strange. A151 and DBA-02 should share the same one. how old are your DBA?
Rockit Sounds R-50 Reviews and Impressions - Page 16
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This over some time indeed. I am the second owner of about 6 moths and he probably had them over a year i think he said, maybe longer!
I will in a couple of days write something more thoroughly about this modification and it will most likely appear in a different thread, but I just wanted to share this for now!
Today, these was returned to me after being modified by Brian from BTG-Audio and they include a nice RA Neutrik Jack!
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Looks nice! It's hard to tell exactly from the picture but is the cable removable or not? If not, was that ever an option from BTG-Audio?
Also, do the gray rubber housings still fit over the body after the recabling job?
Edited by PeterDLai - 5/7/12 at 7:42pm
No, it's not a removable cable since this is what I requested. I had my W4 modded at the same time to a RC version and I came up with the idea/question if Brian would try to crack the R-50 and solder a cable to the drivers since I preferred to have a RA Jack on this IEM, a better braided cable and just curious if this could be done, so there was some risk involved!
You will have to ask Brian if he thinks it is possible to turn it into a RC version. I removed the grey cover before I shipped the R-50 to him. I managed to get it back on, but slightly ripped it and I need to secure it with some glue. I will try to get pics. of this.
OK this is one tempermental little beastie! I started by switching the tips for the largeest tips and found they filled my ears really well but they seemed to muffle the treble a bit. I then switched to the middle tips and found they were almost to loose making the sound almost sibilant. I then switched to a pair of klipsch oval gels I had kicking around and once I thought I had them in right started to grove to the sound but then became disatisfied with them as they also seemed to loose some sonic qualities.
I then looked over and saw some unused Shure Olives and decided to see if they fit and golly they do! MAGIC! Suddenly I am getting better bass, better mids, and the treble doesn't sound quite so brittle.
So now that I have talked about the challenges of getting the right tip and seal I will talk about the IEM itself. I like the cable, it's quite soft and just feels very well done. I kinda of like the memory wire portion as it hold the IEM stable but is a bit stiffer than I am used to. I do wish it had an L jack but will live with what it has. The tip kit is OK but a it sparse and I can see people having to fish for other tips.
My following sonic impressions are first blush so may change...
Sonically speaking I find I have grown more used to dynamic based signatures between my Shure fullsize headphones and my Sony MDR 7550. So I am having to let my brain burn in regarding to the sharper knifelike transitions and speed you get from a BA speaker system. I also am used to a larger feeling sound stage. But it was nice to go for a walk and not hear wind noise, something my others headphones all suffer from to some extent or another and I am going to enjoy not having to hear all the noise on the train tomorrow.
Bass - These are more punchy than the MDR-7550 but lack some of the volume of that headphone and are very similar to the SRH-940 headphone in bass so not quite as heavy as the SRH-1440. For those owning the GR07 I would say the sub-bass is not as good as the GR07 but they are snappier.
The mids are on the warm side but not to much and not dark in any fashion. The mids have great detail as well and are slightly forward but lack just a smidge of transparency.
Treble initially felt very truncated and lacking decay but after finding the right tip combination has started to feel a bit more enjoyable. I miss the decay of a good dynamic speaker though so will see if these grow on me more as I go along.
Overall I don't see any real glaring issues with the sound of these though, they didn't wow me but they also didn't make me want to pull them out in frustration either. I have a feeling they might be like the GR07 in that they will grow on me and their lack of serious flaws will become their biggest strength. One thing is certain, once properly inserted and sealed these will never be a cause of fatigue and they are very comfortable in ear as well.