OK, update on the RHA's (I know many of you couldn't sleep waiting for the update ...)
Gave it another day break in, changed to Comply tips (I think these are my go-to's whenever I have a fit issue, which is often). The haze is gone! Nice sounding iem. Haven't done any of these head to head comparisons, just happy to hear nice, clear, open sound. Not sure, either fit, or angle I had them in at (which relates to fit, struggling to get them in properly), or burn in, or the phase of the moon...Definitely worthwhile, though.
Out walking the dog, X3/Cardas/National/M-L Mykros...have I said how nice these are in a while? Definitely not bass head phones (have the AT 1K in now, these are BASS IEM'S!!!). Lose more bass outdoors than indoors, where they still aren't killer bass phones, but have sharp, tuneful bass there, and SUCH DETAIL!!!
Anyway, to beat some subjects to death (if they're not already dead), the AT 1K's were a real struggle for me, fit, sound, all coming together now. I agree with DS (and others) that these don't sound great through the X3. Using it line out as I mentioned above is a whole other matter, they ROCK!!! Clear, open, detail, of course that BASS-but it doesn't overwhelm, just swing like mad. This is when I began to think the amp section of the X3 was not up to the rest of the dap, especially the comparisons to the iBasso DX50, which much drive the AT's better. Of course, could be other things, a specific synergy, maybe my X3/National has it's own idiosyncratic synergy, Makes me wonder what the higher end daps sound like, the A & K, iBasso DX100, Hifiman 900, upcoming Sony, which I'd expect to be a killer. Too bad no way to audition these where I am, at least not that I know of; these all involve a bit more outlay of green, not as easy to just experiment with as the $200 daps (still money, of course, but much easier to play with than the $8-1200 the next level play at).
(in case anyone was curious-a small bit of Cardas goodness, mini to mini connector if you need such a thing, about $20 purchase at Amazon, worthwhile IMO), CARDAS HPI Audiophile Interconnect Cable Adapter Male 1/8" 3.5mm TRS Mini-Plug)
Great Alt Country duo, my morning listening...
Switched to this to listen to the AT's, as I mention ad nauseum, one of the best Power Pop bands EVER.
Edited by doctorjazz - 10/6/13 at 8:10am