Ok. Put 1.5 hours of listening in. I'm ready to make some first impressions.
Ran through a variety of tracks, frequency sweeps, binaural testing tracks and pink noise.
These are early impressions with an out-of-the-box earphone that I plan to give at least 50 hours of burn-in.
I only listened using a Fiji X3 with firmware 2.14beta. I plan on trying it with a C&C BH on the line out as well as other sources after burn-in. Didn't like the stock tips, so I switched to JVC FX850 tips.
On to the impressions.
Highs: forward, sparkly but lacking extension. Seems to be a peak in the 2-5hz. Micro details are lost.
Mids: Warm and smooth. Not recessed but definitely a step back from the rest of the spectrum. Lacks the dynamics and excitement of the bass and highs. Almost seems blunted. I'm love my midrange and this just doesn't leave me fulfilled.
Bass: Strong with some serious thump and rumble. Extends surprising low with authority: However, it has a midbass hump that kind of overshadows the subbass. A little bleeding into the lower-mids but goes unnoticed on most tracks.
Details and separation: The separation is a step above average, no real complaints there. Details are good except in the upper highs. I wasn't let down, but not really impressed.
Comfort and build: light weight and small. I have small canals despite the large nature of my pinna in general. When trying for a solid,deep insertion with the single flanges, there was some discomfort until I found the right angle.
They look great. Feel plasticy and the cables is annoyingly rubbery and springy. Forgot to check microphonics, but it didn't seem to bother me.
Soundstage: Everything is forward. Height, depth, and and width are all mediocre.
Overall: The sound is very forward and in your face. Would be great for EDM, Rap, and Pop. Not really great for live recordings or female vocals.
The pink noises was very revealing and accurate to my impressions from the tracks. While some things might settle into place, I don't see the soundstage changing at all. After having the JVC FX850 in my ears the past few days straight, there is really no comparison. These are simply outclassed. Not my cup of tea I guess, maybe they will be for others.
There are a lot of fantastic options under $100. These are pretty good for $80. I think they'd be better at $60. Even then, my personal preferences would pick the Havi B3 pro V1 over this.
***These are initial impressions. My opinion of what I hear with my specific setup. YMMV. My opinion may change after some burn-in and more head time, but I doubt it.***
Welp looks like mo'shill's revolution is mo' like.....
Oh and I CALL 1st DIBS!!! If these Ayyys ain't doing it for ya', you now who to unload them to, cuz really wanna compare them to the classic ostriches since i was so impressed with those after a rough initial listening as well due to my new lame sauce ipod nano.
But only for $60 though as you said. hoho