A day late on getting these in since i missed delivery yesterday, but a late bird is better than a dead bird......
Rough initial impressions are that these are a great sounding lil' iem but had expected more tbh. Wasn't really mind blown by them and for me the Fostex TE-05 is superior to them in almost every way from what little i have heard of it.
These Ostriches has great sound stage more so in width than in height. Although not the most 3D in presentation, they are damn airy sounding, more so than the VSonic GR07 BEs that's for sure but still lacks a bit of air when compared to the likes of the TE-05 from recollection. Micro details and airiness of the TE-05s almost reminds me of the sound of the ATH AD900Xs which is a fully open set of cans but in an iem form. As many have already commented the passive isolation of these Ostriches are somewhat compromised due to their airy open heavily vented nature, and same could be said for the TE-05s though with music on these Ostrys seems to isolate slightly better than the Fostex. The treble of these are nicely extended with a tiny bit of sparkle but is never harsh, overly bright nor sibilant, better control then that of the GR07 BEs but the extension/ sparkle is greater on the VSonics. Mids on these Ostriches can sound a bit diffused with a not proper seal/ wrong type of tips but when you do find the correct tips the mids is nicely forward and lush, but again it is also slightly behind when compared to the VSonic GR07 BEs or even the VC02s.
So hows the bass on these Ostriches compare??? Welp they have a really clean and tight mid bass without any sort of mid bass hump or bloat, so for most pop music it is pretty adequate in terms of quality as well as quantity, BUT sadly sub bass is another story. The sub bass of the GR07 BEs has much more texture and weight when compared to the Ostrys, hence despite the GR07 BEs are not necessarily a "basshead" iem per se, it still gives you that visceral sense of the bass, which these Ostrys does not. Therefore, these Ostrys can hang sonically with the VSonic GR07 BEs, DUNU DN1000s as well as the Fostex TE-05, but it doesn't really bests any of them and for me is less refined overall.
So for now i would put them in the same performance and sound tier as the VSonic VC02 and the Sony MH1Cs but not really besting those other two completely in any aspect of the spectrum. I actually prefer the mids of the VC02 over the Ostrys as well as the texture of the sub bass. The MH1/C sounds much fuller and more musical than these Ostrys due to it's bigger bass presentation so in essence it's like comparing vanilla (Ostrys) to mocha (MH1/C). I can see/ understand why some folks that don't normally fall for the typical FOTM hyped gears (ie; bass centric gears) falling for these Ostrys due to their more analytical/ clear leaning preferences but as of now these Ostrys are good but not as great as i had expected to be tbh.
These Ostrys actually reminds me a lot of those famous monoprice iems for some reason but with a much more refined sound. The cable is pretty thick, soft and smooth but is a bit springy and the way their housing is shaped/ designed, i only feel comfortable wearing these over ears like so.....
... due to this lil' bump making it worn down feels strange.
Edited by sfwalcer - 8/8/14 at 12:09pm