as promised here are the impressions of the RTi1 after being burnt in more than 100 hours.
BASS: The monitors have good quality bass and does slam. It extends deep as I could feel it chest deep when listening to some of my tracks.It has good body and weight which does imho add a little bit of warmth in the whole sound signature. This is one thing that I love about the RTi1. The low end is lush and very natural and extends to the Mids. (8.5/10)
MIDS: Continuing on from the Bass, the natural and lush sound is also here to stay in the mids. On top of that, it is so well tuned in the frequency range, it makes voices sooo clear and intimate. Listening to Joni Mitchell, James Blake, Johnny Cash, Bat for Lashes, Bon Iver, Laura Marling, Eve Cassidy..all leaves me with a WOW factor that my other IEMS does not have. Mids are also so detailed that every breath the singer takes, wetting of lips are sooo apprarent. This maybe the best sounding IEM for voices. (10/10)
TREBLE: This is either hit or miss for me and it all depends on the source. Ive been using it on both my portable setup and my desk set up and the RTi1 synergies better with my desktop amp. On my portable rig it can sometimes be to hot for my ears and can be sibilant on some of my tracks.But I also have to say the RTi1 brings crazy details on both. The details are so immense that it can be too much for some. So, fair warning to all. lol.. (9/10 on my Desk - 8/10 on my portable rig)
SOUNDSTAGE: This is to me what makes or breaks audio monitors. It can have the best low, mid, highs but if the soundstage was narrow and flat, the whole presentation would be garbage. Luckily the RTi1 has good spatial soundstage, it is not 360 degrees like the the SD-3 but its more like 240 degrees which is good in my books. Initially, even after 80 hours of burn in the depth of the sound stage was lacking but after the 100, it opened up really good and because of this layering of the music is great for most genres. It does at time give you that 3D feeling but not all the time, where as the SD-3 gives you that feeling all the time. (8.5/10)
INSTRUMENT SEPARATION: Listening to classical music is pure musical heaven with the RTi1. Matched up with the level of details I mentioned and add in world class instrument separation is just pure pure bliss. I was never a fan of classical music until listening it on the RTi1. Vivaldi's 4 seasons never sounded this good. (9/10)
TIMBRE: Based on the above, I can now confidently say that the RTi1 is a natural sounding IEM with just a hint of warmth. On top of that, piercing that safe natural signature is the immense and unnatural treble that will leave you sayin WTF!!! Also, I warn that these monitors are very analytical and transparent. So I recommend to use it on better recordings and better equipment
This is my first Rhapsodio IEM and bought it purely on blind faith as recommended by Sammy, who I have to say is amazing and never fails to answer and questions I have. But when the person who was involved in designing the original Tralucent 1plus2 said that the RTi1 is the best IEM he has ever made then you take this statement seriously and at least give the RTi1 an audition.
It is not perfect, I think no iem is but I will wager that this is among the top iems out in the market today. They do retail above USD1000 and is not cheap but If you really..really want it, drop Sammy a message and Im sure he will hook you up a great deal for these.
Thanks Rhapsodio for producing a truly WORLD CLASS sounding IEM...
Edited by nazrin313 - 4/3/14 at 5:00am