Thank you very much vwinter!
i have the piano forte ix (stainless steel) version - it does vocals in a special aluring way. when i first bought my piano forte - i find the vocals sounded "dreamy" sounding , it's like listening to someone singing within the mist.. i thought it was inaccurate representation of the vocals. I thought why in the world would i get a earphone that doesn't sound accurate and worse still it has no ioslation of any kind and hanging in my ear canal. it defys the logic of my years of listening to dynamic / BA / MA drivers earphones.
After prolonged listening ... i discover that it gives me a closer personal feel to the vocal singer and the indeed the tone of the vocals was way more "human-like". perhaps it's the way that the mids were being presented and that's accompanied by the soft resonance of the charming treble and low subtle bass . Now i'm absolutely enjoying all my Adele / Faye wong albums as if they were my long lost love that i have missed out all these while.
now i have only 2 earphones in my collection - piano forte ix and FAD FI BA SS.
if i were you , i would not go for 1601 series. those are old design. the 1602 piano forte went thru a revamp in the shape - non replacable tips and it's the shape housing that create the unique horn sounding resonance that marks the sound signature of the aluring mids. If ever you wish to resell, the 1602 current model will fetch you a better price too.
see the picture for shape differences ** i link this to one of the older post posted by zilch0md **
Don't look elsewhere! Don't compare and no regret! LOL. Just plug those FAD into your brain and let the euphonic journey sails!
I lucked out and got a pair of Final Audio Design Piano Forte VIII's on ebay for under $450, used, like new.
Looking forward to hearing them. Hopefully they will have close to the same sound as the more high end FAD's.
Pretty much yea lol.
I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with both of you, gentlemen—at least as far as the 1601SS & 1602SS goes (I believe both of you are referring specifically to the 1601SB & 1602SB, but I'd imagine the same would be true for those, too). Turns out I A/B'd both phones a couple of days ago using my V200, which has two HPOs and allows me to switch phones pretty quickly. If you heard both phones that differently, it may well be due to the different fit you got with both phones.
Yea... it's either 50k Y for the VIII or 60k for the IX.
Yea, I definitely do. Sadly not in Singapore.
I just lost an auction on a 334...(disgruntled) so kinda trigger happy :(. Which has me crazy into thinking I might actually want a PF X >.<.
Unless someone would like to help stop my urges and buy this before I do.
Oh right, I remember that listing. I fell asleep before I could bit XD.
Carlsan, beware of fakes. As far as I know, there are only PF VIII fakes, and EveTan's link above shows the seller is from China. Seems that seller has already sold some fake CDs (check his feedback).