The Answer was designed entirely from the ground up with one simple goal in mind, to be the finest sounding, most luxurious, universal fit earphones available today. To achieve that, we had to rethink and scrutinize every single component in the audio path. From the 3.5mm TRS connector, cable, chassis, driver, tips and even the solder used. Almost every single item had to be customized and developed in-house to meet our standards. However, in practice it is an exceedingly time consuming and excruciating process.
The Answer uses a single ultra-fast, ultra-wide bandwidth transducer, purpose built to handle any musical genre with ultimate purity. The startling dynamics and lifelike portrayal of the musical event must be listened to believe.
It is supplied with a slew of accessories that are designed to be easy to use, practical, and pleasing to the eye. As is always the case with our products, we built and tested every single one of these accessories to ensure that they perform as intended.
|DITA Audio The Answer|
DITA Audio The Answer
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"A Dynamic Answer"
Pros - natural,detailed but smooth, non fatiguing, build for last
Cons - non detachable, layering wise not as good as some BA competitor
i Bought a secondhand Dita - The Answer with a good condition at half it's price... i think this is an awesome purchase, because now it's simply my favorite iem and also my daily iem (i usually separate it).
Dita is quite unique i must say, since at it's new price point ,the majority of companies would usually make multiple Ba driver based IEM, but Dita chose to stay in a more conventional way, to use a full ranged single dynamic driver, but it turns out beautifully.... truly loving this product
Box and Accessories
what can i say? it's all screaming prestige.... quite a big box for an iem, once you look what's inside, it's like you're opening a box of jewellery, so pretty that it's a sin if you're not taking shots of em. starts from the first layer the DITA itself, with airplane adapter and a handbook, going to the next layer where you can find the signature of DITA founders, and in the last layer you'll find hardcase and leathercase
Build, Fit, and Isolation
From the first time you see em, you know their build qualities are top notch, starting from the metal housing, big, shiny, solid, yet has no sharp edges, then you can see their cable that are quite big and rubbery but definitely durable and comfortable, surprisingly i find that the round y splitter is actually has the same size as the housing, and see the jack?? it's big, and has a great strain relief. Actually at this price point, i actually hoping for a detachable cable, so it's a little downside to be honest.
And it fits my ears so good too, with the shape, genius!! no hard edges on the housing that could make you feel itchy or uncomfortable, and the nozzle angle is also spot on!, whoever design these, sir, you're an MVP.
Once you get a proper fit, the fitting itself is truly great
Based on my personal experience, DITA is very tips dependent, at the first time, i used spinfit and ortofon tips on em, since usually, they are the best tips for me but what i heard was a strange metallic sounding iem with terrible upper mid peak... and so i thought DITA was quite a trash, but then i switched to its own medium bore, medium sized tips.... and that's it... perfect!!! now they sounds so smooth and balanced in every way.
Starting from the bass that sounds so natural, punchy, tight, with natural decay. I usally used multiple Ba drivers IEM before, switching from them to DITA, i found that sometimes BA driver's bass could be too tight and too fast for what a bass should sounds like in real life (just a personal opinion on my experience as a band member), now DITA gives a bass with better transition from upper-mid-to sub bass with slower decay and softer and rounder texture. Now it's like a whole new experience in bass for me, hearing some jazz bands or pop bands now sounds more exciting and realistic, God! i love this
The Vocal section is quite laidback and take a little step backward in positioning resulting in a mild V-shaped or U-shaped sound. But it still sounds so clear and smooth and has a great balance between lower and upper mid. You can just throw any kind of vocal there and they will sounds as natural as it should be.
Now for the treble, again, i find that "natural" is the only sufficient word.... cymbal crash is great, shimmering high but never reach the peak that could hurt my ears. Instrument's timbre is also spot on with these, it could reach the top extension but still with its smooth texture, try to hear some soundtracks from the "whiplash" movie and you'll find a great timbre for each instruments.
Soundstage, Detail, Layering, and Imaging
From the first time you hear these, you might find a spacious vast soundstage with a great depth that gives you excitement everytime you hear orchestra or some medieval-themed-movie soundtracks such as Lord of The Rings, or The Game of Thrones, or even The Pirates of Carribean, you can feel the energy and the power from those soundtracks that reminds you of those epic moments of the movies.
