InnerFidelity 2019 Editor's Choice Awards

InnerFidelity 2019 Editor's Choice Awards

Last week InnerFidelity released their 2019 Editor's Choice Awards for products ranging from headphones, to IEMs to amplifiers and more. Here are the products that Moon Audio carries.

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InnerFidelity releases their latest awards for top products

By Ricky Kovacs

Last week InnerFidelity released their 2019 Editor's Choice Awards for products ranging from headphones, to IEMs to amplifiers and more. We've selected the products that are carried by Moon Audio and have provided links to them if you would like to know more information!


Editor's Choice Awards $500 & Less

(Excerpts taken from InnerFidelity's product awards)

Audeze LCD-1 Headphones
Audeze LCD-1 Headphones
Audeze LCD-1 Headphones
Audeze LCD-1 Headphones
Audeze LCD-1 Headphones

Audeze LCD-1 Headphone for Mixing and Mastering

"Audeze has brought the LCD series to its lowest price point yet with the new LCD-1, and this is a headphone that’s easy to be enthusiastic about. While It doesn’t have the dynamics and resolution capability of the higher-end LCD series, it has a spectacularly well-tuned frequency response that will work with everything from music to gaming to audio production. If you need something attainably priced this is a Swiss army knife; take it on the go, run it form a phone or a nice amp, use it to test mixes or for a casual game of Overwatch. The LCD-1 is efficient enough and well-tuned enough to handle it all without annoying treble spikes or excessive bass."


Editor's Choice Awards $500 - $2,500

(Excerpts taken from InnerFidelity's product awards)

AEON 2 Headphones
AEON 2 Headphones
AEON 2 Headphones
AEON 2 Headphones
AEON 2 Headphones
AEON 2 Headphones

AEON 2 Closed Portable Headphones by Dan Clark Audio

"The newly rechristened Dan Clark Audio, previously Mr. Speakers, has wasted no time making waves. The new Aeon 2 has a laundry list of upgrades, most of them trickled down from the Ether 2 headphones, as well as a $100 price increase. Despite the higher price tag, the improvements are undeniable, and the Aeon 2 sound closer to a mini Ether 2 than the old Aeons. The tuning is spectacularly neutral and has a midrange depth and imaging capability that is rare in any headphone. If you liked the tuning of the LCD-1 but want something with a little more clarity, detail and dynamics, this is a great choice to get a real taste of those non-frequency response traits that high-end headphones do so well: transient clarity, dynamics and detail retrieval."



Audeze iSINE20 IEM
Audeze iSINE20 IEM
Audeze iSINE20 IEM
Audeze iSINE20 IEM
Audeze iSINE20 IEM
Audeze iSINE20 IEM

Audeze iSINE20 In-Ear Headphone - B Stock

"I’ve written previously about how the Audeze iSine 20 planar-magnetic IEMs had become the modern version of the Sony foamies I ubiquitously wore 30 years ago: I take these future/retro-looking Tie-Fighter inspired engineering marvels with me wherever I go. Whether I’m listening to a DAP, through the Lightning connector of my iPhone or watching The Expanse jacked into my laptop via an AQ DragonFly, the iSine 20 offers a unique sonic insight in the iEM market to my ears. Presenting impressive bass depth, frequency linearity, incisive resolution without sacrificing warmth, transient speed and spaciousness to the sound stage and upper registers standard IEMs at this price point struggle to imitate, they are also comfortable enough for long-haul flights or marathon Netflix sessions with their placement hangers removed."



Meze Audio Rai Penta IEM
Meze Audio Rai Penta IEM
Meze Audio Rai Penta IEM
Meze Audio Rai Penta IEM
Meze Audio Rai Penta IEM Contents

Meze Audio Rai Penta IEM

"The Rai Penta is Meze’s first foray into high-end IEMs, and was quite a surprise to me when I first heard it. The tuning is quite unlike most other IEMs I’ve heard, and on first listen almost sounds boring. After living with them for a while however, these are another exceptionally well-tuned IEM, in the tradition of the Io or FH7. There is nothing that wows you when listening to these until you realize just how much detail you’re hearing and how well-balanced that detail is. This IEM will play just about anything without throwing detail in your face or being overly relaxed and distant. This is a goldilocks IEM, where all the frequencies are just right."




Editor's Choice Awards Over $2,500

(Excerpts taken from InnerFidelity's product awards)

HIFIMAN HE1000se Headphones
HIFIMAN HE1000se Headphones
HIFIMAN HE1000se Headphones
HIFIMAN HE1000se Headphones
HIFIMAN HE1000se Headphones
HIFIMAN HE1000se Headphones

HIFIMAN HE1000se Planar Headphones

As I wrote in my review, “The HIFIMAN HE1000 se is a convincing witness to the recorded event for those looking to crown their heads with nothing less than the best which can be had. At $3,499 USD it is priced firmly in the uppermost echelon of headphones and while obviously a serious financial investment, I feel it is worth the price of entry that this level of sonic reproduction commands.” If timbral, tonal and spatial accuracy coupled with incredible frequency extension at either end and a midrange that offers less an imitation of vocals and instruments than in-the-room flesh and blood, then the HE1000 se might just be the last headphone you ever buy. Paired with appropriate sources and amplification its ability to suspend aural disbelief is not hyperbole, fiction or waxing poetic, but rather something that needs to be experienced. The HE1000 se stands as a transportive piece of analog technology that has few peers, and further chalks dust in the plus column because of its ability to stay longer over my ears than any other design at this price/performance point. If you’re looking for the speed, slam and detail of an end-game over-ear planar-magnetic design, then look no further.


If you have any questions about these products or more, please leave a comment. Happy Listening!

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