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AudioFly AF78M in-ear monitors hybrid earphones are First Class
on 26 September 2013
I got back from vacation this week and it felt like Christmas opening up the AudioFly AF78M package and Jewel Box--the presentation is first class!
The cord has a rich feel and looks elegant (I just checked it is Cordura(R) and Kevlar(R)!!!); I compress the foam tips and the earphones fit perfectly in my ears; this is a really comfortable hybrid-dual driver design--the body fit perfectly in my outer-ear/pinna area, and provides just the right pressure on the foam tips in my ear canal, to really get a good seal and good bass response coupling with my ear drum.
First track Dave Brubeck, Take Five sounded amazing, the instruments were fully defined and separated in the sound stage. The next track was Rebecca Pidgeon's Spanish Harlem, a Chesky Audiophile classic--wonderful again with a detailed sound-stage, vividly defined instruments and great tonal balance. Stevie Ray Vaughan's Tin Pan Alley--smooth, resolving, timbre is perfect--the AF78M's are EAR CANDY!
Now, I am listening to some Ludacris, "How Low" and Wiz Khalifa tracks with some really low bass notes that hit up and down the lower frequencies--no hesitations, smooth as any well-balanced-full-range audiophile-grade home audio, or competition car audio system.
I am smiling right now, as I re-visit my favorite tracks! I would recommend this to anyone in the $200-400 USD price range, who may not like the poor bass response of balance armatures, but love the mids and highs of balanced armatures. This Hybrid design uses a dynamic driver for the lows and a balanced armature for the mids and highs, the integration is nearly flawless. I plan on letting them break in and follow up.