Exotic, Three-Driver IEM And New Over-The-Ear Headphones From Audiofly [CES 2014]


Product designer Iain Finlay shows off his creation, Audiofly’s first set of cans. Photo: Eli Milchman

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LAS VEGAS — Audiofly has been busy since we last visited them at CES two years ago. This year they’re finally ready to ship their long-promised AF140, albeit with a radical redesign, and are introducing the quad-driver AF180. The Aussie crew also showed us the over-the-ear set of cans they’ve been working on.

The AF140 is a very unusual set, and possibly unique. It was originally spec’d with two armatures, but Audiofly went down the road they did with the single-armature/dynamic driver AF78 and added a dynamic driver for bass depth for a total of two armatures and a dynamic driver. It also gets a crossover.

The AF180 has four armatures in each ear, placing it in rarified atmosphere as one of the most driver-packed in-ear monitors you can get without custom earpieces.

Iain Finlay, Audiofly’s product designer, was on hand to walk us through the outfit’s first over-the-ear headphones. Iain worked hard on the ergonomics, giving the set (which at this point remains nameless, priceless and delivery-date-less) ball-socket connectors, an indentation in the headband’s sheepskin-clad padding, a spring-loaded, auto-adjust headband and made the skeleton out of aluminum alloy to keep the weight down.

The AF140 and AF180 will be $350 and $550 respectively when they ship later this year.


Audiofly’s new flagship, the AF180. Photo: Eli Milchman

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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