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post #346 of 596

im not one to push burn in, but how long have you had yours for? the highs seem pretty good on mine

 

as for the bone conduction, thats with all customs and i agree. its annoying for me too but thats just the world of customs.  

 

i didnt love them right away either, but more and more the sound is pretty awesome. 

post #347 of 596
Probably about 20 hours now between listening and actual burn-in.
post #348 of 596
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Pardon, but do you have a link to that Steam Driven Phonics cable?  Tried a couple of searches for that and toxic cables but didn't run across it.  Hopefully grabbing a aud 5x in a couple of weeks and trying to figure out what cable I'm going for.

 

That's a DIY cable made with one of my Silver plated Copper wires, my own brand of IEM cables will not be released until sometime next month, might be why you found nothing about them under Toxic Cables.

 

Great thread, never heard of these until now.


Edited by Toxic Cables - 6/21/12 at 5:56pm

http://www.toxic-cables.co.uk                  PREPARE TO BE INTOXICATED

 

 

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post #349 of 596

Oh wow definitely keep us updated on the release of those cables as I would definitely be interested.  Also for those still curious about the Portaphile 627 I've managed to post a review here.  Enjoy!

post #350 of 596

Congrats and Enjoy to all those new AUD-5x owners!

 

All this talk makes me yearn for my AUD-5xs that are at the LAB for touch ups.

 

Mitch, who is ever so kind, told me before I got my AUD-5x that there were minor imperfections. My small ears made it difficult to fit all 3 sound tubes. When he said minor ...he really meant minor. The minor imperfections were bubbles at the canal tips and also HIS dissatisfaction of the iems color. He is one rad dude.

post #351 of 596
Been about a week now with these, and plenty of time on the drivers between listening and burning in. Just sent Mitch an email, as I think there's either a fit issue, or...something. It's subtle, but something just sounds off - a lack of coherency. The highs are still quite prominent in many tracks, and very sibilant at times, and frankly, on most tracks my GR07s put out more bass throughout the low-end of the spectrum (and I'm no basshead, but I love hearing bass lines and kick drums clearly), and on certain recordings, certain frequencies in (what I think are) the lower mids/upper bass seem really recessed.

I think from a purely technical standpoint, they're spectacular. From a sound signature/enjoyment perspective, my GR07s and even HD381Fs are beating them out right now. Obviously, neither of those can manage the detail and separation of the Aud-5x, but if they make some of my recordings sound great, and some of my favorite albums sound like dog**** - Blind Guardian being the most extreme example of this in my collection - then they're not a great a fit for me, and while I understand that they can be very unforgiving with bad recordings, they sounded pretty excellent with The Ruins of Beverast - Unlock the Shrine which is really lo-fi, as great as it is.

They feel like they fit fine, but something is definitely wonky in Mozutown. Also, A/Bing them for hours on end now is driving me nuts. Hopefully I can get this worked out, rather than having to return them.

Time to throw in the GR07s and actually listen to some music. frown.gif

(Obviously, this is all pretty counter to other folks' experiences with these, so I'll assume I'm one of the unlucky ones with fit issues for now. Blarg.)
post #352 of 596
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Been about a week now with these, and plenty of time on the drivers between listening and burning in. Just sent Mitch an email, as I think there's either a fit issue, or...something. It's subtle, but something just sounds off - a lack of coherency. The highs are still quite prominent in many tracks, and very sibilant at times, and frankly, on most tracks my GR07s put out more bass throughout the low-end of the spectrum (and I'm no basshead, but I love hearing bass lines and kick drums clearly), and on certain recordings, certain frequencies in (what I think are) the lower mids/upper bass seem really recessed.
I think from a purely technical standpoint, they're spectacular. From a sound signature/enjoyment perspective, my GR07s and even HD381Fs are beating them out right now. Obviously, neither of those can manage the detail and separation of the Aud-5x, but if they make some of my recordings sound great, and some of my favorite albums sound like dog**** - Blind Guardian being the most extreme example of this in my collection - then they're not a great a fit for me, and while I understand that they can be very unforgiving with bad recordings, they sounded pretty excellent with The Ruins of Beverast - Unlock the Shrine which is really lo-fi, as great as it is.
They feel like they fit fine, but something is definitely wonky in Mozutown. Also, A/Bing them for hours on end now is driving me nuts. Hopefully I can get this worked out, rather than having to return them.
Time to throw in the GR07s and actually listen to some music. frown.gif
(Obviously, this is all pretty counter to other folks' experiences with these, so I'll assume I'm one of the unlucky ones with fit issues for now. Blarg.)

 

I'm sorry to hear about this Mozu - I'd be frustrated too in your shoes! I could be wrong, but it sounds like a fit issue to me. As you know, I used the GR07s extensively (my fav universals for a while) and found them far more sibilant than the Dreamearz. I've never found the AUD-5X remotely sibilant. I'd also say the AUD-5X have much more bass, particularly sub bass.

 

If Blind Guardian are sounding awful on them, i'd be very suspicious that something is wrong. To my ears their mastering is meticulous. With regards to the Ruins of Beverast, I recall them being pretty treble happy, and purposefully mastering sibilance into their grim, cold, recordings. IMO stuff like that shines (or in the case of black metal, absorbs light!) on crappy speakers, or possibly in your case, poorly fitting phones

 

Anyway, good luck with progress (refit or otherwise) and keep us informed.

post #353 of 596

Does anyone have any color recommendations / experience with different colors?  I'm planning to buy my first ever custom-fit in-ear headphones and I'm thinking these Aud 5X seem very good.

 

But there are a lot of colors on the site.  Is there anything to be aware of?  Do some show dirt more than others?  Which are the least intrusive/hard for others to see?  Is clear a good choice?

post #354 of 596

I would assume that clear would discolor over time, but that is simply a guess.  However, they would also be the least visually obtrusive.  Just think of them like a car, a white car will show much less dirt and grime then a black one, and a red one, well that's the flashiest color.  I'm not sure there is anything in particular that you need to look out for when picking a color as they won't affect comfort or musical quality.  

post #355 of 596
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Colors are a personal preference, and none of my clear acrylic CIEMs have discolored.  And there really isn't much dirt that sticks to an acrylic shell, it just depends on what color you will be happy with.  I used to get all clear because I like to see the internals, but having some with nice artwork, I like that as well and usually still want a clear shell with the artwork.

post #356 of 596

average_joe and colinharding -- thank you for your comments.

post #357 of 596

This thread seems to have gone very quiet over the past few months. Have people just lost interest in what are a very good pair of CIEMs?

 

I'm still absolutely loving mine and cant get enough of them!

post #358 of 596

It has been quiet here. My ears, however have not been! The AUD-5x are in my ears all day everyday!

post #359 of 596

hahaha i'm with v0nn here, no time for typing with all this listening!

post #360 of 596

My Aud-6x'es arrived this past week.

 

I'll try and get a full review up in the next week, but the short version: More technically proficient GR07s with a larger and more three dimensional soundstage, and a bit more bass (seriously, the mids and highs are pretty much identical to the Vsonics). Very smooth, plays nicely with every recording I've thrown at them so far, but very detailed.

 

Considering that what I really wanted in the first place was a custom GR07, I am very, very pleased, to say the least.
 

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