I've been away awhile. I can't remember who it was, but someone told me that I'd be back. Well, after being fed up with my favourite earphone of all time, the Audio Technica CK10, I've decided to plop some dosh on something new. Despite not posting here, I do still follow some threads.
James and Joker have my reads as do a few other renowned HF'ers. That's how things go. Anyways, I found a number of people saying that the DBA-02 is in some ways similar to the CK10. Well, I love the CK10 and have since 2008 when I bought one without ever checking reviews. Fit, build, everything is as good as they come. The one problem is the titanium plate which rubs my ear wrongly. Every three or four days, I have to take a few days break. Not good for commutes.
So, after looking through these threads, I decided that I'd try a DBA-02. Well, in Japan, Fuji-Avic are a seller or distributor. And then of course, there is Musica Acoustics. I found out through a bird that V2 of the DBA-02 is coming out. Maybe it's called DBA-02 2, or DBA-02 MKII or something. Sounds like a camera.
I'm going to dive in. It looks like I've a long commute to take every day and well, I don't want to hear people's phones or conversations about last night's drunken business meeting where Mr. Mitsubishi hung himself with his neck tie and it was so funny.
I found used DBA-02 MK I for 7000¥ which is like 80$ USD or so. So, what does one do when faced with a new version, or a cheap used version? I'm going for the new version. Evidently, Fuji-Avic will have the new version soon. Fuji-Avic charge in Japanese yen and Musica Acoustics charge in US dollars. Both have similar numbers, which means that Musica Acoustics is cheaper. The numbers are 17.800¥ and 178$ for the MKI. I don't know who else sells these, but if you know, please tell me.
Evidently, the DBA-02 MKII will go for a bit more than the MKI, I think around 200$, so up by about 20$. Musica Acoustics and Fuji-Avic will have them in early February, I think. Anyway, I'm going to take the plunge and try them out next to my all time favourites, the CK10. Wish me luck as this is my first plunge since deciding that I am all good. Ho hum.
Dimitri confirmed that these will be shipped and bought for a total of 200$. I think these are are very well priced for what you get.
My thoughts will go here in this thread.
Evidently, Musica Acoustics, are the distributors in the North America. I am getting my DBA-02 MK II from them. To clear up some confusion, Musica Acoustics' website shows the MKI version, but evidently, they only sell the MKII version, the version pictured below. Thank you, Dimitri, for the sample.
Edited by shigzeo - 3/29/12 at 7:35am