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BTW Where is your thread eke? I kind of want to read up on the not-hyped version.
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BTW Where is your thread eke? I kind of want to read up on the not-hyped version.

 

Here you go: http://www.head-fi.org/t/636818/t-peos-h-100-hybrid-dynamc-ba-earphone-loaner-tour-impressions

 

The firs post contains the impressions from all the tour members so far.

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In the ridiculous category, I just finished messaging a potential buyer (I told him he should look elsewhere) involving my FXT90 and shipping. Did any of you guys know a 4x4x4 inch package weighing 0.125 lbs would cost almost 44 bones Canadian to ship to Brazil and it doesn't even have tracking and would take forever to get there!!! I knew some S American countries it was pricey to ship stuff to but that's so crazy.

 

Hey DF, I don't know if you can remember that far back, but how much of an upgrade do you feel the FXT90s were over the Xears.  I had been thinking of either saving up (marital karma) for something in the range of vsonics or ie8s, or maybe even something more exotic.  Still, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask.

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Thread Starter 

Let's talk custom ear monitors for a moment. My plan for the first quarter of this year is to get three pairs of CIEMs, and at this point I'm anxiously awaiting the JH16Pro Freq-Phase and FitEar MH335DW. However I'm still trying to decide on the third and final selection.

 

Initially I had planned on the Spiral Ear SE 5-way Reference filling that role. However there's a bit of a hiccup: my ear canals are extraordinarily straight and narrow. As ardgedee so kindly put it, I was born with soda straws in my ears. Consequently there's a chance the ridiculous number of bores on the SE5-Way simply wouldn't fit. There is, however, the more erotically monikered SE 3-Way Pro which has three bores instead of five. It's balance is also more neutral relative to the SE 5-Way, so that seems like a potentially more sensible choice given my other two selections. Either way, Spiral Ear intrigues me as a third option because of the silicon construction.

 

Next in the list of candidates is the Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitor. Frankly this is only a consideration due to their having developed a smaller tuning box that can be shipped to buyers; it allows them to carry out the process in the comfort of their own home rather than having to travel to one of the pre-established locations for the full-sized version. This is an essential detail as there are no locations remotely near me (not even in the same state). Unfortunately, I've been struggling with UE over the last few months. The rep. who initially assisted me didn't even know about the smaller tuning box's existence until informed of its existence via head-fi. Afterward he wasn't exactly clear on whether it could be sent to me, instead saying he'd call around and try to arrange the tuning box being sent to my state. Which could mean a lot of different things including my having to drive to a neighboring city. Supposedly this could be taken care of by the first week of February, but that came and went---as did several other deadlines---and last I heard it was still being "worked on" and no time frame was given. Meanwhile a buddy of mine in California was given a tuning box to play around with by UE.

 

I've been given a lot of contacts from various people who had been helped by UE in the past, and I've even talked to another rep. here on head-fi who seemed much more helpful. Before I expend any more energy trying to wrestle this thing out of them however, I want to make sure it's still the direction in which I want to go.

 

Of course there's always the Unique Melody Platform Pure 6, the reference to which no doubt solicits a shaking fist in my direction from Tom. As cool as the whole active crossover thing is though, the rather bad "black box" is a major turn-off. I mean the pot crackles when you turn the volume up and it has a bass boost toggle with only three likely overbearing levels. ....For 2k USD. The saving grace for me was the upcoming adapter that lets you use any amp you desire, but I've since realized it's going to be passive crossover which sort of defeats the whole point of the PP6 to begin with really. So yeah, it's not as attractive an option as it once was.

 

Finally there are the two more "exotic" choices: the Hidition NT 6 Pro and the Canal Works CW-L05QD.

 

The Hidition has something of a novelty factor for me because it was something I wasn't really even considering a few weeks ago. Every now and then I like to choose things from out-of-the-blue to delude myself into thinking I'm rather unpredictable. In this case I'm genuinely intrigued as Hidition doesn't get much coverage 'round here aside from the noble efforts of a few adventurous Seouls. If I went this route I'd probably go for something vibrantly colored:

 

 

 

 

As for Canal Works, well, they're even more of an unknown quantity at this point. They don't have international distribution set up, but they seem more open to the idea of international customers. I would therefore need to work via proxy which can complicate things, though the effort would be rewarded with something potentially quite unique. The model I'm interested in uses four full-range drivers:

 

 

 

....which is really intriguing to me for some reason. The few reports of its sound I've encountered describe it as polite and somewhat laid back, which lead me to believe it would provide a definite counterpoint to the other selections I've made

 


 

I suppose at this point in time the ranking is something like this:

 

1st -> Canal Works CW-L05QD

2nd -> Spiral Ear SE 3-Way Pro

3rd -> Hidition NT 6 Pro

4th -> Ultimate Ears PRM

5th -> Unique Melody PP6

 

The top two choices are favored because I feel they'd provided the most contrast to what I'm already going for. The UE PRM would be higher if it weren't for the fact that my experience trying to make arrangements for it has been annoying.

