I pasted this review in eke's ASG, IE800, FLAT-4 SUI thread so I'll do the same here. I'd like to thank Lee for getting me in the 1P2 tour and Gavin for the sharing this wonderful earphone. It is by far the best sounding piece of gear I've ever heard and should be a benchmark for all things in sound. My review doesn't really put the 1P2 on top but I feel that it is at the very top and I really am not a fan of writing reviews (as you'll soon read and realize) so I'm just gonna leave what I wrote the same. I just can't imagine what it will sound with the "uber" cable. I probably don't wanna know.
Some impressions of the 1P2, IE800, Flat-4 SUI and UM Miracle.
First off, I’d like to thank James and Gavin for the loan of the equipment and to Inks, Lee, Eke and anyone else who put my name in the pot for this opportunity. Much appreciated.
I am not technical and do not use words that I don’t understand and have no clue about graphs. I purely listen for enjoyment and purchase based on others opinions and through trial and error. I am including the Miracles because it has been my flagship and my base for comparison.
I’ve owned the Miracles for almost two years. For me, the Miracle is quite flat sounding. The bass does reach deep and has nice impact but lacks quantity. Midrange is a little too forward but I have no issues with it. Treble is detailed without any peaks. Stage is actually rounded nicely with depth and width. I find it sort of polite and only a few pieces of music here and there that drew me in. It rarely got my toes tapping. Still, it has been a great earphone and something I can pick apart the details in music when I felt like it.
I’ve been listening to the Tralucent 1Plus2 for a couple of weeks now and the very first tune I listened to just blew me away. I didn’t realize I was missing out on all the details of music with the Miracles and anything else I’ve heard to this point. The music had energy and a very addicting and fun sound. Bass had excellent impact, enough quantity without being excessive. Midrange didn’t sound too forward or recessed and vocals just shined with almost every tune. On a rare occasion I heard peaks but not sibilant. I mostly attribute this to the files I was listening to. The treble region is so detailed without any peaks. It is by far the best treble I’ve heard to date. I’m quite prone to a certain frequency between the midrange and treble region but have no clue what it is but the 1P2 just skips by it and allows me to enjoy the finely tuned treble. Soundstage is immense and the instrument separation and positioning is spot on. A surround sound effect that is rarely this good from what I have heard in an earphone or headphone for that matter.
The Sennheiser IE800 is one hell of a tuned 7mm driver. It’s hard to fathom the sound I was hearing from a tiny dynamic driver. Starting with the bass, my first impression was man these have big bass. As I got more accustomed to the sound, I actually enjoyed the bass. Bass notes sounded thicker than the 1P2 with good sub-bass and more mid-bass over the 1P2. I’m not much of mid-bass guy but the IE800 had a good mix that I was completely satisfied. Vocals sounded slightly more forward compared to the 1P2 but not as to the Miracles. I actually enjoyed the vocals of the IE800 the most up to this point. More thickness than the other two to my ears. Treble was very sparkly and detailed. Not as detailed as the 1P2 but it had a different presentation that I have a hard time explaining so I’ll just skip it. As for peaks in the treble, I really couldn’t detect any that bothered me. The overall presentation was quite spacious. Music had a 3D effect to what I was hearing but more inside your head 3D instead of out. Probably not possible but that’s how I’m going to explain it.
Flat-4 SUI didn’t do anything for me on immediate listen. I actually listened to it for maybe 10 minutes and put it aside and went right back to the IE800’s. When I did have some time with it, I was very impressed. Very airy sound, intimate, relaxing for the most part. Bass had excellent impact and never too much or not enough. Right there with the music and blended very nicely. Vocals reminded me of the RE272 which I find to be almost perfect. I can hear the air pushing around the sweet vocals and it just draws you in. Treble was the hard part. It showed sibilance more than the other earphones but not fatiguing like the CK10 or EX1000. When I didn’t hear the sibilance, the treble was very smooth and quite beautiful. The sibilance part was rare just to be clear. Presentation had great depth. Acoustic instruments and orchestral works sounded amazing with this earphone. I don’t think it’s an all genre type of phone but with certain music, it’s quite beautiful and just sweeps you away.
Some other tidbits to add would be that the Flat-4’s cable is the best of the bunch. It’s smooth, doesn’t really tangle and it’s very easy to manage. The IE800’s cable is somewhat stiff but build seems quite sturdy and not too much to complain about. 1P2’s cable is the silver/gold version and is flexible enough but I wouldn’t really wear it out and about. Comfort on all earphones were great and I had no issues.
I tried cable swapping with the standard UM cable on the 1P2 and that amazing sound flattened out some. It wasn’t the same experience as with the silver/gold. When I used the Tralucent cable on the Miracles, it added warmth, more bass and slightly bigger stage but I didn’t think it jived with the Miracles in a favorable way.
All the earphones are well tuned pieces of gear and I would be happy to own any one of them. I favor the IE800 for an all around earphone that I could use daily but the technical abilities of the 1P2 is hard to ignore. If the cable was something I could work with for everyday use, it would be the choice no questions asked. Flat-4 would be something to have when I want to escape and just relax and enjoy some peace with beautifully rendered and natural sound. All three earphones are something special and has it’s own unique flavor that I have enjoyed. Thanks again for the opportunity.