ZEPP'TALKS: See 2020 in 20/20

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We know the year hit pause on itself early, but we’re about ready to resume it and what a line-up of new products stand ready to greet you. Builders with some very serious credentials are lining up their wares and it’s already beginning. TT from @hum.hk is imminently set to be joined by @acoustuneaudio CIEMs (yes, really!) while new sources from @cayin_audio_global and @hibymusic unlock new levels of quality in the old and the new. All this talk about the new has got us excited and thinking about how it blends with the old, which interestingly makes up the second installment of this weekend’s ZEPP’TALKS #xxoo #livebroadcast #instagramlive #IGTV #circuitbreaker #zeppelinandco #zepptalks #audiocoffeepeople #AMA #webinar #happeninglive #onlinemeeting #askus #askusanything #virtualconference #asktheexperts #headfimeets #nomusicnolife #audiocoffeepeople #headfi #newrelease #announcement #unveiling #finallyhere #hibymusic #ibassoaudio #cayin #feliksaudio #acoustune #humhk

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Tributes are already pouring in for 2020's next debutants. For innovation, certainly. But being new, for the sake of such, doesn't quite score the points to pass into Head-Fi legend.

If we have to get this out of the way first, context is key. The situation, the times, in which something new finds its way to market is everything.

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The new needs to achieve something greater. Unrestricted access to Acoustune quality for everyone, due to perfect fit. Options galore for Cayin's HA-6A to fit four different sonic tastes – that means pleasing four different people, or pampering four different headphones. 

Relevance and purpose to the community, you'll find, are priceless.

There'll nevertheless always remain a rush to embrace the new. That frenzied dash has had people with older technologies looking anxiously over their shoulders. Some wonder if their balanced armature IEMs, tube amplifiers and CD-quality music can keep up.

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More importantly, the questions posed to the survivability of existing balanced armature technologies that your favourites have been built upon so far. If you’ve been ecstatic about electrostatic technology though, it’s for the right reasons. So what does the influx of new IEM driver technologies, and the abundance of manufacturers mean now? To Zepp Crew – many more reasons for audiophiles to get excited! With time, you’ll know whether they break into our @headfi all-time classics – discussed in the third installment of this weekend’s ZEPP’TALKS #xxoo #livebroadcast #instagramlive #IGTV #circuitbreaker #zeppelinandco #zepptalks #audiocoffeepeople #AMA #webinar #happeninglive #onlinemeeting #askus #askusanything #virtualconference #asktheexperts #headfimeets #nomusicnolife #audiocoffeepeople #headfi #newrelease #announcement #unveiling #finallyhere #hibymusic #ibassoaudio #cayin #feliksaudio #acoustune #humhk

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But that fear's mitigated when it's older technologies looking to their left and right, shoulder to shoulder with the new state-of-the-art. Not to the graveyard.

That's balanced armatures alongside electrostatic drivers, such as in AAW's Canary, and the Empire Ears Valkyrie and Wraith. The venerable BA, proven in its purpose for over a decade – offered a handshake as the past, the present, but also most certainly the future.

Context. Relevance. Don't underestimate them. How they fit into your everyday probably plays a bigger role than their overwhelming technical superiority. When lent to a new transducer design, the resulting mix is potent.

Development does improve the breed. And thanks to a superb blend of old and new, Head-Fi today is better than it once was. Will 2020 be a launchpad? We're feeling pretty good about that...

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