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Tokyo Headphone Festival 2019 Autumn Report

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Goh Beng Yeow
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.

Noble Audio

Noble Falcon True Wireless Stereo

Noble Audio has been reinventing themselves in a way, with their new Flagship, Khan moving away from the traditional CNC housing to an SLA housing to the implementation of a Tri-level Hybrid featuring an array of Dynamic, Balanced Armature and Piezo Electric drivers.

The star of the 2019 Autumn Festival, however, is the Noble Falcon True Wireless Stereo (TWS). Having seen the prototype during the Hong Kong Hi-End AV Show in August, it was a product I was looking forward to and when it made its appearance, it did not disappoint.

Like all good TWS offerings in the market, Noble’s first TWS supports SBC, AAC, Apt X and TWS+, yes it uses a Qualcomm QCC3020. Coupled with an IPX7 rating and a battery life of up to 10 hours and a charging case with USB Type-C charging port that can provide up to 3 complete charges, for a combined playback time of up to 40 hours. The Falcon is already a winner on paper.

The sound signature of the Falcon is what leaves me an impression, the delivery of details at the mid-range has John Moulton (a.k.a. the “Wizard”) written all over it. At the high-end, it is one of the few TWS that is able to provide a bit of sparkle for those who prefers them on the higher frequencies. Ergonomically designed, the Falcon is extremely comfortable, and possibly the best sounding TWS at 2019 Autumn Festival.

Product Specifications

Driver:6mm Dual-layered Carbon Dynamic Driver
Frequency Response:20 Hz-20,000 Hz
Bluetooth:5.0 Bluetooth / Class 2
Battery Life:Up to 10 hours of playback, combined playback time of up to 40 hours with charging case
Water Resistance:IPX7
Sensitivity:91 dB ± 3 dB
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  1. hi,if elysian acoustic lab ” terminator ” compare with sony ier z1r , which one is better ?
    thank you.

    • 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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