I was just answering to Lee on the Fitear 335 so this is getting OT. Please check the Fitear thread or PM me.
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I listened to VE6 and Stage5 last weekend at prolight & sound for a few minutes. I think both are great IEMs and technically better than my Stage 3 (but less superior than i suspected, stage3 is still not bad).
Stage5 has a sound signature similar to Stage4 but with better sound stage and better treble. Both are bass emphasised iems which is great for some music but if there is already much bass on the recording it may be too much for my preference as it affects the vocals sometimes.
My first impression of VE6 was, that it is pretty neutral in the x2 version and in x1 version the upper bass/lower mids and highs get a little bit emphasised. About VE6 I liked the x2 Version better and I consider it as better for audiophile listening but that's also my personal taste of course. VE6 sounds very clear and precise and has better soundstage than stage 3.
I'm curious on your impression with the new german flagship CIEMs :)
That is also in my mind to be honest but still I will have to wait and get a job first otherwise it is just a dream. I also need time to get my right ear fit (SE5way) fixed as soon as possible, it is dramatically lowering my pleasure when I listen to music. When I get a proper seal again, I will see if I actually need another ciem or just play around with other type of audio gears.
I tried both the Rhines Stage 5 as well as the Vision Ears VE6 at Prolight and Sound in Frankfurt. I was actually looking for an upgrade from my Compact Stage 3. I really do like them, but I miss some low end but more I need a better clarity and stereo picture. I use my IEM for monitor mixing for bands as well as classical orchestras and I missed some details on higher notes and fx like reverbs, so I had the focus on that. The Rhines Stage 5 was too "fresh", the high frequencies were just a bit too present and the whole picture was not neutral, it sounded a bit too much of high end and low end, imho it covered too much of the information you need. The VE6 convinced me absolutely, the stereo image was amazing! It sounded just right and I found all the missing details. I tried the X1, but for my IEM molds I will stick with the X2, when I use custom IEM, I always have mor bass compared to the rubber tips - I just NEVER get them in right...
For complete remolding? I guess he charges the half of the original product right? That was kinda sad for me, I have been looking for alternatives honestly but yeah SE5way is a different beast to work with compared to the regular ciems.
Btw, what caused problem with your fit? I thought you were all good?