How does it compare with the sd3 bro?
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How does it compare with the sd3 bro?
Connect IT @ JEM has both SD2 and SD3 for demo. I have auditioned both and personally SD2 feels more comfortable to me than SD3. SD2 is more balance across the whole spectrum compared to SD3. SD3 on the other hand is very bass focused and narrow in soundstage, so the highs and instrument separation suffers a lot. The shop attendant at Connect IT let me listen to SD3 when I first asked to try it and he warned me many customers prefer SD2 over SD3 and suggest I should try out SD2 after it. Unless your music preference are mostly emphasizing on bass and you are just trying to connect to the music through the bass, else comparing to Ref1 I personally find SD3 full of bass quantity but lacking in quality and feels muddy/warm, maybe even more so than Roxanne. SD2 did not have this problem, but sounded thin instead. An in-between them might be good like an SD2.5.
Ref1 is definitely much better and more refined than 1plus2 in terms of overall frequency response and Ref1's treble already feels much more tamed to me compared to 1plus2. However, I do feel that I miss the more forward treble from the good old 1plus2 signature for some of my supposedly EDM/Electronic tracks.
I love this one on 1plus2 more than Ref1. Ref1 makes the ringing chimes, bells and guitar notes sound very sweet and silky smooth, but the 1plus2's unique highs gives it a more aggressive and wide airy feel which is heavenly for this particular song.
Tracks 13, 14 and 15 from Accel World OST here can sound rather piercing on certain parts on 1plus2's highs, but Ref1 tames them all down to a much more natural feel and further gives them an impressive bass boost which make the whole music much more exciting and enjoyable to listen to in the EDM sense.
For this track from Tiesto - Elements of Life, I have noticed many times that the 1plus2 can get sibilant with the female vocal at certain parts of the recording but Ref1 sounds fine to me.
So I finally get to meet the famous Gavin on Friday here in Singapore and had a private auditioning of the uBer cable before the Jaben SG meet. It really sounds significantly better compared to the silver/gold cables that come with my 1plus2 and Ref 1. In fact, I was previously hunting all over islandwide to find a new cable with a good 2.5mm TRRS plug for my AK240 that does not have connection issue with the right audio channel and none of the high end cables make as much improvement difference to my 1plus2 and Ref 1 as the uBer cable. Moon Audio's black and silver dragon cables both sounded worse than the silver/gold cable which I already have. The plug on ALO's SXC 24 seems more secure but it also did not sound as good. The 3 different Wagnus cables come closer to the silver/gold cable SQ, with the most expensive purple/violet cable sounding almost the same as the Tralucent silver/gold cable. The red and black Wagnus cables focus on the mids and bass more respectively and tame the 1plus2's highs significantly but does not really improve much on the SQ over the silver/gold cable. However, the Wagnus cables feel much stiffer/heavier and gives more microphonics. Their 2.5mm TRRS plugs are also consistently giving me signal cut off on the right audio channel of my AK240.
Suffice to say, I am pretty impressed with the uBer cable and bought it from Gavin. I really want to thank Gavin for giving me his time and patience sitting there waiting for me to audition while he idles around at the cafe in front of me and went for a smoke after a while. I hope I am not boring him.
I also saw Kiats at Jaben SG for a short while and only managed to say a quick hello to him before I had to rush off again to eat dinner with my family. Sorry about that didn't get to stay and chat more. Will catch up with you next time if I have more time. It is nice to put real faces to the names I know here online. I must say they are both much more senior than me and I am humbled by their presence.
Awwww..okay then hahah..im flexible...as long as I get to do the demo then Im game..the decision of my future gear rests on this lol