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post #1816 of 4815
Dear Joe,

I followed your advice and went for the Headstage Arrow 4G to accompany a RWA iMod (with a SSD disk and an ALO LOD). Everything is under way and should arrive in a week or two, unless customs decides to give me a hard time.

Although I still love the sound of the UE 18 Pro, I am, however, ready to embark on a new set of CIEMs in order to ensure I have found the best possible compromise soundwise for my ears and taste. So what is a guy to do now?

I'm mostly listening to hip hop, r&b, some pop and rock, as well as more progressive metal (like Linkin Park). Using Apple lossless format. Like open airy sound with clarity, separation and punch but need to be holistic. Dont play to loud and in general like low volume to be able to listen to details and lyrics.

I have read a couple of the 8.a reviews and like what I "see". Is this a good choice given my taste in music (see below)? If so, should a go with the musician fit or ordinary fit? Or is there any other CIEMs you would recommend given taste and preferences? No stores up here at the Arctic Circle, so need to base my choice upon recommendations.

And while at it, I was thinking of ordering the Silver Poison from Toxic Cables. Is that a good match or is there some other cable you would choose to accompany the CIEM recommendation?

Again thank you for helping a noob out!

- StimulatedBoy
post #1817 of 4815
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Originally Posted by StimulatedBoy View Post

Dear Joe,
I followed your advice and went for the Headstage Arrow 4G to accompany a RWA iMod (with a SSD disk and an ALO LOD). Everything is under way and should arrive in a week or two, unless customs decides to give me a hard time.
Although I still love the sound of the UE 18 Pro, I am, however, ready to embark on a new set of CIEMs in order to ensure I have found the best possible compromise soundwise for my ears and taste. So what is a guy to do now?
I'm mostly listening to hip hop, r&b, some pop and rock, as well as more progressive metal (like Linkin Park). Using Apple lossless format. Like open airy sound with clarity, separation and punch but need to be holistic. Dont play to loud and in general like low volume to be able to listen to details and lyrics.
I have read a couple of the 8.a reviews and like what I "see". Is this a good choice given my taste in music (see below)? If so, should a go with the musician fit or ordinary fit? Or is there any other CIEMs you would recommend given taste and preferences? No stores up here at the Arctic Circle, so need to base my choice upon recommendations.
And while at it, I was thinking of ordering the Silver Poison from Toxic Cables. Is that a good match or is there some other cable you would choose to accompany the CIEM recommendation?
Again thank you for helping a noob out!
- StimulatedBoy

 

The 8.A treble will be very different than that of the 8.A as the UE18 is V shaped while the 8.A has a warm and rich presentation that is very well integrated together.  I could see you wondering where the treble is, the clarity is within the presentation, not from boosted upper mids, and the details aren't served to you, but within the context of the soundstage.  Even the 4G treble boost probably won't bring the level of treble to that of the UE18.  The good thing about the 8.A is that it is forgiving of poor track mastering, which I find with a lot of hip hop and r&b and some pop.

 

For an open and airy sounding with clarity if more long the lines of the Rooth/JHA/Hidition sound signatures as there are models with boosted bass and plenty of upper mids/treble (LS8, JH16, NT-6 pro).  I would suggest reading reviews on them (I am still working on the NT-6 pro review) and seeing what you think matches what you like about the UE18 and are looking for in general. If  you don't need the bass boost, there are others that may suit you.

 

I have not heard the Toxic Cables and won't, at least for a while, due to my review schedule.  I have read good things, but then again, it depends on what you decide to buy.  For example, the 8.A and Hidition products both have their own upgrade cables.

post #1818 of 4815

The 8.A treble will be very different than that of the 8.A UE18 as the UE18 is V shaped while the 8.A has a warm and rich presentation that is very well integrated together.  I could see you wondering where the treble is, the clarity is within the presentation, not from boosted upper mids, and the details aren't served to you, but within the context of the soundstage.  Even the 4G treble boost probably won't bring the level of treble to that of the UE18.  The good thing about the 8.A is that it is forgiving of poor track mastering, which I find with a lot of hip hop and r&b and some pop.

 
I'm assuming you meant UE18.  wink_face.gif
post #1819 of 4815
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

The 8.A treble will be very different than that of the 8.A as the UE18 is V shaped while the 8.A has a warm and rich presentation that is very well integrated together.  I could see you wondering where the treble is, the clarity is within the presentation, not from boosted upper mids, and the details aren't served to you, but within the context of the soundstage.  Even the 4G treble boost probably won't bring the level of treble to that of the UE18.  The good thing about the 8.A is that it is forgiving of poor track mastering, which I find with a lot of hip hop and r&b and some pop.

For an open and airy sounding with clarity if more long the lines of the Rooth/JHA/Hidition sound signatures as there are models with boosted bass and plenty of upper mids/treble (LS8, JH16, NT-6 pro).  I would suggest reading reviews on them (I am still working on the NT-6 pro review) and seeing what you think matches what you like about the UE18 and are looking for in general. If  you don't need the bass boost, there are others that may suit you.

I have not heard the Toxic Cables and won't, at least for a while, due to my review schedule.  I have read good things, but then again, it depends on what you decide to buy.  For example, the 8.A and Hidition products both have their own upgrade cables.


Hi Joe,

Again thank you for sharing your thoughts and perspectives with us.

As I understand from your feedback, as well as your and Kunlun's reviews, the sound signatures of these two CIEMs are very different. However, I will not know which one I prefer before actually trying and testing both over some time. Guess there's no way to find out without actually owning both, so Heir Audio, here I come...

