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Not sure that's a good thing.
Not sure that's a good thing, either!
One of my favourite Beatles songs rendered brilliantly by the KAEDEs — bass texture and layering are brilliant, and it sounds effortless through the these Flat4s. As any proper Beatles fan, John was always my favourite Beatle—though the musical chemistry between both John & Paul was quite unique, none being better / more important than the other, IMO—but Paul's bass lines here are solid and clearly delineated by the Kaedes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxx-dOHias8
**The above comments were made using the notorious and widely-acknowledged super ultra mega cheap crappy source known as the iPod Touch, with no portable amp (!) and using a crappy 256kbps (VBR) AAC file (!!), an even stronger reason to not take any of music_4321's comments seriously at all when it comes to audio**
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Fujiya Avic announces "last shipment" of Kaede in July, so this is probably it--last chance.
There seems to be some out-of-order sales going on. But it might be explained by the difference between ordering from Price Japan (i.e. Fujiya Avic) and from Musica Acoustics. Each of Fujiya and Musica is assumedly getting these in blocks of numbers.
Back to KAEDE brightness. it no longer disturbs me; it is an important part of the sound. The KAEDE might have smoothed out too; either that or I chilled out. However, with a few old recordings, hiss becomes noticeable like never before. This morning I listened to (You make me feel like a) Natural Woman by Carol King. It was like Niagara falls was flowing in the far distance. The song was otherwise rendered beautifully. (And before that, the album Turn by Great Big Sea was a revelation. The KAEDE does Maritime Celtic rock!)
I have noticed the the hiss on Tapestry before but never like today.
Fortunately the Quickstep is absolutely black (as is most of my music, even the analog recordings). I would not especially want to use these IEMs with a noisy amp.
I have been listening to the Kaede / AK120 1.00 fw for two days and it is a pretty nice combo. Since the 1.00 fw is a bit on the dark side, the Kaede sound is slightly less bright and less fatiguing. It loses a bit of airiness but all in all a good combo I think.
It sounds pretty good out of the AK120. Not the best I've heard them by a long shot though :).