I went into Noisy Motel today, to pick up some cables, and Billy showed me these to sample. I was a little wary - I already have my Westone ES3X, my Westone 3, my Wooduo 2, my ADDIEMs.. You get the picture. I'm pretty much not interested in buying any more IEMs at this stage.
These quick snaps from my phone aren't doing the aesthetics justice at all - they looked absolutely stunning. Brushed metal housing, clear braided cable, memory wire, even the 3.5 jack was the same colour as the IEMs themselves. Great attention to detail. Even my (non-audiophile) girlfriend was amazed by how they looked. Now THAT is saying something.
Despite my reluctance to try them, considering I feel that I thought I was "done" with IEMs for the time being - I was really blown away. It was only a quick test, but right off the bat, the stereo imaging was the first thing that hit me. The soundstage was wide, accurate, and downright spectacular. I've never heard an IEM do imaging quite so well. It really baffles me how this is possible in something so small.
I'm told that it's a three way - Dynamic low, BA mid, BA high. Apparently the TWFK driver was purpose built and tuned for this IEM - now you see why I'm getting excited.
Finally, an IEM that does bass properly. I'm yet to do my usual frequency sweeps to pick up "hot spots", but the sub-bass was amazing and clear, and that's usually an area I find that a lot of IEMs are "hit or miss" with. The entire low section sounded beautiful and flat, not mid-bass lumpy or muddy. It was stunning, clear, driving bass, that took a back seat when it was told to - definitely no seeping into the midrange.
The mids delivered accurate presentation, and I just couldn't stop gawking at the imaging. Vocals sounded lush, but not recessed.
The highs are definitely in balanced armature territory, no doubt about that. But there was something here that I instantly fell in love with. Not too sibilant, nothing spiking, but just clear sparkle and detail.
The crossovers sounded tight, and pinpoint accurate. This is crucial for me. Again, I need to do my extensive frequency sweeps and tests to verify exactly how they have done the crossover points, hopefully next week I'll get to do another demo.
Oh yeah, and the best part? Billy tells me that these will go for under $500 when they are released... What?!
Guys - consider me excited, and I will be updating this post when I get more details.
EDIT: Found some more details.
Edited by White Lotus - 9/4/13 at 11:29pm