BTW... the cable that I got it very nice!
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Just wanted to update this thread and say that Brian shipped my headphones back a few days ago. They're sitting in my mailbox while I'm on vacation so I can't comment on his work yet, but just though I'd let people know that he did fulfill my order.
The headphones were sent out October 29th, so I guess 8 weeks isn't too horrible. Still much longer than the 3 week wait on his website and communication could be better. If his work is good I'll have no problem recommending/using him in the future, with the warning that he might take longer than anticipated.
Finally got to check out Brian's work today. I'm very impressed! No audible sound differences that I can tell (though it has been 2 months since I've used the W3s), but the detachable cable mod is very clean and the cable looks absolutely beautiful! I'm very happy with his initial work and will likely use him again if it holds up.
Got my SPC interconnect, I did hear a difference with the cheap cable came with my amp. I'm impressed how much the cable improve the sound. Quite a nice job by Brian, just hope the communication part of the company can improve and it will be perfect.
You will see the other pic I posted of the mod done by another company in a very clean manner, so did they perform a miracle ? I also mentioned in a succeeding post that I am not blaming Brian as I knew the risk involved (being the first customer of his to get this mod done), my post was just to share information that anyone doing this mod should expect some imperfection. I have used Brian's services about 3-4 times before this & the work was top notch, so I was expecting the same this time (maybe unreasonably) & was a bit disappointed initially when I saw it (I guess that is basic human nature , to feel disappointment when things to go wrong even if you expected them to go wrong). I even wrote an email to Brian expressing this. Plus I am not a modding expert if the job could be done cleanly with Hifiman connectors instead of HD 800 then it is the modding vendors job to suggest that when I was discussing detachable cable mod possibilities. Just to close this discussion, I bear no ill will against Brian, he did not make me any promises & he has done excellent work for me otherwise.
Just reporting that yesterday I received the Starlight Fitear cable I ordered. It's been two months, but thankfully have it now and it gives a nice sonic bump to the Parterre which is nice. The wait was a bit much though! Still, the cable is very high quality work.
Lead times are coming down now. Working on a few 4-5 week old orders but, I should be back in the 3-4 week range shortly. Thank you everyone for your patience! School work load is going to be a lot smaller this semester so I will be very focused on getting cables done and maybe expanding the product selection!
I mailed a Vsonic GR07 MKII bass edition to Brian about a month ago. Today, they returned. Mind you that I live in Norway and Brian works out of the West coast in the US.
The result is.. It's almost as if my IEM went through an episode of extreme makeover. I was especially impressed by how there are no signs of tampering on the shell or strain relieves!
All in all it looks and feels like a high quality product, and being cheaper than buying a new IEM, Brian gets a straight A for his work.
Too busy listening to them now but will post some pictures if needed be.
TLDR: IEM went around the world for repair in less than 1 month, impressive results.
I just sent an email to get my RE-600's laughably awful cable replaced. REally like the look of the cables offered and I'm excited to have some peace of mind when my RE-600s actually have a quality cable attached to them.
Let us know if he can do the RE-600. I would send my RE-600 and Re-400 to be updated. I have used Brian in the past and he does great work.
Yeah he's taking my RE-600, says the 400 and the RE-0 had very fragile drivers though so it's tough.
Thanx. now i remember asking about my RE-0 a few years back and he said the same thing
That totally destroyed my thought of recable my RE-400. I can't even figure out how to open the IEM housing. Are they screwed in, or just glued together.
Kind of find the sound of it a little masked, and maybe a SPC cable will give it a little more clarity.
Figured I would repost this from the BTG Starlight and Sunrise cable discussion thread:
I was speaking with Brian recently and he's had a few new developments I thought I'd share.
- First is his backlog, he's recently gotten it down and is pretty much caught up. Turn around time is currently about 2 weeks.
- He will be offering Astell & Kern compatible 2.5mm balanced termination. I believe he will be using the very nice Eidolic plugs that have become quite popular amongst several custom cable manufacturers: http://www.eidolic.com/Eidolic-Hifi-Audio-Headphone-Connectors-2-5.html
- He is now taking pre-orders for his Starlight CIEM cable with MMCX connectors. These MMCX connectors are overmolded for clean, sleeker and professional look. As far as I'm aware, no one else seems to over these overmolded.
Here is the preorder page: http://www.btg-audio.com/webstore.htm#!/Starlight-MMCX-cable-*PRE-ORDER*/p/46669337/category=12112619. Pricing appears to start as low as $102 with standard termination and unsleeved. Personally I think the Starlight cable looks sexiest unsleeved. For those that don't know, BTG now uses an ultra thin Y-split that replaces his bulkier version from earlier Starlight production. I have one of the newer 2 pin Starlights with Rhodium Oyaide RA, no sleeving and the ultra sleek Y-Splits and it is fantastic looking on my Legend R. I'll have to get some pics up soon.