I hate to go out of my way to write unflattering thoughts about a product, but the hype train threads need a little sense.
Music listened to
Beethoven, Symphony 6
Holst, The Planets
Ali Farka Toure
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew
Miles Davis, A Tribute to Jack Johnson
Wayne Shorter, The All Seeing Eye
Here is what I own
Audio Technica ATH-CKM500
Fischer Audio Silver Bullet
Sunrise SW-Xcape v1
Zero Audio Tenore (shipping)
For all that I own, each IEM has a distinct quality that I can pick out, love, and makes me want to return using them.
Not the Pistons.
At $30 the build quality is a beauty - I can even use the metal clip as a tie bar - but for all my time spent at Head-Fi, build quality and appearance has never been a strong selling point.
I was expecting a bass oriented signature that I could live with. The Pistons are also rather V-shaped sounding.
Here are my impressions
- bass quantity that bleeds into the mids
- no bass quality
- recessed mids (I gave my Sony player a bump in the 0.4 khz, which didn't help much)
- because the bass bleeds into the mids, the Pistons sound more recessed than they should be
- poor treble extension
- uninvolving lacking energy
- couldn't find that special quality to love
In my view, I'm a fairly objective listener. I was surprised they didn't excel with any genre I listened to and, how uninvolving they were in presentation. Overall, I'm disappointed in them. They are in no way Hi-Fi sounding. If joker were to review a pair, I believe he would score them a low 7
Edited by jarrett - 4/27/14 at 10:17pm