It has been a good 2 weeks (well..almost 2) of being able to demo the 1Plus2 from the Australian Tour, and it is now time to say my farewells to the beautifully crafted IEMs, the Tralucent 1Plus2.
As seem in my first impressions (http://www.head-fi.org/t/623514/tralucent-audio-1plus2-iem-appreciation-impressions-thread/4200#post_9796305) of the IEMs, I enjoyed them to great extents upon receiving them to now, departing with them.
Anyways, onto the Final Impressions now.
Final Impressions on the 1Plus2
I'll do my Final Impression based on the rig I used (as shown in the picture above), consisting of the iBasso DX50 and the JDS Labs C5. Also, I am aware there are numerous reviews already out there on this IEM, and so, instead of giving you guys a "specific and detailed" review, I'm going to give you guys a general/broad view of what I thought of this IEM.
After The Two Week Demo...
My thoughts on the 1Plus2 in general: Simply, an IEM that puts you in the mood for music! I felt, over the two weeks, that the 1Plus2 kind of grew on me (in a good way). It really did. The way it presented my music to me, was just phenomenal. Mesmerizing is what I find best describes it. Usually, you'd have to be near asleep to let your audio gear kick in and make you feel like you're "in the moment", but with the 1Plus2, it can almost be instant at times.
Over the course of owning them, I found myself to be dazing off into the distance, somewhat zoning out, just listening to these. I won't lie, at first when I received them, I wasn't yet blown away, but the more you get used to them, the more of the 1Plus2 begins to show.
My thoughts on the 1Plus2 in terms of physical presentation: They look amazing. From the carbon-fibre backplate to the hard-to-see BA drivers right inside the nozzle! As some Head-Fi'ers are already aware, I have an obsession with the "stealth-black" theme/design/colour of audio gear in general, and I can say, the 1Plus2's do not disappoint me in that respect! Nice gloss black, with black carbon-fibre, along with a full black cable, definitely puts a smile on my face when using these.
I found these IEMs to be built exceptionally well. A nice, sturdy, acrylic body with a firm nozzle that does not feel like it is going to snap off is a good sign of great build quality. What surprises me the most about its simple nozzle build, is its ability to accommodate every single tip size available in my collection of tips. Really cool feature, and I do not know how it actually works to that extent, without having tips fall off, or feel loose when used. The cable on the other hand, was not as impressive to me as I had hope, but then again, I suppose the $700 did mainly go into the technology behind its jaw-dropping sound quality, as opposed to the design tactics.
I do, however have one complaint about its build, is that the socket where the pins of the cable connects is a tad bit loose, and hence, the cable will fall out from time to time (for those who are concern, no I have never dropped them. They have only ever come loose twice for me, and have both fell back into the Dolfin case when I took them out). Although this may be the case for this pair, I'm sure it does not occur for many other pairs out there..hopefully, it doesn't.
My thoughts on the 1Plus2 in terms of sound presentation: Well....DO THEY SOUND GOOD OR WHAT? As stated earlier in this little write-up, I stated they were somewhat mesmerizing, and don't fail to make your jaw-drop at times depending on the track you are listening to.
These things...along with my new DX50...just take my songs to a whole new level! Giving it that extra level of depth, melodic-flowing tonality, sensational separation in instrumentals, highly distinguishable details/micro-details, that nice and wide soundstage (not just left and right, but all around - front and back), textured dynamic bass response, sparkly crisp treble, and that thick rich vocals, that I know oh so well by now. In short, this thing is quite the package to be blown away by!
Although that is the case, I did find them to sound a tincy wincy bit warm, but that may have reflected on my choice of tips that were used. I mean, it's not bad, in anyway, but it does make the IEM sound all that smoother. "Smooth as butter" as some might say. Due to this, I cannot vouch for the clarity of the IEM, but then again, I might just be \losing my sense of good hearing!
Overall, for sound quality, they sounded very clean and natural, as if the artists were right in front of you performing. Well..not exactly, but it is a good replication of what could be. The instrumentals stood out to me the most to me, as I had mentioned in my initial thoughts. From the strumming of the guitar, to the cymbal clashes on the drums, just sound so realistic.
Final concluding thoughts: I must admit, I have never heard such a excellent sounding IEM like this before, and I don't think I'll ever get the chance to experience something like this ever again in this audio life - simply the best. Well worth being on the tour and having the ability to own them for two weeks.
In saying that, I feel the need to thank H20Fidelity for allowing me to be on the tour to actually be able to try this fine specimen, and most of all, I have to say a big thanks to Gavin at Tralucent for letting us Aussies have a go at his personal pair of 1Plus2's. (@ Gavin), It was very thoughtful and kind of you to send your pair over here for us to demo, and it was certainly my pleasure to be able to try such an IEM. Thank you.
That's it from me!
Over & Out,
Edited by SkyBleu - 9/23/13 at 4:49am