Posted on 8th August, 2019


Astell&Kern, along with partner Jerry Harvey Audio, are all set to show the new flagship universal-fit IEM, at Hong Kong AV Show 2019 August 9 – 11, Hong Kong Convention and exhibition centre, Hall 5FG.

The first Layla launched as a custom earphone in 2014 to much applause. Since then, there have been two limited-edition releases of universal fit Layla - Carbon Fiber Edition, the industry's first full Carbon Fiber earphone and then, Full Metal Jacket, the first full Titanium earphone. The newest and third generation of this series is Layla AION.

Introducing Layla AION

Layla AION

AION represents Jerry Harvey Audio's past, present, and future achievements. Taking the original Layla sound signature and then mixing it with the company's ever-evolving industry-leading manufacturing processes, along with its latest Patent Pending technologies and designs, Layla AION is hailed as “the best sounding and most advanced earphone available”.

Manufactured in Orlando, Florida, the Layla AION universal fit earphones are tended to by the same team as responsible for producing JHA's line of custom earphones loved by musicians the world over.

Carbon Fibre and More

Each Layla AION begins as a carbon fibre block formed by compressing hundreds of layers of resin-infused carbon fibre fabric. After undergoing an initial machining process, and then a secondary hand shaping process, Layla AION is precision tuned using state-of-the-art equipment and assembled by hand.

Layla AION

Topping this off is a red and black Pearloid faceplate sporting oversized chrome logos.

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Drivers and Tech

Within the striking earpieces, you'll find 12 Drivers per side: Quad Low, Quad Mid, and Quad High Proprietary Balanced Armatures. The Sonic Tube Chassis 3D printed chambers house the 12 driver configuration and implement freqphase technology. The technique allows for a smaller shell design without bending on sound quality. Furthermore, it ensures the correct phase and time alignment of all frequencies.

Layla AION

Layla AION also features adjustable bass, allowing you to customise the bass level from a flat response up to a boost of 0 – +13db of bass.

Layla AION universal fit is fine-tuned by Jerry Harvey to match Astell&Kern's line of portable high-resolution audio players to produce the best sound possible.

Bundled in with the Layla AION universal fit is a high purity OFC 4N Silver-plated cable. The cable features a German-made, military-grade, iridium connector, designed to create a tight grip as well as easing insertion and removal. A built-in O-ring keeps the connection between the cable and earpiece sweat proof. The robust cable will not oxidise and features upgraded memory wire around the ear.

Layla AION

Also included is a 3.5mm unbalanced to balanced 2.5mm 4-pole connector cable, carbon carrying cases and a variety of tips to find the perfect fit for your ears.

When paired with the Astell&Kern portable high-resolution audio players, Layla AION universal fit IEM produces the most accurate musical reproduction available today.

We are awaiting confirmation regarding pricing and availability, so stay tuned.


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