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post #826 of 4248

Yep he's over in the uk atm so if it's like last time email contact could be a bit patchy,

post #827 of 4248

I have now had my Flex Twin BA's for a few days and so here is a quick review and thoughts.

The ordering process was excellent throughout, with great contact from Phil, both proactively and reactively.  I know some people had issues, but my own experience was great and I would happily recommend on this basis.

 

I ordered a Flex Twin BA, Medium shell, bottom exit premium cable, translucent pale blue (not a standard colour).

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The shells are well made, professional if not ultra high end.  They are my first set of customs and so I can't make useful comparisons here.

 

General fit and comfort is not bad, if a little odd compared to what I am used to.  One ear is more comfortable than the other.  I will persevere, but it may just be that I prefer the feel of Comply tips to acrylic.

 

The premium cable is excellent.  While it looks just like the cable on my Westone 3's, it is much more flexible and easier to use - I really like this.

 

The sound of the twin BA is great - it seems fairly even across the spectrum to me.  Bass is certainly present and much more realistic and not as in your face as the Westone 3 which seems to suffer from an upper bass hump which I am not fond of.  Mids are fine and not obviously forward or recessed.  Treble will probably be just right for many - extended and with enough detail for relaxed listening.  They are not however quite as detailed or high end sparkly as I had been hoping for, however, please note that I am a fan of the HD800/HE-5/DT880 exaggerated treble and so, like I say, they probably provide easily enough treble for most listeners.

 

As a first foray into customs, this has been great.

post #828 of 4248
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Originally Posted by 0rangutan View Post

I have now had my Flex Twin BA's for a few days and so here is a quick review and thoughts.
The ordering process was excellent throughout, with great contact from Phil, both proactively and reactively.  I know some people had issues, but my own experience was great and I would happily recommend on this basis.

I ordered a Flex Twin BA, Medium shell, bottom exit premium cable, translucent pale blue (not a standard colour).




The shells are well made, professional if not ultra high end.  They are my first set of customs and so I can't make useful comparisons here.

General fit and comfort is not bad, if a little odd compared to what I am used to.  One ear is more comfortable than the other.  I will persevere, but it may just be that I prefer the feel of Comply tips to acrylic.

The premium cable is excellent.  While it looks just like the cable on my Westone 3's, it is much more flexible and easier to use - I really like this.

The sound of the twin BA is great - it seems fairly even across the spectrum to me.  Bass is certainly present and much more realistic and not as in your face as the Westone 3 which seems to suffer from an upper bass hump which I am not fond of.  Mids are fine and not obviously forward or recessed.  Treble will probably be just right for many - extended and with enough detail for relaxed listening.  They are not however quite as detailed or high end sparkly as I had been hoping for, however, please note that I am a fan of the HD800/HE-5/DT880 exaggerated treble and so, like I say, they probably provide easily enough treble for most listeners.

As a first foray into customs, this has been great.


You compared them to a bunch of phones, unfortunately, I've never heard any of those. Any chance you could compare them to a Grado, VSonic, or a Sony V6? I know that's a weird spread, but those are what I know.
post #829 of 4248

Of the IEM's I could compare with:

 

Westone 3 - Twin BA has less but much better bass, similar mids, similar highs

Klipsch X10 - Twin BA has slightly better bass, similar mids, slightly better highs

UE TF10 - Twin BA has less bass but of similar quality, better mids, less treble

 

I prefer the X10's for comfort (nothing has every come close to these).

I prefer the Twin BA over all but the TF10 for sound.

I would still choose the Twin BA over the TF10 however as the difference in quality is minimal and TF10's are so unwieldy and uncomfortable.

 

My audio memory isn't good enough to compare much beyond that and unfortunately I have never heard the IEMs that you mention.

 

Hope this helps.

post #830 of 4248
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Originally Posted by 0rangutan View Post

Of the IEM's I could compare with:

 

Westone 3 - Twin BA has less but much better bass, similar mids, similar highs

Klipsch X10 - Twin BA has slightly better bass, similar mids, slightly better highs

UE TF10 - Twin BA has less bass but of similar quality, better mids, less treble

 

I prefer the X10's for comfort (nothing has every come close to these).

I prefer the Twin BA over all but the TF10 for sound.

