While the main website isn't up yet you could contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I'll be sure to update the thread accordingly with the link to their website once it is available. Also a demo unit of both the Custom Hybrid IEM and the Amp were sent to the Meet in Australia so there are some short impressions here on headfi. I'll try to dig those up later and link them to this thread.
When I thought the AKG3003 was the best IEM to hit my ears; obviously I spoke too soon. I was very lucky to have an opportunity to demo these universal Custom Hybrid IEMs from Tralucent Audio. At the time I also had the AKGs on hand to do cross comparisons. The AKGs are still exceptional IEMs but I found myself drawn to the 1Plus2. The sound stage reminds me of the IE80. Both 3D and wide. The bass reminds me of full size headphones. It goes very deep and is well controlled. The coherency is spot on. I couldn't tell these are hybrids to be honest. I felt there were more like dynamics with the detail of BAs. Excellent implementation. The treble is very detailed and smooth. It never misses a beat while still remaining non-fatiguing. The mid range is upfront and has a nice thickness to it. A natural sound to these ears. I call them super IE80s
Prices aren't finalized yet but last I heard these IEMs will start off around $700.00 for the introductory price. They will later retail around $1000+. They are intended to be full custom IEMs but I'm sure the company can accommodate for you folks who would rather have a universal version. I'm still debating myself weather or not to get my unit turned into the intended customs. I am that happy with them as is in the universal form. I think that is saying a lot.
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"Introducing the new Hybrid 1plus2 Universal Fit custom made In-Ear Monitors. Through innovative research and design, Tralucent Audio, has possibly made the most balanced and coherent sounding IEM in the market. The Hybrid 1plus2 utilizes a revolutionary design by eliminating the use of sound tubes which results in an IEM that is void of any coherency issues in housing a dynamic driver with BA drivers. The Hybrid 1plus2 uses a huge 10mm Dynamic Driver to deliver accurate and extended bass response and teaming it with the clarity and well known accuracy of the Knowles TWFK series BA driver."
"By placing the BA driver directly into the large bore stem and the dynamic driver behind, whilst tuning the vented shell, we were able to achieve stunning bass response that until now was rarely available in IEMs. Coupled with careful proprietary tuning, the resulting sound quality is immediately apparent on the first audition of the 1plus2. The bass is tight, punchy and thunderous that only dynamic drivers can offer, yet retains the lush, accurate and crystal clear clarity of BA drivers we have all come to appreciate. The entire package is a coherent, accurate and dynamic sounding earpiece that will have you forget that you are not wearing a high end full sized headphone. Each pair of 1plus2 is hand made to order."
Various face-plate and shell color options
Updated Version of Tralucent 1Plus2:
Tralucent has decided to revise their 1Plus2 model from the feedback of others who have demoed their units. The revised unit will sport new high end dynamic drivers, different tuning, silver wiring used for the internals, and an updated cable with recessed pins.
Optional high-grade Silver cables
This particular one is 6n OCC pure silver
Tralucent T1 portable Amp:
The T1 portable amp caught me by surprise. It's a decently small amp that gives you sound quality of a more expensive amp. The sound stage is rather large. The sound is smooth and musical. The tonality is exceptional and by far my favorite aspect of this amp. The amp has really great control of the source and due to this is versatile. The form factor of this amp is similar to the UHA6 MKII but slightly thinner in width. Battery life is 20+ hours (up to 80 from specs). The unit lacks gain controls but surprisingly enough the unit has enough power where I didn't find this a problem with my IEMs. There's also enough headroom on the volume pot where I didn't run into problems with channel imbalance. It is a powerful amp so as long as you have some headroom on your DAC section or something not overly powerful you should be fine on the volume pot. I was under the impression this unit has an output of 8 ohms but that is not the case. It is .02 Ohms so it will play nicely with sensitive IEMs.
The introductory price of the T1 Amp is $229.00 and will go up to $250.00 later (at least to my knowledge). IMO the amp is a steal of a deal for what you get. I was trying to argue myself out of this one lol but I can't help myself. I think the O2 Amp will be going up for sale soon to help fund this amp....
Update Tralucent Audio 1Plus2 & T1 Tour:
Hello folks Tralucent Audio is having a demo tour of their products and I am in the process of selecting 12 individuals (14 in total) to demo their products and in return write a review/impressions here on the thread. The selected individuals are listed below. Looking forward to hearing more comparisons .
Some good news folks. The updated version of the 1Plus2s are being made now and should ship out sometime next week. Tralucent Audio apologizes for the delays but they were further tweaking the design of their new shell for the IEM. The product looks pleasing so hopefully it will sound as good as it looks .
Pictures of the demo units:
Edited by lee730 - 11/27/12 at 5:02am