Shinola launches high-end headphones — we go ears-on

The Shinola Canfield On-Ears begin at $495


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Shinola, maker of luxurious watches and high-end turntables, is branching out into headphones with a line of 4 new fashions. They are going straight for the excessive finish — suppose Bowers and Wilkins or Bang and Olufsen.

The headphones embody two pairs of in-ears fashions, a pair of on-ears and a pair of over-ears, all referred to as “Canfield” for some motive. 

The vary begins with the $195 Canfield In-Ear Displays, which characteristic a dynamic driver, and is adopted by the Canfield Professional In-Ear Displays ($495), which embody a extra refined Quad Balanced Armature Receiver.

The Canfield On-Ear begins at $495 for the burnished steel model (and piano black for $550). It is a closed-back headphone and features a 40mm Shinola Dynamic Transducer, and it is the mannequin I received an opportunity to check.

The Canfield Over-Ear Headphones in black and cognac retail for $595 and the Canfield On-Ear Headphones in black PVD retail for $650. They characteristic a bigger 50mm Shinola Dynamic Transducer and match across the ear for a probably extra snug match.

Shinola partnered with Campfire Audio from Portland, Oregon for the in-ear fashions, whereas the on- and over-ear fashions had been developed in home.

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The Shinola Over-Ears are available a piano black end


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Know your Schiit from Shinola

As with like-minded model Schiit, Shinola’s merchandise are made within the US, whereas competitor Bowers and Wilkins’ headphones, for instance, are manufactured in China. 

I had an ears-on with the $495 Shinola On-Ears. In individual they give the impression of being as premium as you’d count on, and construct high quality is mostly good. Just like the less-expensive B&W P5, the Shinolas characteristic magnetic earcups, however I discovered that the Shinola’s got here off too simply — equivalent to when adjusting the headscarf. That is my solely criticism, nonetheless.

I did not have a set of P5’s on-hand to instantly examine, however primarily based on my recollection, B&W and Shinola headphones sound fairly totally different. The P5s are typically heat whereas the Shinola featured extra of a “smile” curve to its sound signature — one thing extra readily related to Beats headphones. The bass was slightly too distinguished — “Psycho Killer” by Speaking Heads, for instance, was bassier than I might ever heard earlier than.

Competitors is tight and by charging a minimum of $200 greater than its B&W competitor, the Canfield On-Ears could wrestle. The in-ears look fairly promising, nonetheless, and we stay up for listening to them as effectively. 

The On-Ears and Over-Ears can be obtainable from Shinola shops, on-line, and at choose home retailers from November 2017. Availability for the in-ears is but to be decided.

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