(ffalas..no I am outside Chicago.)
BEWARE OF QUALITY CONTROL ON THIS IEM!!!
So I went back to Apple last night and got another pair. Different lot #1235. Same problem but it actually developed after a few minutes of listening. Scratchiness/static on certain frequences in BOTH drivers.
In addition, I listened a bit more this morning and over 30 minutes I had the left channel completely go out for a second or two 3 times. This is from the swivel cable connection. The other issue is a driver issue.
I purposely bought these at a brick and mortar so I knew this would be a quick and easy return/refund if I didn't like the sound or had quality problems. I will be taking them back today and I am done with this IEM.
2 out of 2 failures. Poorest QC experience in all my Head-Fi years. If any of you think I just ran into a bad lot and their QC is fine consider this.....
With BOTH pairs upon immediate first listen, there is a hideous scratchy distortion in both ears for the first 5-10 seconds. I have read this from at least 6 other owners of this IEM. For many I guess it went away and stayed away but mine creeped back in. If this is what happens upon first listen, how on earth can one say these are even tested once assembled? Impossible. They are slapping them together putting them in a box and shipping them. Even though there is a silly plastic piece covering the jack that says "tested".
Perhaps some of you have this issue but have overlooked it? Very prevalent for me on slower acoustic piano and jazz guitar tracks. It's a certain frequency or a specific driver.
On a side note, I really liked the airiness and big soundstage but overall these still do not beat my JH5 or UM3X.