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post #3646 of 4709
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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post


Whoa. Do those carry the same price tag as the SS? I wrestled over pickin up a pair for the longest time on the FS but felt that the sig might be a tad redundant with the K3K around

Edit: $1,300? Lol yikes

 

I see you already answered your question yourself. ;)  Pretty steep, no? Especially in light of the fact that you can get the SS for little more than half of the AKR02's price these days.

 

I've been wondering and inquiring about potential sonic differences / improvements on the AKR02 vs. the SS, but nothing conclusive has come of it so far. Now they've hit the shops in Europe and curiosity got the best of me, lol. Well, I've been frank with the dealer about my intention to A/B them to the SS and he offered me money-back guarantee, so it's pretty much a no-brainer to take the chance and compare them side by side.

 

As for redundancy of the SS next to the K3K, I'd say these are sufficiently different to warrant having both, if you can afford it. Two of my all-time favorite IEMs. :smile_phones:

(Click the K3003 link in my sig for a short comparison.)

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post


As for redundancy of the SS next to the K3K, I'd say these are sufficiently different to warrant having both, if you can afford it. Two of my all-time favorite IEMs. smile_phones.gif
(Click the K3003 link in my sig for a short comparison.)

God dang it. Yeah there was a really tempting listing on the FS for a real long time. I think it was Dieblanc's...

Anywho, I had talked it over with Music and Soundfreaq which lead me to buy the Heaven S (prior to the K3K), which I really liked, but ultimately didn't keep as the condition of the phones didn't match what was described in the listing. I did read through your comparison of the SS and the S and was kinda stunned to find you stating that the SS was that much more resolving than the S. I figured it'd be a low level investment to get the SS since it's no longer in production, but ultimately, the draw of an "alien" sounding PF IX won out over the SS listing.

And Soundfreaq did link me to that same SS/K3K comparison some months back haha (he was wrestlin over pickin up the K3K himself after I raved about it wink.gif )

Anywho, that's a pretty cool deal that your shop owner cut with you, even if it doesn't sound like there is any difference between the two phones after all. Would've been much more interestin if AK were able to license the technology and sell it at more sane price, but I suppose very well couldn't do anything to diminish the prestige of the AK brand
Edited by Idsynchrono_24 - 1/25/14 at 12:59pm
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Been listening to The Maccabees - Given To The Wild on my PF's tonight, sounds excellent, the spacial ques and lushness is incredible. Then snapped some shots. Scary having a Zippo lighter just inces away from the PF's

 

 

 

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Ok so do the Heaven VI sound relatively similar to the Heaven V?
I only have the chance to audition VI, would that give me a good impression of the V? I'd much rather save $$$ if the SQ is similar

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Originally Posted by nehcrow View Post

Ok so do the Heaven VI sound relatively similar to the Heaven V?

I only have the chance to audition VI, would that give me a good impression of the V? I'd much rather save $$$ if the SQ is similar

According to my friend Soundfreaq, yes. I think he and Muppetface posted a review for the V on Musicaacoustics that touched on the differences/similarities of both. Love the VI myself, and it's one phone I keep missing long after I've heard it
post #3651 of 4709

Piano Forte VIII is phenominaaaaaaaaal!

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Piano Forte VIII vs Heaven VI? Which is better? :D

post #3653 of 4709
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Piano Forte VIII is phenominaaaaaaaaal!

I agree.

So much that I'm selling mine (as new) and buying Piano Forte IX instead.

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I am going to build myself Heaven VIII and Heaven XII...

...when I'll have some free time - so FAD may still release them first  :bigsmile_face:

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Cool, still hoping to get one of those kits, but I may not use the stock cable.
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Originally Posted by ostewart View Post
 

Been listening to The Maccabees - Given To The Wild on my PF's tonight, sounds excellent, the spacial ques and lushness is incredible. Then snapped some shots. Scary having a Zippo lighter just inces away from the PF's

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very nice. Keep it up!

post #3657 of 4709

On some days, this is what the Piano Forte reminds me of:

 

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post
 

On some days, this is what the Piano Forte reminds me of:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Well... waking up to that was disturbing.

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

post #3659 of 4709

Disturbing... x2.

 

Here is some cleansing.

 

post #3660 of 4709

Final Audio Design earphones are the best earphones I used so far. And I'm not planning to change brand anymore. Truly sensational.

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