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Not at the moment, but maybe the 12-driver UE reshell if my JH16 ever makes it there.

 

Any plans on reviewing the Custom Art Harmony 8 Pro?

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One challenge of evaluation IMO is using different sources, or especially a source that can be a limiting factor.  i have experienced a general correlation between the limiting factor of a source and the price.  For example, a lower-end source will not allow a TOTL CIEM to perform at its best, but the same source will push CIEM in the same range to much closer to its limit.  I do believe this is where people reading about just how great something is based off a great source and then using a low-end source once they get it and being disappointed comes from.

 

I would say conversely also.  Somebody may not be able to differentiate or notice a better sounding source because lack of a reference monitor.  When I first got the NT6 I thought is sounded fantastic, but at the same time  I did not know if my source was a limiting factor or not.  Then after searching I find a source that brings the most out of it.  At that point, I tested other iems with the same source.  Then I find that other iems clearly has limits to it's performance.  Given that some iems will have limits to it's performance no matter how much better of a source you can give it, it seems pretty important that a good reference headphone to have on hand that has more range in it's scalability to gauge sonic performance of difference source. I don't really pay much attention to bass unless it's really terrible like what I've encountered of 1964 V3, and wasn't aware of how well the NT6's bass performed until the right source.  I don't pay attention to bass performance, but it immediately became apparent that it has improved with the better performing source.  

 

Like Zach says, a system should be built around a headphone of preference.  The tricky part is finding that right headphone if you don't have a good quality source to notice it. Everybody has different preference in music, and I believe that the headphone's response to the music genres that the listener prefers is important in picking out the headphones. If one listens to lots of electronic and are sensitive to forward treble, organic sig could be the right fit than analytical. I experience analytical to be limiting of the genres I can tolerate.

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