Originally Posted by luisdent
So I've been listening to the tenore today vs. the kc06. It's interesting. I definitely have been hearing what some people described in the past about soft treble or not dynamic or lifelike. Only relatively speaking that is, as the tenore is superb in any configuration. But I had been using the stock tips for a while now because they have been fitting really well. However, they fit well in a medium/shallow depth. I switched back to the smallish mh1 tips that are narrow or long proportion-wise. These allow me to wear them a bit more shallow with a full seal. I always thought the mh1 tips made things bassier, but that's because they always fit so nicely that I pushed them in to a medium depth or so. Needless to say, the mh1 tips are now my favorite bar none. The slightly more shallow fit not only slightly lowers the bass to how I used to remember it, but it makes the treble sound almost perfectly linear.
I now compare them directly to the kc06 and the treble doesn't sound very soft in comparison like the stock tips were for me. In fact, it's fairly comparable to the kc06 in depth and distinction, but it's more linear overall from bass to treble. Wow. I remember hyping the hell out of these because they were er4s linearity with a bit more sub bass (which to me is perfect). But as time went on I swore my set got bassier. But I think my tenore tips must have been softening and i was pushing them in deeper over time? Not sure. They lately don't fit perfectly shallow for me and required too much messing around to get the best sound without pushing them in a little further. The mh1 fits very nicely more shallow without this hassle. Super awesome! :-P I still love the kc06, but I was only really digging them because they were offering me more dynamic sounding clarity. The tenores now are comparable in that regard!
The moral of the story is that tips are crucial. Even comparing them side by side I never really noticed a "huge" difference. But now that I've been exclusively using the stock tips I had become very familiar with the overall tone. And even though a direct comparison still isn't drastic, as I listen to a song overall it becomes quickly apparent how open and more distinct treble details are. So I think one key of the tenore is definitely good tip fit/seal and probably as shallow as is reasonably possible if you have similar ears to mine. I could see how different ear lengths could make these simply never sound the same across users. I'l try to eq eq to demonstrate the tip changes to my ears later if I have a chance...
Yeah? Well wait until you try the mh1c tips on the kc06's... and then watch the kc06 lead stretch yet again! Lol - just kidding.
Seriously though, I've been using the stock tips on the tenores and the stock tips on the kc06's, and have been feeling the same way. Once my ears got accustomed to the tenores, I'm very happy. But I know that once I switched back to the kc06's, I'd be hearing a more dynamic sound that appeals to me more.
So your post is timely... time to dig out the mh1c tips and to try them on the tenores again! Thanks.
Edited by waynes world - 7/23/14 at 7:45pm