"This is New Age music before 'New Age' was invented" (Amazon review). Whatever it is, Jade Warrior's Elements Anthology has a special place in my collection.
Great stuff for the FAD 160X.
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I'm really happy the increasing of FAD user in everywhere and the acceptance rate of the brand.
Comparing with last time, FAD had a very bad reputation in everywhere, usually associate with "Over price, Snake Oil", and my friend called me dumb because i bought the FAD =(
Just received the Heaven V and I gotta say, they are really something else. There's so much clarity and layering in the music, and I finally understand what people meant when they talked about its "stage of sound." The mids are absolutely gorgeous, even better than I had hoped for. The bass is slightly weaker at times than I'm used to, but this makes long listening sessions less fatiguing, which is what I needed for work. I don't know what it is about them, but they just let me immerse myself in the music without making me start picking out technical things in the sound. I didn't know a pair of IEMs could sound like this, really happy I decided to purchase them!
Special thanks to vwinter for answering my questions on them :)
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That awful pic of yours reminded me of Soft Machine's Facelift off their "Third" album, more properly rendered, in my view, by the FI-BA-SS: http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Facelift/4rBwe3?src=5
That Amazon comment made me listen again—after not doing so for a while—to Brian Eno's absolutely brilliant "Discreet Music" album (1975), particularly the single track, Discreet Music, that made side one of that album, a piece of real music—music that had a subtle yet profound effect in me maaany moons ago: http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Discreet+Music/2FO4zO?src=5 (this one I much prefer on the 160Xs)
Some interesting titbits about the album (from Wikipedia):
The inspiration for this album began when Eno was left bed-ridden in a hospital by an automobile accident and was given an album of eighteenth-century harp music. After struggling to put the record on the turntable and returning to bed, he realized that the volume was turned down (toward the threshold of inaudibility) but he lacked the strength to get up from the bed again and turn it up. Eno said this experience taught him a new way to perceive music:
"This presented what was for me a new way of hearing music—as part of the ambience of the environment just as the color of the light and the sound of the rain were parts of that ambience."
This album is also an experiment in algorithmic, generative composition. His intention was to explore multiple ways to create music with limited planning or intervention.
Try a more powerful amp. The Heaven VI responds to amplification with a thicker bassier sound. I find that too strong an amp can even overwhelm it. I think that you may find that the Heaven V is just as sensitive to amplification.
I've tried them with the E12. It sounds bassier but also much more congested. I'm guessing that's what you meant by a strong amp overwhelming it. They actually sound much better straight out of the Sabre DAC. I feel like bass has increased with burn in compared to open box when I wrote that brief impression and I don't find it really lacking in bass anymore, except maybe slightly for some bass-heavy tracks.
I think it may be the E12 that makes them sound congested, as powered by the O2 the Heaven VI sounded very well separated but with excellent full bass.
Yeah it's definitely the E12 that's the problem. I can also hear background noise with the HV and E12, which was surprising since I haven't noticed this with any of my other headphones.