Originally Posted by drbluenewmexico
Monday audio adventures so far:
Phillips TX2 just arrived. out of box massive booming bass and don't fit at all, tip rolling necessary and
burn in commenced. but design obvious evolution from extra bass agh and jvc so lets hear what they
have accomplished for affordable "high definition" phones made for mobile applications...
The bass settles a lot. Some people might even find it lacking in the end
Anyway, I settled on the tips yesterday and was listening a bit more to the TX2 today, so here are some impressions:
Extension is pretty good on both sides. The bass isn't boomy and is relatively punchy but a bit softer on the impact than I prefer. I would have like it more if it was a bit more hard hitting. Still better than the pistons' though.
Mids are a touch laid back but fairly neutral and clean free from bleeding or coloration from the lows. The timbre is pretty good although I wouldn't mind a touch thicker note presentation.
The highs extend very well and are pretty smooth and the TX2 is overall quite airy with good amount of sparkle and shimmer.
The thing that steals the show though is the soundstage. Often people confuse a full and enveloping sound with a big 3D soundstage but this is not the case here. It's not also just some ambience created in your head by a thick and full sound or just the distance the sound cues are thrown. Yeah, the soundstage is very wide and the sonic cues go audibly further than most iems. Yeah, the positioning is great. Yeah, the height is great. But other iems also can perform at a similar level (not in this price range of course). It's the space between instruments that takes the imaging on another level. There are iems with darker background but there's just something about the TX2 that's just right and makes the whole presentation sound spacious in a very natural way. The TX2 really shined with my binaural albums and overall just makes a lot of iems sound intimate in comparison.
As an overall package for 40 bucks the TX2 is really impressive. It might not be the most detailed iem or have as tight and hard hitting bass as I would want but compared to its sub-$100 competition, it can teach them more than one lesson on how some things are done.
Edited by kova4a - 5/12/14 at 4:34pm