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post #31 of 45

well, if the OP thinks it's ok , i'd glad to give these a try. i'm getting my Crystal (not golden) soon, so i'd like to compare them, specially on the mid and treble dpt.

post #32 of 45

RE 0 sounds thick and dull after listening to Golden Crystals for days. Instrument separation is not great but...the treble...it's piercingly awesome and the bass is just right.

post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by psygeist View Post

RE 0 sounds thick and dull after listening to Golden Crystals for days. Instrument separation is not great but...the treble...it's piercingly awesome and the bass is just right.



and how are the mids compared to the Re0?

post #34 of 45
Originally Posted by psygeist View Post

RE 0 sounds thick and dull after listening to Golden Crystals for days.

 

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I wouldn't consider the midrange on the RE0 (or the GC) to be thick or dull, in the slightest.  Both the RE0 & GC present the midrange in a pretty dry, transparent manner.. but I found the GC's midrange to be better weighted & thicker (in comparison to the RE0).

 

A fairly established opinion about the RE0's midrange is that it lacks weight and sounds thin (even when amped).  I don't think I've ever heard a phone that could make the RE0's midrange sound thick & dull.

 

post #35 of 45

i'm pretty sure i dont really get your comparisons to the RE0 , but it definetly makes want to give the GC a try and compare them myself etysmile.gif

post #36 of 45
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I wouldn't consider the midrange on the RE0 (or the GC) to be thick or dull, in the slightest.  Both the RE0 & GC present the midrange in a pretty dry, transparent manner.. but I found the GC's midrange to be better weighted & thicker (in comparison to the RE0).

 

A fairly established opinion about the RE0's midrange is that it lacks weight and sounds thin (even when amped).  I don't think I've ever heard a phone that could make the RE0's midrange sound thick & dull.

 

Midrange of RE0 is slightly forward and thick compared to HS GC. It sounds dull comparatively because of the sparkly highs in GC. I am using thick biflanges for RE0 and triflanges while testing GC.

 

RE 0 is much more fuller in soundstage while the GC staggers at a relatively narrow soundstage. GC is more on intimate side.

 

Treble is distinctively ahead compared to RE0. And the bass is much more controlled too.

 

Of course, the observations are laid without much burn-in given to the HS GC.

 


Edited by psygeist - 1/13/12 at 12:58am
post #37 of 45

Thanks to FlySweep for sending them to me even though I'm in Canada and shotgunshane for including me in the tour. Here are my impressions after listening to them for the past week. They will be on their way to rrosperry soon.

 

 

The Golden Crystal has a bright sound signature that sounds more analytical than not. Although it uses a dynamic driver, it has a lot of BA characteristics and is actually very fast. They are definitely treble happy IEMs so bassheads beware! 

 

Lows: The low end extension is decent and most of what I hear is in the sub bass region with little mid bass. Bass is low in quantity though and even with a good seal, they lacked rumble. This is probably due to the GC's tiny micro-driver. It is not authoritative and instead, very well controlled and tight. Without the voluminous bass typically found on many other dynamic drivers, bass on the GC is much speedier and cleaner, which reminds me highly of BA bass. Make no mistake about it though, it is definitely a dynamic. And even though I've heard many bass-enhanced IEMs, I find myself impressed with the quality of the GC's bass.

 

Mids:  I find the mids to be recessed and distant with a thinner presentation. It has good texture and air, but is quite dry. It took me a while to conclude how I feel about the mids because they really do sound lovely, even though they are so far away. What impressed me the most with the midrange is just very transparent and clear it is, with above average detail retrieval. 

 

Treble: The treble is definitely the star of the show. It is extremely crisp and clear with tons of energy and sparkle. There is no doubt the treble is enhanced, resulting in a brightness that can be a little too much for me as I'm used to warmer sound signatures. Detail in the higher frequencies is quite good and cymbals sound great. 

 

Soundstage: The GC's soundstage is a very small and narrow. It is quite intimate as it is and I do wish it was wider. 

 

post #38 of 45
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the impressions kckc. What tips did you try? I found the Hifiman biflanges to offer the most bass quantity. They rumbled pretty well with them, although the treble definitely steals the show. 

post #39 of 45
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Thanks for the impressions kckc. What tips did you try? I found the Hifiman biflanges to offer the most bass quantity. They rumbled pretty well with them, although the treble definitely steals the show. 


I used UE silicone tips that I believe came with the UE500 (too many tips, getting confused which ones are which). I also tried some Sony Hybrids and Comply's Ts series to tame the highs a little, but the Complys take away from the clarity and detail too much. The treble is definitely the star of the show no matter which tips are used. 

