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A Good Sounding High-End Universal With Some Design and Quality Control Problems

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Pros: Big, Full Bass; Large Soundstage; Clear Treble; Very Good Instrument Separation

Cons: Bass Quality Isn't Quite Top-Tier;Treble Timbre is Off; Poor Ergonomics, Poor Quality Control

Thanks to Greed for a 10-day loan of his Ref 1 set, which I fully burnt-in and auditioned. This set had the uber cable. Super Brief Review (it's all just what my ears heard, if you love your Ref 1 set, that's great, no need to defend it here): Pros:-Real, air-moving bass sound thanks to the vented dual dynamic drivers. Bass is big, full and has great extension-Clear treble. I didn't hear sibilance and the treble avoids a dark sound as well.-Very good instrument separation-Big soundstage-I found the ref 1 to be less v-shaped in sound than the 1plus2 Cons:-Bass control is not top-tier at all. For some the amount of bass will be a problem as it's quite a...
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An Excellent Dynamic Driver Custom In-Ear Monitor

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Pros: Real bass energy, non-fatiguing treble,

Cons: Stage monitor tuning won't be for everyone

Synopsis: The Future Sonics MG6Pro Ear Monitor is an excellent sounding custom earphone tuned for a supremely natural sound. The overall sound is very smooth, extended in bass and treble, and very well balanced by the clear midrange. The excellent reproduction of vocal and instrumental timbre, combined with superior soundstage and sense of stereo imagining are also standouts. Using a single dynamic driver which can cover the entire frequency spectrum without the need for crossovers gives the MG6PRO Ear Monitor a coherency which adds to the naturalness of its presentation. The bass deserves special mention for its control and its effortless extension down to the sub-bass frequencies....
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A Stage Monitor For Audiophiles

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Pros: Balanced tuning puts vocals first, truly great bass and accurate treble, good with many music genres

Cons: If the tuning or dynamic driver sound doesn't fit your preferences

  Synopsis: The Future Sonics MG5pro is a professional stage monitor for audiophiles. It offers a different tuning than its brother, the fully stage-oriented MG6pro, by offering a brighter, more overall tonally balanced tuning. The MG5pro lifts the vocal ranges and matches this with an accurate, well extended treble. The bass is very well controlled and yet has one of the most real low-end sounds of any earphone. Using a single, full range 10mm dynamic driver, it competes with more expensive multi-armature earphones. By keeping the price at $750, Future Sonics has one of the best values in custom-fit earphones with the MG5pro.   Disclaimer: I paid for my set of MG5pro...
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An Excellent Neutrally-Tuned 4-Driver Custom IEM

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Pros: Flat tuning with no dips in the frequency response makes this perfect for people who want a neutral sounding CIEM; Clarity is very good.

Cons: If you don't want a flat tuning? Those who travel may wish for extra bass to balance train/plane engine roar.

Synopsis: The Noble Audio 4C is a custom-fit in-ear monitor (ciem) characterized by a flat tuning with no peaks or dips from the lower bass to the lower treble range. This upgraded tuning eliminates the dip in frequency response found in the older model. The bass, while not boosted at all, has excellent extension , the mids are clear and the treble is flat until a lift in the upper range which adds a sense of clarity and air to the sound. The tuning is excellent for acoustic, classical, folk, jazz, and rock genres and generally for audiophiles looking for a flat, accurate sound. Those who prefer bass-heavy earphones and music genres as well as those who listen primarily while travelling...
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Simply Outstanding

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Pros: Balanced signature that works with many music genres; bass, midrange and treble are all excellent

Cons: No real cons (this is one of the pros), although people should read the review to see if the sound signature matches their own needs.

