May I start this thread for the upcoming Ref 1.
Specs released by Gavin...
- We are using an Isobaric/k dynamic driver. Which is two dynamic drivers sealed moving in tandem in the same direction (we purchased every unit available)
- TWFK BA drivers
- Filter less system
- Proprietary silver/gold internal wiring especially developed for the Ref. 1
- Smaller Shell
- MMCX connectors
- 26.8 Ohm
Initial impression from fellow Headfier CosmicHolyGhost...
After a long day of work yesterday, I met with Gavin to return his LCD3 which I did not like at all after one week of loan. I was not in the mood for music after a tiring day at work, but to my surprise, Gavin pulled out his new IEMs. As soon as the music started playing from Tera player, the massive (in relative iem term) sound stage and impeccable bass that quickly drew my attention. It is possibility the best bass I heard from an iem. I then switched to my familiar source HM-901 (mini-box card) and confirmed that I got the same aural sensation. Afterward, I switched to AK-120s to Mass Kobo 385 to listen to some Blue Coast DSD and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The spacious, refined and detailed presentation really sold me completely. I then listened to some violin concertos to check if I could get the timbre of my favourite musical instrument. All checked. It looks like I have something I wish to upgrade for my portable setup.
I also got to meet with two other local head-fi enthusiasts who were equally impressed with this new iem... As I was going home, I went into a headphone shop to see if I can get a sweet cash deal for a pair of TH900 to run them off my Leben CS-300SX… and I did… I briefly listened to some ECM recordings before bed and the bass from the TH900 was in fact less mesmerizing than what I heard from Gavin’s iems……?? I need more time to confirm over the weekend…
From fellow Headfier Holeout...
The Reference One is a definite improvement over the 1+2 in terms with timbre and resolution with new drivers configuration. Regarding the bass improvement, it's not the quantity but the quality which to me sounded more refined - better definition, control and extension, all the way from mid bass to the lower octaves. I think Gavin is still doing some minor refinements on them before mass production. Btw, Reference One is a bit smaller than the 1+ 2 and sits in my ears much better.
...Tried multiple sources with them - AK240 / AK120S + ASP T-05 / MBA + Chord Hugo, scales up really well. Sound stage and resolution is most impressive with the MBA / Hugo IMO, and this is with standard silver/gold cable while the iems are not quite ran in yet. Can't wait to audition it with the Uber cable after running in. I think Gavin is officially naming it the "Reference One". Rekindled my interest in iems after listening to them
Edited by flymetothemoon - 4/30/14 at 8:22am