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Appreciate your first impressions on these BE5's. Can you tell us what setup you're using them with...player, are you using an amp, etc.

I thought I'd have a remote chance to purchase thse new blox's.They were sold out before I even knew they were up for sale.

My own M2C's seem to be going through changes in sound signature the more hours I put on them. I'm sure that will also apply to the BE5's. What I'm really anxious to know, once you feel they are broken in enough, is how they match up to the best earbuds out there.
Edited by callanish - 4/7/14 at 6:06pm

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Selling/trading my extra pair of ANV3se, so if anyone missed out on the BE5 and wants to get hold of some Blox earbuds here's your chance.

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Okay, So after getting some foams on them, I find they fit me well. Fit is stable and comfortable and gives a nice sound. 

Obviously not much run in on them at this point but happy to say that I really like the signature and think these are much better than the M2C I had(an earlier version since it seems they tweaked them). Very fine for the $87 though you might want a pair of foams or two and maybe a case/pouch of some sort. No frills, a small box to what candy or Chiclets gum comes in and that's it. Still I think they sound much better than things I have had in the price range; $70-$99. PK2 was $79, MX880 was also around that much, even the Hisound Live(not much better but more a better signature and a better balance).

The signature is quite balanced with much lower midbass amount than the M2C had. Much cleaner in the bass and mids. Airy and open with a nice stage and refined treble. Bass and treble are in a good balance in both overall amount and extension. Detail is quite good but I expect some improvement. Less bass than I thought they would have but nearly the right amount. this may change as well if the driver loosens and moves air more. Mids are excellent. Well separated vocals, clean, emotes nicely but slightly(just not lush enough), no grain, not dry.

The bass, mids and treble are quite coherent and in good harmony. Hard to pick out if any is the focus yet all three draw your attention with some aspect. The refined treble that is nicely blended in but impresses with the quality and doesn't overdo it like many "audiophile" tuned buds do. The mids that pop when they need and do male and female equally proficiently. The even bass that is smooth, polite, and well behaved but quality and enjoyable, and not lacking in extension(for an earbud) or amount.

I'm interested to hear what changes will come!

Great initial impressions. Looking forward to see how they are after approx 50 hrs & 100hrs burned in. May I ask where you are located since it only took a week to deliver. Any IEM with comparable sound?
post #559 of 721
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Originally Posted by callanish View Post

Appreciate your first impressions on these BE5's. Can you tell us what setup you're using them with...player, are you using an amp, etc.

I thought I'd have a remote chance to purchase thse new blox's.They were sold out before I even knew they were up for sale.

My own M2C's seem to be going through changes in sound signature the more hours I put on them. I'm sure that will also apply to the BE5's. What I'm really anxious to know, once you feel they are broken in enough, is how they match up to the best earbuds out there.

Right now I'm just using a Sony S639 with it for the time being so I can keep it straight, get familiar and judge any changes without introducing the different signatures of my other sources and complicating things. Still haven't amped them yet either but they sound as if they won't benefit that much from an amp. An amp will probably be more helpful to change or influence the signature toward a preference than them needing it. The dynamics are good, the decay is pretty quick, not lacking extension or separation and no part of the spectrum needs to be cleaned up or shows being underpowered. I will get around to it though.

 

Some of the best earbuds are still higher Ohm and do need an amp so it will be hard to judge there. Some like the Senn PX985 don't fit some people well. Maybe these will match up well or fall a bit short of the current best. Most likely the flagship BLOX coming later on will be the best bet for those looking for a "best out there" bud.

 

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Great initial impressions. Looking forward to see how they are after approx 50 hrs & 100hrs burned in. May I ask where you are located since it only took a week to deliver. Any IEM with comparable sound?


New York. They left on the 29th so nine days total. Hard to compare IEM and buds but balanced open and airy in-ears like the GR07, Ostry are towards a similar signature at this point.

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Right now I'm just using a Sony S639 with it for the time being so I can keep it straight, get familiar and judge any changes without introducing the different signatures of my other sources and complicating things. Still haven't amped them yet either but they sound as if they won't benefit that much from an amp. An amp will probably be more helpful to change or influence the signature toward a preference than them needing it. The dynamics are good, the decay is pretty quick, not lacking extension or separation and no part of the spectrum needs to be cleaned up or shows being underpowered. I will get around to it though.

 

Some of the best earbuds are still higher Ohm and do need an amp so it will be hard to judge there. Some like the Senn PX985 don't fit some people well. Maybe these will match up well or fall a bit short of the current best. Most likely the flagship BLOX coming later on will be the best bet for those looking for a "best out there" bud.

 


New York. They left on the 29th so nine days total. Hard to compare IEM and buds but balanced open and airy in-ears like the GR07, Ostry are towards a similar signature at this point.

 

Excellent. Thank you!

