New Headphones coming from JDS Labs

The audio in Senua’s Sacrifice is amazing, they did a really good job of making me feel like I was going a bit crazy. Going to be interesting to see what they come up with now they’ve been bought by Microsoft.

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Hey @DarthPool

Full disclosure I work for both JDS Labs and Vokyl Audio

Thanks for the support! While we’re going to be incorporating some JDS Labs qualities in our work like US machining and assembly, Vokyl is actually a separate company made up of several JDS Labs team members.

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Is there a website up yet? Or will it launch with the Indiegogo launch? I would like to learn more about it. Looking forward to your inputs on the Audiophile/Gaming topics.

Here are some links!

https://www.instagram.com/vokylaudio/

https://vokyl.io/

https://twitter.com/vokylaudio?lang=en

We’re still finalizing some things but will probably start trickling out more information as time passes.

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I like the detail in the yokes! it looks like it might be different colors in the pictures is this something that is random during the build process? They look very nice! I look forward to backing it on Indiegogo.

Our current colorways are burnt orange or blue, so we’ve just been testing to see how they will look. Thanks for the support!

Created an account just to chime in. I’m interested in learning about and buying into audiophile gaming. I’ve been using V-Moda Crossfades on my Xbox for a couple years, but with the Atmos software out now, and these new Audeze and Vokyl cans coming out, it seems like there’s a lot of potential to get excited about.

Oh, and Hellblade is an absolute masterpiece that needs to be experienced the best way possible, so there’s that, too.

I’m super stoked to play Hellblade with my HD800 and the Mobius when I get it! I’ve dabbled in Hellblade but have been putting it off for when I have more time to dedicate to it. Right now I’m playing hollowknight on my switch with CA Cascades and Andromedas lol

The audio cues in Hollowknight are awesome…plus the music is really good also

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Visually it does remind me of the old Classic the ATH AD700 which was luaded as an excellent can for it’s “clarity” an overall accurate sound despite it’s lack of bass

curious either way to see how this compares to other stuff! Any one get an idea of where the MSRP is set around

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According to this interview, co-founder Jude Hopper estimates the Erupt retailing for between $300 and $500.

https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/headphone-manufacturer-gears-up-for-launch-as-tariffs-spike-costs/article_27dc8f4a-2a2b-56de-8788-1317d73c5712.html

The Indiegogo page is still pre-launch, but for now is offering 50% off MSRP for initial backers.

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So the funding campaign went live today: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vokyl-erupt-gaming-heaphones-with-nc-boom-mic?utm_source=Vokyl&utm_campaign=28693d25d9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_05_05_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b870f8b4c1-28693d25d9-6171459#/

Anyone going to take the plunge?

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Yup!

Backed, have the preview units that went out, been reviewed yet? I’m having a hard time finding the early reviews.

Just backed. Can’t seem to find any reviews either…

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An FR was posted recently. I could see the sound being rather controversial. Seems like they’re quite dipped from 1kHz to a bit past 3kHz so they’ll probably sound kinda dull and distant but they have a huge spike at 5k so they’ll also probably sound super nasal. They then drop off steeply after so they’ll probably sound veiled too.

Of course, I don’t know the rig so the measurement could be off but I’d recommend waiting for further measurements and reviews before backing.

Or just read the campaign where it says the headphone is in the prototype stage and they’re still tuning it. They mentioned specifically that they’re going to flatten out the 5K peak.

It’s one thing to mention that they’ll try to do something and actually doing it. If they can manage to tame it, that’d help with the nasalness but it won’t really help the lack of upper midrange and treble.

Have you heard it? I know they sent out preview units, I’m not one to follow measurements, and prefer to base my opinion on what I hear, or the opinions of people that have a sound preference to mine. Also this is being marketed as a gaming headphone so that needs to be taken into account also.That being said, I don’t think anyone should judge this based off the limited information out there, especially since it is still going through changes. I also would not like to see this forum turn into a place like the random discord channels where people are super judgemental of others preference, everyone is unique in what they hear, and shouldn’t be made to feel like they have to be on the defensive for it. Nor do I think that the forum should be super positive about every headphone, or gear. I’m a half full type so I tend to focus on the good/Positive aspects of things.

