Yesterday I came home from work and was surprised to see that my TF10 arrived. I have been wanting to have a listen to these IEMs for awhile now, what is a few more days of waiting for a backorder. Opened the shipping carton to find the TFbox inside with a cardboard wrapper. I was a little disappointed that the TF box was just a black box that is about the build quality of a cake box with a hook and loop for a closure.
Tried all three of the silicone? tips first. They all slid out from my ears. I had to hold them in place with my fingers to provide a good seal. The soundstage was big and wide but I was getting irritated trying to get a good fit/sound from the TF so I moved on to the foam tips. Swapping out the tips was simple Popped the TF with the foam tips in and got a good seal from the start. Started up the music and my toes curled. It sounded like I had a head cold like everything was muffled So I tried to adjust the insertion depth into my ear canals and position of the foam tips on the nozzle of the TF. No luck, it always had that muffled sound. Back to the small silicone tips but this time I swapped left and right sides as suggested by my fellow HeadFiers. This time around I got a better fit, but I have not settled on an ideal orientation yet.
Has anyone else had that muffled sound with the foam tips? I wonder if the tips is providing excess damping to the shells.
I let them break in by playing for the last 24 hours. Got home from work and popped them in for another listen. My initial impression of the TF 10 was that the mids are lean, the bass is robust and on the tubby side. While the soundstage is big, get a overall feel that the music has a smeared feel overall to it. Not quite sure how to describe it yet.
Now I was fortunate to get these at the holiday pricing. At that price the TF10 so far is a good value for cost to sound.
If I had paid the normal price, I would be disappointed. At the 230ish price range, you are more than halfway to getting a set of custom IEMs. At that price, I would save up the extra coin for the jump to customs. For me the fitment problem was not a big surprise but was a little disappointing. I hope listeners that are taking a big first step to this level of IEMs do not have this problem and get discouraged.
While I understand the special pricing reflects on the quality and "green" nature of packaging, I think that a product toward the upper tier of the UE line may deserve a higher level of finish and overall presentation. The packaging issue is minor to me personally, but for a casual listener that is shelling out big bucks to take a leap from the OEM earbuds to the IEM realm should be greeted to a better level of finish.
Thanks to all of the Head Fi members that provided different fitment experiences with the TF 10s.
Edited by balrog - 12/10/10 at 12:50am