Review: Sleek Audio SA6 In-Ear Headphones

Eschewing the one-sound-fits-all headphone paradigm, personal audio newcomer Sleek Audio sets the mark for sound customization and modular design. Created by Mark Krywko, a 30-year veteran of hearing-aid design, these mini concert halls are built around a tiny superwide-band single-armature driver with interchangeable treble tips and bass ports, and they sport a detachable cord.

Straight out of the box the SA6 delivered luscious fidelity. But why stop there? I fiddled with the bass and treble in each ear for a few days. The trial-and-error paid off in spades, yielding a setup that’s cochlea-opening ear candy.

Like most of the expensive in-ears there’s plenty of power in these baby rockers, but the biggest revelation was hearing the subtleties in the music. From crackling guitar riffs to concert-hall classical and Sinatra standards the SA6 delivered an incredibly pleasing depth and range.

Not merely content to sound smart, Sleek Audio is looking after your audio investment and the future. They’ve integrated a detachable cord with an adjustable bolo that takes the big stress out of damaged, frayed or torn connections and paves the way for wireless. Accidentally snap, stretch or snip your cord, and you needn’t gouge your eyes out for ruining hundreds of dollars worth of sound. Just drop $25 and you’re back in business.

Plus, how ’bout the “no cord” option? Krywko and his henchmen are in the midst of cooking up Bluetooth functionality that’ll let you go 100 percent Lt. Ohura on the rest of the world.

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