Just got them today,
My goal was to find a earphone that could be what the sm3 cannot be: wide and airy soundstaging, non recessed treble, clear, transparent sound.
I found it in the most unlikely of IEMs: the Aurvana In Ear 2
- Clear, transparent,refreshing sound
- Super balanced, leaning towards the treble region (owing to the limitations of single armature driver design, the mid to high treble distorts and clips)
- Clear, punchy and transient bass
- Soundstage is above average: caused by the vents on the housing itself?
- Detailed, punchy bass unlike single armature driver IEMs
- hyper detailed, mostly in the first layer of the song*:
*To me, music contains 3 layers:
1) main instruments, vocals, beat, rhythm, melody: the In Ear 2 does this very well
2) Peripheral details, such as accompanying instruments : SM3, UM3x do these well
3) Atmospherics,organics, shape of the music, breathing (like when a choir sings you can visualise its shape and feel, and the singer in-breath before the lyrics): a matter of presentation- the most accomplished iems can grasp this ethereal sense of the music.
Detailed review and pictures to come next.
Edited by avorite - 8/29/11 at 3:59am