Originally Posted by Sorensiim
If you are getting CIEMs, you might want to grab a better source. Yes, my 8.A sounds pretty good straight from my phone or my laptop but plugging them into the (relatively cheap) Ibasso DX50 improves EVERYTHING. Details, soundstage, bass impact... everything. And it's still a very portable one-box solution.
I used to have the Merlin, but due to a very, very long and very unpleasant experience with UM (9 months and I had to involve the police) I cannot recommend them. Others seem to be pleased with them though, YMMV. Sonically, the 8.A beats the Merlin in every way possible, unless you prefer a more aggressive up-front, in-your-face almost Grado-like presentation. I babbled about the 8.A here
and even against the almighty K10 they still hold their own. Judging by Project86's review, the 8C looks like an improved 8.A.
I've been convinced to go with a Noble CIEM, but that brings me to my (hopefully) last question.
I plan on running the monitors from a mobile phone about 90% of the time.
Using a different player than the iPhone is pretty much out of the question (no extra equipment)
I may get a nice dac/amp for work/home use in the future, but nothing's promised, so the assumption is being driven by an iPhone.
Is the K10 harder to drive from an iPhone than the 8C? Would there be a perceived loss of quality using the K10 without an amp compared to the 8C without an amp from the same mobile source?
From what I've been reading, I don't want to get an amazing CIEM that would sound mediocre with my planned usage. As an image, I want to avoid walking around town with an HD800 plugged straight into my iPhone...Edited by Kaician - 10/9/13 at 7:21am