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post #271 of 404

Merry Christmas. My T1's arrived right as I got home from Christmas Eve church services!

 

They seem to fit as they should. I spent about 30 minutes with the and now I have them playing in the background through my Audioquest Dragonfly and JRiver 18 with some lossless .WAV files. I'll let them crank overnight and see how things are tomorrow. Nice to have some time to burn them in before I go back to work next week. I'll post impressions once I get some time with them.

 

 

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post #272 of 404

Guess Santa did his job after all wink.gif. Keep us updated.

post #273 of 404
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Merry Christmas. My T1's arrived right as I got home from Christmas Eve church services!

 

Awesome, how's that for cutting it close in the timing department!

 

I remember cracking open the packaging on mine ... never thought to take any pics though as was too excited bigsmile_face.gif.

 

Look forward to hearing what you think because, as you mentioned, we upgraded to these from similar priced stuff.

post #274 of 404

Will do... I have them listening to Supertramp in a loop... I'll really get the listening in after 100+ hours on them.....

 

Here is a couple more pics....On the right are the ACS custom ear moulds for the Etymotic hf3's. The T1's are hooked up through the Audioquest Dragonfly. I am feeding them uncompressed .WAV files via JRiver 18 (The new version came out this week)

 

 

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post #275 of 404

15 hours and the bass is really starting to come in ......Sound stage is opening up...This is going to be good!

post #276 of 404

Longbowbbs, just to mention that if you're waiting for 100 hours, you may want to wait a little longer as my T1s have, much to my surprise, continued to improve beyond the 100 hours. I think they've stabilized now, which would probably be somewhere around 130 hours.

 

I hate to use words like 'sweet' and 'lush' but I have to as my T1s now sound so sweet and have such a lush sound tongue_smile.gif.

 

Seriously though, I found that after 100 hours the bass on mine was still a little thin. I'm now happier with it. I also think the sound signature overall has softened slightly and they're a bit more relaxed and fun to listen to - does that mean they're a tad more coloured than they were at first? Probably. But I've no problem with that! I want to enjoy my music and be moved by it, not to critically analyze it on deadly accurate, but cold-sounding kit.

 

I'm also pleased to say that the fit on mine is still absolutely spot on! I worn them on quite a few occasions for 4-5 hours. It's like they're not there and their music is completely non-fatiguing. I wore them on a busy shopping trip the other day just to test the isolation in a very busy environment. Except on very quiet tracks, I couldn't hear a thing going on around me. It's a bit weird to be in a shopping center with people scurrying all around and the occasional baby crying at like 100+ decibels and me smiling away inside as I could hear only my music.

 

I read somewhere on Head-Fi that ACS described selling their product as almost being like legalized drug dealing. I think I may have to look up ACS Anonymous because I'm becoming addicted to seriously enjoying mine wink_face.gif.

 

My positive rant over, others should please feel free to disagree, because in spite of my positive experience, I fully support the notion that YMMV!

post #277 of 404

Got my T1 Live!. So far a much brighter and much more mid-forward sound, with bass focus on the sub-bass instead of mid-bass compared to the IE80. Soundstage appears to be smaller, but with  better focus on vocals and much wider imaging. Fit is perfect and I can't break the seal no matter what I try to pull (even yawning!). Btw, they pick up hisses a lot easier than my IE80, leaving me quite baffled, despite the higher impedance confused.gif

post #278 of 404
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Originally Posted by gerry123456 View Post

Longbowbbs, just to mention that if you're waiting for 100 hours, you may want to wait a little longer as my T1s have, much to my surprise, continued to improve beyond the 100 hours. I think they've stabilized now, which would probably be somewhere around 130 hours.

 

I hate to use words like 'sweet' and 'lush' but I have to as my T1s now sound so sweet and have such a lush sound tongue_smile.gif.

 

Seriously though, I found that after 100 hours the bass on mine was still a little thin. I'm now happier with it. I also think the sound signature overall has softened slightly and they're a bit more relaxed and fun to listen to - does that mean they're a tad more coloured than they were at first? Probably. But I've no problem with that! I want to enjoy my music and be moved by it, not to critically analyze it on deadly accurate, but cold-sounding kit.

 

I'm also pleased to say that the fit on mine is still absolutely spot on! I worn them on quite a few occasions for 4-5 hours. It's like they're not there and their music is completely non-fatiguing. I wore them on a busy shopping trip the other day just to test the isolation in a very busy environment. Except on very quiet tracks, I couldn't hear a thing going on around me. It's a bit weird to be in a shopping center with people scurrying all around and the occasional baby crying at like 100+ decibels and me smiling away inside as I could hear only my music.

 

I read somewhere on Head-Fi that ACS described selling their product as almost being like legalized drug dealing. I think I may have to look up ACS Anonymous because I'm becoming addicted to seriously enjoying mine wink_face.gif.

 

My positive rant over, others should please feel free to disagree, because in spite of my positive experience, I fully support the notion that YMMV!

 

Gerry, thanks for the perspective. I am not surprised 100 hours is not enough....Seems like on my amps and such it is more like 200....However, I do want to use them! I agree about their comfort. I have had hundreds of days with the custom moulds for my etymotics hf3's where I had them in for 4-8 hours and they are always comfortable. So far the T1's are as well. It is fun to find a product you can enjoy so much...biggrin.gif

post #279 of 404

Some early impressions so far:

 

- So far vocals have been stunning - I found them too bright initially on the T1 Live! coming from the IE80, but after a bit of listening, they seem to possess that bit of "energy" that is non-existent on the IE80. High-pitched female vocals still sound a bit overwhelming, but the realism just won me completely over. I have been getting constant goosebumps (mind you, London is not even that cold today wink.gif).

 

- Foward projection is not as large as that of the IE80, but much redeemed by the depth of the soundstage. This makes imaging a lot more coherent and convincing, while giving that bit of extra airiness. Funny how the Clip+ is much better than my Studio V at portraying this, because the Studio V while adds some space into the total size, actually takes away the attention to stage's depth.

 

- As implied by the name, the T1 Live! is much much more realistic in recreating a track, due to the mid-forward and lively presentation while still maintaining decent soundstage size with a lot more added depth and more precise imaging.

 

I have to confess that upon the first listen, I was kind of let down by the seemingly ear screeching vocal and smaller soundstage. Sure they did not give me that Wow factor like what I got with the PFE232 and the IE80, but the more I have them in my ears, the more I do come to appreciate themsmily_headphones1.gif. Too early to conclude that my money was well spent, but they are not too far off now from making me admit that.

post #280 of 404

Good first impressions 3nenbgumi! I have found that after the first 75 hours they are starting to calm down on the highs and the bass is getting fuller....I am looking forward to hearing the changes after a couple of hundred hours!

post #281 of 404

It's fascinating hearing how others are getting on with their T1s - especially the break in stuff as that's what's freshest in my mind from my own experiences with them. Please keep posting your reports if you can. They're much appreciated.

post #282 of 404

On a side note, should I pop open the desiccant pack and put the silica gel inside the pouch along with the monitors?

post #283 of 404

I am not going to do that. I will let them air out overnight rather than place them in the pouch immediately.

post #284 of 404

Hmm but I think that desiccant packs are much more useful in closed environments as they do not absorb any external moisture aside from that of the IEMs themselves. Am I wrong? confused_face(1).gif

post #285 of 404

Yes, the packets are used in a closed environment.

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