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