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If sound signature is a factor, the Hidition is definitely U-shaped and not laid-back.

I should really write up a review on this thing, shouldn't I. Hm.
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First of all, concerning the SE5, have you sent a picture of you ear impressions to Grzegorz ? He has a PDF to describe how to take the pics. I am ordering a pair of SE5 and a pair of SE3 for my wife next week. My wife has very thin and twisted ear canals. Apparently SE3 are possible, but I did not ask about SE5 for her.

 

To me the PP6 is a no-go until they put out the adapter.

 

I would favor the NT6-pro as it is really intriguing: the only 6 driver / 5 crossover. Besides you can ask for silicon ear canals.

 

There are also these, supposedly good, and unknown: http://www.fit-ear.com/products-page/occupational/ps-5-five-driver/

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@MF: any idea when you'll have the JH's?

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If sound signature is a factor, the Hidition is definitely U-shaped and not laid-back.

I should really write up a review on this thing, shouldn't I. Hm.

 

It feels as though the JH16 FP and the NT6PRO would overlap in terms of sound signature...

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Actually, I don't think the Flat-4 are all that transparent. They have a distinctive and quite intriguing sound signature, that's probably more subtle than the ES5's. They're analytical, but not quite transparent imo.

Yeah pardon the itchy trigger finger. I was trying to come to terms with the differences in how the ES5 and F4 presented music. I should have said relative to the ES5, as I just felt there was more uniformity to how the ES5 presented music as apposed to the F4. And yeah, it's pretty darn obvious to me that these are tipped up at the extremes as they fatigue me quite a bit faster than the ES5. I'm just amazed by how they're able to capture the percussive texture in various instruments though, it's a layer of information that the ES5 can gloss over
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Didn't you just score a Sextett recently? or has the acquisition syndrome bit you tongue.gif


I just scored a Sextette which I still really love and I have both a Q701 and a Heir Audio 4A CIEM on their way. If that wasn't enough I'm also part of the 1Plus2 audio tour and I should also have that in the next week or two. I know i got to get back on my meds and get the upgradeitous back under control.

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Went to the Post Office today and the Spider Moonlight headphones were waiting for me... Quick impressions here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/652621/spider-moonlight-studio-headphones#post_9235503

 

Seems that my ears/brain have settle a bit with their sound signature... still find them a bit unnatural sounding...

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Hey DF, I don't know if you can remember that far back, but how much of an upgrade do you feel the FXT90s were over the Xears.  I had been thinking of either saving up (marital karma) for something in the range of vsonics or ie8s, or maybe even something more exotic.  Still, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask.


I won't go into specifics since it's been a long while since I've had the Xears but the FXT90 in my book is a solid step up. If you go to jokers review thread he gave the FXT90 a solid 9 out of 10 in the sound category, a ranking I very much agree with. The only reason I'm selling mine is because I have to many mid tier IEM's and I don't use them enough to merit keeping them.

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@MF: any idea when you'll have the JH's?

 

They have my impressions at this point, so they're working on them. I don't have an exact timeframe, but my guess would be maybe two weeks more at most.

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I won't go into specifics since it's been a long while since I've had the Xears but the FXT90 in my book is a solid step up. If you go to jokers review thread he gave the FXT90 a solid 9 out of 10 in the sound category, a ranking I very much agree with. The only reason I'm selling mine is because I have to many mid tier IEM's and I don't use them enough to merit keeping them.

 

Thanks.

 

Yeah, the old Xears, 7.8.  FXT90, 9.0.  The GR01s are 9.2, but $170 atm.

 

Plus, I really want a portable dac/amp.  Oh, man, decisions....  Welcome to head-fi I guess.  :)

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Thanks.

Yeah, the old Xears, 7.8.  FXT90, 9.0.  The GR01s are 9.2, but $170 atm.

Plus, I really want a portable dac/amp.  Oh, man, decisions....  Welcome to head-fi I guess.  smily_headphones1.gif

We're all lucky to have these first world problems my friend. I'm teetering back and fourth on deciding between 3 amps myself at the moment.

I just got a PM from the seller of the Q cans, my new toy is on its way to DF Central Headquarters.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 3/7/13 at 11:39am
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