Originally Posted by 3nenbgumi
Thanks a lot, average_joe. After trying out quite a few high end universals, I concur the described T1 Live! 's sound signature will definitely hit the sweet spot for me. Well maybe I'll get the JH16 or Miracle in the future to compliment them when I can afford it, but for now the T1 Live! is my top priority. Never can you have too many CIEMs, huh . Plus they are not the easiest to get in where I do live permanently.
I have seen the pictures from your review. It looks like the silicone shell does attract quite a bit of dirt and debris compared to traditional acrylic. Also, I'm a bit afraid of the clear shell getting colored by ear wax and stuff. Can you comment on how the shell performs after some use?
The T1 Live! is a nice CIEM and has some great qualities! The shell doesn't get dirty, but mine isn't as clear as when I received it, however I am not sure if that is because I tried an oxygen absorber in the case of my CIEMs to slow any possible copper oxidation. But, I do think clear silicone does discolor.
And you are right, you can never have too many CIEMs!
Originally Posted by Sweden
Does anyone here with experience with multiple CIEM also have a Vsonic GR06?
The sound from this in-ear is pretty good for 60$ but still mediocre compared to my LCD-2.
BUT it has the ability to totally transform to a high end headphone using specialized software. Now it has the spaciousness, clarity and naturalness of a headphone many many times its price.
I'm looking to find this sound without any software in a CIEM and exceed it in refinement and without the reverberation you get from soundstage enhancing software.
Here is how you transform it very easily and for free.
Maybe its too much to ask, but I'm willing to ship this in-ear to anyone with serious knowledge and experience regarding customs to access the situation.
I think my Spiral Ear SE 5-way easily bests my LCD-2 v1 as it just sounds off in comparison. I have also compared the 5-way with the GR07 (there is a short comparison in my 5-way review). It has been reported that the aud-6X by Dream Earz also sounds like the GR07, but I haven't heard that. Unfortunately I don't have time at the moment to try the software, but the 5-way and my aud-5X are both better from a technical perspective than the GR07, but still they don't sound quite as open as the LCD-2.
Originally Posted by sinsiang
I still can't decide on the heir 8a or the NT-6pro. I know they are on opposite sides of the spectrum but still can't decide. I listen to a lot of dance, techno, pop and female vocals.
I have owned ckm99 which I find nice, although just a little much brighter than I would have liked, also I like the airy feeling and not enough bass.
Also owned the se530 and felt it was too warm with muddy sound and veiled highs.
The TF10 I feel have sightly too much bass and too much highs and recessed mids.
The XBA-3, I have auditioned sounds quite nice but could have more mids and a touch not so hot highs.
Can all of the CIEM gurus chime in and help?
Thanks a whole bunch.
Thanks tomscy2000, project86, and tupac0306 for your input. I do concur that 8.A is probably going to be too warm for you, and the NT-6 pro may be too bright for you, however the quality of the presentation is oh so much better, it might be able to get away with it. The bass of the NT-6 pro is enhanced, but not like that of the TF10 or 8.A, and while it is on the colder side, it is not as cold as the NT-6. I really enjoy listening to it since it has such high levels of clarity and detail yet a musical and exciting performance with an exceptional soundstage that is truly enveloping and better than that of the NT-6.
I think there may be some better options for you including the UE IERM (usually referred to as the UERM, but with the new PRM, I am now calling it the IERM) and Rooth LS8+. Both have added warmth vs the NT-6 pro and don't have the bass of the 8.A. The IERM is more of an analytical reference monitor while the LS8+ is much more liquid and musical yet still crystal clear. Another thought is the Ambient Acoustics AM4 pro, which would seem to fit your sound signature requirements and performs quite well if you amp it, but if you don't the treble isn't the smoothest (in comparison with CIEMs, not necessarily the TF10/XBA-3).
Let me know if you have any questions. Links to all the reviews are in the first page of this thread, and I evaluated the LS8+ demo unit, which is in my Rooth demo thread.