Detail is also great, at first i thought that DITA is not really detailed because of its smooth nature, but time proves me wrong, now i could hear more details in every music i have but with a smooth texture on it wow!!
Maybe this is where the Dynamic Driver falls, the layering of each frequencies is not as great as some multiple driver model IEMs i've ever tried or have before, take an example of Phonak PFE 232, they could give you a better layering in the frequencies also better imaging with more front and back dimension,
DITA The Answer is definitely a dynamic answer..... challenging the multiple BA configuration at its price point, but you know what? for me... they did it!!! it definitely has the same level as its competitors, and most likely will have their own fanboys that loves dynamic more than BAs.
Pros - Extremely realistic and accurate timbre, technically very sound, yet wonderfully musical
Cons - Might be potentially harsh on poorly recorded tracks
Before we begin, the unit that i have was purchased with my own money. I have used it almost everyday for about 7-8 months, done comparisons to many other top of the line custom in ear monitor demo units (yes, I acknowledge that they probably wouldn't sound as good as the actual custom iem), and thus come to the conclusions that I have on what is, in my opinion, one of the finest earphones in the market.
The first Dita earphone that I tried was the truth. It is a wonderful looking earphone, aesthetically pleasing, looked good in and out of my ear, had this nice unique cable, as well as a sharp looking plug. On top of that, I heard that it was a startup from the very country that I'm from, Singapore. I started to like it before I even had the chance to try it on. I wanted to like it very much.
Well I didn't, I wanted a huge soundstage, I wanted crisp, sparkly trebles, I wanted a tight, controlled bass and lush mids. I didn't feel any of that. Nothing impressed me, and thus, I put it off my radar. As luck would have it, I decided to give it another shot. This time, I decided to try the cheaper model, the answer. Again, I was thoroughly unimpressed, nothing was really great about the answer either. I did prefer it to the truth though, finding a slightly fuller midrange in the answer. Apart from that, it really didn't seem to have the dynamics that I was looking for and that left my violins sounding a bit flat, especially when compared to my then go to earphone, the philips fidelio S2.
I went through a few songs though, a couple of classical pieces and broadway pieces, and to my surprise, I found myself liking the answer more and more. Gradually, the details crept up on me, the soundstage materialised, and the treble sparkled and shimmered. And that bass, oh it was powerful, deep yet tight and controlled. I switched back to my Fidelios, and to my surprise, they suddenly sounded shouty, harsh and coloured. I gave the answer a few more goes, and well needless to say, I was a happy owner of the answer just 3 days later.
The answer is impeccably built. It has a CNC milled aluminium housing which is free from blemishes. It is lightly anodized to a smoke gunmetal colour, and in the light, it glows a classy metallic sheen. It is one of the most beautiful earphones that I have ever seen. The 'fat cable' as the guys at Dita call it, is thick, sturdy, and strong, yet very supple. It inspires much more confidence than most non removable cables do. The plug is another thing of beauty, the carbon fibre artfully molded into its design. Unlike most flagship earphones, a considerable amount of attention was actually given to the way it looked. I like that. The Dita guys don’t just want you to have something that sounds good. You’ve paid for it, and they want you to have the best damn product in every possible aspect.
The build is incredible, and it looks gorgeous, but none of that would matter if it didn’t sound good. Well as I did mention above, it sounds very very good, and I shall try, with my limited ability, to convey to you the magic of the Ditas through my words.
The answer is a very well balanced earphone. Some might consider it to be slightly bassy, and other consider it to be V shaped, but when I listen to it, it sounds tonally accurate, and that’s what really strikes me. The violins sound like violins, the cellos sound like cellos, and the voices of the singers come across realistically. Some people like heavy coloration to their music. The piano fortes, for example, are pretty well loved among those who have tried them. If that is the kind of sound that you like, the answer is, perhaps, not for you. It would be difficult for me to quantify the signature of the answer, but if I must, compared to the UERM, which is commonly considered the benchmark for a neutral sound, it has a bigger, harder hitting bass, and less pronounced upper mids. However, the answer sounds way more natural to my ears. When I hear a cello on the answer, it reminds me of what I hear in real life. When I hear a cello on the UERM, well yes it’s neutral, but the cellos in my memory don’t sound anything like that.
