I just came back from a portable equipment exhibition in Nakano, Tokyo, and it was great to have met Head-fiers there.
I went there only to try the new FitEar To Go 111, the 2nd universal of FitEar. It was great, worth the price level, but not exactly the elegance I wanted for. I was also planning to buy a custom MH334 or MH335DW in October, when I can possibly get a discount. However, thinking of the possibility of selling the monitors finally,I made the decision of purchase at once, although it was not cheap.
Here is my brief review after listening for about an hour.
iPod Classic 160GB
Fostex HP-P1 DAC
ALO Reference 16 interconnect
Jena Labs Ultra Wire 22AWG USB interconnect
Mahler Symphony No. 6, Thomas Sanderling
Deep and punching drums, firm cello, and beautiful violins. Almost every detail is meant to be heard. Fantastic positioning, instruments are exactly where they should be. Imaging of different instrument are very good, quite clear, and even the material of instruments are identical. The headroom is good, but just not wide enough for symphonic recordings. Very importantly, To Go 334 creates a fantastic 3D dimensional space, just like you're being placed in front of the stage.
Fischer-Dieskau: Opera Aria
Very firm baritone Bel Canto voice, all lyrics are quite clear to be heard. 334 is a little lack of treble, but the treble to playback baritone voice is just proper. Since BA type, vocal stands out from accompany. Here is a very critical point, To Go 334 expresses human voice full of emotions, which is hard to be heard from other BA IEMs.
If you compare To Go 334 with all other universal IEMs, it just makes no sense, since To Go 334 is going far beyond universal IEMs. In compare with my JH11pro and EM mg6pro, I only can say 334 is better than those two from every aspects, with no second thought. I have also tried JH16pro, UE18, and ES5 (all universal trials), and I think I would still go for To Go 334.
PS: This is my first time writing thread on Head-fi, and there are certainly some grammatical problems. Sorry, and thanks for taking your time reading!
Edited by Zhiqiopera - 7/8/12 at 8:18am