So today arrived my new SE535LTD's...
Unfortunately my Samsung Note 1 died a couple days ago (using a Nexus One) and I am waiting for my new Samsung Note 2 due on Monday. Within the next two weeks I also expect a shipment from DHC with a brand new custom hybrid Symbiote SE cable. Lastly, depending on the quality of the Note 2, I may be getting a Leckerton UHA-6S.MKII in the Christmas time frame.
First I would like to point out that the Nexus One is considered a horrible source for audio, and there is no getting around that for me at the moment. However, I am using 320 kbps music from Spotify. For baseline comparison, I have been swapping between the ear buds that came with my Note 1, the Sony MH1C, and the SE535LTD's.
This is my first venture into portable HiFi IEM's as I have exclusively listened to music on much higher end home equipment. However, my situation has changed and my current living space prohibits me from listening to music through such a setup at the volume I am accustom to. On top of that, I am now traveling almost 50% of the time for my job, many flights to Europe. Thus, I was looking for quality that also had noise isolation. Custom IEM's are the end game, but I wanted items that could easily be resold (Universals) until I became more educated in the aspects of portable HiFi (DAC's, Amps, Cables, sound profiles etc...).
My very first thought was, Wow the ear buds that came with the Note sound like alarm clock speakers compared to these. I did not realize the depth one could get from IEM's. I assumed anything that small must compromise greatly across the board in order to exist. I was wrong. The only compromise I have found so far is in Bass reproduction. I do not mean frequency response either. In my old home setup I had an HSU VTF-15H sub; the pure compression and decompression of a room just cannot be duplicated by IEM's. But hey, you have to give up something.
Everything above bone shaking frequencies, are reproduced so well I am actually impressed. And this is with a source that when the music stops an incessant hiss and hum are quite audible and annoying. What is the most impressive, is when I close my eyes, I actually feel as if I am in a studio or amphitheater. The sound stage (my fiance calls 3D effect) of these is just immersing and quite impressive to be honest.
I cannot wait to get the Note 2, and if I can convince my fiance, a Leckerton to see how the sound profile changes. No matter what the hiss and hum should go away. As I have posted in other threads, I do not believe the new cable will make an audible difference, I purchased it for build quality and aesthetics; but I will keep an open mind.
If you are using Spotify, I found a song that immersed me even with the crappy Nexus One that others may want to check out...
(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay; Sara Bareilles - Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Filmore)
Anyhow, I just wanted to give my opinion as I am extremely excited to have just received my new toy...