I would like to thank Joseph from Jomo Audio for providing the Flamenco in return for my honest opinion. Pics were provided by Jomo.
The customised earphone industry is increasingly expanding – a few years back there were only a handful of TOTL ciems to choose from that grazed passed the $1K mark. The market has changed in many ways. Not only is the competition growing fiercer with the rise of new boutique manufacturers, even the options in the summit fi level passing $2K are numerous. Multi-BA iems as Layla and Zeus were initially pioneers in this segment, but in Singapore alone AAW currently offers the W900, Dita recently unveiled the Dream, and Jomo now follows with its new flagship, the Flamenco.
Jomo has been steadily working on its ascension, starting with models as the Jomo 6R, which was swiftly followed by Samba and Flamenco. Safe to say, a line has begun to emerge throughout the lineup: Jomo is differentiating themselves with their pursuit for precision. The Jomo Samba defined itself by its highly technical sound – I can only think of a few iems that come close to it when it comes to aspects as transparency, resolution and imaging. So if Samba is already topping the charts in those aspects, can Flamenco improve upon them even further? Well, no, not really at least. But it can offer a more balanced signature, as well as the option of tweaking the sound with its two built-in switches for bass or treble.
Jomo Audio Flamenco
-Drivers: 11 BA drivers: 1 sub, 2 low, 4 mid, 2 high, 2 super high
-Design: 5-way passive crossover, 3 sound bores, 2 switches
-Frequency range: 20 Hz – 40 KHz
-Impedance: 106 dB
-Sensitivity: 35 Ohm
-MRSP: SGD $2999 (US $2140)
Jomo has stepped up their unboxing experience and accessories since the last time I checked, for the Samba review. The Flamenco is delivered in seriously stylish cube-sized matte black box. Where the Samba was shipped in an anonymous Peli case with a few basic accessories, Flamenco comes in a shiny blue hockey-puck style case, which sits tightly in a hollowed out enclosure in the box. The brand name ‘Jomo’ reflects in silver letters on the top, contrasting the metallic blue. Similar as with Samba, Jomo includes a 6.3 mm and airline adapter as extra accessories. The dark metal warranty card is a nice finish that adds to the luxurious feel of the package.
When ordered from Jomo’s local distributor Music Sanctuary, the Flamenco is offered with three different cable options. The three choices are all pure copper cables priced at $150, but offer slight variations in sound. The HanSound Audio Zen has a lightly enhanced mid- and upper-bass, resulting in a pleasantly warm and smooth tonality. It provides a natural sound, while creating slightly thicker notes than both the Ares II and No. 5. Both Ares II and PW Audio’s No. 5 in turn sound a bit cleaner, as a result of a relatively attenuated upper bass. The No. 5 is not overly warm, but it has an excellent instrument timbre with a modest touch of sparkle, as well as a nicely balanced vocal presentation.
However, as Flamenco is the official stock cable for Flamenco, sound impressions will be based on that pairing. The Ares II cable is the same stock cable option provided with Samba; a quality copper cable in looks and sound. The copper strands are visually pleasing, while the silver-plated jack with black and gray carbon finish and silver-colored 2-pin connectors provide a qualitative look and feel. The silver and black carbon splitter is slightly on the heavier side, but it provides a nice finishing touch and matches the carbon jack in design.
The Ares II provides a clean and controlled bass response, with good balance between sub- and mid-bass, while not being overly warm. The controlled mid-bass response further results in an airy stage structure. The midrange is relatively uncolored, but also slightly dry, as it doesn’t provide an overly warm or forward sound. The focus is more on providing a relatively neutral and clear sound, with good articulation and definition of individual instruments; the result of a well-extended treble in comparison to a stock OFC cable. Accordingly, the Ares II provides good resolution and transparency, especially when taking its price into consideration.