Originally Posted by Sinth
I suppose no news is good news applies here!
My StageDivers will have a big brother soon. I'm getting my first customs done: the Compact Monitors (Rhines Customs/ Vision Ears) Stage 3. A three-way super detailed and highly transparent monitor.
But... there is no way I see the SD3 being obsolete.
Actually, I do think that the 'Diver 3 (that's what I will call them from now on because it's too confusing to talk about two totally different Stage IEMs) will get most of the playtime for the rest of the year. One of my favorite Rock bands (Monster Magnet) is releasing a new album in October and this sound has to shake the floor, crack the walls and pull down the ceiling. \m/
They have released three tracks through SoundCloud so far and the recording is a perfect match for the 'Diver 3.
But not just for Stoner Rock and Metal I need these, also the first pressing of Michael Jackson's Thriller is relatively light on the bass and it just sounds better with (S)D3 than with anything else (other than LCD-2). Same goes for some other studio masters, IMO.
If anything, the 'Diver proves how far it has pushed the limits of universals. FME, the Stage 3 still has an advantage technically and even boasts a similarly sized soundstage although it's pretty much linear. However, at 999 € for a very well-received TOTL CIEM it is remarkable a sub-500 € universal can almost keep up.
I also revisited the IE800 past weekend (with an AK120) and I still preferred the 'Diver 3 by quite a bit. Especially in the bass department.
I think it really depends on one's music collection and how you can distribute different recordings to different sound signatures.
But yes, I am also surprised these haven't hit the international market as hard as I would have expected, yet. These are definitely a huge success in Germany, though.