The Answer is also one of the most dynamic earphones I have tried. As you might have noticed, I do listen to a lot of instrumental tracks, classical pieces especially. I find that very often, earphone manufacturers struggle to find a good balance between an aggressive and laid back sound. Earphones are often described as sounding aggressive or forward, or laid back. With the Answer, I find it hard to quantify this. The answer is one of the few iems which get this right to me. I wouldn’t say that it is forward sounding, nor would I say that it is laid back; it is both. Let me try to explain this. When you listen to a piece of music, there are some things which are going on in the background, and there are other things which happen in the foreground, that star of the show. Everything else in the background serves one purpose, to bring out the best of that star. The answer handles this distinction very well. For instruments and sounds in the background, it tends to give them a softer touch. This allows those instruments to meld smoothly into the background to allow it to better play its supportive role. For instruments in the foreground, and vocals, however, it brings them forward, giving them the energy and power to hit hard. To me, that makes for a wonderful, cohesive musical experience, where every single sound in the song just comes together to support the lead. The Answer is able to touch softly and effortlessly, yet when the song calls for it, it comes down and hits really hard, full of life and energy.
The soundstage of the Answer is wide, deep and spacious. Layering and imaging are good. There is a good sense of air to the stage. On large orchestral pieces, everything comes together very well to throw a large stereo image. No matter how complex the pieces are, no matter how large the scale of the piece is, the answer handles it with ease. It never once sounded congested or overwhelmed by complex arrangements.
The Answer isn’t an earphone for everyone, though. Compared to many top of the line custom earphones, some find the Answer to be lacking in the sheer size of the staging, as well as the razor sharp precision of imaging, separation and layering of some of the other top custom earphones. However, I actually find this to be one of the strengths of the Answer. When I listen to an orchestra live, I’m pretty sure that I cannot pinpoint each instrument with such razor sharp accuracy. I’m pretty sure that each of these instruments do not radiate sound from a single point like some of these top custom earphones portray them to, and I’m pretty sure that the different instruments do meld together to give some diffusion and fuzziness as to the actual placement of the sound. And that’s what happens with the Answer. The image is sharp and well defined without being artificial. And to me, that makes for a much more cohesive and realistic musical experience. Yes, it may not have that razor sharp separation and imaging of some other top custom earphones, but that just makes it even more realistic. And never once have I felt that the Answer was sounded congested or overwhelmed. It handled everything with ease.
The Answer is an extremely resolving earphone. It is incredibly capable of gobs of detail. This can sometimes result in a perceived harshness in the trebles. I realised though, that this was simply a display of its ability to resolve imperfections in recordings.
The Answer sounds great out of just about anything that I have plugged it into. Out of the humble iphone or macbook, or my fiio X5 driven through the vorzuge pure 2, it sounds brilliant. The answer also scales up brilliantly. When you upgrade your source, or your amp, it really shows.
When I spoke to Desmond about the tuning of the Ditas, he told me that the star sr-009 was the reference with the Resonessence Invicta as the DAC. I never once put the Stax and Dita sound in the same category. The Sr-009 was, in my opinion, while brilliant sounding, not quite the most impactful or punchy on the low end. The Answer, however, has always been an iem with a big bass to me. Out of the Invicta though, the Answer was completely transformed. The bass tightened up so much, the transparency went up a few notches, the soundstage opened up, and lo and behold, I was almost hearing the Sr-009 out of those tiny earphones! The ability of the Ditas to scale was almost frightening. If people got to hear the Answer driven out of the Invicta, any doubt that they had that the Ditas weren’t top end earphones would be readily erased.
The Answer is a brilliant earphone. It is the most natural, realistic sounding earphone that I have ever heard. Technically, it is very very capable, and on par with, if not near to the level of the top custom earphones. Compared to many of them though, it remains a far more accurate, yet realistic earphone, and that, to my ears, is a true winner. Looking back at why I was impressed with it at the start, it all came together and started to make sense. I was looking for something special when I first tried the Ditas, but the Ditas don't have that. Well alright perhaps they do. Their specialty is in being so natural sounding, that nothing stands out on first listen. Give it a bit of time though, and you will grow to love it. Once you do, there's no turning back.
