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Hey guys...Just poppin in to give my 24hour impressions of the Reference Titanium 1 (RTi1).

 

HISTORY

 

As most of you all know this is Rhapsodio's current flagship IEM and the costs is similar to TOTL iems out there. Rhapsodio is selling them for USD$1135 retail. I was dropping a message to Sammy asking about the RDB v1 as its getting great reviews here in head fi. After talking at length to Sammy, he introduced to me the RTi1 for a great introductory price. He did mention that this is probably the best IEM they have ever produced and yes..better than the original Tralucent Audio 1plus2 (as some of us know has roots with Rhapsodio). Given all this, I decided to take the plunge on the all new never been produced Aluminium Housing of the RTi1 based on Sammy's recommendation. Because of this IEM is hand made to order it actually took close to 2 months before it was shipped and arrived to the Dark side of the Moon. And now here we are...

 

BUNDLE/ACCESSORIES 

 

The RTi1 was bought as a bundle with their famous Nylon OCC cable in a dolphin case. Accessories however were non existent as it only came with 3 tips (L,M and S) and didnt even come with an earwax cleaner. For a supposed TOTL IEM I would have expected for at least the earwax cleaning tool but it is what it is.  (7/10)

 

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BUILD

 

As mentioned earlier,my Rti1 is the Aluminium version was Sammy told me I was the first in the world to have these. Building it caused Sammy alot of problems and actually broke a few pieces until mine was finally made. Now, lets get into some details. The whole piece is solid and wont break any time soon BUT and a big BUT the finish of the aluminium body was rough, uneven, marks everywhere. It looked as thou it was built by hand. Funny thing is I kinda like it and I think it adds character. The other cool thing is that the IEM has no logo at all. So, in reality it is a CUSTOM in the true sense of the word lol. Owh anything that I must tell you guys is that, the earwax gauze/filter wasnt done properly and I actually lost both of em when I was tip rolling. But, Sammy promised to send me a bundle of those..Thanks Sammy. Build Rating for RTi1 (6/10)

 

The Nylon OCC Cable however was brilliant. Ive never seen a cable of this quality before and neither have most of my friends. SHOW STOPPER if you ask me. Well it has to be as it retails for about USD$325 (10/10) 

 

FIT/ISOLATION

 

With the stock tips, I couldnt find the right Fit and Isolation I needed. Tried various tips, Triple Flanges, double, sony hybrids but none to my liking and was actually hurting my ears. The money maker tips time and time again for me was the Orfoton tips. Now, the IEM is comfortable, fit was excellent and isolation is up there with the best Ive tried. (8/10)

 

SOUND

 

This is why we buy IEMs right? Well to be brutally honest when I first put it on and ran a song, I was like WTF?? It was a bright and sibilant mess. But I knew that it being a single Titanium Dynamic Driver, it needed burning in. Sammy actually recommended 100 hours before give it some critical listening and as of now, Ive been running it for about 30 hours and hence my impressions now. I dont know how to describe the sound as I am an audiophile noob so take it as it is.

 

BASS: The weakness for the RTi1 as mentioned before but I am coming from the SD3 which is regarded as a Bass monster. The Rti1 doesnt extend as much in the sub bass and doesnt have the kinda of slam I was used too. However, it does have bass quality and does come up in tracks albeit not the fun bass I was used too. (5/10) (NOTE: from other users, the bass does improve alot after 100 hours of burning in but this rating is as I said impressions after 24hours use)

 

MIDS: The mids are great!! Warm lush and very detailed. Listening to my collection is like an adventure as I can hear other parts of music that I thought never existed. Vocals are top notch of the RTi1, forward, intimate, lovely. (10/10)

 

TREBLE: The highs take centre stage in the RTi1. It is so airy, so controlled and sooo detailed. It is the most forward in the music presentation of the RTi1 and stamps its all authority in all genre of music. Female voices are amazing btw (10/10)

 

SOUNDSTAGE: Very large but not as big as the SD3 (9/10)

 

SEPARATION: Instrument separation is very accurate and tons better than my current fav IEM the SD3 (10/10)

 

Well, so far Im loving the RTi1 and its only 24hours into its burn in period. I cant imagine what it would sound like after 100...lets the good times roll!!!!


