They just landed safe and sound! I won't really get into detailed sound impressions because it is so early on, but I must say, I love the sturdy case and the new IEM cable. The cable is better than the old one with 3 wires twisted together. This has 4 and is also twisted, but it looks more like it's braided. Build quality is good as well and it has 2 IEM cleaners which is nice. The sockets are flush but I take it recessed sockets are an option as well?
The bass is very nice, hits hard and is very detailed. Better than the AX60 and DN-1000 IMO. It hit around as hard as the DN-1000 but has more sub bass rumble, which is welcome.
Midrange... The sibilance is there, but quite frankly, I don't think it is as bad as I thought it would be. Luke, how loud do you listen to? Sibilance started creeping in at around 65-70DB but it wasn't really that much of an issue for me. I loved Maroon 5's Songs About Jane album, thanks djvkool.
Here is a screenshot from the app on my phone with the IEM held up to the mic.
It got worse with this song though:
On my other stuff though it was rather smooth at this volume. When I turned it up to around 75-80, vocal sibilance got worse, but not unbearable.
The treble is nice and detailed, but a little too exaggerated. Cymbals are very nice, but they are a little prone to sibilance at higher volumes.
Soundstage, imaging and separation are good as well. It is rather detailed and it sounds clearer than the DN1K.
For almost $500 with today's exchange rate, I don;t feel like it is a great buy, but it isn't the worst value I've seen either. It is a clear step up from the DN-1000 and much better than the $400 AX60. Thanks djvkool for arranging this tour. I will post more impressions after some more listening.
Edited by lin0003 - 1/28/14 at 6:35pm