Thanks for the positive feedback.
Nathan of Ohm image is a hiss master. He can pick it up very well.
One thing to be sure of is to load the right types of files. The Alien only works with certain formats And most importantly sizes.
The information is on the back of the plastic case if memory serves me well.
Also Shure seem to pop up in many an impression or review where hiss is concerned.
Imho its a good move.
Send out 50 beta units, get feedback. Yeah ok. I can see the benefit.
Then they return the beta units?
Or keep the beta units?
Or keep the beta units and also get sent another alpha unit (perhaps the same apart hardware from firmware update).
It seemed a bit difficult/messy.
Better to have chosen ten well known users/reviewers to give feedback.
-seems all sorted now anyway.
I have been using the Opus#1 for the last ...well,... Quite a while as I was reviewing it and enjoying it.
Reviews done and so I bought out the Alien Gold yesterday and Campfire Audio IEMs.
It still sounds fantastic, natural, organic. Great details and transparent. Its a fantastic player.