First, the Rhines Custom Monitors Stage 3 review has been posted.
Originally Posted by Rollk2
Sure there is a huge discrepancy, but not too much in terms of sound philosophy of Custom Art and EarSonics that are near in terms of naturalness (but not in terms of sound signature, mids and high mids are more prominent on the Music One than on the EM32, perhaps nearer from the EM6 than the other EMx).
The treble of the ER4p are sharp but not too harsh (comparatively to some trebles of the Heir 4ai or Westone 4), those of the EM4 are precise but seem to be rolled off sometimes, those of the EM6 have more power but extend less and those of the Music One lack of extension but are sufficient natural to appear liquid. In direct comparison the ER4p's treble sound metallic but more detailed and accurate.
No doubt that I've to do concessions and it may be more interesting to me to save more money because of the habits of top-tier CIEM...
Thanks for the additional information. While I haven't heard the Music Two, that may be what you are looking for. The P250 is a bit more analytical while the Sportbud Silver is warmer, but still different than EarSonics and Custom Art. Rooth is more musical and has a liquid characteristic while retaining high levels of detail and articulation, and the LS6 is quite neutral, but it is probably too bright. On the cheap, the Acupass stuff offers great bang for the buck, and knowing the quality of Custom Art, I would probably go that route.
Originally Posted by AmberOzL
Thank you for the answer Joe. I think the sound is a little enhanced on the bass region, mostly mid bass. Then laid back mids and treble. Treble is kinda darkish.
I know we can't get exactly the same sound type but if they are in the same ball park it is fine for me too.
Any idea whether that Italian EarPower is still alive and kicking? Last I checked, their website was still available only in their language.
EarPower is still alive and kicking as far as I know, but beware, the thing looks like alien space ships in your ears, and there is no isolation. I do use them for movie watching as they are very spacious and can have thunderous, movie theater like bass, but I wouldn't be caught dead in them in public. The i9pro also kinda fits the bill and can be very enjoyable, if it is still available.
Originally Posted by shakur1996
Rollk, AJ, what discrepancy are talking about? Do you find accupass technology lacking sth?
Discrepancy between something that cost $250-$500 and something that cost over $1000. There are significant cost differences in the drivers. AcuPass has raised the bar, but a properly tuned high-end CIEM has something AcuPass doesn't. But then, AcuPass wasn't designed to be a competitor for a $1K CIEM.