I thought I'd open up a tour for the Brainwavz R3 dual dynamic for any Head-Fi members that would like to try them out. The only requirement is that you come here and post your impressions. They can be short, long, whatever you feel like writing. Each member of the tour will be responsible for the cost of shipping to the next member. For now the tour will be constrained to the US but if there is enough interest in other countries, international legs of the tour can be added.
The R3 is an interesting dual dynamic in a very large barrel that sits perpendicular to the ear and seams to be meant to be worn over the ear, so fit is a bit challenging; not to mention the built in memory wire is super long. Currently I'm getting the best fit by wearing them down, then looping the very long memory wire over the ear. This allows for a much more secure fit with single flanges but it looks, well different.
Sound quality is pretty balanced. It's not bass heavy but bass maintains nice punch and presence. Mids are very clear and balanced with the bass. Treble seems a little laid back and seems to pick up some reverb from the large metal barrel. All in all it's a pretty pleasant sounding signature. The overall presentation is very spacious and unexpectedly distant. In my experience the R3 places you a good distance from the stage and depth is excellent. It's definitely not your typical staging and somewhat remind me of my experience with the RedGiant iems. Not that the sound signatures are similar but that the sound staging is just very different from most of the iems out there. I suspect it could be a love or hate presentation for many.
Anyway the shape and fit is surely odd and could be a turn off to potential buyers, so I wanted to give some of you who may be curious a chance to audition them. If you are interested in being a part of the tour, please send me a PM. I'll post the tour members and order here as updates come along. I'll provide the stock tips in the package. Please keep them together and clean.
Edited by shotgunshane - 3/25/14 at 7:17pm