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post #106 of 529
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Reading your impression makes me regret not trying the Stage 2. :o It was a good read indeed.

 

I agree. I heard many people praise the Stage 2 on the fair after demoing the complete line-up. But I only focussed on Stage 3 and 4...

post #107 of 529
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Originally Posted by tranhieu View Post

Well I didn't find the Stage 4 v-shaped at all, more like a bassy IEM to me. Have you tried the TG334 btw? The 2 should bear some resemblances with regards to low frequencies.
Oh ok, well the 2 is a bit bassy also then. More so than the 3. I tried the 334 extensively (for a month) and found the bass very slow and bloated. The Stage 4 bass is much more controlled to my ears, though not as tight as 1plus2 bass.
post #108 of 529
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I agree. I heard many people praise the Stage 2 on the fair after demoing the complete line-up. But I only focussed on Stage 3 and 4...
So far I find the stage 2 very competent. But they costs 769 euros which is 1k$ so they had better be. I am not sure how they compete with similarly priced ciems. However I think that with VE as with Fitear you are also paying for the exceptional build quality.
post #109 of 529
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Originally Posted by Ultrazino View Post

I agree. I heard many people praise the Stage 2 on the fair after demoing the complete line-up. But I only focussed on Stage 3 and 4...

Giving the fact that the IEMs' performance relies very much on a proper and sealed fit, the open and noisy environments on the fairs or expos are not ideal places to demo the IEMs, especially for those hi-end models.

The models that have a relatively dense mids would normally give better impressions on site. On the contrary, those hi-end (= fat price tag mad.gif) models would not be able to demonstrate their tonal balance and abilities to unveil all the details under such environment.

I believe that your insist is a wise move. It takes time and good place to appreciate the Stage 3 and 4.
Edited by lieberstanley - 9/30/13 at 9:59am
post #110 of 529
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

So far I find the stage 2 very competent. But they costs 769 euros which is 1k$ so they had better be. I am not sure how they compete with similarly priced ciems. However I think that with VE as with Fitear you are also paying for the exceptional build quality.

Totally agree. If I have to spend 1k USD, I probably would add some extra bucks and go for the JH16 Pro with FP ( or other competent contenders).
post #111 of 529
Very nice review Michael
Look like i would like stage 4 from your impression
post #112 of 529
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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post

Very nice review Michael
Look like i would like stage 4 from your impression
You do not need my impression Rudi, you buy only the best wink.gif anyways in two weeks you can try them all with your great DAP and amp combos.
post #113 of 529
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Originally Posted by lieberstanley View Post

Giving the fact that the IEMs' performance relies very much on a proper and sealed fit, the open and noisy environments on the fairs or expos are not ideal places to demo the IEMs, especially for those hi-end models.

 

Well, it was a pure headphone fair with no noise around. Further, I demoed in the separate community area and the custom demos isolate pretty well.

 

To Stage 4: It is definitely v-shaped! Not only I had that impression, but it's actually described like that in the official product description (of Rhines Customs, not sure about Vision Ears but they designed the product together).

I sometimes think people confuse pronounced highs with a sibilant peak - that the Stage 4 does not have (neither Stage 3). It is a smooth extension with very few peaks. It's not harsh to my ears, but yet forward. Maybe not as extreme as the Victor/ JVC FX700 but basically similar with much more precision and speed.

post #114 of 529
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Originally Posted by Ultrazino View Post

Well, it was a pure headphone fair with no noise around. Further, I demoed in the separate community area and the custom demos isolate pretty well.

To Stage 4: It is definitely v-shaped! Not only I had that impression, but it's actually described like that in the official product description (of Rhines Customs, not sure about Vision Ears but they designed the product together).
I sometimes think people confuse pronounced highs with a sibilant peak - that the Stage 4 does not have (neither Stage 3). It is a smooth extension with very few peaks. It's not harsh to my ears, but yet forward. Maybe not as extreme as the Victor/ JVC FX700 but basically similar with much more precision and speed.

Understood. Then my apologies for not figuring out your listening conditions before I commented.

Just want to make sure that we are on the same page. Could you please say more about the "v-shaped" concept? Is it positive or negative to have a trait like this? Thanks for your input.
post #115 of 529
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

You still owe me a picture of the shells without tips. (nozzles) O_o

Here you go:

 

 

post #116 of 529
Are you using default cables for when demo-ing these ? Oh and are they standard Westone 2-pins socket ? smily_headphones1.gif
post #117 of 529
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I updated and concluded my first series of impressions HERE

 

Please let me know what you think.

post #118 of 529
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Originally Posted by hilosxdd View Post

Are you using default cables for when demo-ing these ? Oh and are they standard Westone 2-pins socket ? smily_headphones1.gif

I answer this at the end of my impressions post now that it is updated.

post #119 of 529
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First post updated with all impressions and tour info.

post #120 of 529
Thanks for the efforts. Definitely a good read. So these demos will be on their tour soon?
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