Originally Posted by cyanidesyringes
Hey there, recently got my Parterres, and after a burn in period of around 120 hours, I've got to say, they sound really impressive.
My only gripe here is the slightly recessed vocals and the slighty-more-than-average sub bass. ( Although switching to silver cables helped to relieve the latter )
Any amp recommendations/pairings to improve the situation?
why not just EQ down the bass part? I always buy IEMs with too much bass because it's much better to remove something than to try adding what's missing(you never know why it's missing, bad ringing, distortion, crossover ...). and any kind of distortion or ringing that might be added by the EQ(if it's really the worst EQ on earth) will not really matter in the low frequencies. when it could be nasty in the medium. anyway all this to say EQ down in the bass is almost never a problem. just remove 1 or 2db and see how it goes.
also the parterre has one nice quality, it sounds good(if you like that signature) on almost anything that's not above 10ohm and doesn't really ask for the perfect source, not hard to drive, not too sensitive(hiss is not a major issue like most other fitears) .
of course you can desire the best, but finding such an IEM that you can use on the go with any poor dap is a genuine ease of use and comfort.
anyway, I remember the apex to sound slightly calm on bass, but I tried only my jh13 at the time, and they "lose" the bass when the impedance goes up, so I never knew if the amp had slightly rolled off bass or maybe an impedance above 1ohm? you might want to find someone with the combo to be sure. but I wouldn't call the apex bright or sparkly, it sounded just very transparent(except the bass part).