--- If the Kuro is the more sibilant of the Flat4s, then I need to get my hands on a pair and put my Kaedes up for sale.
--- I need to see proof Mr utdeep has already ordered a pair of Piano Fortes so that I can take him a little more seriously and stop thinking of him as "the eternal newbie" (even when he's been a member for nearly 12 years).
--- I'd like to know why AnakChan purchased the Kaedes (apart from the fact this model seems to have a limited run and that he wanted to have the very last one made, ie the one with S/N M200)
--- The Kaede's dynamic range seems to be proving to be among the best I've heard **
--- Although the Kaedes do extract plenty details from the recording, I find these details blend in very well, perhaps a product of the type of drivers used (DDs) or the technology developed by Mr Makoto Yamagishi, so in that particular aspect they remind me of the excellent HD800s, where the detail retrieval is never bothersome or seems artificial (to these ears).
--- I still wish the midrange was a tad more prominent, but this may well be a product of our midrange-loving sparrow who seems to often crave this particular frequency, so perhaps he's asking a bit too much of an otherwise excellent IEM. Perhaps even his previous description of a "somewhat recessed midrange" was not as accurate as he thinks since he may well prefer a, er, somewhat forward midrange.
--- Absolutely impressive soundstage, very headphone-like. From memory, the Kaedes soundstage beats the truly excellent EX1000s in the depth department, while keeping up with the EX1000's very impressive width.
--- There's a cleanliness to the sound—sophistication?—on the Kaedes that seems more evident as I spend more time with them, a cleanliness the IE800s did not have.
--- I get absolutely no fatigue, though I'm sure this is related to the volume levels I tend to listen to, but I do crank it up a bit at times.
--- On well-mastered material, the Kaedes are simply wonderful. On poorly recorded albums I don't think they're as brutal / merciless as the EX1000s (and EX600s), but on well-mastered material the EX1000s, in particular, were phenomenal.
--- I find myself enjoying the Kaedes more than the 334s, even though the latter had some of the very best midrange I've heard in any head/earphone. The FitEars would wow me for a few minutes, but then something would seem not quite right / missing — my guess is that I seem to hear a more natural presentation on the Kaedes; also the 334s didn't work too well with some of the music I listen to as the (mid) bass would become a little intrusive.
** For some reason my K3003s & Kaedes are the only two IEMs where I've noticed a clear—though not dramatic—sonic improvement when hooked to my (desktop amp) V200, ie both scale very well, but both still sound pretty amazing out my 4G Touch's HPO.
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