I have a Noble K10 coming in soon, but the Answer is here to stay. Yes, it’s that good to my ears.
"Very natural, musical beast"
Pros - Very smooth, realistic sound with great dynamics. Rugged construction with a rubberized, non-microphonic cable. Tons of accessories.
Cons - Non-detachable cable that is a little too long for portable use. Plug is large and non-angled. Depending on the song mastering, can be a little harsh.
The package the Answers came in was very well designed and includes a ton of accessories. They showed up in 2 business days which was awesome. Several large, medium and small ear tips with different sized openings to slightly tweak the sound. Also comes with flange style tips. The cable is a little too long for my tastes and I have to roll it up and stuff it in my pocket when I'm walking around with it. The stereo plug is also kind of big and bulky and I would have liked it to be a little smaller and angled so it took up less room in my pocket. These are just minor complaints, and it seems Dita was aiming at providing a quality cable and connector so it's understandable.
Isolation is pretty good, but if somebody walked up to you and said something you'd probably hear it. To me that's a benefit as I use them at work.
The Answers are pretty comfortable and after a few hours, I don't even notice they're in my ears. The flat design actually makes them easier to listen to while lying on your side with a pillow against your ear. They leak very little noise if you're sleeping next to someone and don't want to wake them.
It took me some time to realize everything I was hearing. I think it's because the sound is so balanced and smooth, nothing but the spacial presentation and clarity jumps out at you at first. Instruments are very well separated with a natural decay. This really becomes apparent when listening to jazz, classical music, vocals. There's a really nice stage, not unnaturally wide, but pleasantly large, leaving lots of room for each instrument to have their own place, even during more complicated passages. Dual vocals like in The Pixie's Bone Machine are really a treat in that you can hear both vocals in their own space while clearly separated from all the other instruments.
Listening to Rome - Accidents of Gesture or Gillian Welch's Revelator, the micro-details I normally only hear on my T1's through the Crack appear. All the little flaws that make a singer's voice unique and beautiful stand out. Dynamics jump out at me, explosions of energy sometimes surprising me when I don't expect it. This is a quality in my T1 setup I'd been looking for in a portable setup for work. They are very fast, and can keep up with furious drum passages like Tool's Ticks and Leeches while maintaining the ambiance/reverb.
Metal with gobs of distortion, screaming and double bass drum such as in Deafheaven's Sunbather maintain clear separation, which is a joy because it's one area where many headphones fall short for me. With metal, a lot of headphones and speakers seem to blur all the instruments together, but the Answers give even hectic metal plenty of room to breathe.
Mastodon's Crack The Skye is not mastered well, but is one of the greatest metal albums of all time. It's a great album to reveal peaky highs, and certain passages will judo chop your eardrums if you're not careful. The Answer brings the vocals right up to the edge of what's acceptable to me. Some people may find this too harsh with some recordings. In this way, I feel the Answers are accurate enough that bad recordings are going to show themselves, but not embarrassingly so. They're forgiving and incredibly detailed at the same time which is not something I've heard in a lot of phones, but they might not be the best for people that listen to music that is not always well mastered and are sensitive to a little peak in highs.
Beck's Morning Phase is a great test of how well string instruments can sound with The Answer. You hear the rattling of the strings against the frets every once in a while, and they have this full-bodied texture to them that has me really engaged. String instruments sound particularly exceptional.
Upright bass in Tsuyoshi Yamamato Trio's Midnight Sugar has tons of texture. Bass sounds wonderfully detailed and impactful during slaps. It doesn't get muddied over by other instruments and neither does it seem to drown out other instruments. There is a nice amount of sub-bass but it blends in with the rest of the bass and doesn't stand out unless you're specifically paying attention to it.
I think they're very reasonably priced for the quality you get. In a boxing match with a TOTL headphone, they come out of the fight admirably well, and have a very pleasing musicality to them that will have you listening to all your favorite music over again. They're so natural sounding that it might take some time to really appreciate what Dita has done with this IEM. They also sound really great out of pretty much every source I tried them on, but amping them and using higher quality source material will definitely bring them to another level that is truly exciting. What a great job Dita has done with this headphone.
Can't wait to hear what they make next.
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