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post #4351 of 5505

@ St0rMl0rD

 

Those impressions look similar to mine, long narrow ear canals. Its reassuring to hear that they look OK, as I have been freaking out thinking that they would not be suitable for CIEMs, especially triple boars.

 

I will hopefully be receiving mine soon. It has been six weeks since I sent them off, but it could still take a while as I have gone through a third party in Australia.

 

I will definitely report upon receipt.

post #4352 of 5505
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Originally Posted by creamsoda View Post
 

So, my set of V6-Stages came in. The new case is nice; my old case just had my name on a clear label.  This time they have my name engraved on the brushed metal effect nameplate that's affixed to the box, which is a much nicer touch.  The bores, unlike my Quads, are plastic tubed all the way to the tip, and use thinner bores.  The Quads have a combined opening for the bass and mids (this was tubed separately till about half a CM from the tip where it turned into was an acrylic 'cave', along with a separate tube for the highs running to the front.  Kind of hard to describe but you can see other people's quads like this.  The V6-Stage has three bores of the same size (each of them smaller than the highs opening on the quads) and are arranged in a triangle at the tip, which looks much cleaner and more professional.

 

Another thing to note is that the monitor itself is thinner (faceplate is closer to the tips) than my quads, and therefore sit with a lower profile in my ears.  Not sure if they are making them more compact over time or it varied between batches or something.  My serial number for my quads is just over 2000 and these are in the 7800s, so I suppose Vitaliy's team has made several thousand more IEMs in the past two years?

 

Now for the initial sound impressions: much wider soundstage than the Quads and a nicer, more refined overall sound.  Similar to the width of the Westone 4, although it's more enveloping and 3D with height and depth rather than a flatter semi-sphere of the Westones. Imaging on the V6-Stage is excellent and same with instrumental separation, a must for any stage monitor.  It's even easier to track harmonies from secondary vocalists; your mileage will vary more by the production / recording / mixing quality more so than the bitrate of your music.  The quads were disappointing in that the size of the soundstage was smaller than the UM3X to me - but the quads did match up in terms of imaging, along with more realistic timbre and refinement.  The V6-Stages have more balance in the frequency spectrum - these are definitely very bassy, and even more richly so, but there's less subbass emphasis than the Quads and more mids as well as midbass, creating a warmer sound.

 

The highs are gentler and much more refined - more extended, more detailed, smoother and yet less fatiguing compared to the Quads.  I remember reading somewhere either buried in the facebook comments under a photo or something, but 1964 ears did say that the Quads were updated in early 2012 for more mids.  Mine were made a few months prior; I found mine to be v-shaped and wanted more mids.  Definitely got that here with the V6-Stages.

 

Despite the differences I'm describing, I definitely hear a family resemblance between the Quads and V6-stage; both are designed by Vitaliy to be a warm, non-fatiguing stage monitor that can be played at louder sound levels for extended periods.  The V6-S is a significant evolution and refinement of the same philosophy, most probably helped by experience and competition!

 

 

Edit: The timbre of cymbals and all upper mids through treble destroys the Westone 4.  One sounds real and the other sounds like an earphone.  Also, these, just like the Quads, are honest - they don't sound coloured, they sound quite neutral, like a studio monitor.

I just received my V6-Stage today and have been comparing them to my quads that I purchased earlier this year as well. I've been throwing a bunch of 24/192 quality tracks at them and I am finding about the same results.I did notice right away that the quads feel VERY mid forward compared to the Stages. Outstanding sound stage with more than sufficient bass (less then that quads but more refined.) 

 

The one thing that I am noticing is that they sound tight, like they are holding back or require a more excessive break-in. Sorry if that is not audiophile language (still a rookie) but compared to all other IEMs I have used these actually sound like they could use a little burning in before they open up. 

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Originally Posted by chezhed View Post
 

I just received my V6-Stage today and have been comparing them to my quads that I purchased earlier this year as well. I've been throwing a bunch of 24/192 quality tracks at them and I am finding about the same results.I did notice right away that the quads feel VERY mid forward compared to the Stages. Outstanding sound stage with more than sufficient bass (less then that quads but more refined.) 

 

The one thing that I am noticing is that they sound tight, like they are holding back or require a more excessive break-in. Sorry if that is not audiophile language (still a rookie) but compared to all other IEMs I have used these actually sound like they could use a little burning in before they open up. 

What source are you using?  Some customs require better quality sources to open up and show what they can do.

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I got a shipping notice that my V6 Stage has been shipped! It should arrive Tuesday according to the Fedex tracking.

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They said the impressions were fine, so I sent them in today, should take about 5 days to arrive there. In the meantime, I will pay for them - talking about a dent in my wallet…

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Originally Posted by Deviltooth View Post
 

What source are you using?  Some customs require better quality sources to open up and show what they can do.

I don't think its the source, at least I hope not. My Stack is this: 

 

retina macbook that is a USB to the Schiit Bifrost -uber connected to my Meier Aria. 

 

I have a variety of samples from HD Tracks:

 

24/192

Sessions from the 17th Ward

Audiogon

 

24/176

Friday Night in San Francisco

HRx Sampler 2011

 

24/96

Up Close

Buena Vista Social Club

Dr. Chesky

 

And others. 


Edited by chezhed - 10/24/13 at 5:38pm
post #4357 of 5505
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

I got a shipping notice that my V6 Stage has been shipped! It should arrive Tuesday according to the Fedex tracking.

Got my shipping notice as well. Arriving the same day as yours :-)
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Got my shipping notice as well. Arriving the same day as yours :-)

:beerchug:

 

What did you order? I'm pretty excited as this will be my first 1964 Ears custom since they upgraded their original lineup. I had the 1964-T in the past and I thought it was pretty good. 

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Ordered the V3.

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so...I got my v6-stage now, and I'm really enjoy it ;)

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What kind of cable is that? Looks different from what 1964 has on their website.
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The cable is from Taiwan calls "Obsidian Cable" , really suitable for the v6-stage !

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looks kinda thick though

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Originally Posted by GoodenoughLa View Post
 

The cable is from Taiwan calls "Obsidian Cable" , really suitable for the v6-stage !

 

Do they have a website/link? ;)

 

 

 

Does 1964 always send an email when you enter the queue? I thought my ear impressions were lost since I hadn't heard anything from them, but it turns out they were delivered over two weeks ago.


Edited by chunkystyler - 10/26/13 at 7:47am
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Send them an email. I got an email when they got everything and entered the queue
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