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Custom Headphone System: THE ROVER (Mobile)

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Note: the Audeze EL-8 is scheduled for release in late February.  The Wywires Red, 4', headphone cable will eventually be part of this package, but these cables are not available yet for the EL-8 (the cable is not included in the current price).


Code-name: THE ROVER (Mobile)

Sonic Character: The CalyxM and Audeze EL-8 combination of The Rover produces a crisp, clear and wide-open sound. This is our most compact system, but press Play, close your eyes and be transported to another place.


The Gear:

Audeze EL8 Headphones: The EL-8 is the most refined headphone we've encountered in its price range. As Head-Fi says, the detail of the EL-8 is only a slight step behind the LCD-X model, at half the price and 3/4 of the weight.  The EL-8 is the first Audeze headphone that's really well-suited for a mobile setup.  Choose the Closed-back model if you expect to listen in a noisy environment or just want to prevent anyone near you from hearing sound from your music.

CalyxM Mobile Player: The CalyxM is the most fantastic handheld music player we've found, including more expensive players we've tried.  These players are designed and manufactured in South Korea, to amazing quality standards.  With large and small SD card slots, the current capacity of nearly half a terrabyte will allow you to store more than a thousand Redbook CDs (SD cards not included).  The internal ESS Labs ES9018S-2M (Sabre) DAC is capable of decoding high resolution DSD and PCM music files (up to Double-DSD and 32bit/384KHz).  Everyone thought the iPod was cool when it came's what happens when a handheld player has state-of-the-art sonics.

4’ Wywires Headphone Cable: The Wywires Red headphone cable provides a nice upgrade from stock cables. The character of this cable is close up and intimate, with excellent micro-detail and timing precision. All Wywires cables use high-purity Litz copper conductor, which have been phase-aligned and encased inside a sealed Teflon tube with an air barrier.


Shipping for this package is Free. Check out the CalyxM and EL-8 reviews on the video tab of this page. Jaguar only ships Audeze products to addresses in North America.

Product Videos

Calyx M Full Review (12:41)
Calyx, most well known for their variety of DACs from the inexpensive to the top-of-the-line Femto DAC surprised us all with a high-end portable player. I was lucky enough to borrow a unit directly from Calyx. Apologies that the sound impressions aren't as detailed as I would have wished them to be. Just after I shot the video I realised that holding one's finger on a track brings up a list of options, such as adding it to a playlist which I'd missed, firmware 0.95 being only a few days old and this month being crazy busy for me. Some things I missed: The battery life has been reported to be about 4.5 hours of playback and the player software doesn't cache thumbnails, requiring them to be reloaded at every restart. It is also missing the ability to browse through folders and adjust the screen brightness (which is probably partially responsible for the less than great battery life).
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