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CES 2012: AUDIOFLY
Over the years at HeadRoom and now at InnerFidelity I've done quite a bit of looking at web traffic statistics, and one constant is the disproportionate interest in headphones from Australia. For example, on the InnerFidelity YouTube channel, Australia ranks third after the U.K. and Canada, and tops Germany by about 20%. Australians must be just a bit crazy about headphones.
It comes as no surprise then, that Australian headphone companies have started to pop up. This year has seen Burson Audio (a headphone amp maker), BlueAnt (a headset maker), and now AUDIOFLY throwing their cork hats in the ring.
At their CES launch AUDIOFLY introduced a line of four in-ear monitors ranging in price from $29 to $200. Their top-end product is the AF78, which is the first hybrid dynamic/balanced armature driver headphone I've seen. (I'd love to hear of any other dynamic/balanced armature dual-driver earphones readers might be aware of in the comments.) Dave Thompson, CEO/Founder of AUDIOFLY, gave me a pair to play with on the flight home. I found them to have a nice laid-back and slightly warm sound, and thoroughly enjoyed my music on the flight home. Measurements will appear in the next monthly update.
I'll let Dave fill you in on the details.