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post #1186 of 3522
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Originally Posted by Rollk2 View Post

I definitely don't understand why music one owners don't talk more about them. Perhaps, like us Amberozl, they were in exams biggrin.gif


If the Harmony 8 has the same sound signature (especially in the mids and high mids) I'm more than impatient to have more money saved for them !!!

I can confirm that for the H8, a huge range between highs and lows with an precision for both i haven't heard before. It's absolutely impressive.

Piotr told me once it's like a closed back headphone.....but i never listened to one...so maybe you know what he means. 

 

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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

Ok here I am, just before going to sleep I will try to give some more impressions. This time I will try to focus on sound as I am getting more used to the signature.

 

Well, first thing is first, right now, in my ears, I have a very musical ciem with great balanced audio reproduction. It has a little bit of everything and it does push a lot from that single driver. In fact, sometimes it makes you wonder is it really a single driver.

 

Starting with the classical bass/mid/treble:

 

Bass; it is there, nice, clean, pretty linear. It doesn't kick like a mule, it doesn't give the very deep rumble feeling. Unless you listen to bass heavy tracks, it should satisfy very well. When it comes to bass heavy tracks, you can sometimes miss a bit more presence on the low end. Don't forget it is a single BA driver ciem, so to be fair, I don't expect it to match with dynamic drivers or multi BA's bass capabilities. Good news is, Peter managed to tune it in a way that you actually feel somethings happening in the low region, that nice feeling is there, it is not missing. It is just not as hard as high end rivals. Extension is pretty good, maybe not perfect but for this price and single BA technology, I think it wouldn't be fair to ask more here. To put it simply, you get a nice linear clean deep bass. Not the strongest but for not-bass heavy songs, it should satisfy pretty much everyone.

 

Mids; the shining point of this little diamonds. The balance is awesome in here. Combinations with lows end highs are specially good. So the sound is mid centric to my ears, I would say mid forward actually. There is enough thickness and clarity. Not overly bright or not overly thick. The balance in between is awesome. Again Peter did a very good job in here. For a single BA ciem, Music One gives very detailed midrange without sacrificing from musicality. In one word the mids are "excellent".

 

Treble; surprise surprise. Being a person who is very sensitive to treble and doesn't like bright / ear raping trebles, I am kinda in love with Music One's treble region. I must say treble note weight is extremely natural and the brightness is just spot on. I would call it slightly on the bright side but extremely enjoyable and balanced, with a sense of air and sparkly flavor. Just like the rest of the spectrum, the treble is also very balanced. I don't hear a big dip or peak either. Very successful. I have to admit, I was scared about the treble of Music One. I know myself, I don't really like hot trebles but Music One created a very nice balance in here, giving a sense of brightness but in musical way with very natural reproduction. It doesn't disturb or tiring me at all. It is actually easy on my ears and let me enjoy the music.

 

I was expecting mids to be the best part of the spectrum but actually treble got me by surprise. Very natural reproduction in here. Definitely fell in love with it. After passing the bass/mid/treble trio, let's go to the presentation.

 

Presentation; well it doesn't have the largest soundstage. It is actually quite 3D. I think there is more depth than width. Whole spectrum is magically balanced and the links between lows-mids-highs are excellent. I am talking about one hell of a job in here. I mentioned it before, midrange presentation is forward. It blends nicely with the both ends of the spectrum and let the musicality take over. The monitors are basically telling you to sit comfortably, close your eyes and enjoy the tune. Dynamics are a bit lacking here. Sorry to say with fast paced, complex music, Music One might not be your best monitors. While they don't sound muddy or congested, they don't sound the best either. Obviously you shouldn't expect it to compete against 1k+ ciems but in its price range, I don't think Music One has many rivals, given the extra comfort and the isolation of custom iems. In fact, from the musicality point of view, Music One can match against several hundreds euros more expensive c/iems. So, I take my hat off in front of Peter, for making this single BA magic.

 

TL/DR: Music One does more than audio reproduction, it creates emotions while playing your songs. Balanced across the whole spectrum, very detailed, mid centric presentations just calls for you to close your eyes and listen to music.

 

That's my journey with incredible Music One so far. Would I wish a few things more from it? Sure why not, a bit more bass power and rumble could be nice (considering they will be my main gym ciems). Also they could maybe handle a bit better the complex music but let's face it from this price with only single BA driver, I fear to ask more from it. It gives more than it should, punches way above its price point.

 

Again I mentioned several times, Peter does an outstanding job in customer service. I don't want to repeat myself a lot but this kind sir should get an award or something. I am afraid that he will ship the SE5way remold with a personal jet or something :D Seriously though, I think we exchanged hundreds of emails, countless questions of mine and countless answers from him. Always polite, always suggestive and providing more than one solutions. I can't recommend him enough. I am a person who can't really choose or decide when there are multiple options like designing a ciem. Peter, thank you so much for bearing it with me, I am sure not everybody would be as responsive and understanding like you are.

 

So, my friends and fellow headfiers, I studied all day long, I am really tired, if you excuse me, I would like to enjoy Music One a bit more and sleep. Hope my impressions would be helpful to a lot of people. :beerchug:

 

Now Playing: Random Access Memories (Édition Studio Masters) 24/88.2 (whether you believe in high res audio or not, they sound great)...

Thanks for that great mini review!! 


Edited by whoever - 6/18/14 at 10:56pm
post #1187 of 3522
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Originally Posted by whoever View Post
 

I can confirm that for the H8, a huge range between highs and lows with an precision for both i haven't heard before. It's absolutely impressive.

Piotr told me once it's like a closed back headphone.....but i never listened to one...so maybe you know what he means. 

 

Thanks for that great mini review!! 


