Originally Posted by the search never ends
The MD sound in a nutshell, or if you prefer, mini review. First, let me start by saying I don't consider the MD or even the Cppoer as a "true" reference set. Rather a means for enjoying the music. Many listeners, will always be chasing a certain sound. For the most part, what they seek is detail, soundstage, and the hardest part, a device that doesn`'t annoy them in the long term. Be it, the highs, mids, boomy bass, what have you.
Now that I've disclosed my take on what I believe most listeners seek. Here we go.
The Miles Davis set, Is rather unique, its rather engaging, yet not the best at any one thing. And for the majority, that's not a problem. The Sound signature is rather warm, but only a little. No part of the spectrum bothers you, if it does, throw away all your iem's.... it may not be a "superstar" but it is inoffensive. Like it or not, that's important.
I have a different perspective when it's just me and the music. At those times, I may want more transparency. More detail. The time when it's just you and the music, is finite. So, with music at the workplace, or working on other tasks, anything that takes just the smallest part of your attention. This is where many iem's will fail you. If I am stressed, a really involving, ultra transparent iem could get me going in the wrong direction. The Miles Davis set, more so than any other iem, I've heard, are enaging enough to enjoy good detail, yet forgiving enough to make every genre very enjoyable.
The mids are a strong point, the bass is deep and punchy. The treble has pretty good extension, and retains enough detail to keep you invloved. Just enough. Kepp those words "just enough" in your mind, where others fail, the MD, and to a large degree, the two MTP iem's give you just that "just enough" . The MD set is inrivaled in the realm of letting you enjoy the music without fatigue, for many, many hours, Treble? Soundstage? Just enough. The mids are very good.......not the best mids of any iem. Pretty close though. I can't honestly point ot anything that should offend a listener, it really does a fantastic job of letting you enjoy the Music. It is not the most sonically accurate iem, and that's not what most people want, most of the time. Indeed, even my jaded ears don't want that at all times.
The way the music is presented, the faults are very minor. And if I would compare to the other iem's that pick a different compromise. The MD's win, and it's not so easy to compare to all the others out there. However, pick what you will as your first criterea for the most important aspect for your personal preference. And unless the Very highly transparency of a rare few is it, the MD wins, I would prefer often the transparncy of another pair. However, even though I have a single pair I prefer, that does not offend me, I'm still using the MD's very often. It all comes back to just enough.
It can be much more than just enough with some music, it can be outstanding. Yet it is never less than just enough. Upper treble sparkle is not there, for those that are looking for it. However, the treble is very natural sounding. Even the two MTP models sound very similar, I think the MD takes the best route for the long haul and different situations. Piano, strings, voices are all just enough. Why am I taking this approach? Like it or not, what most think they want is almost always not the case. I own the orto EQ7...... which in my view trumps every iem I've ever heard.
But I can say without hesitation, that an overwhelming majority will find much more long term happiness, and long hours of enjoyment from the Miles Davis set. It is the single best "compromise" on the market. It doesn't do this or that? Doesn't matter, it is always just enough. Miss the soundstage of th ie8? The ie8 at times can be overdone, as can any other compromise. The MD set is also Close to the Gold, in most areas. I would easily pick the MD of the 3,
I am a very hard to please person. The MD's don't try like so many other iem's to stand out.
They instead grow on you day by day. If my impressions don't leave you with enough of an idea, you can pm me. I would deeply appreciate any concerns from current owners via pm. I have seen much controversy over the "MONSTER" name. I am not interseted in defending my view on them.
This little impression has been asked for repeatedly by a relative few. I offer my personal opinion for them. And, I hope it is helpful.