Edited by nazrin313 - 3/22/14 at 12:59am
post #47 of 2508
Some more pics of my set and comparing the size with the custom-like sd3



post #48 of 2508
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Originally Posted by nazrin313 View Post
 

Hey guys...Just poppin in to give my 24hour impressions of the Reference Titanium 1 (RTi1).

 

 

 

Hey, thanks for sharing!  My initial review was probably way too long and wordy ... I have been thinking about doing a summary of my long review, but I have been a little too busy recently ...

 

I would like to get my hands on the SD3 as well ... but I am planning to get myself a TG334 this summer, and I have sent my Stage 4 to Rhines for upgrading to Stage 5 ... hopefully, I can do a comparison with Ti-One when my Stage 5 arrives.

 

I agree with you that the bass, build and accessories are Ti-One's weaknesses ... if its build quality gets better (with a wider range of designs and customizations),  and if there are more accessories (I am hoping for a personalized case - I already have got several ear wax cleaners), Ti-One would be much more attractive.  Ti-One is the flagship from Rhapsodio, so it is only natural that customers would be expecting more.  The current package certainly doesn't instill a lot of confidence, until you put the IEM in your ears ...

 

Based on the picture you upload, you also went for the Nylon Copper Cable - a great cable notwithstanding, but I increasingly feel that it slows down the music a little, leading to a relative lack of impact and energy when listening to fast-paced music (but great for vocals, slow and emotional music).  Going for the "bass" cable would increase the bass substantially and bring back the impact and energy, but it would make the mids and highs less impressive.  So I am seriously considering getting the "bass" cable someday as well.

 

Now after over a hundred hours of burn-in, Ti-One becomes much more tamed and well-controlled - less sibilant and much smoother across the spectrum.  The bass is there - with good extension, but I am still hoping for bigger bass.  I have heard some people who think that the bass is sufficient though.  From what I have heard, Sammy is working on a revision of Ti-One - hopefully, there would be more impactful bass in the near future.

 

On another note, my HA-01 could not be charged after a little more than a month's usage ... a bit disappointed if you ask me.  Just sent it back to DDS for repairs, and I really hope they can get things right.  HA-01 is a solid amp at its price range.

post #49 of 2508
I agree with the nylon occ... It did make the whole freq spectrum a lil slow hence i changed to Ted's pure silver occ cable (see pic above). My review was actually using Ted's cable. The sibilance was gone immediately and tamed the peaks, making the RTi1 analatical yet natural... Also made the bass more apparent. I have told Sammy this and I think he has something up his sleeves
Edited by nazrin313 - 3/22/14 at 5:30am
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nazrin313, have you heard Tralucents 1Plus2 to compare? 

Tralucents hybrid is the best universal IEM I have heard to date, I am curious if you think the Reference Titanium 1 is really on such levels.

post #51 of 2508
H20, I havent actually.. But im planning to get one soon.. Wanna see what the fuss is about lol...

Just to add the RTi1 are detail monsters.. Details, details, details... Its all details
post #52 of 2508
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H20, I havent actually.. But im planning to get one soon.. Wanna see what the fuss is about lol...

Just to add the RTi1 are detail monsters.. Details, details, details... Its all details


Ok, Rhapsodios RDB Mini I have is actually excellent, there's no other way to really put it, from the moment I heard Mini I thought 'I need this in my life', with the correct source it sounds fantastic (but not quite 1Plus2 levels). However, I have heard Rhapsodio's RDB 2V1 which was not so good, many people disliked it. Because of this leaves me in an awkward position for judgment. I have also owned their RDB+ v1 many months ago which was also rather special.

Please continue to update us as you settle in with the RTi1.

post #53 of 2508
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Ok, Rhapsodios RDB Mini I have is actually excellent, there's no other way to really put it, from the moment I heard Mini I thought 'I need this in my life', with the correct source it sounds fantastic (but not quite 1Plus2 levels). However, I have heard Rhapsodio's RDB 2V1 which was not so good, many people disliked it. Because of this leaves me in an awkward position for judgment. I have also owned their RDB+ v1 many months ago which was also rather special.


Please continue to update us as you settle in with the RTi1.

I will buddy, my next update shall be at around the 50 hour mark then of cos the magic 100..so far im loving them, listened to Bon Iver's For Emma album.. And it was astonishing, the details of when they change frets on the guitar was just crystal clear
post #54 of 2508
Any chance of comparing this with the other top dollar single dynamic iem on the market- Dita Audio The Answer - Truth Edition?
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Any chance of comparing this with the other top dollar single dynamic iem on the market- Dita Audio The Answer - Truth Edition?

