Mr. Yamagishi probably got too many emails. Probably too many tweets, and Facebook requests. Kaede freaking rocked. The world wanted more. Here's my review of it.
And while KURO was a smashing follow up, it wasn't the same thing. Considering that Kaede was a limited run of 200, nothing could be. Maybe Kaede TypeII will be; a lot of hopes are riding on it.
Kaede TypeII, too, is a limited production, though I think no one knows for sure just how. Perhaps Mr. Yamagishi himself is in the dark. Speaking of dark, check at how beautiful Kaede's maple house becomes post-ageing:
Not that it looks bad pre-ageing.
Demonstration models will be available at Fujiya Avic's 2014 Fall Headphone Show, where I expect that addicts will be able to confirm whether or not the Type II coating (supposedly less prone to aggressive vibrations) is worth it.
Kaede TypeII is slated to go on sale sometime in November, but if you can't wait, head to the Tokyo Central Post office for a special try-and-buy event, 8 - 9 November. Its tax-included price is 81.000¥.
Head to Ocharaku's Sound Service page for more information.