Sidy DM2, a new discovery by Twister6 in the Chinese/Asian thread. Based on all of the stuff in his profile, these seem to be legit! $65 from Penonaudio. Another competitor to Tenore/KC06/Havi B3/ATH-IM50?
"Just had to pick up my jaw off the ground!!! Got today a package from Penonaudio (the ONLY place to get your headphone gems!!!) with... SIDY DM2.
Had only a few hours of burn-in, and it's already mind blowing. Don't even need to use black (extra bass) or silver (upfront mids) filter duct - they do change the sound, but it becomes either too sub-bassy or the opposite way with a complete removal of the bass. Red filter-duct is "golden" together with included audio-technica eartips - perfectly balanced transparent sound with amazing crystal clear details, even with some bass enhancement extended down to sub-bass and fast punchy mid bass, great treble details, no sibilance, clear/detailed mids (vocals sound amazing), wide front row soundstage (much wider than average). Great build quality though a bit slippery due to the shape (all metal housing). Great cable, no microphonics, but surprised there is no chin slider. The only concern is a short strain relief by earpieces. But everything else is perfection. I know, it's a new toy hype :) I will be working on my usual review for XDA, so will provide a full review link and will post detailed pictures in a few days.
So far, I'm very impressed!!!"
"IM03 sounds a bit fuller and richer in tonality, overall a little more detailed. Though DM2 sounds a bit thinner, we are NOT talking about night'n'day difference. If anything, with a red duct-filter it's almost like a scaled down version of IM03. OK, we are talking about triple BA driver IEM with a removable cable design and sturdier build that cost $300 more. So if you put things in perspective, single dynamic driver DM2 is an AMAZING value with a FANTASTIC sound. The only negative is a short strain relief and narrowed down toward the end slippery body (which at the same time contributes to a great acoustics of wide soundstage).
I wasn't sure what to get, and Penonaudio guys actually recommended this one to me. That was an excellent recommendation. If you think about it, SIDY => DIY-Sound with all the customization you can get from different tips and duct filters."
"Silver line cable version. The soundstage is definitely wide... I had probably 4-5hr of burn in with pink loop, the sound just gets better, tighter. Using red filter and supplied large size AT eartips. I'm very impressed!!! Can't wait to get a second opinion, from you ;)
This is exactly a sound I was looking for awhile. I love balanced sound with some bass quantity - this one nails it. It's not too bright, a bit warm but not too much. Perfect separation of lows, mids, treble. Very detailed with a wide soundstage where I can pin point every sound. Definitely sounds natural to me."
Wow, that really sounds interesting. They have a version with a mic as well, which is a big plus for me. However, that version had a totally different cable.
Does that mean that there will be any difference in sound? Or am I good to go with the mic version?