Originally Posted by FullCircle
Nope not technically against a K10 univ, and we were interested in it enough to discuss it. If the lab had the time, it may be offered in the future.
On to the questions
1) Plateau : I don't know the future. The most ever done so far that has been well recorded and "functioned" was a 20 driver (per side) built by me. You can consult with my face book page (John Thomas Moulton) for photos etc
In my opinon, under the current technology and build procedures, 4 drivers per sound bore can be used. If it is the case that 3 bores can be reliably placed in most ear canals then it would stand to reason that 12 drivers is the max drivers that will be used.
But again, I did build a 20 driver, but I did not use conventional build techniques, sound bores were not used, but rather a "sound channel" was used.
2) Yes BA tech is moving forward, we are seeing more drivers built to address the IEM/CIEM market rather than depending on drivers developed around the hearing aid industry
3) Hybrids and potential.... I think we have seen a lot of action in that area
4) BA can not deliver bass.... I think that myth has been put to bed a long while back. The Noble 5 hits with the hammer of Thor, and the K10 and the 8C has 2x the bass drivers that the Noble 5 has. Other manufactures can pull bass out of BAs as well.
Initially, it was true, the market had a lot of examples of BA IEM that couldn't produce bass..... but not trying to be rude....
but mfg. were getting away with that, building single BA IEMs. They were useing low priced drivers, that were fairly "full range" but were very bass light.... and that was pretty much all there was available on the marke, so folks thought that BA/s were all bass light. But that was only because the market was only exposed to bass light BA IEMs.
Then came along multi driver systems.... and I think we now have BA products on the market today that can satisfy just about any bass lover.
Variable resistors v/s EQ
Ehhhh, hard to say, as it really depends on the Variable resistor and the EQ arangement. For example, and EQ with changeable x over points, or 16 - 24 bands vs a single potentiometer bass adjustment.... there is no comparison.