Triple Hybrid Flagship
Cerberus is one of the two flagships that Softears initially released. Compared to the all-BA RS10, Cerberus features a hybrid triple crossover, consisting of electrostatic, balanced armature, and dynamic drivers for high, mid, and low frequencies respectively. The name Cerberus was chosen in reference to the three-headed dog in Greek mythology, representing great power and potential, which is also a fitting description for this high-end earphone.
The aesthetic design of Cerberus and its final touch is the benchmark for recent custom in-ear monitors. Both craftsmanship and aesthetics are the pinnacles of what is capable with in-ear designs.
3 Heads Working Together
Cerberus brings the strengths of all types together, linking 2 electrostatic, 4 balanced armatures, and 1 dynamic driver in an accurate and elegant design that offers superior audio performance.
The strength of electrostatic speakers is renowned for their performance in high frequencies. Although its technical performance outclasses other transducers in the treble, it is also known for poor performance in the lows. Cerberus uses dual miniature electrostatic drivers for the reproduction of higher frequencies. 2 micro-drivers are amped by an integrated specifically designed transformer that provides the voltage at 75-fold of the analog signal, which makes it possible to power the speakers.
Balanced armature receivers are widely used in high-end in-ear monitors due to ease of use and high configurability. However, to achieve great extension in the lows and highs, they require large volume, create high manufacturing costs and introduce various design challenges. Softears' deep roots in the manufacturing scene allowed them to source and develop drivers that specifically match their demands. The proprietary quadruple driver package for the Cerberus was designed to deliver a rich and full midrange tailor-made for the design of the Cerberus.
Dynamic speakers, the most traditional type of transducer, are the most capable of reproducing a rich bass texture. The company's roots in developing drivers allowed them to create a perfect match to go with the midrange and treble. This 10mm dynamic driver with carbon fiber and paper dome has great linear extension, high sensitivity, and fast attack. Softears made sure that this driver delivers bass qualities that cannot be rivaled by BA drivers.
One of the major creative designs in Softears’ lineup is the implementation of passive units. These drivers vibrate passively with respect to the other units to counteract air pressure. This reduces ear fatigue and improves bass texture. Of course, these passive drivers are not included in the model’s driver count.
"Cerberus is my favorite Softears IEM for many reasons. One of the reasons is its unexpected coherency and balance despite being a tribrid IEM." - Berkhan, Headfonia
"In my opinion, this is one of the best EST implementations at the moment." - Hans Barbarossa, Audio-Ph.ru