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Tokyo Headphone Festival 2019 Autumn Report


Elysian Acoustic Labs

Elysian Acoustic Labs Line-up

The presence of Elysian Acoustic Labs at the Tokyo Headphone Festival 2019 Autumn was a surprise, I remembered seeing Lee Quan Min during the KL AV Show in 2018. Back then, the company was a small start-up in Malaysia, a one-man setup doing custom IEMs and re-shelling at the side. Back then, I provided him with my honest comments of his IEMs.

Kudos to Lee Quan Min, he took my comments positively and a year later, he not only carved out his own niche but also built a fan base in Japan. Confidently, he invited me again to listen to his current offerings and I was not disappointed. I would like to mention about the Annihilator, the current Flagship.

Being a participant of the Foster Alliance Program, Elysian Acoustic Labs implemented Foster’s Dynamic Driver with 2 Knowles’ Balanced Armature Drivers, 2 Sonion Balanced Armature Drivers and 2 Electrostatic Drivers with a 4-way crossover. Elysian Acoustic Labs also joined the increasing number of manufacturers to adopt the new Pentaconn Ears connector in place of the traditional 2-pin 0.78mm connector.

Product Specifications

Driver: 1 Dynamic Driver
4 Balanced Armature Drivers
2 Electrostatic Drivers
Frequency Response: 10Hz – 40khz
Crossover: 4-Way
Impedance: 40Ω@1kHz
Sensitivity: 110dB SPL 1mW


    • Hi Ing Kian, the two are very different IEMs which differs very much in Sound Signatures, without knowledge of your listening preference. It is very hard to cite which is better. The IER-Z1R is my go-to IEM if I would like an IEM which I can use as a reference while the Terminator is good, it is more of a HiFi sounding and not in the Flagship league as yet, however, my experience with the Terminator is that the performance can be further scaled with upgrade cables. I hope I have given you some insights.


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