience without speakers. The audio channels were right where they should be in 3-dimensional space, even when I turned my head! The system I tried was still in its prototype stage, but it could have huge implications on Virtual Reality tech!
There are many more reasons to love CanJam! Here’s a glimpse of the expo through my eyes. Enjoy the pictures!
(In an earlier version of this article, the MrSpeakers Ether Headphones were mislabelled as the Ether C. Sincere thanks to Max Gruzen for pointing out the error.)