Cardas EM5813 IEM
Cardas EM5813 IEM
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The EM5813 is the debut IEM from Cardas Audio, an Oregon-based, family-run manufacturer that specializes in premium audio cables and component parts. The result of years of meticulous design by founder George Cardas, it’s efficient, natural, musical, and complete with an eye-catching copper finish Read More
High-End Dynamic IEM

The EM5813 is the debut IEM from Cardas Audio, an Oregon-based, family-run manufacturer that specializes in premium audio cables and component parts. The result of years of meticulous design by founder George Cardas, it’s efficient, natural, musical, and complete with an eye-catching copper finish. The 11.45-millimeter dynamic driver features a neodymium magnet drive motor and a PEN-type thin-film diaphragm. This makes for, according to one Head-Fi reviewer, an “accurate, detailed, balanced, and, most of all, alive and engaging” sound. The review goes on to say, “Buy a set, and you will find yourself having it in your ears all the time.” Fitted with the high-quality Clear Light cable Cardas is known for, the EM5813 comes with three sets of ear tips.

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Specs
  • Cardas Audio
  • Body: Golden spiral curved, machined from billet brass, plated with copper, and clear coated to prevent oxidation
  • Driver: 11.45mm dynamic
  • Cable: Cardas Clear Light Headphone (4 x 25.5 AWG matched propagation conductors)
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 110 dB
  • Isolation: -20 dB
  • Connector: 3.5mm stereo TRS 
  • Weight: 2.23 oz (63.15 g)
Included
  • 1 set of white dual-flange silicone ear tips
  • 1 set of blue dual-flange silicone ear tips (ported to relieve bass)
  • 1 set of Comply T-400 foam ear tips
  • Leather carrying pouch
Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is Dec 26, 2019 PT.

After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.

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Like Shanks405, I also have both the AQ Nighthawks and the Cardas EM5813. I find it interesting that both AQ and Cardas claim they made their products sound as similar to speakers as they could. Inadvertently they have succeeded in one thing: they share a similar sound profile. Both have arrived at nearly the same point by using the same goal, despite the differences in mechanicals. The Nighthawks are a polarizing headphone on most forums. You either love it or hate it. I love it and I also like the Cardas, although I am not completely through the recommended break-in period. If you like the Nighthawks, you will probably like the Cardas. If you don't, well …. skip the Cardas. I am on the fence concerning a break-in period. It does work for me, but I attribute that to the brain adjusting to the sound rather than some magic symbiosis of the working parts in the device. My home-grown theory: the brain tries to pull all the sound out of the sources that it can. Until your brain adjusts to the sources (recording, music device like player or phone, and the earphone), the music will not be ideal for that device. For example, listening to the first three themes of Holst's The Planets with a broken-in, more balanced headphone, the lower tones, like the bass and the lower mids, are powerful, but the higher frequencies are clearly present and accounted for. The bass is a stately elephant walking ponderously and carefully among a crowd of people. With the Cardas, the bass is a brontosaurus stomping pygmy's and you barely notice the fleeing higher frequencies. After the Nighthawks were broken in, I heard a lot more detail in the music. More, I think, than most people who have only listened to them a few times are willing to concede. I am hoping the same thing happens with the Cardas. In the end, though, they will be a different profile even after break in. Like different recordings done by different orchestras and conductors, they interpret the music. To like a device, you have to share that built-in interpretation. Cardas is one of the few brands that makes both quality IEMs and cables. I assume, therefore, that Cardas has matched the cable's electronics and acoustics perfectly. However, the cable's ergonomics are a complete annoyance. It's too long for most casual listeners and very heavy. Not to mention it has a mind of it's own; the thing starts curling and moving like a nest of snakes if you are not careful. Moving with the cable is difficult; this is the first time that I have ever had to use a shirt clip. And while it slithers and slips the microphonics sound like it's hissing a pre-emptive strike. Because of the cable, the Cardas is best enjoyed sitting or reclining motionless. Despite it's quirks, I find the Cardas very enjoyable. Heavy, thick lower tones dominate, but this is a good iem, so all the music is there. At the Drop price, it's definitely a bargain.