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post #3916 of 6683
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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post

Well they arrived. Sadly I don't think they will be staying. Ear pain on one side. Using the smallest tips.


Don't blame the headphones, go get yourself checked - the pain is a symptom.

post #3917 of 6683
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Originally Posted by BenF View Post


Don't blame the headphones, go get yourself checked - the pain is a symptom.
Hi BenF. I think the problem was that I was using tips that are too small and pushing them too far into my ear canal. The medium tips give a seal without the problem. I will try again tomorrow when my ear has calmed down.
post #3918 of 6683
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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post


Hi BenF. I think the problem was that I was using tips that are too small and pushing them too far into my ear canal. The medium tips give a seal without the problem. I will try again tomorrow when my ear has calmed down.

Glad to hear.

Make sure you are using the wide bore tips

post #3919 of 6683

This could be a reach, but does anyone know how the Heaven VI's fare against the Dunu DN-1k?

 

Also, how is the soundstage/imaging on them-relative to other IEMS? From the reviews I've read, it's either Great or average.

post #3920 of 6683
I'll try and avoid walking you all through my getting acquainted with the Heaven 6's as that would be tedious to read.
However, a couple of questions.
I was completely unimpressed at first.
Straight out of my iPhone 5s and through my Headstage Arrow amp.
Then I happened to plug them into my O2. The whole sound improved and I got it.
I also now understand what BenF was saying about the wide tips.
The Heavens seem to like plenty of gain. They even sound a bit better on the Arrow with maximum gain.
I'm puzzled as I thought that the Heavens are quite sensitive.
Does it make any sense that they like high gain?
Secondly, I still think there is something a little odd about the treble.
I'll probably put up with it as I don't think that I can resist that midrange.
Does that chime with others perception?
Oh yes, what is the ridiculously microphonic cable all about? Surely that would have been an easy fix???
Edited by krismusic - 4/5/14 at 12:27pm
post #3921 of 6683

Cable sux from day one. that dreaded flat cable.

Initially treble sounds metallic to me (i remembered that very well). It became a non-issue when i slowly burn-in my mind.

The high gain? It's a surprise. I saw that statement many posts back. Went ahead and tried it on high gain on my DAP and amps. It was more forward and with more power. The "power" of music is much more engaging and lively.

post #3922 of 6683

Got to listen to Lab 1 last night.

First impression:

Nothing much. Nothing special...until I heard something... WoW! Dayum, it only show its true skin on good recordings. That full bodied and well defined bass is IMO the best among FAD BA-drivers lineup. Well I'd say it reminds me a lot of Fi-Ba-SS, and the most obvious difference is the smoothness of Lab 1 vs. the raw and energy of Ba-SS. Both have that sweet midrange, that's the house signature of FAD, but in a very deluxe way.

 

Is it worth it? If ya got the setup, why not? It's excellent on well-mastered music. But for the price, it isn't meant for value buy. That's plain and simple. Want value buy? Go get Heaven series.

post #3923 of 6683

Just want to posting a picture of Pandora IV :bigsmile_face:

 

Final Audio Pandora IV

post #3924 of 6683

Hi guys! Missed you all over here.

 

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Originally Posted by krismusic View Post

....
I was completely unimpressed at first

.... The whole sound improved and I got it...
 

 

Kind of a typical Final Audio experience from my perspective ; )

 

Stick with them. They have a nice habit of growing on you. Right Paul? I'd be referring to the HVI most specifically. 

 

One day you wake up and realize you love them, and your whole audio world is different. It's more mellow, and it's happier - more care-free : )

 

Looking for impressions on the Lab 1 and Pandora inspired me to say howdy. 

post #3925 of 6683
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Originally Posted by autumnholy View Post
 

Got to listen to Lab 1 last night...

 

Is it worth it? If ya got the setup, why not? It's excellent on well-mastered music. But for the price, it isn't meant for value buy. That's plain and simple. Want value buy? Go get Heaven series.

 

Hasn't that always been the love/hate case with FAD? Of course the X isn't obviously better than the IX, or the FI-BA-SS clearly crazy better then the HVI. But it's that 8% difference that makes it a beautiful, unrivaled sonic proposition. 

 

Sigh... where you guys picking up your Lab 1's from? Can PM if needed. Haven't reached out to Dimitri yet, but he doesn't have them on the site. 


Edited by SoundFreaq - 4/12/14 at 3:00pm
post #3926 of 6683
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post
 

 

Hasn't that always been the love/hate case with FAD? Of course the X isn't obviously better than the IX, or the FI-BA-SS clearly crazy better then the HVI. But it's that 8% difference that makes it a beautiful, unrivaled sonic proposition. 

 

Sigh... where you guys picking up your Lab 1's from? Can PM if needed. Haven't reached out to Dimitri yet, but he doesn't have them on the site. 

 

There's a local Jaben store that offers Lab 1 tryout for free.

Personally, in FAD case, it isn't really about improvement on different models under similar series. I think it's more like different flavor. 

post #3927 of 6683
Awesome, thanks for the info.

And yes, that's precisely it. With FAD, you may have a 100% increase in price, and a subjective 8% increase in sound quality on paper, but the emotional difference... That's unmeasurable.
Edited by SoundFreaq - 4/12/14 at 3:55pm
post #3928 of 6683
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

Awesome, thanks for the info.

And yes, that's precisely it. With FAD, you may have a 100% increase in price, and a subjective 8% increase in sound quality on paper, but the emotional difference... That's unmeasurable.

 

Yup. The mood changes and you don't even know why. LOL. It's like almost the same thing you heard from the previous model but then there's a special feel which makes the music much more sweeter. Haha.

post #3929 of 6683

Found these at a great price new at just over $500, so they are on the way to me. I'm excited about investing into a FAD hybrid headphone.  Happy listening! 

 

 

http://www.douban.com/group/topic/48475492/

post #3930 of 6683

I find that I'm planning to sell off my Pandora VI cheaply, yet this item is not a local favorite. I was told that buyers would probably receive an additional cushion pad for the Pandora VI which was meant for the IV. Nevertheless, I find it is not really suitable for my current lifestyle since I go portable for 90% of the time, and then PF IX hasn't receive enough play time.

 

Anyway, back to the story, I was really amazed when I felt fun and turned up the volume knob when listening on Pandora VI. I have been slowly cutting down the listening volume to protect my hearing, and I remembered that the first few instances of listening to Pandora VI yielded unpleasant results. Yet few nights ago the experience was fantastic. It sounds so Real, with all the tiny trivial and vocals mesmerizing my audio senses.

 

One thing about FAD is that I became kinda illogical. It certainly isn't neutral or suitable for monitoring. Yet it sounds captivating that I felt I really had a great listening time! If this Pandora VI stays for too long, I could consider going balanced.

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