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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 PDALive.com, 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 1,999), 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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