Originally Posted by Leicachamp
Wow words such as "bright", "sibilance", "fatique" seems commonly associated with the flat fours. Yet they seem to get a lot if love. But for how long one can overlook these characteristics ???????
I wish I could hear a pair in Australia for I kinda like so called bright( but not sibilant or fatiquing) headphones like grado rs1i, akg 3003. So are The Kaede be brighter than these headphones? For even I would think twice about getting a flat 4 if they were brighter than those 2 headphones.
Bright? Yes. Subilant? No. Fatiguing? With a minority of hot music, yes; generally any IEM with more treble will be more fatiguing relative to a dark sound signature.
Should you buy it? Well... there might be 25 more out there. The Kuros might be a good alternative, unlimited a at a better price. You might not like them. Lots of mights...
My advice would be mortgage your grandmother, sell your first born, embrace the locusts, do whatever you have to do to get the $900 to grab one of the few remaining KAEDEs. To say that these are better than what I was hoping for when I ordered will be my new high water mark for understatements. (And I had not heard them first either; for most of us, that is impossible.) I am about 25 hours in and they are sweet now. Music is rediscovered on these IEMs. The soundstage is da bomb. Today it was Barenaked Ladies, Waterboys and B52s, each an old favourite and now a new experience.
The only qualification I will throw out there is that I do not regard the KAEDE as a walk-around IEM but rather a transportable for moderately loud environments. It is too delicate and precious for walking, and, although the isolation is better than expected, you cannot enjoy the real benefits of the KAEDE on a loud street. However your back yard will not sound much better, nor the neighborhood coffee shop. (Get a Westone Monitor Vault; perfect portable protection and fits like a glove.)
Well, I addressed your conundrum as best I can. And I probably will cease and desist from such high praise in August to make people feel better since buying the KAEDE will no longer be an option (just as I do not talk much about the DC1601SC, another spectacular piece of unobtainium).
The moment is now.