Do you notice any improvement when you amp your VI?
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That is a complicated question. The short answer is that I have never heard an IEM that responds as much to amping as the Heaven VI. The changes are not subtle. With the increase in amplification, the bass increases substantially and the sound also grows thicker and fuller.
I ago back and forth as to the ideal level of amplification of the Heaven VI. The Pico Slim is a no-brainer; it produces a nice level of bass and the sound is crisp and clear. Straight from my Rockboxed Classic headphone out with an extra 3db of bass using the bass control (#2 cutoff, i.e. mostly sub-bass increase) is also excellent. However just from the Classic headphone out without that extra 3db of bass is a bit bass-light to my tastes.
Moving on to the Quickstep and then the Pico Power, the bass becomes progressively huge - this is with no EQ. The sound is also thicker and fuller. Is it an improvement? That will be a matter of taste. I am actually quite enjoying the Heaven VI with the Pico Power but sometimes I think that the Pico Slim is exactly the right amount of power.
The Quickstep kind of saws it down the middle. That's what I am listening with right now and it is very very good. Quite a bit of bass though.
So "improvement" will be a matter of taste.
A bit OT but I really love the sound of the Pico Power. I plan to pair it with the DX50 for my Kaede; for that IEM lots of power is nothing but great. The question is whether I will sometimes leave the Pico Power at home with the Heaven VI. That will depend on the quality and power of the DX50 headphone out.
I am back to listening to the Pico Power with the Heaven VI now. It's a huge sound. The jury is out: is it the best amp for the Heaven VI or is it a bit too much? It really might be the best. It's a wonderful amp.
Yeah, please do. I was about to pull the trigger one these, when I say the VI's.
I'm expecting these maybe today, otherwise tomorrow. Really curious.
Have the W4's but not the VI's. Do have the Heaven S's, and if the sound sig is similar, you can expect heftier sub bass and more sparkling trebles. FAD is definately not a neutral sound sig.. Start with a more shallow insertion than you might normally, mine are very sensitive to insertion depth. I also feel the soundstage is slightly larger with the FAD's. Both excel at mids, vocals are nicely present on both, and both are excellent iem's, IMO. My 2 cents.
I can easily see why this IEM attract so many positive attention. They are the most intimate sounding IEM I have tried. Vocal and the entire is so intimate without been too congested.
For me the early impression is very important, if I have a negative initial impression than it means I am required to rely on brain burn in to make me like the sound. I am a huge believer in brain burn in.
I do wish they included a clip.
I noticed this is an IEM best used at low volumes. This is why a good amp can benefit this IEM.
Listening to the remote galaxy album by Flint Juveniti Beppe, sounds very nice from the VI.
This review of the heaven V, compares it to VI and IV. I reckon i'm going to get the VI, sounds like its just what I've been looking for.