Thanks & Quickie Review (old version)
Originally Posted by Andrew H
It's a reasonable (if no somewhat expected) request. I'll see what we can put together. And thanks for your positive comments. (We'll pretend it's not just a scheme to "butter me up"!!)
Not sure how many others here picked them up already, but one thing I am thinking is to limit any "upgrade" program to existing h-f members. Just so that people don't come here just to sign up and claim their "me too", then disappear forever. So perhaps the cutoff date should be today (so as to include ericpd). Seems fair, or any concerns?
Wow...this is completely unexpected. Regardless of what you actually decide, thanks for even considering it in the first place! Let us know how you want to handle it from our end should things move forward. Sadly, I no longer have my UPC code (submitted it for rebate), but I still have my receipt & packing slip. Just let us know.
I am another one who was less than impressed with the old version, but was strategizing a way to construct a review (as I said I would) as to be honest with my dissatisfaction, but 'professional' and dispassionate at the same time. Actually, I thought the old versions sounded *great* right out of the box...clear/airy highs, punchy, articulate bass, reasonably smooth mids...all for $22. I was extremely surprised & considered the possibility that they may have bested my MylarOne X3s, although I couldn't A/B them at the time as I was waiting for the mail to deliver my replacement set (they have since been delivered to me).
Then I let the old version burn in with pink noise for 36 hours straight and almost everything changed for the worse. The highs became less clear/airy, mids remained decent, and the bass declined in punch (at least to my ears). The most notable change was the massive drop in the clarity/presence of the highs though. Had to max out my treble EQ to get it to what I would call a near reasonable level. Ultimately, this was the deal-breaker for me as I absolutely need clear/airy highs to be truly happy with any set of 'cans'.
One of the original posters mentioned the tonal imbalance they experienced in their set (possibly dB), and I think I am experiencing the same basic issue, although I may be perceiving it in a different way. I also found the driver crunchiness somewhat disconcerting, but managed to minimize it at the expense of some isolation. On the plus side, I loved the aluminum housing & the overall look of the canal phones. They definitely seem like they can take a beating! A interesting change from my X3s, but at the end of the day, it is all about the sound.
All in all, I wasn't that disappointed being out $22. I've spent more $$$ in less time on much more frivolous things, and I enjoyed comparing these to my x3s over the last couple of weeks. IMO, the Maximos (v1) were better than my JVC Marshmallows, but not nearly as good as my X3s. Actually, when you compare the cost of these canal phones, perhaps that is what I should have expected in the first place! I admit though that I'd love the opportunity to exchange my old version set for a updated version if possible (with, of course, an updated review)!