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Just sent in a pair of aud-7x for reshell last week, excited to compare them to my jh5's and jh16's
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Aud-5x vs Aud-6x?

 

Anyone who have both or heard both can chime in?

 

TIA

Abhi

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My fourth pair of CIEM is born! Will receive the AUD-8X in 3 days, super excited! Despite the color looks quite off (I have ordered clear orange faceplate), oh well, if they fit well I wouldn't complain. I hope I'll like the sound and end the expensive CIEM searching journey! Oh My RSA Shadows also have just arrived earlier today! Oh man really cant wait to get the 8X!!

 


Edited by redaxis - 8/30/13 at 12:03am
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I'm also waiting for my reshelled AUD-8x to come back from Mitch after re-shelling and I have gone with the Smoke Shells and Wooden Faceplates :-)

 

Cant wait to get them back and connected to my AK120......3 weeks to go.

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My fourth pair of CIEM is born! Will receive the AUD-8X in 3 days, super excited! Despite the color looks quite off (I have ordered clear orange faceplate), oh well, if they fit well I wouldn't complain. I hope I'll like the sound and end the expensive CIEM searching journey! Oh My RSA Shadows also have just arrived earlier today! Oh man really cant wait to get the 8X!!

 

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I'm also waiting for my reshelled AUD-8x to come back from Mitch after re-shelling and I have gone with the Smoke Shells and Wooden Faceplates :-)

 

Cant wait to get them back and connected to my AK120......3 weeks to go.

Looks nice :D mind both of you giving a mini review(s) ? :)

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Received them at my workplace, I was using my UM Mage before I popped in the 8X, so I can only compare them with the Mage. The first impression of the 8X is... hm... rather complicated...


I'm no good at writing this kinda things so bare with me, my portable rig is Sansa Fuze>LOD>RSA Shadow.

 

First, the sound is much bigger on the Mage, 8X appears to sound like a much smaller speakers, despite a very detailed one.

 

The 8X's focus is definately on the mids, particularly upper mids. Mids are also forwarded as many have described, and also very fast. Vocals stands out alot in tracks, but because the upper mid focused, some times vocals appears overly bright and a bit thin.

 

Treble extension is very good and very energized, although a little grainy. I'd say its almost at the edge of being sibilant because on certrain tracks it almost starting to sound harsh to me.

 

Bass is as advertised, flat, and fast. Quantity is just right to compliment with the mids, goes quite low too, bass never smears to the mids, which is good.

 

Instrument seperation is ok, Mage definately still has the upper hand here.

 

For the shell finishing, it's pretty fine. Some tiny bubbles spotted. The monitors sit too much inside the ear, with the cable plugs actually pushing my ear. I prefer a flush or slightly extruding monitor for comfort and ease of wearing and removing. Unique Melody is a master here in terms of craftsmanship.

 

Maybe I should give abit more time to it before drawing conclusion, but for now, I still prefer my old UM Mage due to the way bigger sound, better seperation and more organic decay. The 8X has potential though, will put it to burn in and see if there's any sound changes, although I doubt it will improve much.

 

Looks like my CIEM search is still long way...


Edited by redaxis - 9/2/13 at 12:56am
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After a while more of listening, I notice there are alot of trebles in the 8X, particularly lower trebles, that could be the cause of why I feel the vocal sound overly bright and a little harsh at times. Hm...

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Have you had a chance to demo the JH13 ? How do the 8X fare against them?
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I have listened the jh13 demo long ago, If I remember correctly, jh13 has smoother treble and mid range while being similarly analytical. Jh13 also has more bass quantity, and bigger sound. Now I'm not sure if Mitch has tuned my 8x this way on purpose because many times I mentioned I like forward mids, none boomy bass and neutral sound. To my ears, my 8x definitely don't have the bass quantity like many users have described. Even the Mage has more bass compared to them, and Mage are considered bass light ciem.

