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So would the LAB get even LAB-ier if I were to apply krazy glue to it?

Anywho, I have just ordered the LAB 1. Thankfully, there's a certain dude on here who's willing to take em off my hands if I don't take to them biggrin.gif

I'm very curious as to what these things even sound like. The two LAB owners I've talked to seem to think they sound off if you're coming from a typical hi-fi sounding IEM such as the K3K or DITA, but upon adjusting to its sig, the hi-fi sigs sound "fake" or off. Very mysterious indeed
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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post

So would the LAB get even LAB-ier if I were to apply krazy glue to it?

Anywho, I have just ordered the LAB 1. Thankfully, there's a certain dude on here who's willing to take em off my hands if I don't take to them biggrin.gif

I'm very curious as to what these things even sound like. The two LAB owners I've talked to seem to think they sound off if you're coming from a typical hi-fi sounding IEM such as the K3K or DITA, but upon adjusting to its sig, the hi-fi sigs sound "fake" or off. Very mysterious indeed

I think that the Lab1 is tuned for realism. I recall that was what got people raving about the Audezes when they first came on the scene. smily_headphones1.gif
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I think that the Lab1 is tuned for realism. I recall that was what got people raving about the Audezes when they first came on the scene. smily_headphones1.gif

I see that you own the K812 as well, nice! Is there any phone that you feel is analogous to the LAB? I think that'd help given the limited amount of info out there (I can't imagine there are more than a handful of LAB owners on HF)

Interesting... On the AUDEZE connection. My friend Soundfreaq has heard all the LCDs and thinks they're nothing special. I wonder what it is about the LAB that has captivated him so... He's probably just turning into a japanophile methinks...
Edited by Idsynchrono_24 - 7/11/14 at 8:09pm
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I see that you own the K812 as well, nice! Is there any phone that you feel is analogous to the LAB? I think that'd help given the limited amount of info out there (I can't imagine there are more than a handful of LAB owners on HF)

Interesting... On the AUDEZE connection. My friend Soundfreaq has heard all the LCDs and thinks they're nothing special. I wonder what it is about the LAB that has captivated him so... He's probably just turning into a japanophile methinks...

On the Audeze connection, you will note I referred to them in the historical context. I guess at that time.when most of the TOTL cans were going for more treble, it was refreshing that Audeze went for a warmer sig.

Hmm... As to the sig, perhaps the closest is the 812 on a tube amp: addictive warm sig but with wonderful clarity. Though I must confess it is not something I have given that much thought to. ;p
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Thanks for sharing this with us, James.
Thanks for the beautiful write up, Tomscy.

Me, too, on both sentiments. The design may be legacy, but the designer is infinitely greater. 

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On the Audeze connection, you will note I referred to them in the historical context. I guess at that time.when most of the TOTL cans were going for more treble, it was refreshing that Audeze went for a warmer sig.

Hmm... As to the sig, perhaps the closest is the 812 on a tube amp: addictive warm sig but with wonderful clarity. Though I must confess it is not something I have given that much thought to. ;p

Thanks for the info kiats. Got a message from James and he feels it might not be far off from the LCD-2r2, or in IEM terms, FADs take on a 334 sig.

And close to a K812 on a nice set of tubes huh? Can't say I've heard that yet...
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The Calyx M and FAD IEMs do seem to be a match made in heaven. I think it the remarkable quality of the M to be so euphonic (some would say thick or warm) but simultaneously a low distortion detail monster. I have been clocking non-stop time of the M with the Heaven VI since I got it yesterday. I believe that this will now be my main portable rig. I am now listening with the 1601SC. Just lovely; the M is effortless filling the 1601 theater; the best that I have heard it driven by a DAP.

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The Calyx M and FAD IEMs do seem to be a match made in heaven. I think it the remarkable quality of the M to be so euphonic (some would say thick or warm) but simultaneously a low distortion detail monster. I have been clocking non-stop time of the M with the Heaven VI since I got it yesterday. I believe that this will now be my main portable rig. I am now listening with the 1601SC. Just lovely; the M is effortless filling the 1601 theater; the best that I have heard it driven by a DAP.

