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Cardas A8 Review – Pleasure Doesn’t Have To Be Guilty

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Verdict –

I think the $300 price range is populated with some of the most unique and impressive earphones I’ve come across. Because a lot of them compete very much with earphones priced at a more premium $400-500 though their manufacturers choose to discount them, not due to any performance difference but to imbue them with a greater sense of value. The A8 exemplifies this as an earphone that provides an extremely compelling experience at a modest price, at least as far as earphones go in 2017.

For users of cheaper earphones like the 1More Triple Driver or Kinera H3, the A8 is a very reasonable upgrade and even those with vastly more expensive earphones can consider the A8 for its unique presentation, especially with regards to soundstage space, bass extension and rumble. Furthermore, the A8 has an incredibly solid build with a mostly excellent cable and surprisingly uncompromised ergonomics. They are a very well considered earphone in many aspects, only their more polite treble will garner complaints from some. To my ear, the A8 more than makes up for it with an exceptionally dynamic sound that feels more like a home theatre system than an in-ear (in a good way). Those looking for pure fidelity and neutrality will not find it here, but the A8 is nonetheless a nuanced and surprisingly transparent earphone that maintains great versatility and engagement.

Verdict – 8.75/10, The A8 is an excellent earphone at a competitive price point. Their brass build never fails to impress nor does their subterranean bass response and cavernous soundstage. They aren’t the most detailed, resolving earphone on the market, the BR5 MKII handily scratches that itch, but the A8 is a truly unique experience that finds versatility.

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Avid writer, passionate photographer and full-time student, Ryan's audio origins and enduring interests lie within all aspects of portable audio. An ongoing desire to bring quality audio to the regular reader underpins his reviewer ethos as he seeks to bring a new perspective on the cutting edge and budget dredge alike.

4 Comments

  1. Lord Sinister on

    Excellent review Ryan! Thanks.

    Not sure if you heard the LZ-A4, or anyone else with the A8, but would appreciate a sound comparison between them. I really like the bass & sub-bass on the A4 but always felt something very slightly off with the mids and highs (black bass + blue mid/high filters)…..maybe too bright/thin….

    Wish the Trinity Audio PM6 had the A4 bass/sub (or A8 based on your description) as it would probably be the perfect IEM for me.

    • Ryan Soo on

      Sorry, can’t comment on the A4, it looks really interesting but I wasn’t able to secure a unit to test. If you don’t mind some midrange thickness and their more polite high end, the A8 is a really nice choice and bass is certainly very visceral. Again, I can’t say whether it outclasses the A4 or vice versa and even then, it’s hard to say without knowing your exact sound preferences.

      • Unknown music lover on

        Hi! Just wanna know the comparison of oriveti new primacy and this? Thanks!

        • Unknown music lover on

          Sorry for not reading fully my bad

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