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post #1831 of 2020
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Originally Posted by lescanadiens View Post

Hi all,

Anybody compared SE 5 vs Custom Art pro 330 version 2?

I read in this thread they shared a similar tuning.

Many thanks!

Jazzyfi had/have both i.e. SE 5way and CA pro330 (although not v2 but old S version).
post #1832 of 2020
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Originally Posted by lescanadiens View Post

Hi all,

Anybody compared SE 5 vs Custom Art pro 330 version 2?

I read in this thread they shared a similar tuning.

Many thanks!


very interested too !

post #1833 of 2020

They both do have similar tuning. To me the Pro330 is more "monitoring" and SE5 is more "hi-fi".

post #1834 of 2020

Thank you :) could you say us what you mean about the sense of space of both ?

post #1835 of 2020
Ho Jazzyfi,

Would you say that Pro330 to be more flat, for monitoring purposes?

Moderation in bass, mid, treble and soundstage perhaps?

Thanks
post #1836 of 2020

The Pro330 is more revealing and correct somehow. I'm talking about the whole image not micro details, SE5 to me is still the king of micro details. It's difficult to say about sound signature (treble, bass, soundstage).. the Pro330 changes quite a lot depending on your file/mastering quality while the SE5 is more forgiving.

When playing the same good mastering files, the SE5 is more fun while Pro330 keeps being true to the source. For example Relaxin' album from Miles Davis, SE5 will smoothen the treble a bit so it is less sharp to the ear, while Pro330 produce the annoying high of Miles' trumpet faithfully. For fun listening I would definitely use SE5 but for professional stage/mastering purpose I would go with Pro330, no doubt.

post #1837 of 2020
Thank you Jazzyfi.

Indeed Custom Art Pro 330 is a best kept secret that soon will take its place amongst totl ciems.

A great review like yours is a very important source of information.

Perhaps should get both SE5 and CA p330 as they complement each other: fun vs mastering grade.
post #1838 of 2020

It doesn't necessarily mean that a CIEM with more forgiving characteristics is "fun". The SE5 is really incredibly revealing. Even more so If you feed the SE5 with good music. I for myself don't think that more forgiving characteristics are disadvantages.

post #1839 of 2020

Where did he say that being more forgiving is a disadvantage? My SE5 tends to be quite unforgiving in the mid-range while more forgiving in the bass and treble department. 


Edited by lee730 - 1/13/14 at 11:32pm
post #1840 of 2020

I never say SE5 more forgiving characteristic as disadvantage. It is more forgiving than Pro330, period. It is SE5's character, not disadvantage. And I also said the SE5 is still the king of micro detail.

 

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Originally Posted by flaco View Post
 

It doesn't necessarily mean that a CIEM with more forgiving characteristics is "fun". The SE5 is really incredibly revealing. Even more so If you feed the SE5 with good music. I for myself don't think that more forgiving characteristics are disadvantages.

post #1841 of 2020
Jazzyfi, in what sense SE 5way is more superior to pro330 in terms of micro details. Does the micro details are pushed forward in SE 5way and are somehow hidden in pro330 or is it something else?
post #1842 of 2020
Can anyone say anything with SE5WAY with Classical music?

How is soundstage or instrument separation?
post #1843 of 2020
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Originally Posted by masteryd View Post

Can anyone say anything with SE5WAY with Classical music?

How is soundstage or instrument separation?


Instrumental separation and placement are awesome. Soundstage? I can't comment on that much since I don't have any other high end ciems to compare but to my ears, they are quite large and very 3d. Maybe a tad more depth than wide. Is it the biggest soundstage in c/iems? I doubt it but it is for sure one of the best ones I believe.

 

I like it with classical, micro details and transparency are just unmatchable. However after some point, it comes to personal preferences, I like the way they reproduce the music but it might not suit everyone.

post #1844 of 2020
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

Where did he say that being more forgiving is a disadvantage? My SE5 tends to be quite unforgiving in the mid-range while more forgiving in the bass and treble department. 

I didn't say that he said that. It is my opinion. "I for myself don't think that more forgiving characteristics are disadvantages" <-- I didn't blame anybody 

post #1845 of 2020
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post


Instrumental separation and placement are awesome. Soundstage? I can't comment on that much since I don't have any other high end ciems to compare but to my ears, they are quite large and very 3d. Maybe a tad more depth than wide. Is it the biggest soundstage in c/iems? I doubt it but it is for sure one of the best ones I believe.

I like it with classical, micro details and transparency are just unmatchable. However after some point, it comes to personal preferences, I like the way they reproduce the music but it might not suit everyone.

Thank you so much for the reply
God I hate that it only ships to EU countries. I have to use a proxy shipping company GOD
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