Home to audiophile giants Effect Audio and Euphoria Audio, Singapore is a bastion for audiophiles the world over. CanJam Singapore is one of the biggest audiophile shows of the year, and this year we partnered with our friends at Effect Audio and Euphoria Audio to unveil a brand new regional exclusive in the Phantom LE. Only available through Euphoria Audio, the Phantom is a slight re-tuning of our popular model, The Phantom, and includes new silver and copper litz wiring from Effect Audio. Making an iconic come back is our most popular limited edition face-plate ever, the Jade Burl wooden face-plate, now engraved with the Empire Limited Edition Signature.
A Hair's Breadth Difference - A World Apart
Don't take our word for it - we had the opportunity to put an early set into Head-Fi's legendary audiophile and headphone enthusiast, Deezel. Deezel has an extremely critical ear that can be trusted for its accuracy as much as Deezel can be trusted for his understanding of what makes for good sound. Here is a link his full recounting of his experience. Here are a few of my favorite quotes, emphasis his:
The background the Phantom LE projected was stunningly black. Notes appear as if out of thin air within a palpably three-dimensional soundscape. There's a real holography to it that I can't describe as anything else but wholly convincing. Notes don't sound like sonic wraiths that you could seemingly poke your finger through. Neither do they feel like dense bodies tethered together by warm air. They sounded convincing, clear and accurate all the while
If you're headed down to CanJam Singapore 2019, prepare to hear one of my favourite IEMs in recent memory.
Now, the top-end rise does nudge the Phantom a hair closer to neutral. It's a miiiinute change - and tonal transparency is still there - but it does now have the slightest hint of it-sounds-good-with-everything. Hearing my own recordings on it, I did feel slightly flattered. But nevertheless, I think the trade-offs in engagement, vibrance and stage construction are beyond worth it. Coming from a Phantom lover, that's saying something.
We're beyond grateful for our allies in Singapore who have helped us succeed, and we're extremely excited to partner with them to bring you an exclusive, soon-to-be-legendary edition of the Phantom. The Phantom has been one of our best selling in-ear monitors to date, being the earphone of choice for many audiophiles. We've done everything we can to continue the legacy of the original with our Phantom LE. It does everything the classic does, just a bit better.