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post #31 of 596
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@ Flipsidiaz: I hope it is everything you are looking for and it is the best decision, not the worst!  Looking forward to hearing from you once you get them.

post #32 of 596

I was wondering what genre these guys might sound good for. After reading the review I am highly inclined to get a pair for myself, seems pretty value for money!

I listen to nearly everything, but usually focus on Symphonic Power Metal bands, such as Nightwish. Any comments on this? D:

Oh and, awesome review mate, I appreciate your efforts in contributing back to the community! :D

post #33 of 596
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While many custom IEMs are better for one genre or another in this price point, the sound signature of the 5X makes it a good all-around sound that for me works with everything from metal (such as Nightwish) to rock to pop to easy listening.  It is not the fastest.sounding or most analytical, but symphonic power metal, which is a decent part of my collection still sounds great.  If the 5X is not as good with any particular genre, I would say classical just because the slightly mid forward presentation doesn't match as well as a more laid back presentation of something like the TS842.

 

If you do get the 5X, please let us know how you like it!

post #34 of 596

 

Hi Joe

 

I'm still considering the the AUD5x, but as I just got the CK100s and UM3x, Im deciding to do a little more listening time before making the decision for customs

 

I decided to let the ck100s go, I find that indoors, the ck100s are much more pleasant to listen to, with the space and effortless dynamics. 

 

But as I use iems more out and about compared to indoors, while Im outside I don't notice the space so much, and yearn for detail in the outside environment

 

I'm growing to like the um3x more, as it has superb instrument separation, albeit everything being way too close. But that works well when I'm outside

 

How would the AUD5x compare with the ck100s and um3x? 

Maybe specifically in the bass and mids

 

I'm just posting on this threat hoping it might help someone else make a decision :)

 

Cheers

James

post #35 of 596
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I have never heard the CK100s so I can't comment on that and I don't have a UM3X for comparison.  But, deducing from how the SM3 and UM3X compare as well as how the SM3 and 5X compare, the UM3X is more mid-forward and has a good deal smaller soundstage.  The aud-5X has at least as good, if not better imaging and 3D space to go along with superior technical ability including better transparency and dynamics.  As far as smoothness and detail levels, I would have to have them here to really know, but I would venture to say that in the midrange and bass areas the 5X is more detailed.

post #36 of 596

I had always liked the UM3x when I was still using universals. If the Aud5x is a close match to the UM3x but with bigger sound stage, I will like to give it a try. Will be interesting to compare it with the 1964-Q, given the similar price. Just hoping the discount is still available.

post #37 of 596
Hi Joe, do you think DRM can compete with the EM3pro musicality and soundstage depth?what are the similarities and differences between them?
Edited by miprasetya - 11/20/11 at 3:14am
post #38 of 596

i dont know if its the pictures, but the shell is kinda muddy and hazy? it doesnt have that vibrant transparent effect I keep seeing on UM shells.

post #39 of 596

Shells look fine to me. It could be the colours or lighting tho, but grey shells usually exhibit that type of hazy look 

post #40 of 596
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I had always liked the UM3x when I was still using universals. If the Aud5x is a close match to the UM3x but with bigger sound stage, I will like to give it a try. Will be interesting to compare it with the 1964-Q, given the similar price. Just hoping the discount is still available.


To me, the presentation of the 5X is quite different than the UM3X as the UM3X is more mid-forward and less dynamic and coherent sounding.  The overall space of the 5X is much larger than what I heard from the UM3X resulting in different a different proportion size.  Speaking of that, the EM3 Pro is closer to the UM3X soundstage presentation proportions, but larger.  And a comparison with the 1964-Q would be great!


 

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Hi Joe, do you think DRM can compete with the EM3pro musicality and soundstage depth?what are the similarities and differences between them?


It depends on the genre as the EM3 Pro is close to the best with certain very spacious tracks depth wise that I have, but in general the 5X sounds more musical to me because of the better clarity and balance.  So, no, the soundstage depth of the EM3 Pro (and most other custom IEMs I have) is not on par with the EM3 Pro, but then the 5X is wider than the EM3 Pro, which has one of the smallest soundstage widths of my custom IEMs. I did a quick comparison between the two on the previous page here.

 

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i dont know if its the pictures, but the shell is kinda muddy and hazy? it doesnt have that vibrant transparent effect I keep seeing on UM shells.

 

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Shells look fine to me. It could be the colours or lighting tho, but grey shells usually exhibit that type of hazy look 


The shell isn't clear and at this point I only have 2 shells that aren't clear, so I am not 100% sure how it compares with a UM, but I think the UM stuff has a different finish that is shinier.  It is not muddy or hazy, but in comparison I can't say.  The closeup pictures bring out every flaw and I have no issues with the look or workmanship of the 5X.

post #41 of 596

anyone put in an order for these?

post #42 of 596

@caracara08

 

I actually did and should receive them in about two weeks, mid December. Mitch, the owner, is a really nice guy and replies to you within a day given he does not have a show so don't be hesitant to contact him.  

 

Like I said before, I'll post again once I get them, given that I do not nearly have as much experience as some of the people on here.

post #43 of 596

Joe, if you had to compare the aud5x to another hp, be it iem or full sized, which would you compare it to?

post #44 of 596

just placed my order for these solely based on Joes review since... well, no one else has ever heard these or any other from dream earz (most likely).  crossing my fingers that i get wwhat joe got and wrote the review on! kinda scary that there are so many unknowns with this company.  one known is that Mitch is pretty cool. 

 

one thing i was unhappy with is that i requested his logo DE plus " aud-5x " on the face plate but i would have to pay the 50$ custom art work fee for the aud5x on there.  given that its the product name, i feel it should have been free and i hope he takes it into consideration where all logos, etc will be free. especially with his logo  being rather plain. 

 

heres to hoping. cheers.

post #45 of 596

I got to meet mitch at a show he is a very cool guy I'd highly recommend drmearz solely based on meeting him and average_joe's review, I believe his custom's will not disappoint I'm going to order my pair soon hopefully by sunday.

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