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USPS tracking has the BE5 arriving in Los Angeles on 4/7 going north past my area to Oakland, and further north to Rio Vista. Without this detour it could have been here today, so we'll see...

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New York. They left on the 29th so nine days total. Hard to compare IEM and buds but balanced open and airy in-ears like the GR07, Ostry are towards a similar signature at this point.

 

Thanks. I have the GR07BE and enjoy it very much. If it has similar sound sig but in an earbud form, I will be very happy. Just wondering if there's any noticeable changes after some burn in?

 

Also curious if anyone else has received theirs and what their impressions are...

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Received my BE5 three days ago,have about 50 hours on them. No extras with them. No foams. Very open airy SQ. bass very tight. Took about two weeks for delivery. 88.00. Using aune amp to drive.Highs seem hyperextended although not dominant.
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Received my BE5 three days ago,have about 50 hours on them. No extras with them. No foams. Very open airy SQ. bass very tight. Took about two weeks for delivery. 88.00. Using aune amp to drive.Highs seem hyperextended although not dominant.

By hyperextended highs to you mean "bright" ?.....this was an issue I had with the TM5 when I owned them back in the day!

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No not bright. They to to extend out a farher then you expect expect, but in a very delicate almost ghostly way, IMO very smooth with excellent tonal qualities.
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No not bright. They to to extend out a farher then you expect expect, but in a very delicate almost ghostly way, IMO very smooth with excellent tonal qualities.


Thanks.. that's what I wanted to know!

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Mine finally arrived today. Initial impressions:

 

Upon open box, bummed it didn't come with any foam cover. I have none sitting around to put on it. The housing is all black (unlike the pics on the webpage with the silvery part) plastic with the "L/R" print, the cord is nice almost like the VSonic VSD1s, not the GR07. I don't have any other Blox or higher end earbuds to compare.

 

Fit is ok, I feel a slight pressure on my ear where it sits.

 

Sound is good. Using my iPhone4S playing Pandora and some MP3s. A few caveats: I feel without the foam cover I don't get "the full sound". I can hear what remorton is talking about with the highs. Non-sibilant, airy, extended and pleasant. Bass has not opened up and slightly rough at louder volume due to the driver not yet burned in. This'll be where I'll focus during burn in.

 

Overall, the sound alone warrants the $95 delivered. I can't wait to hear their full potential after burn-in. I'll check back in after about 50 hours. I also need to get foam covers...


Edited by esteebin - 4/10/14 at 11:57am
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Esteebin - What is the volume level like, is the iPhone able to drive them ok?
post #568 of 721
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No not bright. They to to extend out a farher then you expect expect, but in a very delicate almost ghostly way, IMO very smooth with excellent tonal qualities.

 

I would use the caveat "for earbuds" maybe. Lots of buds roll off, these don't but not hyper in the overall scheme of things. The UU2 are rated to 30,000 and extend like the BLOX and my Toshiba are pretty close as well. Wouldn't say hyper-extended though just very good extension for earbuds. The UU2's badly tuned treble is no match for the BLOX other than in reach though. 

 

My burn in so far has maybe made them tighten up a smidge more. Getting better but not really changing. Like remorton said, smooth and excellent tone. No real bass bloom to burn off or peaks that will be tamed. Sound is better but still the same sound just refining a bit so far. Ideally for me, I would hope they would darken or warm up with a little more low end. They sound great at home but outside they get a bit too neutral when any decent amount of external noise is around. my Toshiba fight off wind and external noise better cause they are a few rows closer in how they present and have more low end presence. The Toshiba did tighten up and lose more bass than I wanted when they were new as well but they got it back so the BLOX may as well.  

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Esteebin - What is the volume level like, is the iPhone able to drive them ok?


Yes, specs say impedance is 24 ohms. I set the volume between halfway for comfortable listening and 2/3 up for what my ears can tolerate. I don't have any amps or DACs to compare with or without.

 

On a side note, anyone tried Yurbuds covers on these? those have an angled nozzle to direct sound into the canal. Do they fit?

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The BE5s cannot stay on my ears for more than 5 min without any covers. Something about the hard plastic and "sharp" corner that hurt my lobes.
I bought the Acoustibuds 3pack from Amazon ($13.50) that arrived today. Size 4 fits my ear canal and it was comfortable (I use the medium green Sony hybrid tips for reference). The sound became warmer but soundstage suffered. With the size 6 (might as well make use of it), I cut off the nozzle and trimmed so that most of the speaker holes were exposed (donut shaped). Now this is so much better!
They are now comfortable to wear, airy soundstage is preserved and bass is better (thanks to the partial seal).
If you guys already have covers then this is old news...

I have the Yurbuds in the way too ($10 2pack from their website) but I have a feeling that soundstage will suffer too, we'll see. I might get some foams as well.

They have been burned in for 15-20hrs and they sound good, smoother. But the major improvement were the covers.
Edited by esteebin - 4/16/14 at 11:30am
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