I haven’t heard it; I just specified that I could see the sound being controversial through the information given because I have seen many people complain about midrange-lacking headphones like the Elear and HD700.

Though, isn’t the fact that people do perceive sound differently a case against subjective impressions? I know that I’m less tolerant of mid treble spikes and less sensitive to low treble spikes than many people, so even if people do have similar sound preferences to me, they may be more accepting or less accepting of issues I hear or things I love about a headphone. Subjective reviews do have their place (I wouldn’t do them if I didn’t think they can be useful) but the ideal situation would be using measurements with subjective impressions because they are best when used together.

I have trouble trusting reviews of pre-production or even early releases of headphones because there’s so much excitement around a product that people may subconsciously be more lenient. Measurements, with all the potential faults they may have, avoid this because they don’t have the ability to have biases. Of course, it’s silly to only trust measurements because measurements can have errors and it’s entirely possible to have something measure well sound bad because measurements only show part of the picture, but I can’t really think of many examples where a poorly-measuring headphone sounds straight up good, just cases in which measurements show specific colorations that can be pleasing to people. What I said in my first post is just an analysis of the measurement Vokyl provided, with commentary for likely issues people have have with that particular FR. Measurements are immensely useful because they provide a context without people’s own preferences coloring their own opinions and from there, people can decide if they think a headphone’s sound signature will fit their own preferences.

I normally wouldn’t judge a gaming headphone particularly harshly (like for example, I’d be ecstatic if the Mobius performs even like a slightly worse Sine) but they are claiming it is one of the best values in the under $500 range and competes with stuff on the $1k range. It’s a bold claim and I’d love if they performed on a technical level with other things in the $500 range, but their FR may leave some people wanting if they want something with a forward midrange. I’m just emphasizing that people should take the information they are provided before rushing into backing something that hasn’t been proven to be good. Headphones are hard to get sounding good, even by established companies so I think that unless that person wants to buy this as a curiosity or have a legitimate use for this, waiting for more information would be smart because $250 isn’t a small amount of money to gamble.

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Hence the finding someone with a similar sound preference comment I made. Measurements can be very off, depending on who is doing the measurements, and the chain that is used to get those measurements. Also like you said you seem to be hyper sensitive to things that more than likely 95%(not a factual percentage just making a point) are probably not sensitive to. I also noticed that you find fault with most headphones that majority of listeners love(not a fault just how you hear things) which goes back to my statement of people should make sure they are aware of the reviewers views so they can better understand if they would align with the reviewers perceptions of what they are hearing. For instance HD700 is one of my favorite headphones, I’m learning to better understand it’s faults but still think it is a great headphone, and most non critical listeners would probably agree (friends and family also thought it sounded awesome when I let them hear it). Measurements can also be biased depending on who does them, even supposed trusted sources, hence why I don’t really pay attention to the measurements of any headphone…maybe as I get more into the hobby I can start understanding them better or find a trusted sources (Tyll retiring leaves a whole in that trusted sources spot, but even he isn’t infallible). I recognize that their are snobs in every hobby but I don’t think this forum should be a place for them, we already have enough in other forums and discord channels. For example I witnessed a group on discord deride some kid because he wanted to buy the JDS Element or El stack, that same group went after another kid that was super stoked to get an m1060 and was saying how awesome it sounded when that group came in and derided his choice and belittled it. I felt super bad for those two kids, they just wanted to share something they were excited for and they got bullied by the resident know it all’s (unkle something and shoes something I think on the discords, not trying to call anyone out but it really disappointed me). These kids are just getting into the hobby and might not have the budgets that some of us have for gear. Sorry off my soapbox, and I’m not saying you are doing these things just the way you stated things kind of set off that string of concious. I like the inclusive and helpful community that this site has fostered and would be dissapointed if it fell to the Reddit mob/discord mob mentality.

Rant over, sorry for the wall but I enjoy this forum and want it to succeed.

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