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A warm sounding earphone that's a serious contender at $400

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Pros: warm sound with good detail, detachable cables, good build quality

Cons: tuning may not be for everyone

Synopsis: The RD3 is part of the next generation of earphones from Rhapsodio. Powered by a single high-end dynamic driver, it has a warm sound and a hearty bass response. The RD3’s design includes detachable cables and a strong metal housing. For $400, its sound and build quality make the RD3 a serious contender in the mid-level price range.     Please note that this review was written listening to an RD3 loaner set. I played this for 100 hours on a loud and varied playlist before listening and I used an Apex Glacier portable amplifier through most of my listening to give the earphones all the power they could need.     Introduction: Rhapsodio is the result...
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The Next Generation From Future Sonics with supreme subbass, detailed midrange and treble, these are excellent!

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Pros: The controlled and full subbass, monitor midrange and treble, build quality is excellent; these are pro stage monitors for you at home!

Cons: The bass could be overmuch for those used to usual earphones; the lack of spikes in the treble could be different than one is used to from other iems

Synopsis: The Spectrum Series G10 is the next generation universal fit stage monitor from Future Sonics. Replacing the Atrio with a new driver, housing, and cables, the G10 surpasses it in detail and control throughout the frequency spectrum. It does this while keeping a tuning characterized by full sub-bass, a clear midrange with a small boost in the vocal region, and a balanced, non-fatiguing treble. At a MSRP of $219, the G10 is an excellent value for the sound and build quality. Thanks to Future Sonics for the loaner set I used for this review. Future Sonics has never asked me to write a review, although they did ask for feedback--which I'm giving, in the form of a review! The...
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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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