So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

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So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby Marcus » Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:12 am

And they sound pretty good!

I love the build/durability/accessories they come with, Audiofly do some great attention to detail.
They are quite easy to fit, comfortable, have virtually nothing in the way of cord microphonics and.... they sound great!
Warm and punchy are the two words I'd use to describe how they sound, this makes the AF140 quite well suited to contemporary music including rock/pop/funk/electronic etc. They have a groovy musical sound to them that's really quite fun.
In other words : bass response is solid, quite well controlled and has good kick to it while managing to go quite deep. Midrange is smooth and clear, although the bass response can be a little more forward at times. Treble response is also smooth and detailed without being harsh so they shouldn't get fatiguing to listen to because of overly bright highs.

I really like the way these sound with music that has a bit of a beat, so I've been enjoying Funk/Synthpop styles on them quite a lot. I think for classical/Jazz/acoustic stuff the IM02 might be a slightly better choice due to their flatter response and slightly better levels of microdetail and separation but that's why there are different headphones :)

Niggling points :
First: The earhooks can flex up a little on my ears (Kit found the same) but it's mainly when I'm sitting down, when standing the weight of the cables pull them down a little more securely and I'm guessing that it's just because they're a brand new pair, over time I expect the earhooks will settle down a little.
Second: you can hear the dynamic driver flexing when inserting the canals. Not a serious issue, but there have been times where I've had to play with the pressure to make sure the driver is "popped" the right way (but this only takes 2 seconds so I'm not that concerned).

2 year warranty
$350 price tag
Recommended :)

Hopefully I'll be able to get them up on the web catalogue today!
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby XXIV » Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:27 pm

They sound brilliant. Just wish I could spare the $350!
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby dingostolemyipod » Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:29 pm

How would they compare to the SM2?
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby Marcus » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:43 pm

Better treble response than the SM2 and a little more control in the bass - I'd say the SM2 are going to be better for hiphop and similar genres :)
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby redrich2000 » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:32 am

Interesting, sounds like the HD650 of canals?
Is the AF140 coming with the both the mic and non-mic cable? I thought I read that somewhere.
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby Marcus » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:37 am

I know the AF160/180 are going to have interchangeable cables but I'm not sure about the 140.
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby redrich2000 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:07 pm

Hey Marcus, how do you rate these against the SM64?
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby Marcus » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:14 pm

SM64 > SM3 > AF140.
There's not much contest, the SM64 are still the best sounding sub-$1000 canals.
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby redrich2000 » Thu May 01, 2014 11:16 am

Marcus wrote:SM64 > SM3 > AF140.
There's not much contest, the SM64 are still the best sounding sub-$1000 canals.


Wow, emphatic. Do you think that's in part because you're a fan of really good bass?
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby Marcus » Thu May 01, 2014 12:36 pm

Define "really good" bass :)
I like my bass to be well controlled and well defined. I hate overwhelming or slow/boomy bass, or bass that's limited to midbass and not low frequencies.

The SM64 has really good bass, really good mids and really good treble which is why I really like them :)
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby redrich2000 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:43 am

Marcus wrote:SM64 > SM3 > AF140.
There's not much contest, the SM64 are still the best sounding sub-$1000 canals.


Hey Marcus, I've just been lucky enough to try out a loaner set of the AF140. They are definitely warmer than I usually go for and the treble is a bit rolled off, but I'm really liking them. With a bit of treble boost they sound beautiful, smooth, lush and very natural. I'm interested to hear a bit more about your thoughts on the AF140 v SM64...
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby Marcus » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:53 am

It's not really a fair comparison - the SM64 are just a better sounding canal, it's as simple as that :p
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby redrich2000 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:05 am

Marcus wrote:It's not really a fair comparison - the SM64 are just a better sounding canal, it's as simple as that :p


But would you say broadly similar sound signature but better presentation across the spectrum?
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby Marcus » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:12 am

The SM64 bass goes deeper, has better definition and control (so it's fast and punchy, but also manages to do strong resonant basslines found in some music really well), midrange is smoother and treble has better definition and separation but it's never harsh or fatiguing. The AF140 is closer to the SM2.
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Re: So I've been playing with the new Audiofly AF140

Postby redrich2000 » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:05 pm

Marcus wrote:The SM64 bass goes deeper, has better definition and control (so it's fast and punchy, but also manages to do strong resonant basslines found in some music really well), midrange is smoother and treble has better definition and separation but it's never harsh or fatiguing. The AF140 is closer to the SM2.


Damn they must be good... have you heard the stuff about the lower treble suck out that cause head-fi to go into melt-down over the SM64? TBH it did sound a bit like the excessive graph-based nitpicking some on head-fi go in for, but I wondered whether it meant anything to you?
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