Thanks for that, cooperpwc! I have been enjoying it so much with the Lab1 I haven't tried it with the PFs. Will do so later. smily_headphones1.gif
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Thanks for that, cooperpwc! I have been enjoying it so much with the Lab1 I haven't tried it with the PFs. Will do so later. smily_headphones1.gif

 

I still have to try the PF IX but I have high hopes indeed.  What a jazz combo M + 1601SC is. Grant Green is sounding great! (Edit: Flamenco guitar too. Jesse Cook has rarely sounded this good!)


Edited by cooperpwc - 7/12/14 at 1:57am
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The Calyx M and FAD IEMs do seem to be a match made in heaven.... but simultaneously a low distortion detail monster. 

 

Wow, low distortion indeed. Pretty impressive specs there, especially THD. I may have to get my ears on one : )

 

Paul, I'm so glad you ended up loving the Heaven VI so much. Do you still have your ES5 around? I'd be interested in what you think of the difference in the two sonic experiences now. 

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Wow, low distortion indeed. Pretty impressive specs there, especially THD. I may have to get my ears on one : )

 

Paul, I'm so glad you ended up loving the Heaven VI so much. Do you still have your ES5 around? I'd be interested in what you think of the difference in the two sonic experiences now. 

 

Interesting that you should ask that today! Last night I pulled my ES5 out for the first time in ages just to see how the M drives it. The answer is very well. It sounds great. However I still find the Heaven VI is more compelling in every regard. It amazes me really. I think that FAD have accomplished something special, getting better overall performance across all frequencies from a single BA. More than that, I am addicted to the euphonic tone of the Heaven VI. No doubt, the excellent ES5 is more accurate and 'true to life' in its rendering but once one gets used to he Heaven VI, the ES5 just is a little bit dull by comparison. I guess I am a FAD head.

 

HOWEVER... the ES5 has one huge advantage and that is in bed. I sleep on my side and last night I woke up and was not getting back to sleep so I put on the M and Heaven VI. It sounded great - understatement really; I love this combination - but I could not comfortable lay on my side. So I set up a playlist of songs in the M Jukebox and switched to the ES5. The ES5 is flat enough in my ears that I can lie sideways on a pillow. (I sleep in the 'Royal Position' as they call it.) I actually fell asleep listening to my rig.  I will be experimenting more with this. The M is small enough to take to bed. I slept really well!  :) 

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Wow, that is interesting indeed!

 

I agree with you overall about the euphonic favor toward HVI. I guess the ES5 is technically more accurate in a hi-fi, measurable sense. But when you're at a live show, they don't sound like all these "accurate" headphones of today, and certainly don't have that boosted high end we all have come to love and consider as accurate as it measures well on paper. But I still maintain the HVI is more accurate to a real life sound. 

 

Next time I go to a show, I'll take a frequency RTA and see how different sound system setups, genres, venues, amplified/not amplified, etc.. measure. That should be interesting. 

 

I've fallen asleep with my Heavens in my ear : )

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Wow, that is interesting indeed!

I agree with you overall about the euphonic favor toward HVI. I guess the ES5 is technically more accurate in a hi-fi, measurable sense. But when you're at a live show, they don't sound like all these "accurate" headphones of today, and certainly don't have that boosted high end we all have come to love and consider as accurate as it measures well on paper. But I still maintain the HVI is more accurate to a real life sound. 

Next time I go to a show, I'll take a frequency RTA and see how different sound system setups, genres, venues, amplified/not amplified, etc.. measure. That should be interesting. 

I've fallen asleep with my Heavens in my ear : )

Rats! All this talk about the Heaven VI and the Calyx M has me intrigued. Now to find where I kept my pair...
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I've fallen asleep with my Heavens in my ear : )

 

So long as you could still remove it in the morning.  :p.

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