Debuting at the Fujiya Avic headphone festival in Tokyo this weekend is a new A&K-branded IEM from Jerry Harvey.
The Billie Jean continues the songs-about-women theme laid down by the Siren series – Rosie (reviewed here), Angie, Roxanne and Layla – to put a pair of balanced armature drivers inside an earpiece that’s reportedly 32% smaller than the 3-way Michelle Limited – see photos below.
Jerry Harvey explains more in this video:
From the press release: “The Dual BA drivers have been carefully tuned with the patented technologies of Jerry Harvey Audio including Freqphase™ and Time | Phase Waveguide. A new Acoustic Chamber Sound Bore opens up the higher notes and lets them shine even more by controlling the air movement volume in the ear-pieces. This also prevents any artefacts in the sound production.”
A&K/JH’s Billie Jean is manufactured by Astell&Kern in South Korea and will begin shipping in May with an RRP of US$349, continuing the trend of high-end IEM manufacturers now catering to those on more limited budgets.
Further information: Astell&Kern
[Photos: Alex An]