Starting at the Top and Staying at the Top
As a follow-up to their M Series and Five x Five tours, the Gen2 Frontier Series tour is highly anticipated and expected to be spectacular. Given the skill level of Bogdan Belonozhko, the founder as proven by the incredible success of his M Series, when he creates a new flagship, and updated lineup, there is little doubt the results will live up to the expectations. However, what does this mean for the industry, just how high can we raise the bar for a CIEM? This is what we will find out for ourselves on this tour.
While there is a number of new technologies being introduced, perhaps the most exciting is the new kinetic bass. This new technology leverages bone conduction to create a more tactile bass that you can not only hear, but feel in your bones. This is created by a large 10mm dynamic driver that faces the outside of the IEM shell transmitting the vibration directly to the ear cartilage and surrounding area for a more immersive sound with “increased dimension and an off-the-charts low-frequency extension. I cannot wait to hear/feel that. 🙂
Two Fir Audio Tour Kits
We have arranged for two tour kits to keep our tour moving. These are not full retail boxes so we can ship them economically. This is obviously the universal format, however, they are also available in custom fit designs as well.
Tour Kit Contents x2
- Kenon 6: $3899 – Equipped with 4 balanced armature drivers, a 10mm dynamic driver for lows, fed into a Kinetic Bass port. Tied together by an electrostatic driver that elevates the track’s finer details. Lifelike resolution, unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.
- Krypton 5: $2999 -Outfitted with 4 balanced armature drivers, a 10mm dynamic driver for lows, fed into FiR Audio’s Kinetic Bass port.
- Neon 4: $2299 – Equipped with 3 balanced armature drivers, a 10mm dynamic driver for lows, fed into FiR Audio’s Kinetic Bass port.
Fir Audio Tour Kickoff Video
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Tour Kit Pictures
Barra’s Quick Initial Impressions
The best part of managing tours is getting to hear all the great gear for myself. Here are some brief impressions from what I have heard so far between the tasks required to set up this tour:
Rules and Responsibilities
Most of our tours are offering 7-day auditions which you are required to ship out to the next participant on day 8. Yes, you pay the shipping to the next participant, but we organize into logistically friendly orders to minimize the shipping expense.
The tour membership rules and responsibilities are described here. The key idea is that we must be communicative to participate and to keep the tour moving and interesting. It is our responsibility to follow these rules and to ensure the ability to ship out on day 8 when our turn is over.
Signing up for the Tour
To sign up for the tour, you must be a verified tour member and have joined our new AUDIOTIERs platform. The membership qualifications and requirements are described here if you are not already a member. Whether a HEADFI tour member needs to transfer their membership to the new platform or you are a new member looking to apply for tour membership, please follow the instructions in the GETTING STARTED box below. We are now accepting applications from both US and Canadian citizens.
Tour Signups for Verified Members: If you would like to be part of this tour, please feel free to post your request in the comments below.
Reviewers First Tour: This is a REVIEWERS GO FIRST TOUR, so if you would like to skip to the front of the line, please note that you would like to be a full reviewer in the request as in the sample below:
Sample Signup Request: I live in Anthem, AZ and would like to participate in the tour. I agree to follow the terms of the tour. I have emailed my required ID verification documentation to billb@AudioTiers.com. AS A FULL REVIEWER, PLEASE MOVE ME TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE.
Tour Participant Logistics
We have two tour kits to minimize wait and are offering 7-days auditions to each participant. This logistics list is updated as I can to show you were we are in the order with each participant bolded to signify that they received the kit. This is where you will find the next two participants to contact when you receive the kit.
Signup Period: During our signup period, we collect the initial participants and provide them with a logistically friendly portion of the tour. This is the lowest cost portion in terms of shipping. Once this closes, we move to the latecomer portion.
Latecomer Period: Latecomers are welcome to the tour on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will continue taking latecomer requests until we run out of participants or the manufacturer asks us to end the tour.