Synopsis: The Noble Audio Kaiser 10 is at the summit of custom in-ear-monitors representing the flagship of new designs from Dr. John Moulton. The Kaiser 10’s 10 drivers have been brought together seamlessly for superior coherency and a very realistic, natural sound. These drivers give great depth and extension to the Kaiser 10’s balanced tuning. The bass is present and very capable but not boosted or forward, the midrange is clear and very smooth with slight warmth, the vocal range has a gentle lift to bring it to the forefront, and the excellent treble is smoothly bright and non-fatiguing. With no sonic weaknesses, the Kaiser 10 does very well with a wide array of music genres, making...
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A good choice for a top-tier universal earphone

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Pros: Real bass energy, clear mids

Cons: price, of course! V-shaped sound

I may fill out the review a bit more.   No earphone is for everyone, so read reviews and decide what you want to hear--that's the most important thing. The 1plus2 will be excellent for many people.

[REVIEW]: The Aurisonics AS-2 15mm Dynamic Driver 2-Balanced Armature Hybrid Custom-Fit Stage Monitor

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Pros: Adjustible bass with real energy, rich mids and non-fatiguing treble to balance it all. It's a very envolving, lively sound.

Cons: Each person has their own preference for sound signature, read the review and see if it matches yours! Isolation is a possible con with vents open.

Synopsis: The Aurisonics AS-2 is a high-end custom-fit in-ear stage monitor with a lively, rich sound. It has a unique, crossover-free design that allows its 15mm dynamic driver and two special balanced armatures to work together seamlessly. With an adjustable bass port system, the AS-2 provides a real bass energy in just the amount you want. Combined with a lush midrange and an accurate, non-fatiguing treble to balance it, the AS-2’s focus on an organic, live feel to music will make it a hit with both musicians on stage and music lovers at home.       Introduction: Aurisonics entered the high-end professional stage and portable audio scene with a bang. Innovative...
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[REVIEW]: Sensaphonics dB Check In-Ear Level Analyzer: You Only Need It If You Have Ears

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Pros: See EXACTLY how loud you've been listening to your music via your amp/source gear and how long is safe at that level. Save your hearing!

Cons: Only works with Shure and Sensaphonics iems;

Synopsis: Sensaphonics dB Check is an important hearing preservation device. Connecting between your iems and your amp or source, it can tell you, in real time, exactly how loudly you are listening to your music with your gear. The dB Check then gives you safe listening times for that volume. It’s portable and has a mic for measuring ambient noise levels in a room or space as well. The main drawback is that it only works with Shure and Sensaphonics in-ear monitors.       Introduction: Dr. Michael Santucci, the founder of Sensaphonics, is an audiologist who’s serious about hearing preservation. His custom in-ear monitors, like the excellent Sensaphonics 3MAX I...
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Sensaphonics 3MAX Custom-fit Stage Monitor

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Pros: Superior comfort and isolation; excellent bass, nicely warm with vocal-centric tuning and very nice treble

Cons: In general, vocal-centric stage monitor tuning can be too much for some at high volumes

Synopsis: The Sensaphonics 3MAX is a top-tier, custom-fit, in-ear monitor with a sound designed by an audiologist and tested by pro musicians.  With a professional clientele in mind, the 3MAX has been superbly engineered for a natural-sounding tuning. Vocal music comes to the fore with a smooth midrange and a non-fatiguing, yet well-extended treble. While its sister, the two-driver 2MAX aims for a more neutral version of this sound, the 3MAX adds an additional bass driver for a judicious warmth and depth. One of the keys to making this sound possible is the excellent silicone shell which gives the 3MAX superior comfort and isolation over the standard acrylic. The end result is a...
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An Enjoyable, But Flawed Earphone Not Worth The Price

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Pros: Great Tuning--These Are Fun To Listen To, Good Detail In the Midrange And Treble

Cons: Incoherency Between The Drivers Is Noticeable, Harsh treble with best detailed filter, detail loss with others, High price, Reliability is a concern

Short Review: All observations made with the high pass filters. Naturally I listened with each of the three filters, but the high pass was my preference.   Pros: I really liked the tuning of these. With the K3003, you get an approximation of a neutral sound in terms of a good balance between treble, midrange and bass and the filter system gives you a means of adjusting this balance (at a cost of slightly loss of detail with the non-reference filters). What's great is that the sound is still very fun. I'm not sure I can put my finger on exactly why, but these were great to listen to. I think the combination of the brightness of the treble with the full bass give the fun of a...
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