Disclaimer: This is my first review, so just keep in mind that I'm trying my best.
Okay, so I just got them in the mail this morning. And I've got to say Moshi has put a lot of consideration into aesthetics. Even the shipping box looks nice and is better "built" compared to amazon's!
The retail box is packaged quite nicely and I would liken it to a window of a fancy shore, but instead of mannequins, there are the Claruses. As for accessories, you get an airplane adapter, a microfibre case (about 1.35x the size of those metal UE cases), and two additional pairs of eartips (small and large).
So that's all fair and good, but how do they sound? I'll start from the bottom up... unamped (whoops, make that amped with a fiio e11. By force of habit, forgot to try them unamped. I'll do that later on)
Bass: I'm not a basshead by any means, but I've got to say I like the Clarus' bass. A lot. Anyhow, I feel that these iems cater more towards the bass-loving crowd. Okay, I now realize that's kind of overstating it, but doesn't change the fact that these have a great lower end. Not bass-heavy, but IMO bass-leaning. Also, there is something the sound of the lower end that is reminiscent of Sennheiser HD 650's (when amped with a Fiio e11 w/ eq setting on "1"). I'm able to hear a lot of detail in the lower end that hadn't previously noticed with my Triplefi's (ie: bass guitar, etc). Overall, I'd say that the bass is a little pronounced, but its tight enough and weighty nonetheless.
Mids/Vocals: Hmm... I think I'll need to put some more hours on them to get a better idea. At the moment, I think that the mids take a bit of a back seat to the bass. As for vocals, a teeny bit of that bass prominence permeates the voices, making them seem slightly laid back/mellow. But then again, I'm coming from the brighter Triplefi's and Q701's, so you've got take that into consideration.
Treble: The upper registers are a little of rolled off (if that's even the right term). The best way to put it for now is that treble is definitely not edgy or fatiguing. Once again, remember that I'm used to TF10/Q701.
- The soundstage is smaller than the TF10's, how much smaller? I'm not sure about that... maybe about 75-ish% of the TF10.
- There is hardly any isolation... heck, even the box says so.
- With regards to fit, there aren't any issues so far. .
- Little to no microphonics, have yet to test the inline microphone though.
- Build quality (for the body at least) is fan-freaking-tastic. Its metal! The earhook thingies don't look like they'll be going anywhere either. The mic looks good enough (light plastic) and the buttons have a nice hearty click, but Moshi probably should have put some strain reliefs on the ends of the mic just in case. The only concern I have is the cable. Its thin and made of fiber. I've never had a fiber cable before, so I can't attest to their durability, but I think that they bend too easily which might affect the connection within the cable if mistreated.
- Design... I think I'll save that for later.
I'll add more later (pictures as well), but for now I think I'll take a nap.
Edited by itshot - 8/14/12 at 10:23pm