The long awaited follow up
to the EM5813, the Cardas A8 Ear Speakers are now available!
Designed entirely by George
Cardas, the A8 Ear Speakers feature a custom 10.85mm Ultra
Linear, Contour Field, Dual Magnet Driver.
"The A8 has no pole piece as such. The pole piece has been
replaced by a contoured field permanent magnet. The motor is linear to
nearly DC, as is phase response." - George Cardas
The result of this innovative driver is an extremely neutral
presentation. The A8 Ear Speakers produce brilliant
highs, strong mid-range, and deep bass.
An all new design, the A8 Ear Speakers feature a 10.85mm Ultra Linear,
Contour Field, Dual Magnet Driver - producing brilliant highs and deep
The Rubberized ABS coated body incorporates a Golden Spiral curve, as with the EM5813.
The lightweight, flexible cable has separate conductors for each channel
The cable disconnects at the joiner, so you can switch from a single-ended cable, to balanced.
The A8 body is machined from billet brass, and coated in
rubberized ABS. As with the EM5813, the A8's body
follows the same natural Golden Spiral Curve found in the human cochlea - and
of course, the Cardas logo.
The A8 cable is light and tangle-resistant. It has a
unique spiral design, in which the conductors wrap around a central fiber core,
so that they are never physically stressed, even if the cable gets
pulled. And of course, it features genuine Cardas copper, multi-stranded
The standard cable
(single-ended, 3.5mm TRS) can be removed at the splitter/joiner, and replaced
with a cable to fit the balanced outputs of your Ayre Codex, Pono, or A&K.
The Cardas A8 Ear Speakers come in an attractive, soft-touch
box, with magnetic clasp, for the satisfying un-boxing experience that today's
un-boxing enthusiasts demand.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the differences between the EM5813 & the A8?
A: The EM5813 & the A8 share a similar shape, and they both use a
single dynamic driver. Beyond that, there are numerous differences.
The A8's driver is an evolution of the EM5813's driver. The A8s are much
more neutral than the EM5813. The A8's cable is much lighter, and less
microphonic, and the A8s come with a carrying pouch that they actually fit in!
Q: The EM5813's retail for $425, and the A8's are just
$299. Do the EM5813's remain the flagship IEM from Cardas?
A: We don't look at it that way. The EM5813 was our first IEM, with
all efforts going towards making an excellent product, regardless of
cost. The A8s, on the other hand, benefit from all that we learned from
the EM5813 project - from the sonic characteristics to the design of the cable,
and even manufacturing procedures. Both the EM5813 & the A8 are
excellent IEMs, providing consumers with two distinct choices.
Q: How do I choose between the EM5813 & the A8 Ear Speakers?
A: Aside from the $126 price difference, it comes down to the sound, and
the ergonomics. The EM5813 is heavier, with a thicker cable. It
also sounds warmer, and has more bass. The A8s are lighter, and more
conducive to active lifestyles, and have a more neutral delivery.
Q: Who should buy the EM5813? Who should buy the A8?
A: The ideal EM5813 buyer enjoys listening to music in a comfortable
chair, and likes the extra bass extension. The ideal A8 buyer is more
likely to be active while listening, and demands neutrality from their IEM.
Q: Yeah but... both of those descriptions apply to me.
A: Awesome. Buy one of each.