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Chinese / Asian Brand Info Thread (Headphones, IEMs, Amps, DACs) - Page 300
Gear mentioned in this thread:
KC06A and VSD3S set a bar pretty high, for my personal taste. If Ostry can come up with a removable cable model to use standard MMCX (not the "proprietary" mmcx used in VSD3S), these probably would be my IDEAL iems. Until then, I will have to use their stethoscope cable jacket lol!!! The same with VSD3S, why use a connector that can't be backward compatible with a ton of replacement cables where for $30-$40 I can get a decent silver-plated one to brighten the sound :) Other than that, those two are still at the top of my list, review is coming up!
I'm adding this here, and not sure if this mod has been advertised, so...For those who might be frustrated with the sound of your Xaiomi Pistons 2.0, I just modded them by removing the screen, gutting the filters on the inside, and adding a very small square of ear tip foam (2cm up and down), and inserting it all the way in the back in the well where the filter sat. The treble gets clearer, the bass tightens up, and the sound is smoother and more open. Still not smooth like Tenore smooth, but still..makes these a way better listen. A good fun listen.
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On the second pic, though hard to see, the foam is pushed all the way to the back, covering the sound vent hole at the rear well.
So you've put damping foam in both back and front ports? Can you replace the grille, or is this a permanent mod?
@twister6, which do you prefer most? Just to lay down, close eyes in the dark, and lose yourself? Ostry KC06A, Audio Technica IM03, or Zero Audio Doppio?
I will have to get back to you on this one. Listening to KC06/KC06A now after more burn in hours. I might have to flip-flop my opinion with a preference more toward KC06. After closer listening, KC06A is more v-shaped than I expected (with boosted sub-bass), while KC06 is like a love-child of RE400 and Tenores (reference sig) where you get a great bass quality with additional quantity to give it more body and detailed mids to make vocals sound very natural, detailed, and smooth. RE400 lacks brightness for my taste, and my reference sig Tenores lack body due to anemic low frequency (plus I have been getting a bit annoyed by their inconsistent performance). I haven't listen to Doppio's in awhile, but those had reference sound sig, maybe a little too bright and not as much bass (need to go back to re-evaluate it). But Doppios built quality is amazing!!! IM03 - I have a psychological factor where something that cost 6x as much as these other giant killers doesn't perform 6x better :) I will be doing more listening in the next few days, time permitting, and will update my opinion as I go along.
My Pistons mods is documented somewhere in that thread, with pictures. After I removed the grill and the filter, I closed the nozzle with RE400 stick-on filter - to keep it clean and to tame down high frequencies ;) Worked really good!!!
Looking forward, mo! From what I read about early KC06 and comparing to the one I got now (June build), it sounds like Ostry repackaged and retuned these. Gold should be identical to the original.