I stayed at home today to get my monitors. The lab and my prof. are not happy of course.
I got my SE5way minutes ago.
Fit and finish; as good as expected. I would say top class. I have red metallic earpieces with claret violet metallic cymba parts with bloodwood faceplates + black artworks on them (one side bear and the other side bear paw. Call of the Wild!)
The artworks are on the smaller side but I don't mind it because the wooden faceplates look stunning so it is nice that artwork doesn't cover up everywhere. I don't have any devices that takes pictures (my smartphone is broken) so you guys will have to do with Peter's professional pictures but let me warn you; the pictures don't do the justice. Red metallic looks brilliant in real life and the wood + artwork is completely wonderful.
The cable; well I have this time black cable that matches the artwork too (nice thinking Peter ). It is braided and I have to point it out, it is even more user friendly than the white one. The black is braided and you can feel the difference. It is really damn nice. Some time later when I upgrade my dap I might get another cable and I will first look into Peter's cable. I saw from tomscy's review, Peter is also making quite good aftermarket cables.
You guys probably know SE5way contains 5 BA per side and 5 way monitors. The earpieces are quite big. While Music One completely covers my ear, SE5way sticks out a bit. I don't mind it at all really so no problem for me, as SE5way has always been on the bigger side. You even need to have big ear canals to have it because fitting 5 tubes in canal part needs some space.
As for the fit; I requested Peter from the thicken the left canal part a little bit. Maybe you remember from my Music One review, the left was fitting like a glove but I wanted a tighter fit and I am happy to say, the job is done perfectly. Now it is better. Funny though I must mention my stupid right ear creates a little problem. While the canal is good, I am not sure the monitor is fitting into its "bed" perfectly. I feel like there is a small empty place between my right monitor and ear and it is not in the canal area. When I push the monitor with my finger towards to my ear, I can feel the gap is filling but when I release the pressure it is happening again. I tried to do some quick tests whether it affects the sound or not, I found that the sound remains unchanged or at least I couldn't detect a difference yet but isolation changes. I get a better isolation when I push the monitors a bit towards to my ear. So far, I am not gonna ask for a refit or something, I will try to see how the real life experience will lead me. I am a little sick btw, maybe that can cause a difference in my fit but I would guess, if it was causing a difference it would be in the canal part probably. So far I can give fit 9/10. Also I will use Music One and check the right ear fit again, maybe it was happening there too but I haven't noticed. If I feel bad about it, I am sure Peter would solve the problem anyway. Funny thing is it doesn't change the sound. Maybe it is because I am at home there is basically no sound or something around me, no wind, nothing? I don't know. Just to clear out something, I tried to push the left monitor too, it doesn't move from its place, it has the perfect shape of my outer ear, it fits and sits there, without moving an inch.
Well for only several minutes of listening I can't say anything about the sound but it sounds like the good old SE5way. So the remolding is perfectly good. Peter managed to kept the sound.
So far, I am happy to receive my monitors back. I really miss those bone shattering yet controlled bass and airy sound.
One final note to UPS: I hate you guys, I had to stay at home to collect my pack finally. I rather prefer regular Belgian post, if they don't find you, they leave the pack to the closest post office and you can collect it next day easily. UPS sends it back to their office and if you happen to reschedule it (saying that if I am not at home, they should leave it to the neighbour) they reschedule it to 2 days later not next day. They definitely don't pickup their phones and force you to use the online system.