It all depends on what equipment Monkey previously/currently owns or had extended listening time with. If so, his/her ears should be pretty good at noticing the signatures and the quality of the sound.
Personally, I like that fact that Monkey used something that is regarded as detailed and close to neutral CIEMs to audition the device, the JH13(FP?).
Hey guys, I'm going to delay pt.4 until Wednesday as the lack of 1:1 music comparison and my crappy notes have made writing a comprehensible report kinda difficult. I know there's a lot of interest in these first impressions, given the scarcity of this new DAP, but I'd like to give as accurate (if subjectively biased) an impression as possible.
Given that I'm going down for a second audition, if people have specific requests, let me know before Tuesday midnight EST and I'll do my best to incorporate those into pt.4.
Unfortunately I will be limited to my personal collection (please see my signature for the IEMs I'm 'familiar' with) and what is available in store, so I will likely *not* be able to do a comparison with the dx90 or dx100/hdp-r10 as Jaben does not carry those models. I think they have a DX50 kicking around, but I have generally not liked the iBasso sound signature. They look great on paper but somehow never seem to satisfy me completely - sorry, that's just my bias ;)
I will also *not* be auditioning this with portable amps, as I don't have the time and these things are large enough that I don't feel that's going to be the most common usage. If you want a transportable rig, get a Hugo :P
@Sauntere - I tried the Calyx with the ER 4S and it was shockingly good. The slightly warm colouration did not detract from those crystalline highs the Ety is famous for, and the slight lower mid emphasis helped beef up the sometimes thin sounding lower end of the ER4.
Rating the Calyx in comparison with other DAPs is a slippery slope since there are improvements every 'generation' and what might have been a 9 once upon a time, is now a mere 7+ (i'm thinking IMod). Still, I'll try and quantify the strengths as long as everyone realizes these are my subjective opinions and not some newly invented universal scale (wouldn't that be useful!) :D
@SilverEars - I owned the mkI JH13s for about 4 years, but the demos I am using for this audition are the newer FP version. Don't worry, I'm familiar with the differences ;) Also, there are a lot of Monkeys on Head-fi, so the preferred abbreviation is mg :D
@cooperpwc - I agree with you on potential confirmation bias. I admit I was hoping the Calyx M was going to be good as it is a potential replacement for my lost RWAK100 (and a lot cheaper than an AK240). I don't know that it's a worldbeater, but I suspect it's going to be where my price/perfomance sweet spot lands :D
FYI, there are more photos and another users brief impressions to be found on the JabenSG facebook page
Edited by monkeygod - 5/5/14 at 10:33am