This is my initial reaction to changes to my IEMs. I fully expect to have more developed opinons about what I hear later but thought I would share initial reactions.
Quick update. I will share more after I spend more time with the new items. I took advice from a friend here, Spook76, and ordered the RSA Intruder and Ted's (Headphone Lounge) silver cables. The RSA came yesterday so I had some seat time with the stock cable and the amp. Late this afternoon the Silver cables came.
I am being honest here...the silver cables made the bigger difference. Let me qualify that I changed 2 variables. I went to balanced and new cables. My point is that I acknowled that this could be the advantage of balanced vs. single ended, the cables themselves or both. That being said, the RSA gave me a little more snap to the bass and improved imaging. The silver cables/balanced output just made the phones more engaging. I know there are cable haters out there so I am saying this at my own risk. These silver cables were:
1. beatifully constructed
2. Much more comfortable than stock
3. Sound. They brought a little more shimmer to the top end without being analytical. During the same time, I recieved the WA6-SE and Audeze LCD 2.2. I can honestly say that my configuration with RSA/Ted's cables/846s are just as enjoyable as my WA6-SE LCD 2.2 setup. They are different, don't mistake me, but they are just as enjoyable. I could easily see anyone with LCD 2.2.'s that are looking for a portable solution enjoying the 846's.
4. A good value. There are plenty of overpriced cables out there. Ted's cables are fairly priced.
Edited by M Coupe - 9/19/13 at 5:32pm