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Originally Posted by Mozu View Post

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.
 

 

That's very interesting, as I really like how the GR07s sound, and more isolation would make them borderline perfect in my book.  Just wondering, why did you go this route vs. getting custom tips made for the Vsonics (mostly asking because I'm strongly considering getting custom tips for mine)?

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Originally Posted by ukflyboy View Post

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!

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

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

 

Good to hear you guys are still enjoying the 5X!

 

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Originally Posted by Mozu View Post

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.
 

 

Very interesting...Mitch has said some great things about the 6X.

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Originally Posted by nyonya View Post

 

That's very interesting, as I really like how the GR07s sound, and more isolation would make them borderline perfect in my book.  Just wondering, why did you go this route vs. getting custom tips made for the Vsonics (mostly asking because I'm strongly considering getting custom tips for mine)?

I'd considered the same thing myself, for sure. I suppose it depends on how much the extra technical abilities and bass matter to you, since we're talking a hundred-something dollars versus almost seven hundred.

 

Didn't have a ton of time to listen to them this weekend, but I got a solid few hours in on Saturday night. Totally blown away by the 6x. My only (literally only) gripe - and it's less a gripe and more high praise for the GR07 - is that the 6x can't reproduce that amazing drum timbre that the 07 has. That said, the 6x presents drums (and bass lines) excellently, and as I said before, they've been a joy with any track I've thrown at them so far.

 

EDIT: I take it back - I have one other gripe. The 6x has made me want to upgrade to the UHA-6S MKII now.  -_-


Edited by Mozu - 8/27/12 at 1:48pm
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I just bought a AUD-5X off the FS forum.. etysmile.gif.. so I look forward to joining the club soon.  Whether that's going to be the 5X club or 6X club remains to be seen (will find out if Mitch can upgrade the 5X to the 6X.. I'm not sure if there is a significant difference between the drivers used).

 

I'm got a Heir 4.A coming down the pipe as well.

 

Mozu.. I understand you had some issues with the 5X, sound wise.. but can you give me the quick & dirty on the 5X vs the 6X?  I'm particularly interested in how the the mids & treble stack up between the two.

 

Much appreciated.. thanks!


Edited by FlySweep - 8/27/12 at 3:23pm
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I see on the site the availability of a 7X.  Has anyone taken the plunge?

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I see on the site the availability of a 7X.  Has anyone taken the plunge?

I had Mitch mod my westone es5's, and the 7x is based on this.  If you're interested, here's a link to my review of it (post #2)

http://www.head-fi.org/t/613186/dream-earz-alternate-appreciation-thread/15#post_8444033

post #367 of 596
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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post

Mozu.. I understand you had some issues with the 5X, sound wise.. but can you give me the quick & dirty on the 5X vs the 6X?  I'm particularly interested in how the the mids & treble stack up between the two.

 

Much appreciated.. thanks!

 

Quick and dirty, 5x vs. 6x? Grado vs. GR07 (as far as the mids and highs go).

 

Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of folks love the 5x, and don't seem to hear it that way, but the 6x is a totally different animal, and to my ears, a superior one. It just sounds fuller, smoother, more coherent throughout the frequency range, bigger soundstage, better instrument separation - again, to my ears.

 

I am, admittedly, a massive fan of the GR07, so much so that they pretty much ruined me for most other headphones for any "serious" listening, and I ended up selling off my Magnum v4s and HE-400s, as they literally just sat and gathered dust (or...their dust covers did, anyway). So, to hear what sounds like a beefed-up and (much) more technically proficient version of the GR07s has me in audio nirvana.

 

(Just to reiterate, the 5x is a great IEM, just not for me.)

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Originally Posted by Mozu View Post

Quick and dirty, 5x vs. 6x? Grado vs. GR07 (as far as the mids and highs go).

 

Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of folks love the 5x, and don't seem to hear it that way, but the 6x is a totally different animal, and to my ears, a superior one. It just sounds fuller, smoother, more coherent throughout the frequency range, bigger soundstage, better instrument separation - again, to my ears.

 

I am, admittedly, a massive fan of the GR07, so much so that they pretty much ruined me for most other headphones for any "serious" listening, and I ended up selling off my Magnum v4s and HE-400s, as they literally just sat and gathered dust (or...their dust covers did, anyway). So, to hear what sounds like a beefed-up and (much) more technically proficient version of the GR07s has me in audio nirvana.

