Initial impressions. These are good in terms of providing an open sound. Less of the plugged in feel of many IEMs. Seem sensitive and efficient, louder than my IE800 and SM3v2. On the other hand, the sound is not very clean. On my AK100, I seem to lose the DAP's blackness and clearness. Sounds distorted and noisey - compared to ie800. To be fair though, those cost more than double the price!
The bass is definitely out front on these. If you don't like that, these will not be for you. However, if you like that, the bass has an even bigger slam than the IE800s. It is not as well-defined and crisp though. Trade-off.
These were designed to be non-fatiguing. This generally means that there will be a de-emphasis of the high end. That is true here. There is very little brightness and feels mid-and-low centric. The IE800s are better with the high end.
I would have to say the ergonomics are not very good. The cable is heavy, which can make on the go listening problematic. It would be useful to have a clip to take pressure off the cable pulling on the ears. There are only two sets of tips; both appear to be the same size and supplied with slightly different sound signature. They are medium-sized double flanges, similar to those on earsonics - not small etymotics. Insertion is not deep like with etys. When I pull out the headphones from my ears, the tips can invert. An annoyance, but I might be inserting them too deeply.
Okay, that is it for now. More updates as I keep listening.
So are you:
- happy with them
- wishing you hadn't bought them
- unsure the jury is still out