First, I'd like to thank everybody who put this great little tour together. Also, I'd like to thank everyone to being so understanding and patient with me having a 1 month ban from head-fi which complicated things.
I used sr80 pink drivers with a standard Grado cable. I was going to use a different cable, either cardas or a hybrid litz cable but decided against it. It was to remove as many variables that could influence the sound. Sad part... one of my drivers died right after testing..... just my luck lol.
Source I used a Modi Dac > Kimber PBJ IC > Magni amp.
Let's start off by saying I won't talk about aesthetics of the cups as they really aren't "finished" cups so I'll just concentrate on the sound. Let's begin shall we.
I really liked the cohesiveness of these cups. There was great transparency throughout the spectrum. Something I loved about it is that it added some "bite" and "grit" to the sound. It wasn't smooth or mellow but in your face.
Lows: It went extended a little deeper than the others and had a good presence and feel to the lows. It was definitely a full body sound at the lows.
Mids: I think the Mids were the highlight as they seemed the most spot on. It was engaging, super transparent and clear. By far the best with the vocals.
Highs: I absolutely adored the highs. I'm pretty much a treble head if anything so some might not like it. It definitely had a brighter treble than I was expecting seeing how full bodied the lows were.
These were "coldest" of them all. It has good clarity. I think these had the best top end of all the cups.
Lows: Not as full or heavy as the others but was quick in delivery and decay. Probably not the best for bass heavy songs.
Mids: Somewhat recessed and further back that the lows and highs. Not the best for vocal heavy songs.
Highs: The best of them all. (remember I'm a treble head if anything) It was amazing, great clarity, transparency, quick and sharp.
The most mid centric of them all. This is the one if you want vocals. It gave me goosebumps listening to some songs. I didn't car about the bass, guitar or drums....the highlight was the artist and what he/she was saying.
Lows: Polite and not as prominent. While it was tight there simply just wasn't enough of it. It had quality but the quality was lacking.
Mids: Oh how I just drowned in a pool of warm syrup of these mids. It was captivating. Timbre was amazing, clarity was spot on.... vocals..... just wow. It was smooth and pulled you along where it wanted and you didn't fight it. you were happy to follow it to the ends of the earth if thats where it led you.
Highs: There was a spike somewhere but I didn't take the time to find out exactly somewhere but it was there. Anyone who is sensitive to sibilant highs should stay away. Very crisp and clear but sometimes it extended to far somewhere.
I'm not going to write about these and I didn't like them at all. Not trying to be rude or mean; but I didn't like it.
Want the all arounder? Get the Walnut
Want somewhat of a v-shape sig? Get the Maple
Want some good ole mid-centric greatness? Get the Cherry
It's good to see you back.