 

(Just to reiterate, the 5x is a great IEM, just not for me.)

 

Excellent.. thanks for that.  Sums up what I was looking for quite well.

 

I'm a big fan of the GR07, too.  I bought it when it was released (a year and a half ago).. sold it out of curiosity (six months later) to try other phones.. and ended up buying the MKII again a couple of weeks ago cause I realized how much I missed their sound.  Strangely enough, I'm enjoying the GR07 more the second time around.. even after having owned a flagship customs (Quads & the Miracle), the W4, reshelling the DBA.. among other things.

 

To hear that the 6X is sort of a 'beefed up' take on the GR07 is very encouraging.  Mitch got back to me tonight.. so it looks like I'll be going for the 6X.

 

Thank you sir!

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I don't think you'll regret it. I got the GR07s out last night, just to make sure I wasn't totally off my rocker, and it's uncanny how similar the basic sound signature is.
 

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Originally Posted by Deviltooth View Post

I see on the site the availability of a 7X.  Has anyone taken the plunge?

I'm getting the same modification done as Chris to my ES5 so I'll probably have some thoughts once Mitch gets done with mine. Realized I wanted more bass after listening to the Mad Dogs
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I don't think you'll regret it. I got the GR07s out last night, just to make sure I wasn't totally off my rocker, and it's uncanny how similar the basic sound signature is.

 

So does that mean the 6X is not too far off the SE 5-way in sound signature?

 

 

 

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I'm getting the same modification done as Chris to my ES5 so I'll probably have some thoughts once Mitch gets done with mine. Realized I wanted more bass after listening to the Mad Dogs

 

 

Looking forward to more impressions of the 6X and 7X.

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I'm going with the 6X, folks.  Got impressions taken today.. I usually go to a different Audiologist a little further away but found a Westone-authorized Audiologist just three minutes from my house.  He was very friendly, courteous, and did a fantastic job.  He's done impressions for custom IEMs quite often and understood all the intricacies.  Plus, it was only $15 for the pair of impressions!  My other Audiologist charges $40 for the pair.. but these honestly look better!

 

Looking forward to jumping on the 6X train. 

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I'm going with the 6X, folks.  Got impressions taken today.. I usually go to a different Audiologist a little further away but found a Westone-authorized Audiologist just three minutes from my house.  He was very friendly, courteous, and did a fantastic job.  He's done impressions for custom IEMs quite often and understood all the intricacies.  Plus, it was only $15 for the pair of impressions!  My other Audiologist charges $40 for the pair.. but these honestly look better!

Looking forward to jumping on the 6X train. 

Dang, only $15? Mine charged $50 for the pair and had me drive 40 minutes out to the nearest hospital to take them. And he didn't do that great of a job either. Color me jealous :/
post #374 of 596
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I'm getting the same modification done as Chris to my ES5 so I'll probably have some thoughts once Mitch gets done with mine. Realized I wanted more bass after listening to the Mad Dogs

 

 

Awesome, glad to hear someone else is taking the plunge!  Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine

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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post


Dang, only $15? Mine charged $50 for the pair and had me drive 40 minutes out to the nearest hospital to take them. And he didn't do that great of a job either. Color me jealous :/

I know when it comes to quality impressions.. price usually coincides with quality.. but I've taken enough impressions to know when I see a good one.. and this was, seriously, one of the best I've seen.  I even mentioned to him that many of us Head-Fi'ers have to pay upwards of 80 dollars, sometime, to get quality impressions.  He was quite surprised... but did mention he's probably losing a little money on what he's charging me for impressions.. but the margin wasn't big enough to really bother him.  I assured him he'll be getting repeat business from me.

 

As an aside.. he mentioned many of the molds he made for musician (in the area) were not open mouth.  He typically filled up the ear canal & said to just talk normally as the mold formed.  Mitch's impressions instructed the same thing.  I was a little apprehensive as I've always done open mouth/2" bite block impressions.. but I thought it was best to follow Mitch's instructions this time around.  The audiologist mentioned those musicians never had to come back to get new impressions for refits (but they did come back to him for another set of impressions when it came time to get a new monitor).  He said if there are any problems, he'll gladly take re-take impressions for free.

 

That's how you do business, folks.


Edited by FlySweep - 8/31/12 at 11:36am
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