Audiofly AF140 – Performance Series – In Ear Monitors Review

The team at Audiofly in Australia are really are doing it right with their kit these days. We got a pair of their consumer AF78s last summer to play with and they were great so we were very happy that they sent over a pair of their newest high end in ear studio monitors to check out.

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The unboxing feels really special as you flip open the front magnetised cover to be greeted by the pair of monitors sitting snuggly in their foam slots as well as the quality canvas storage wallet. What impressed me last time about the Audiofly delivery was the attention paid to lots of tiny detail in the packaging and the amount of accessories and kit that they pack into the box. It makes such a huge difference when you’ve shelled out on a pair of serious kit. For example even the velcro strap holding the cord of the earphones in a organised coil is well thought out and reinforces the premium feeling of the set.

The huge stand out thing for me with these was the comfort. I tried a pair of outrageously expensive top end in ear monitors from another brand and sent them back without a review as I had to take them off after a couple of minutes cause they were so uncomfortable. The Audiofly pair come with different sized interchangeable COMPLY isolating foam ear buds. They help glide the AF140s into your ear canal and then expand to take up any remaining space giving you a snug and bespoke fit every time.
(For reference, the other brand felt like you were surgically inserting some unforgiving bit of spiky metal deep into your brain.)

I had the AF140s on for over 3 hours at work while I typed away blissfully unaware of anyone else’s noise in the office. In fact the noise isolation was so good I was pissing everyone off because I couldn’t hear anyone asking me dumb questions so had to take them off! :-/
I reckon I could wear these all day and not get any irritation.

The sound is as amazing as you’d expect for the £250. The bass is full and the mids and highs crisp delivering an overall sound thats very impressive. If you’re producing tracks on the move then I would definitely recommend these as they are relatively subtle compared to some of the in ear monitors out there and block everything out allowing you to have them at a comfortable volume.

Something else to think about though is that there’s another 2 steps up in their performance series which makes me wonder just how much better they can get?!

Nice work Audiofly… keep them coming!

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UK Pricing
AF120 – £189.99
AF140 – £249.99
AF160 – £309.99
AF180 – £369.99

Audiofly AF140 - Performance Series

Introducing Serato Flip

Serato have come up with a cue point / loop / action record feature they are calling flip. As you can see from the video pretty good for recording custom edits / performances etc etc. Personally I still put this throughly into the gimmick area of software – who has time to prepare all that stuff on one track before a set – it’s still pretty cool. Really the most useful application here is extending intros & outros without needing the loop function. One for the cue point wizards, let me know if you find any awesome way to use this in the comments, due in September.

Introducing the Pioneer PLX-1000

So here it is, the final dj booth takeover bid from Pioneer, the PLX-1000 turntable. It looks like a Technics, it defiantly works like a technics, but it’s got that circular play button. It is a good thing that they are making a turntable of the same quality again, and I hope they continue for many years. Check the video below for a full run through – as a guy who just paid through the nose to have the cable in his Technics replaced I’m glad to see the swappable RCA cables.

 

Quiksilver – QS-1 Headphones

The mega surf brand has announced that it will be getting into the headphones game with a new headset offering called the QS-1.

The QS-1 headphones are packed with technology including custom 40mm drivers for outstanding sound and interchangeable cushions for an easy switch from an on-ear to over-ear version. They also include a sharing plug for easy listening with friends on the go. Finally, the cable, which is a nod to the surfboard leash, includes a remote control too for easily switching some of the guff still somehow living on your ipod.

If you fancy a pair then get ready to part with £90 – £125.

More info: www.quiksilver.co.uk

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