Originally Posted by Gintaras
let me disagree on this. i have both 1p2 and rdb+v1 and price difference is justified here. some similarities do exist but 1p2 is all superior in implementation and is several leagues ahead.
i would not want to confuse people who did not hear both side by side. i wish to tell cheaper offering is as good but truth to be told this is not. V1 is Ok IEM but will struggle for the price and that's why Rhapsodio now seems dropping the price for mini version.
lets say using car comparison V1 to 1p2 is akin Toyota Camry to Lexus 400LS
i think they're more boutique cars assembled by hand for each order... similar looking ones with a shared heritage and design roots. with rather different business/marketing strategies and new R&D post separation. I've heard dissenting opinions on whether the 1+2 is worth it for the price difference who were either part of both demo runs, or own them as well, but that's a rather individual thing. All of them indeed agreed 1p2 was better.
anyhow... can't find a price for either - rhapsodio look to be rebooting their lineup, site and marketing and i have no idea what the new products or pricing will be, and 1p2 doesn't list a price on T.com. I couldn't get used to the wind noise and ergonomics 1+2 (initial build) or RDB v1/v1 mini. Pity BA in the nozzle and specific tuning reportedly don't allow for a longer nozzle and wider body that sits in the concha or goes deep enough into the ear canal for me to seal and isolate well...
(while I doubt I'd ever spend $1500 on an IEM again, especially given the form factor/fit/wind noise still seem non-negotiable(?)) I know Tralucent got a new DD and tweaked the xover so it well may sound better than RDB+v1 (don't subscribe to the 'gold wires inside bit'
. Unfortunately I'm not sure which DD on the RDB you heard since they had a couple of iterations (which no doubt wasn't good for perception). I've asked H20 to maybe get me a spot on the 1+2 in the aus tour. (i only heard their first version)
>Cecala you ordered them finally?
Oh I thought he/she received them and was going to ask to meet up for a quick demo in exchange of a demo of universal UM merlins and T-PEOS h-200. (looking to see if they isolate/fit any good compared to larger universal molds with longer nozzles and if they'll stay in my ears and if I'll be ok with the treble)
also, still hoping Sony's XBA-H3 will be decent.