Thanks!
post #1820 of 4815
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Originally Posted by Cassadian View Post

The 8.A treble will be very different than that of the 8.A UE18 as the UE18 is V shaped while the 8.A has a warm and rich presentation that is very well integrated together.  I could see you wondering where the treble is, the clarity is within the presentation, not from boosted upper mids, and the details aren't served to you, but within the context of the soundstage.  Even the 4G treble boost probably won't bring the level of treble to that of the UE18.  The good thing about the 8.A is that it is forgiving of poor track mastering, which I find with a lot of hip hop and r&b and some pop.

 
I'm assuming you meant UE18.  wink_face.gif

 

Yes, thanks for the correction.

 

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Originally Posted by StimulatedBoy View Post


Hi Joe,
Again thank you for sharing your thoughts and perspectives with us.
As I understand from your feedback, as well as your and Kunlun's reviews, the sound signatures of these two CIEMs are very different. However, I will not know which one I prefer before actually trying and testing both over some time. Guess there's no way to find out without actually owning both, so Heir Audio, here I come...
Thanks!

 

No problem.  The 8.A is very very nice and your experience with both will be an interesting one.  I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how both compare and which one gets more ear time after owning both for 1-2 months.

post #1821 of 4815
Well as these things go, it looks like I could be getting both my fisher reshells AND my minerva mi3's back the same day!

Cheers
post #1822 of 4815
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post

Well as these things go, it looks like I could be getting both my fisher reshells AND my minerva mi3's back the same day!
Cheers

 

When it rains, it pours ;)  Let us know how they compare and contrast.

post #1823 of 4815

Anyone know a good audiologist in the Northern Virginia/DC area?  I'm hoping to order a set of Heir 4.A's sometime in the next couple of weeks and need to get molds done.
 

post #1824 of 4815

I've only had one impression done here but have been back a few other times for ear related help and the service has been nothing but flawless.  Wonderful woman and she has been in the profession for a number of years so she knows what she's doing.  The one impression I did have here came out flawlessly and I did not need a remold on my customs because of it.  She might give you a discount if you mention my name, not sure if she is running that promo anymore though, but won't hurt to give it a try!  

post #1825 of 4815
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Originally Posted by colinharding View Post

I've only had one impression done here but have been back a few other times for ear related help and the service has been nothing but flawless.  Wonderful woman and she has been in the profession for a number of years so she knows what she's doing.  The one impression I did have here came out flawlessly and I did not need a remold on my customs because of it.  She might give you a discount if you mention my name, not sure if she is running that promo anymore though, but won't hurt to give it a try!  


Thanks, I'll look her up.

post #1826 of 4815

For anyone interested: I recently posted my review of the Heir Audio 4.A HERE

post #1827 of 4815
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

Thanks for confirming.  So is the Merlin balance similar to the K3003 with the bass filters as I found them quite dark and I didn't think the Merlin was that dark.

My testing period is over and I had great fun listening to them. So basically from what hear Merlin has bass from reference sound filters, mids from high boost and highs from bass boost. But in general UM and K3003 sound very alike due to similar driver configuration. Although every time I have been listening to K3003 (with ref sound) I felt that extra high power compared to Merlin came quite handy.

post #1828 of 4815

Pardon, but has anyone done a aud-5x to UM merlin, to Heir 3.a comparison?  Really trying to make up my mind as to which I'm going for.  I'm looking for a strong bass presence (though not overwhelming thus eliminating the beat audio i9pro) and excellent female vocals.  From all of the reading I've been doing, those 3 seem like the best choices for a musical, colorful, iem.  The 8.a seems like it would be perfect, but unfortunately out of my price range, and the 3.a is under my budget (which is a nice thing), but seems as though it would have the correct sound signature?  There only seems to be the one review really so far on the 3.a so I'm a bit leery of it.

 

Thanks much for the help all.

post #1829 of 4815

Hey Joe, are you going to get the hifiman hm901 dap few months later?

post #1830 of 4815
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

For anyone interested: I recently posted my review of the Heir Audio 4.A HERE

 

Thanks for sharing your great review!

 

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Originally Posted by piotrus-g View Post

My testing period is over and I had great fun listening to them. So basically from what hear Merlin has bass from reference sound filters, mids from high boost and highs from bass boost. But in general UM and K3003 sound very alike due to similar driver configuration. Although every time I have been listening to K3003 (with ref sound) I felt that extra high power compared to Merlin came quite handy.

 

Interesting.  That is not too far off how I heard the demo from a frequency response perspective, but I didn't think it would has that treble response.  From a technical ability standpoint, how did they compare?  How well integrated is the dynamic and BA with the Merlin in comparison with the K3003?

 

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Originally Posted by Triggerfish View Post

Pardon, but has anyone done a aud-5x to UM merlin, to Heir 3.a comparison?  Really trying to make up my mind as to which I'm going for.  I'm looking for a strong bass presence (though not overwhelming thus eliminating the beat audio i9pro) and excellent female vocals.  From all of the reading I've been doing, those 3 seem like the best choices for a musical, colorful, iem.  The 8.a seems like it would be perfect, but unfortunately out of my price range, and the 3.a is under my budget (which is a nice thing), but seems as though it would have the correct sound signature?  There only seems to be the one review really so far on the 3.a so I'm a bit leery of it.

 

Thanks much for the help all.

 

The Rooth LS4 is a warmer, bassier CIEM that you may want to add to your list, but the and-5X has more bass capability.

 

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Originally Posted by IAmSoCheap View Post

Hey Joe, are you going to get the hifiman hm901 dap few months later?

 

Yea, I will probably get that once it comes out.

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