Glad you like it mate :beerchug:

post #1188 of 3522

Very nice review. I can only add to the customer service part : Piotr is really really really awesome to deal with. He takes the time to explain, to understand, and to respond. I wonder if all manufacturers really do that.

 

As far as I am concerned, I considered that somewhat normal for the buy of Harmony 8 Pro, since it is a quite hefty amount of money. But Piotr does that with EVERYONE I know, whether they buy a Music One or they do a simple change of ownership.

 

And that is outstanding, if not exceptional in my opinion.

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post #1190 of 3522
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

Here is my review:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/the-custom-art-music-one/reviews/11183

congrats for the front page making guys! 

 

you deserved it Piotr! :beerchug:

post #1191 of 3522
I'm glad I ordered mine before this review wink.gif. Waiting patiently(or not) for my Music One.

Well done!
post #1192 of 3522
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Originally Posted by stefu View Post

I'm glad I ordered mine before this review wink.gif. Waiting patiently(or not) for my Music One.

Well done!


Good choice sir, you won't regret it :beerchug:

post #1193 of 3522

Just heard a good news :P my Harmony 8 Pro is coming to Thailand ~

I wonder which player is a good matching. I can try with iBasso DX90, Fiio X5, AK120, HM901. I hope it's not AK240, I cannot afford that TT__TT

post #1194 of 3522
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Originally Posted by Nightroad View Post
 

Just heard a good news :P my Harmony 8 Pro is coming to Thailand ~

I wonder which player is a good matching. I can try with iBasso DX90, Fiio X5, AK120, HM901. I hope it's not AK240, I cannot afford that TT__TT

I can guarantee you, even on a DX50 it sounds VERY good( for the non pro version, so why shouldn't it with the pro? )

post #1195 of 3522
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Originally Posted by Nightroad View Post
 

Just heard a good news :P my Harmony 8 Pro is coming to Thailand ~

I wonder which player is a good matching. I can try with iBasso DX90, Fiio X5, AK120, HM901. I hope it's not AK240, I cannot afford that TT__TT

 

If we assume the Harmony 8 Pro needs a lot of current to drive (like most >6-driver CIEMs), then out of that list, the DX90 is your best bet. It has the best current buffering capability with the BUF634, an opamp that can do a theoretical 250 mA of current and fast slew rate (both far more than you'd ever need). The HM-901 with IEM card also has the BUF634 as a buffer, while the normal balanced card is AD8397, which also has 200 mA current drive. The X5's LMH6634 buffer isn't terrible, but lags behind at 150 mA and in THD specs too. No one knows about the AK120's and AK240's implementation because it's supposed to be discrete, but from these simple RMAA results from ohm-image, with a current hungry load like the Earsonics SM2, the AK240's performance takes a nosedive, probably because it can't deal with such a highly reactive load such as a BA IEM. Comparatively, the DX90's results are dented much less.

 

Whether you'll actually hear the difference in noise and distortion performance is a matter of subjective perception. You might end up liking the "sound" of some other DAP more. But from specifications and real-world performance measurements, the DX90 is the best choice of the DAPs you named.

post #1196 of 3522
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Originally Posted by whoever View Post
 

I can guarantee you, even on a DX50 it sounds VERY good( for the non pro version, so why shouldn't it with the pro? )

 

That's sound nice, because I have been used DX50 for a while (it is store's property) due to the broken of my iPod Classic.

So I have been considered about getting my own player. (Then I can listen on my day off lol) 

 

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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post
 

 

If we assume the Harmony 8 Pro needs a lot of current to drive (like most >6-driver CIEMs), then out of that list, the DX90 is your best bet. It has the best current buffering capability with the BUF634, an opamp that can do a theoretical 250 mA of current and fast slew rate (both far more than you'd ever need). The HM-901 with IEM card also has the BUF634 as a buffer, while the normal balanced card is AD8397, which also has 200 mA current drive. The X5's LMH6634 buffer isn't terrible, but lags behind at 150 mA and in THD specs too. No one knows about the AK120's and AK240's implementation because it's supposed to be discrete, but from these simple RMAA results from ohm-image, with a current hungry load like the Earsonics SM2, the AK240's performance takes a nosedive, probably because it can't deal with such a highly reactive load such as a BA IEM. Comparatively, the DX90's results are dented much less.

 

Whether you'll actually hear the difference in noise and distortion performance is a matter of subjective perception. You might end up liking the "sound" of some other DAP more. But from specifications and real-world performance measurements, the DX90 is the best choice of the DAPs you named.

 

Thank you mate! that's very thankful. To be honest, I just like an amateur about something like this (still get it, but not 100%). I had listened to DX90 and love it! I hope it will be a good matching with my Harmony 8 Pro. I'm so excited when the store told me that Peter just gave them the tracking number haha~ 

post #1197 of 3522
It's time for Peter to buy all those high-end DAPs and test them:D so he can tell his clients which one is the best match for Harmony 8 and 8 Pro.
post #1198 of 3522
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Originally Posted by shakur1996 View Post

It's time for Peter to buy all those high-end DAPs and test them:D so he can tell his clients which one is the best match for Harmony 8 and 8 Pro.

But first client write what like in song and draws attention.

BTW. Peter is very good advise of IEM/cIEM and headphones. 

post #1199 of 3522

Peter gave my SE5way remold to UPS yesterday. Expected delivery date: Tuesday. Today UPS tracking shows Monday by the end of day. Things getting better.

 

Man I don't think I have been that excited before. Maybe when I played my first official professional basketball match but that was long time ago :happy_face1: 


Edited by AmberOzL - 6/27/14 at 3:51am
post #1200 of 3522

Congrats! Wow.. didn't you know are a baller! ;)

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