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Spiral Ear SE 5-Way Reference Reviews

Positive Reviews

AstralStorm

Ear jewel

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Pros: Extreme extension both ways; supreme detail; perfect bass quality

Cons: Highly dependent on proper amplifier/source; darkish sound; long time from order to arrival; large

SE-5 is a true marvel of engineering, one of a few headphones/IEMs I can say brought a new level of detail and presentation to music and is truly high-fidelity, that is directly comparable to live performance given a high quality recording.   Important caveat: many amplifiers and sources (even many dedicated headphone amps) cannot drive SE-5 correctly - very low output impedance is required. As a workaround, an impedance adapter can be used to reduce the impact of this on sound.   When improperly driven, they sound dull and dark due to exaggerated cut around 5-8kHz, unevenness above and lowpass. They're relatively dark in the highest registers anyway, which is the...
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Negative Reviews

Electronicbear

Quality issues and sound lacks sparkle

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Pros: Good fit after sending it back twice, good sound isolation once fit sorted, good customer service

Cons: Build quality, cable contact lousy, dark sounding, uneven balance between left and right, lacks sparkle

I have had this for about two years and ordered them after exchanging a few emails with Grzegorz, who seems very knowledgable and replies very quickly. After sending off the impressions the monitors arrived about two months later. On arrival they are well presented in a waterproof case with some instructions. Unfortunately the fit was awful and very painful on the right where it felt like the tip of the IEM was hitting my eardrum with a very muffled sound to boot. Of note also was the fact that right from the start the right channel would drop out occasionally. I sent the IEMs back for shortening and they came back a few weeks later with a decent fit. Unfortunately now the right channel...
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