Pictures Of The Headset:
Equipment & Song Choices:
Below I'll list a few songs that I listed to while making my initial impressions:
Virtual Barbershop, Massive Attack - Tear Drops & Angels, PogoMix - Upular (Virtual 3D), Muse - Madness
B.O.B - Strange Clouds, OneRepublic - If I Lose Myself (Alesso Remix), OneRepublic - Stop and Stare
P!nk - Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess, Kid Cudi - King Wizard, Passion Pit - American Blood,
Zedd - Clarity ft. foxes, Fallout Boy - The Mighty Fall Ft. Big Sean, Logic - Good Life, Sinatra - My Way
I used my Y400 (JBL Audio), Cowon D2, and HTC One S. My preference is listening directly from the source unamped. All the songs were either MP3 @ 320KBps or FLAC.
As a dynamic dual-driver I am completely aware that a burn-in is going to be a requirement. I've had these burning in for a measly eight hours and I can say that I'm already telling an substantial difference from when I first opened the packaging. The headset is meant to be worn down instead of over the ear. The included accessories are lacking and the tips are basic. I have tiny ears so I had to switch the smallest of the included ear tips; which do isolate quite well with deep insertion.
Bass-heads rejoice! This pair of headphones can get quite low without distorting. I wouldn't compare them to anything that the F3X3 can produce, but the lows are present, and detailed with decent body. The midrange can feel slightly recessed and hollow in songs that have emphasis on heavy bass. Now, when I say recessed I do not mean they are indescribable. No, the midrange is present, clear, and moderately smooth with a touch of dryness. The upper mids are very open and airy. They fit in very nicely with the treble. The treble itself is very spacious and moderately bright. The highs are clear and slightly forward. The sound stage is quite spacious for an IEM. When listening to Virtual Barbershop it is extremely easy to feel like you're actually there.
Overall I would say that this set punches above it's tier class (especially at $30 on Newegg) as a warm, spacious, v-shaped headset with great range and presence. With burn-in I expect the lows to get tighter, the mid-range to pull forward a little, and the highs to become more lush. I'll update my impression after--I feel--the burn-in is complete.