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    ThieAudio Signature Series Tribrids: Clairvoyance & Monarch; Excalibur & Oracle

    Hmm. What happens w/ those Sonion drivers when they're under driven? I do mean the Apple dongle for the most minimal, pocketable setup. I do have a Quedelix 5k which pushes out like 8x the power balanced, and a Hidizs S8 for a great DAC section with about twice the power - so I'll have my bases...
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    ThieAudio Signature Series Tribrids: Clairvoyance & Monarch; Excalibur & Oracle

    What I find interesting about the Monarch Mk II is they seem to hug IEF neutral (w/ bass boost) to 2k... then above 2k they almost straddle the line between IEF neutral and Harman IE. Seem really impeccably tuned. In any case ordered a set of 5 days ago, hopefully they ship within the next...
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    ThieAudio Signature Series Tribrids: Clairvoyance & Monarch; Excalibur & Oracle

    It's a 10% restocking fee - so you eat $100. Wonderful if you decide it's not for you several months in... but for hot new IEMs, likely do better just reselling here.
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    ThieAudio Signature Series Tribrids: Clairvoyance & Monarch; Excalibur & Oracle

    The double star is just a value rating - they're the highest value (cost vs. perf) S tier which is certainly notable, though I don't think in general the ranking/listing order within a tier means anything. That said, it's the only S tier w/ an S+ for tonality while still holding an S for...
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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    Certainly not bass light, the issues are more in the midrange and treble, though the midbass is a bit thick. Sound so much better if you EQ to Harman and then tune to taste from there. Been running them like this w/ a PEQ through Roon for over a year now. Even Crinnacle knocked them down...
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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    Then why try to tune the sound w/ ear tips, which really should be for ergonomics? It's like trying to kill an elephant with pellet gun. Yes, they do have a minor impact as shown in measurements earlier in this thread, but we're talking a decible here or there, and not necessarily to the...
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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    FWIW, I've eq'ed them to Harman, or something Harman'esque for nearly my entire time owning these (using Roon PEQ on my laptop or a Qedelix-5k). The white line is the correction below. You can see the midbass has a cut relative to the sub-bass. I've mentioned EQ'ing these a few times in the...
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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    Have you tried the CP240s? Once I found them a couple years ago I never looked back. My fit is right between the M and L, but I chose the Ms for overall comfort. If I give them a good twist while opening my jaw a bit I can get great iso and fantastic comfort for a double flange.
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    Etymotic EVO: World Tour

    Oh interesting, wonder why. I've been out of the loop since some of the initial impressions rolled in.
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    Etymotic EVO: World Tour

    On page 5 he tried to join and came in late. There are no measurements on his site.
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    Etymotic EVO: World Tour

    https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/audio-myth-balanced-headphone-outputs-are-better If it's a hard to drive IEM (like the IER-Z1R) a balanced option is wonderful as it affords much more power from a portable source. And sometimes single ended outputs on a a balanced amp/source...
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    Etymotic Research EVO impressions and discussion thread

    I have a Buchardt A500, which anechoically is virtually flat from 25 - 1000 hz, and with the built-in room correction mostly flat (+- 3b) in my home. To me something like the ER-Z1R sounds more accurate than boosted, relative to this. I do appreciate when bass is flat in a headphone/IEM...
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    Etymotic EVO: World Tour

    I'd love to participate. * I'm in Denver, CO USA * I'll be using a Chord Mojo / headphone out from my laptop. I imagine these are going to be easy to drive. * I haven't done any proper reviews, but have posted many impressions over the years. I've done one tour before, for the Oppo PM-3...
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    The Watercooler-- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    One of the things that's catching on in the speaker world, first happening in pro audio and now hifi (Genelec, Dutch and Dutch, Kii, Neumann) is having fully contained 'wireless' systems w/ DSP. DSP is great to anechoic-ally EQ the speakers to neutral and add room correction, but also allows...
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    The Watercooler-- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    Haven't heard the Dusk, but I'm a Western listener who is a fan of this type of tuning, at least up top (Harman is a bit aggressive for me). I have a theory that the difference isn't just a matter of taste, but it may a measure of relative volume. I found out from a couple Canjams that I'm a...
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