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post #196 of 3933

I don't use it much but the block list is effective.

 

The PF IX is mid-centric but it isn't actually vocal-centric. Rather the mids are strongest in the periphery of the soundstage. The vocals sitting in the nose of the horn might even be slightly recessed relative to the periphery. These really are strange headphones.


Edited by cooperpwc - 8/9/12 at 9:27pm
post #197 of 3933
Thread Starter 

Latest Muramasa TvT
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=351313934947956&set=a.350995931646423.80230.118947184851300&type=1&theater

 

No news on the product yet, but from the picture it may be the cut down version of VIII.

post #198 of 3933

That looks more comfortable (as opposed to comfortable.)

post #199 of 3933
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seem it is still using the same material, not too sure on how much is the pricing, the picture is extracted from Hong Kong Hi-Fi AV show.
Will contact Jaben for more information about the product.
 

post #200 of 3933

The "new" Muramasa is being made with the goal of cutting down the cost and weight. 

post #201 of 3933

^^looks like something improvised from Fallout universe.

post #202 of 3933

Personally, I'm not digging the Muramasa TvT's design as much as the Muramasa VIII's. The headband looks like a single band as opposed to the split-shape, and the sharp angles leading to the earcups disrupt the harmony of the design. If I was being very ungenerous, I'd say it had a look of the new Denons or SMS by 50 to it in the way the cups mount to the headband with what appears to be ball-joints.

 

The polished stainless steel finish extended to the cups themselves is attractive, but it's going to be a finger print magnet like no other since the cups get touched more than any other part. Also there's not quite as much interest visually in the uniform finish versus the mixture of matte and mirror finishes in the VIII's design.

post #203 of 3933

Could someone suggest music that sounds great on the FI-BA-SS? I'm listening now and they're impressive, but not overly so.

post #204 of 3933

^  What may be overly impressive to you does not have to be overly impressive to others, or even likeable, for that matter. Bottom line, it's OK if you like the FI-BA-SS but don't think they're that great / good. Some of us think it is indeed a great phone, others think it's pretty good, but not great.

post #205 of 3933
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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

^  What may be overly impressive to you does not have to be overly impressive to others, or even likeable, for that matter. Bottom line, it's OK if you like the FI-BA-SS but don't think they're that great / good. Some of us think it is indeed a great phone, others think it's pretty good, but not great.

 

It's just that I've noticed a certain pickiness to it that makes it quite recording dependent. For instance, I don't particularly like it on certain vocal songs, but it sounds great with a piano sonata I was just listening to. Jochum's 1968 Carmina Burana isn't really impressive on it.

post #206 of 3933
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It's just that I've noticed a certain pickiness to it that makes it quite recording dependent.

 

Is that necessarily a bad thing?

post #207 of 3933
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Is that necessarily a bad thing?

 

Not at all. I'd just like to hear it at its best, hence the song request.

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post #209 of 3933
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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

^  What may be overly impressive to you does not have to be overly impressive to others, or even likeable, for that matter. Bottom line, it's OK if you like the FI-BA-SS but don't think they're that great / good. Some of us think it is indeed a great phone, others think it's pretty good, but not great.

 

I agree.

 

That said - the FI-BA-SS, to me, are kings of subtlety. They're the most sensitive IEMs I own and as such prone to hiss, but on the other hand the very best I've heard at conveying subtle shifts in music.

 

Off the top of my head, some listening suggestions:

Diana Krall - Quiet Night. Extremely well recorded, try "Too Marvellous For Words" or "The Boy From Ipanema" (or any other track).

Dave Holland Quintett - Extended Play: Live at Birdland. Excellent recording with very realistic spatiality. Try the last track "Metamorphos".

Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony (Atlanty Symphony Orchestra, Spano). Stellar recording. Try the last movement "The Explorers". The hushed voices, the slow build up of the choir part. Subtlety at its best. None of my other phones can hold a candle to the FI-BA-SS with this kind of music.

post #210 of 3933

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

Personally, I'm not digging the Muramasa TvT's design as much as the Muramasa VIII's. The headband looks like a single band as opposed to the split-shape, and the sharp angles leading to the earcups disrupt the harmony of the design. If I was being very ungenerous, I'd say it had a look of the new Denons or SMS by 50 to it in the way the cups mount to the headband with what appears to be ball-joints.

 

The polished stainless steel finish extended to the cups themselves is attractive, but it's going to be a finger print magnet like no other since the cups get touched more than any other part. Also there's not quite as much interest visually in the uniform finish versus the mixture of matte and mirror finishes in the VIII's design.

 

Me neither. This new one looks funky. The VIII at least looks like a classic (while not necessarily wearing like one).

 

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

Could someone suggest music that sounds great on the FI-BA-SS? I'm listening now and they're impressive, but not overly so.

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

 

That said - the FI-BA-SS, to me, are kings of subtlety. They're the most sensitive IEMs I own and as such prone to hiss, but on the other hand the very best I've heard at conveying subtle shifts in music.

 

Off the top of my head, some listening suggestions:

Diana Krall - Quiet Night. Extremely well recorded, try "Too Marvellous For Words" or "The Boy From Ipanema" (or any other track).

Dave Holland Quintett - Extended Play: Live at Birdland. Excellent recording with very realistic spatiality. Try the last track "Metamorphos".

Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony (Atlanty Symphony Orchestra, Spano). Stellar recording. Try the last movement "The Explorers". The hushed voices, the slow build up of the choir part. Subtlety at its best. None of my other phones can hold a candle to the FI-BA-SS with this kind of music.

 

Good suggestions. And totally agree about them being very good at nuance.

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