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I wonder what the difference is between Piano Forte I and II. I have a pair of the original models that I got for free with a headphone book. I haven't listened to them much, but for freebies they seem pleasant enough. I did put on a pair of silicone covers that I had, which help out with the comfort. Listening to them now I do think that the vocals are remarkably clear and detailed, but everything around them seems a little off. Overall they seem kind of unnatural. One of these days I'll have to pull out some of my other earbuds and see how they compare.
I grabbed a set of foam covers off an old pair of earphones that originally came with an HTC Snap Smartphone. Put them on the PFII, and it immediately helped with both comfort and fit. they still feel awkward, but they aren't as painful as they were. Then using the Equalizer app with my Touch, I added a gradual rise from 1KHz through to about 2.5KHz (around 2dB), then a slightly sharper rise from there to the 10KHz mark (an additional 3dB). It's not precise - and needs some serious tweaking to get it right - I just wanted to boost the treble.
It's turned these into a completely different beast. Not quite as dark, and actually quite pleasant to listen to. Tonally the piano is still not quite right in Krall's tracks - but it's better.
My earlier assertions are still valid. They continue to be quite dark - but this can be tamed somewhat with EQ.
Anyway - not really for me. Looking for a new owner - reminder these are FREE - still awaiting any indication of interest.