Originally Posted by oMalakai
Seems like things have changed with the time, I started reading on this thread that Basso's were "better" than Tenores and now, seems like everybody loves Tenore!
So I guess that i'm going to buy a pair, I ended really hyped up after reading about them here
I was just worried about the "bassier" and "reference" thing, it is really an issue? :(
I am more restrained than most here, i only have two pairs to compare . They sound identical as far as i can tell, but on pair has a shorter cable and is harder to get a seal with, which probably means it is more vented. I would expect it to also have more bass in that case though, so i may be wrong with my guess.
Unfortunately there are some reports in this thread that show non trivial variations. +- 7 db in the bass region is a huge difference, so yes, it certainly is an issue and the only reason the Tenore is hard to recommend. You could of course test your pair with sine sweeps and tones, a variation as big as this would be easy to notice. If the variation is small you can take care of it with the right tips.
Both my pairs seem flat to my ears when i test the sub bass to low mids section with tones. With that said, music perception isn't the same thing as tones and since the sub bass doesn't roll off almost at all, it can mask bass impact which is presented in the high bass to low mids region, so i'd advice a vent mode on the flanges or even better, long double flanges. The later option is preferable to my ears since it improves the Tenores in practically everything, including soundstage depth width and height, instrument separation, impact and treble clarity (and probably macro dynamics). The S200 Comply tips are also supposed to be a good fit for these, but the pairs i've ordered are probably lost somewhere at sea so i can't give you more detailed impressions.
You also have to take their sound signature into consideration. These aren't meant to wow you with coloration, they are neutral which means no warm mids or bright highs. These are also not an analytical pair, if you love getting hit in the face with enhanced detail you wont like them. Their purpose is to reproduce the recorded sound without taking many liberties with it. They are kind of like a less warm but a lot smoother GR07. They have a more 3d presentation though, and with the right tips the soundstage is noticeably bigger as well, which makes them sound more exciting. The only part of the frequency they enhance is the high mids to lower treble segment, which is something that Ety does as well with their iems. I suspect they do it to improve harmonics and imaging, but whatever the reason behind it, the important part is that it's implemented gradually, without introducing any annoying spikes that could make them sound fatiguing.
Another factor you should take into account is your preferred listening volume. These love to get more juice, they sound better with mid to high volume so if you are primarily into low volume listening, get something else.
Edited by SkiesOfAzel - 6/20/14 at 12:04pm