Well I had not responded to this thread after the meet as I was kinda down after I decided to return the MTP Gold I brought to the meet. But my how times can change...
I decided I should give more effort to use my IE8 versus taking a massive loss reselling them plus having to buy another IEM. So I looked at EQ'ing them which worked well on my PC but due to Apples crappy EQ options sucked large on my Ipod Touch. So I looked at alterantive DAP's. In the end I decided on a FUZE after reading some threads, as I liked the sound of the general signature plus it had a customizable EQ.
Well this Fuze is so far ahead of my Ipod it's not even funny. Using it flat it has taken my IE8 to a new level. The mid-bass hump has almost completely diappeared for me, the midrange veil is lifted, the treble is smooth as silk with better extension (cymbals actually sound right on the IE8 for the first time), the instrument seperation is noticeably improved, and the sound stage is considerably larger. I even tested it against my wifes E series Sony and the Sony was as bad if not slightly worse than my Ipod when set to flat.
I have played with the EQ setting but am not sure I will bother as I think my ehad will get burned in to the IE8 now. But for any who like to play with EQ's, I found the Fuze to not be great in this area but not bad if you just need to make minor adjustments. The only thing to watch for is that the volume actually lowers alot when you set your first EQ slider but after that initial drop in volume the sliders just affect the sonic signature and you simply have to adjust the volume back to where you like it.
BTW I have tried the Fuze with my RW Audio Amp1 and it plays very nicely with my amp sounding even slightly brighter and much more controlled bass. I think I now have the perfect synergy for my most expensive IEM's
Oh and by the way Robin, you can't have your batteries back LOL, they make a HUGE difference with the Amp1 so I'm gonna have to buy them or get you to show me how to make my own
Now all I need is to find a resonably price LOD for this Fuze and I am all set.
Oh one last thing, I missed FS's sale on the Fuze last week by one day but they forgot to take down a sign so they gave me the Fuze for the old sale price of $79
. I also happened to have an 8GB MicroSDHC card kicking around so that means I now have a 16GB DAP for only $80 out of pocket... With room for easy expansion. Makes the $300 price tag my poor wife had to pay for my Ipod Touch seem pretty steep... It may not look as purdy but it sure do sound purdy.