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Effect Audio and Elysian Acoustic Labs collaborate to launch Gaea

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Goh Beng Yeow
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Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Effect Audio, famed for its high-quality earphone cables, has teamed up with Elysian Acoustic Labs, a Malaysian manufacturer of premium In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) to introduce Gaea.

The Effect Audio X Elysian Acoustic Labs Gaea is a culmination of both collaborating entities’ acoustic technologies and design.

Elysian Acoustic Labs’ IEMs are all hand-crafted; each monitor comprises a single Dynamic Driver (DD) from Foster and four Balanced Armature (BA) drivers from Sonion, with Elysian Acoustic Labs’s proprietary DiVe Pass II. The brand’s second-generation ventilation technology features independent vents to eliminate reverberation of the back chamber and provides optimal pressure relief in the front chamber. This reduces driver-flex issues from dia­phragm compression, allowing better movement of the diaphragm and realising the dynamic driver’s full potential.

Effect Audio x Elysian Acoustic Labs Gaea - DiVe
Image credit: Effect Audio

The internal components of each monitor are wired using a cable created through Effect Audio’s rigorous R&D process. Made up of a bespoke mix of materials, namely Copper and Silver-Plated Copper, the cable was specially chosen and applied to complement further and enhance the sonic quality of Gaea.

The Effect Audio x Elysian Acoustic Labs Gaea comes with a UP-OCC Copper Litz and UP-OCC Silver Plated Copper Litz ConX™ Ready cable featuring Effect Audio’s proprietary Dual Geometric design with a pair of Pentaconn Ear Interchangeable Connectors, retaining Elysian Acoustic Labs’s hallmark of using Pentaconn Ear.

Effect Audio x Elysian Acoustic Labs Gaea - Cable
Image credit: Effect Audio

Elysian Acoustic Labs also sourced the Effect Audio x Elysian Acoustic Labs Gaea’s matte Microfibre Polyurethane case which is meticulously designed, sporting custom rounded edges and black stitches, the case mirrors the shape of luxury jewelry cases, in a modern contemporary form.

Priced at USD 1,299 (SGD 1,899), the Effect Audio x Elysian Acoustic Labs Gaea will be available for pre-order from today at Effect Audio and all authorised retailers.

Technical Specifications (IEM)

  • 5 Drivers Hybrid In Ear Monitor (1 Dynamic Driver & 4 Balanced Armatures)
  • 4-Ways Crossover system (1 DD x Low, 1 BA x Low-Mid, 1 BA x Mid-High, 2 BA x High )
  • DiVe Pass II Dual Ventilation Technology
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 10 ohm@ 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 102 db / 100 mV @ 1 kHz
  • THD ≤ 1 %
  • Proprietary mix for Internal wiring and custom cable by Effect Audio
  • Aesthetics (Stabilized wood for faceplate and cable accessories)
  • In Package Accessories: Microfibre Polyurethane case, Spin fit W1 Medical Grade Silicone eartips (Multisize: S/M/L), Cleaning Tool and Cloth

Technical Specifications (Cable)

  • Selected Premium UP-OCC Copper Litz
  • Selected Premium UP-OCC Silver Plated Copper Litz
  • Proprietary Dual Geometric Design
  • EPO 24AWG 4 Wires
  • EA Ultra Flexi™ Insulation
  • ConX™ Ready with Pentaconn Ear Interchangeable Connector
  • Rhodium Plated Brass Straight Type Plug
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