Now the biggest disappointment I have on the 8x is the small sound stage. Also the overly bright upper midrange and treble could be fatiguing.
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now after a few days of using them, some keywords I can come up with the 8X. To my ears, they are:

- everything is super fast, very little decay

- forward, very warm, and bright mid range (especially upper midrange)

- flat bass, a little light to my taste

- treble is a little grainy, very fast and very little decay

- sound stage is not very grand, this area could be improved

 

music they handle nicely:

- intrumentals with strings, guitars etc

- male vocals

- fast paced music

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I have listened the jh13 demo long ago, If I remember correctly, jh13 has smoother treble and mid range while being similarly analytical. Jh13 also has more bass quantity, and bigger sound. Now I'm not sure if Mitch has tuned my 8x this way on purpose because many times I mentioned I like forward mids, none boomy bass and neutral sound. To my ears, my 8x definitely don't have the bass quantity like many users have described. Even the Mage has more bass compared to them, and Mage are considered bass light ciem.

Now the biggest disappointment I have on the 8x is the small sound stage. Also the overly bright upper midrange and treble could be fatiguing.

 

The mind can play tricks on the memory, especially when trying to compare from memory.  I don't trust my technical comparisons from memory, which is why I keep all my gear!  My JH16 pro has more soundstage width than my 8X, but not nearly as much depth.

 

As far as the tuning, why not ask Mitch?  He is a great guy and I am sure he will work with you to make you happy.

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The mind can play tricks on the memory, especially when trying to compare from memory.  I don't trust my technical comparisons from memory, which is why I keep all my gear!  My JH16 pro has more soundstage width than my 8X, but not nearly as much depth.

As far as the tuning, why not ask Mitch?  He is a great guy and I am sure he will work with you to make you happy.

I agree. I shouldn't compare without ABing them.

The 8X has some superb technical capability such as the amazing speed, crisp midrange and good transparency, I wonder if I request for a retune would it actually be better to ask Mitch if I could downgrade it to 7X? I wonder how different the 7X and the 8X sound.
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now after a few days of using them, some keywords I can come up with the 8X. To my ears, they are:

- everything is super fast, very little decay

- forward, very warm, and bright mid range (especially upper midrange)

- flat bass, a little light to my taste

- treble is a little grainy, very fast and very little decay

- sound stage is not very grand, this area could be improved

 

music they handle nicely:

- intrumentals with strings, guitars etc

- male vocals

- fast paced music

 

Interesting impressions.

 
I do wonder if Mitch has tuned yours differently - My 8X has plenty of bass, and very smooth treble. I'm fairly sensitive to sibilance and have never detected any. You mentioned some discomfort - how are you finding the seal? Is it possible that a poor seal is draining the bass and exaggerating the upper mids / treble?
 
Although not the widest I've heard, I do find the 8Xs soundstage to be very well proportioned. Depth matches width, creating an excellent 3D space and sense of dynamics. 
 
I've tried a range of cables now and found the Toxic Virus to be a match made in heaven, even when compared to much more expensive cables.  It seems to bring out the warmth and musicality whilst retaining the detail. The Virus is a copper / silver hybrid, so perhaps the Twag V3 hybrid would be a nice match too.  

Edited by Nulliverse - 9/24/13 at 9:34am
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My 8x should be arriving from Mitch sometime this week and it will be interesting to see which of these impressions mine sound like to my ears...I'm hoping they sound closer to Nulliverse's impression...seeing as we had some discussions on the sound character and it was these discussions that led me to the decision :-)

 

Smoke Shells with Wood faceplate.......initially I will be using my Twag V2 OM cable with them.

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My 8x should be arriving from Mitch sometime this week and it will be interesting to see which of these impressions mine sound like to my ears...I'm hoping they sound closer to Nulliverse's impression...seeing as we had some discussions on the sound character and it was these discussions that led me to the decision :-)

Smoke Shells with Wood faceplate.......initially I will be using my Twag V2 OM cable with them.

Handsome little fellas! I wonder if the wooden face plates affect them at all sonically (?) I say this, as Gavin from Tralucent recommended carbon fibre over steel to me.

I hear the AUD-8X very similarly to Flysweep and Average_Joe, Jason. From our discussions we seem to appreciate the same traits, so hopefully you made the right choice!

The Twag V2 should be a good match. I definitely favour silver, or copper / silver hybrids, over the meagre copper stock. On that note, I recommend cable non-believers to go for either the white or black coloured stock, as the silver one oxidises in a much more visual manner i.e. turns green.
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