 

post #40 of 45

How do they compare to Etymotic HF5 or similar on basis of bass and treble ?

post #41 of 45
I'm going to write a fuller review in a day or so (and put them in the mail to the OP), but quickly, they've got about the same treble as the ER-4S, a bit more bass. The main difference is that they seem a bit more removed than the etys, as though you were listening at a greater distance.
post #42 of 45

Cross posting my full impressions

 

 

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It was an impulsive purchase but least did I know these would end up as my favorite IEM in 1 months of time. There's something very unique about Golden Crystal, starting from well textured bass, passing along with clean mids and culminating on sprakly highs. It's almost reinventing and rejoicing my music collection once again.

 

I'll start with the basics:

 

Packaging: Nice Fancy leather box with a clamshell case ensconsced comfortably in upper compartment. Lift the compartment with the velvet strip and there lies 3 boxes. One of them contains 3 sets of single flange tips and 3 sets of tri flange tips. One ovoid single flange is already mounted on the nozzles of IEM. I settled for the medium sized non-prodruding-rear tri-flanges for their deeper insertion and perfect fit.

 

Build Quality: Usual gold plated connectors. Surprisingly small form factor and smallest dynamic drivers @5mm. Shell feels sturdy enough but the plastic reliefs at rear gets me worried as these are not the typical limber strain reliefs. So far no problem at all. Cable ,definitely, is the most impressive of all the IEMs I have. It's braided internally and then sheathed with some kind of polymer. It's not easy to get the cable tangled, a plus point indeed. RE272's wire are close enough but feels a bit fragile.

 

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Comfort and Isolation: Once you tuck them in, it's like you won't realize if you have something in your ears after some time. They just disappear owing to their light weight and small form factor. I can chew food without any perceptible seal issues. So far I found tri-flanges (medium) to be the best at providing isolation and for the maximum bass. No other IEM, I own, come any closer to that. It's accentuated by the fact that I was oblivious of the fact that on of my colleague was tooting behind me.

 

 

Sound

 

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Lows: More than enough for that extra fun you are looking for. Quantity, quality and texture is on par with RE272. Packs a good punch and control in comparison to feeble blows of RE272.  Good extension at sub bass region (can feel the reasonably good rumble). Owing to the small driver size it's technically limited to match with one of the Xears (TD V III or XE200PRO) or bassier IEMs in sheer quantity. But the texture of bass renders me euphoric to no limit. It's enthralling to the auditory senses.

 

Mids: Slightly recessed compared to RE272 but still forward to my taste. Clean and lean are the two words to describe it. RE 0 sounds, in comparison, way too thick and colored. RE272 manages to leap ahead of Golden Crystal but not by a fair margin. However on some bad recordings these can sound harsh and revealing.

 

Highs: Piercingly awesome, crisp and clear ! Yep, that's exactly where these excels again by a fair margin above RE272.  Treble extension will blow you away by the tremendous energy, it's like unleashed horse of war mauling relentlessly other beasts competing against it. A word of caution, highs can be way too much for some people.

 

Presentation: Intimate and aggressive. Perfectly complements the music I listen to (mainly post-rock). RE272 is more laid back and lacks the aggressiveness.

 

Soundstage: Comparatively narrow but with good depth. I wish it would be as much wider as RE272's but that doesn't limit the fun.

 

Instrument Separation: RE272 wins by good margin but Golden Crystal is no slouch, although sounds a wee bit congested in complex passages.

 

Imaging: Again not as good as RE272 but ranks gracefully a few notches down.

 

Listening to same songs with RE272 and then Golden Crystal gives me a completely different experience. Both are kind of complementing each other. I do feel that these will benefit more from amping as the volume at normal level was way below compared to other IEMs I tested.

 

One thing I'd like to mention again is that bass magnitude and rumble increased appreciably when using tri-flanges.

 

 

Cons: No chin slider, no modular cable(I like RE272's approach here)

 

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/592863/hisound-audio-golden-crystal-review-crystalline-hush

 

post #43 of 45
Thread Starter 

@psygeist, thanks for posting your review and pics here and love the term 'piercingly awesome'.  I'm really surprised these haven't received more attention by all the analytical lovers out there.

post #44 of 45

Thanks, shotgunshane.

 

With ZO2 it sounds a bit warmer, bass gets more body. Right combination of tight controlled bass and highs make them my primary IEM to listen to music. I wish they had a comparable soundstage similar to RE272.

 

Yet to compare them with e-Q5 and JVC FXT90.

post #45 of 45
Bump...just got these and they sound great 😎
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