I wanted to give some quick updates, mainly on the sources.
Lear FSM-02 V2. Wow, this thing is goooooood. Two different amps, built in EQ, and it makes everything sound great. It isn't quite as thick as the 627, but Lear did get this one right. Driving the 8X, very nice, the RSM, no complaints, the Proguard P2+1, good, and the Lime Ears LE-3 wow. Damn, the DX100 -> FSM-02 -> 8X is spectacular! Amps can make a difference!
The Leckerton is a very "true" source with a very good price/performance ratio, but it doesn't sing with everything like the 627 and FSM-02 V2 do. The treble is a bit hotter on with the Leckerton than the 627 and FSM, but they aren't lacking. Unfortunately, the UHA-6S MKII I have has a bit of a channel imbalance at lower volumes with many of my CIEMs.
The Nova is definitely smoother than the Clip+ with the RSM and images better with the P2+1. The UI does leave a lot to be desired, however.
Not pictured, the SM64 is an upgrade to the SM3, but I am surprised by the low sensitivity.
Originally Posted by Lindskog
How does the hybrids like the 1plus2 and Merlin compare? What is the weakness and strength of hybrids?
Hey Joe, have you tried any? Not your cup of tea?
Everything is my cup of tea! Seriously, I review things to understand them, and I try to see the value they have along with the weaknesses so I can help others decide what is best for them.
I have two hybrids: the Thousand Sound TS842 and EP-10 Plus, but both aren't the highest performing hybrids. Thousand Sound has a new hybrid, and I am not sure what ever happened to EarPower, as they were going to remake my EP-10 Plus with less mid-bass.
The Rooth LSX5 is very nice, and I heard the demo. It is the best hybrid I have heard, including the K3003 and Merlin demo, but the Merlin demo was admittedly bad. I am looking forward to hearing the AS-2 and would love to review a customized LSX5.
I haven't heard the 1plus2 yet, but was supposed to at some point in time. It isn't a custom, however, but it may still sound very good like the LSX5.