I would still choose the Twin BA over the TF10 however as the difference in quality is minimal and TF10's are so unwieldy and uncomfortable.

 

My audio memory isn't good enough to compare much beyond that and unfortunately I have never heard the IEMs that you mention.

 

Hope this helps.


That does! I can extrapolate where needed!

post #831 of 4248

can someone tell me how much is the difference in isolation between the full and medium shell

post #832 of 4248
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can someone tell me how much is the difference in isolation between the full and medium shell

 

No, but I can confirm that when using the medium shell the isolation was extremely good.

post #833 of 4248
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I ordered a Flex Twin BA, Medium shell, bottom exit premium cable, translucent pale blue (not a standard colour).

 

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Wow, that color with the texture they put on it looks great, congrats!

post #834 of 4248

I would just like to ask: has anybody ordered from Cosmic outside of the EU and the US? If so, could you elaborate on your experiences in terms of communication and shipping? It seems to be a great price for CIEMs, but my location (Singapore) would suggest incredibly expensive shipping fees both ways. Also, can anybody compare them to the Sony MDR-EX600, EPH-100s and the GR07 MK2s? I was looking at these universals previously, but Cosmic Ear's pricing has thrown a spanner in the works for my decision.

 

Thanks!

post #835 of 4248
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I have had mine in for 4 hours solid today, fit seems OK so far, certainly no danger of them falling out, even when exercising. Comfort, as you might expect from a CIEM is very good. I am probably not the best person to comment on comfort though, as I usually have very few issues with fit, comfort and isolation, even from universal IEM's. 

 

The fit in my right ear is not quite as tight as the left one, but does not seem to be affecting isolation any, I am going to continue with them for a week and see if the right hand ear fit is any sort of issue, or whether it is just my ears needing to adjust. Certainly, I would go as far as to say that I have no serious concerns with fit, isolation or comfort at this point in time.

 

This being my first pair of CIEM's, they feel like nothing I have had in my ears before, so I suspect it will take me a day or two to adjust to them being there. They feel completely different to having a universal in your ear. Not in a bad way, just different :-)

 

EDIT: Just to say also, my impressions were done open mouth with a bite block.

 

Any new impressions about their sound? popcorn.gif

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Any new impressions about their sound? popcorn.gif

 

Still listening and burning in atm. One thing I can say, is that these HY3 with the reduced bass driver are not overshadowing the mids and trebles (which was the issue Swimsonny seemed to have with the full bass HY3). I can also say that their sound is a lot more source dependant than I am used to. They do not pair well with the Colorfly C3, yet they pair very well with the Cowon C2, and pair moderately well with the iPod (5th gen Rockbox) and Clip Zip (Rockbox) - They are most certainly not a set of IEM's that are going to pair happily with all sources, so if any of you are looking for a CIEM that will pair well with every source, these ain't it.

 

I will post impressions at the weekend. Need another day or two with them yet with some different sound files at different bit rates and of different genres, I've only listened to FLAC recorrdings on them so far.

post #837 of 4248
Sigh, they have no stock for anything frown.gif
post #838 of 4248

Still, better they've stopped taking orders so no one a)loses any money and b)can't handle the orders.  Announcement about that edition is due monday so maybe their'll be an update then.

 

Cheers

post #839 of 4248
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Originally Posted by phlashbios View Post

Still listening and burning in atm. One thing I can say, is that these HY3 with the reduced bass driver are not overshadowing the mids and trebles (which was the issue Swimsonny seemed to have with the full bass HY3). I can also say that their sound is a lot more source dependant than I am used to. They do not pair well with the Colorfly C3, yet they pair very well with the Cowon C2, and pair moderately well with the iPod (5th gen Rockbox) and Clip Zip (Rockbox) - They are most certainly not a set of IEM's that are going to pair happily with all sources, so if any of you are looking for a CIEM that will pair well with every source, these ain't it.

 

I will post impressions at the weekend. Need another day or two with them yet with some different sound files at different bit rates and of different genres, I've only listened to FLAC recorrdings on them so far.

 

Hmm, interesting... Thank you for your reply, and I'll be waiting for those impressions! beerchug.gif

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Sigh, they have no stock for anything frown.gif


I think it's safe we can all blame this thread for that wink.gif
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