The OP did say the RTi1 was better than the IE800. The other top DD iems i know are also the EX1000 and the kaede
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The OP did say the RTi1 was better than the IE800. The other top DD iems i know are also the EX1000 and the kaede
All except for ie800 are not on the market now though...... making only the truth and ie800 relevant to compare
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Thread Starter 

I probably need to find myself a nice silver cable then, nazrin313 ...

 

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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post
 


Ok, Rhapsodios RDB Mini I have is actually excellent, there's no other way to really put it, from the moment I heard Mini I thought 'I need this in my life', with the correct source it sounds fantastic (but not quite 1Plus2 levels). However, I have heard Rhapsodio's RDB 2V1 which was not so good, many people disliked it. Because of this leaves me in an awkward position for judgment. I have also owned their RDB+ v1 many months ago which was also rather special.

Please continue to update us as you settle in with the RTi1.

I did have the chance to try out 1+2 here in Hong Kong, using AK100 with HA-01, stock cable.  I was not very impressed - the performance was fair, balanced and spacious, but not worth the asking price.  Could the uber cable dramatically change my opinion?  Or is it a matter of pairing?  Unfortunately, I haven't got the opportunity to try 1+2 with uber cable.

 

I am quite confident that Ti-One would be competitive with 1+2 though - given the suitable pairing (for me, it's MA8 + balanced amp card), Ti-One should be able to rival 1+2 in most areas except for bass (Ah, it's always the bass ...).

 

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All except for ie800 are not on the market now though...... making only the truth and ie800 relevant to compare

There are many other high-end universals (including CIEM universal version) - UM Mentor, Noble 6, TG334, S-EM6, several FADs ... again, it could be quite difficult to get your hands on some of these unless you buy them / happen to have a friend who owns them.

 

I will try out the Truth this summer when I go to Japan, and then I can tell you my impressions (but you will have to wait half a year ... ).  Alternatively, I heard a local distributor might also have the Truth available for demo soon.

 

I can't comment on Kaede (can't get my hands on this), but I bought a relatively lower-end model, Kuro, which some people say is a promising IEM, showing flashes of Kaede's performance.  While I agree Kuro is good (quite all-rounded, nice bass), Ti-One is a much better performer than Kuro in my opinion.

post #58 of 2508
Just a quick update, just past the 40hour mark of burning in. Kinda slow burning it in this week with my playlist as the wife has been using it alot. The sound signature has dramatically changed, everything is now smooth and natural across the frequency range. Bass is now more apparent and come across aa very coherent with the mids and highs. Details and instrument separation are as great as before. Sound stage is still wide but not very deep. The sound is now sweet. Will update more after 50hours of burn in. Loving this iem more and more as the clock ticks in.
post #59 of 2508
For everyone's info here is the Frequency response curve of my RTi1,

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Okay another update...My RTi1 has now reached 50hrs of burn in period and continuing on from the last update of 40 hrs, the monitors are now really smooth across frequency range. 

 

BASS is now more apparent with good extension which gives depth making the whole signature more coherent. It still doesnt slam as much as I wanted (esp in EDM) but for any other genres of music it is wonderful. It appears on tracks when called for and imho is good quality bass (esp in rock, jazz, instrumental and live). Never once has it bleed to the mids.   Bass guitars are especially good and sounds so lifelike. (revised score 8/10)

 

MIDS: to me hasnt changed much and is good as before. Voices and Details are damn sweet. (10/10)

 

TREBLE: All sibilance from earlier are totally gone and again takes centre stage of the presentation of the music. the airiness, the details, the sweet pierce and details of the instruments is astonishing especially with the current warmish and natural signature the RTi1 (10/10)

 

SOUNDSTAGE: As wide as before but now depth has increased quite a bit. (revised 9.5/10)

 

In Summary: Gone are the initial impressions of it being bright. The RTi1 is now a very smooth and very natural IEM with a hint of warmth with immense level of details given by the higher mids and treble. One way to put it is that overall the sound is LUSH, NATURAL, WARM but ANALYTICAL. If it keeps improving at this rate, potentially it will deliver a world class sound (if it hasnt already) which will make a lot of people happy.


Edited by nazrin313 - 3/26/14 at 5:39pm
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