Priced at $299 + Shipping
Using the stock cable (maybe I'll get the Magnus upgrade someday!)
Most of my listening is with iBasso D5 Hj amp/dac connected to my Zenbook via USB with mostly Alac, Flac, and some 320kbps files.
My personal preference for sound signature is a slightly V shaped signature. Little extra bass, not too much, and a nice amount of treble for a little harshness listening to rock (probably my favorite genre), although sometimes the treble isn't always wanted when listening to other genres. So in general, I'd say i deviate a little bit from neutrality but not too far. Don't have too many colored headphones or earphones.
• 3 Precision tuned Balanced Armature drivers.
• One Dedicated drivers for Low Frequency production
• One driver for Middle Frequency production
• One driver for High Frequency production
• Dual Bore Design
• Detachable cable
• Quality ear tips
Shell color: “Black Mamba”
Face Plate: Amboyna Burl
The 3.Ai requires the same painstaking hand craftsmanship that all Heir Audio CIEMs require. The 3.Ai offers all the advantages of an IEM, built with the same exacting standards of all Heir Audio products.
The 3.Ai with it's single large bass driver delivers a warm "fun" sound signature with great entertaining low sub lows, and nice clean highs.
Fit is nice. my ears are TINY and these manage to fit well. Isolates very well and insertion is deep.
Instrument separation and layering is really really well done. First thing i noticed on these. Soundstage pretty good, there are other options with bigger and more open sound, but key to these is accuracy. Particularly vertical. Listening to acapella, you can almost tell which guy is taller and which is shorter =)
The bass impacts pretty hard but very controlled. Definitely bass heavy but very fast and accurate (wont consider these bass head phones...but bass is definite significant). mids are nice. vocals come forward without being too in your face. highs seem a little bit lacking. Enough to keep the sound spacious but texture of things like the snare drum is a little lacking. Decay is also a little too fast for my taste. will see how that goes through some burning in.
sound signature took me a little time to get use to but these are sounding better and better! =) For the price point, there's no doubt these will be bringing a lot of competition to other iems.
And the accessories it comes with is definitely a big plus. Included the otterbox, some rubber bands (which was a really nice touch =D) , cleaning tool, and 6 sets of tips (3 red and 3 purple). Unfortunately i cant get the purple tips onto the iems to save my life... will keep trying though!
So far so good and congratz to Wizard and Heir Audio on another great product.
ps. dont think i need to say much else about how these things look? =)
Day 2 of listening to the 3.Ais:
Having given it lil over 20 hours, not too much change. Overall, sound is more coherent.
Liking the treble more. still not quite enough for me but the decay in percussion is more natural sounding and not as edgy. Edgy not meaning bright or harsh...but sounded overly excited. Starting to appreciate the treble more than yesterday.
Bass just gets more and more awesome to listen too. No major change but I have to take note again of the dynamics. Those large bass drivers will pump some really nice thumpin into your music when listening to hip hop, house etc. and gives the bass guitar a very nice presence. Get the power and depth of a dynamic driver without the muddiness that can sometimes be the downside to a heavy bass from a dynamic driver. But at the same time, i've yet to encounter a song where the bass presence is unwanted and over the top.
Edited by Cotnijoe - 8/15/12 at 12:27am