Hi guys, Just received my Harmony 8 pro today and have been listening for hours. Even now H8p is still in my ears. Thanks Piotr! It is absolutely a master work!
This is not my first silicon CIEM (I had an ACS T1 before I had it remolded) but H8p still amazed me because it fits just more than 100% and ACS was much smaller. However, I do not feel uncomfortable at all although H8p goes very deep in the ear.
All shipping items: Harmony 8 pro, clean tool, Peli 1010 carry case, a little nylon case with my ear impressions in it and desiccant. I sent Piotr two ear impressions for the H8p does not fit everyone’s ear. Piotr was then not sure if my ear would be ok for H8p or not. In this case I sent him two impressions and he returned both back to me with my H8p, very thoughtful!
Building quality: it is absolutely the best built silicon CIEM I’ve ever seen. Spiral Ears also makes very qualified silicon shells but not as beautiful as this one….>_^
Isolation & fit: as I said before it is over 100% fitted but without feeling sick at all. In other words, it offers an unbelievable isolation over 35-40 db I think….I just can’t hear a single words from my girlfriend when the music starts. She has to shout to me…Oh no, I don’t mean to make her shout… XDDDD
Finally we come to the sound. It is quite balanced with a little bit bass emphasized. Piotr sent an E-mail to me to introduce the H8 pro (my former order was H8). He told me that the H8 pro vision was added with extra 15db. So the +15db in treble seems to me just awesome, not too bright, not too dark. The treble offers a very high class clarity and transparency. The entire middle freq sounds totally smooth and enhances perfect with the high freq. The mezzo-soprano is just like drugs. I really cannot stop listening (Album: Das Lied von der Erde/ Christa Ludwig, Kollo, Bernstein)…. The bass tastes not light but colored with scale and reverberation and it goes a little bit up to the mid to support the male vocal.
I tested it with iphone 5, Fiio X3, my desk system (M2tech hiface EVO + TC BMC-2 + Violectric V200) and McIntosh C24 preamp.
With iphone 5: I have to say it performed poor with iPhone (I also tried Samsung S4 of my GF, No!).
With X3: it performed much more ordinary, everything goes well except the sound stage, still a little bit crowded (it is also the problem of this DAP).
With my desk system: everything turns perfect, large scale, beautiful separation, analytic with fun. With C24: it goes a little bit rough, and also too much bass.
Advices: You need a clear and powerful DAP to feed H8pro… totally different IEMs when different DAPs are used!!
Shot comparison with VE6Xcontrol:
Both IEMs offer world class sound. The VE6Xcontrol equipped with 6BA driver and double 4-way-crossovers. H8p sounds very similar with the VE6X1 vision. VE6X1 offers the sound that is warm but still crystal transparent and very bright which makes people happy. H8pro is a little bit colder and more analytic, just a little bit, H8p is still a warm IEM. You got a bit more details in treble, especially the locations of different instruments. VE6X1 sounds more natural, dynamic and relaxed. I will write more in my VE6Xcontrol review, which will coming soon.
I would like to say thank you again Piotr, thanks for your great work, looking forward to your following creation!!
Edited by unterwegs1989 - 6/17/14 at 9:29am