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  1. baskingshark

    Earbuds Round-Up

    Strangely, a lot of TOTL earbuds come with non-detachable cables in this day and age. May be something to do with the centre of gravity on the earbud stem if a 2-pin/MMCX connector is attached to the end.
  2. baskingshark

    Earbuds Round-Up

    Yeah based on the specs the M15 seems not that powerful compared to other sources (considering its balanced high gain specs), or perhaps even other dongles. But apparently I read somewhere that the Questyle M15 is a current-biased amplifier, not voltage-based, so their amplification technology...
  3. baskingshark

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Haha but in recent times, there are KZ pokemon kittens being born almost every week. And 99% of them are clones that look and mew alike! Each new kitten that is born is labelled "PRO" or "ULTRA" or "MAX" and given an alphabet soup name.
  4. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Quite an interesting test, but maybe a few things could be added to give greater weight to the experiment? 1) Perhaps can get a graphing rig to show the changes at 0 hours and at 200 hours on objective measurements on a FR. 2) Increase sample size of participants and also the IEMs. If it is...
  5. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Agree with you guys, HOLA is a bit too boring, L shaped, lacking treble sparkle. Too safe IMHO. Which is ironic, as the Japanese name of the HOLA (赫) on the box, means brightening, illumination, or sparkling. It is not a bright or sparkly set at all, technicalities are also bang average. With...
  6. baskingshark

    Sony budget earphone discussion thread (MH750, MH755, MH1C, EX300, etc)

    What you are describing for this "clicking" sound is probably driver flex, where the dynamic driver crinkles under pressure, due to insufficient venting. While manufacturers claim this will not harm the driver, I've seen anecdotal reports on forums of the IEM dying after a bad case of driver...
  7. baskingshark

    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Do you get a hiss with the Quark DSP? Ie the inbuild DAC has a poor noise floor? And how is it techincally compared to some other budget single DD types? Thanks in advance!
  8. baskingshark

    Best IEM tips?

    Generally foam tips can give quite good passive isolation. However, they may dampen the treble a bit and also may be less durable than silicone tips (ie may need replacing every few months). For silicone tips, I use Spinfits for better isolation, but YMMV.
  9. baskingshark

    The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

    DROP is having a free delivery promotion now, from Monday, January 23, 2023 at 2:00PM PT through Sunday, January 29, 2023. For International customers: INSTOCKREADYTOSHIP coupon code Free delivery if minimum spend of $50USD, limited to 5 items For USA customers: NOMOREOUTAGES coupon code I...
  10. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Speaking about the JVC FW1800, apparently DROP is having a free delivery promotion now, from Monday, January 23, 2023 at 2:00PM PT through Sunday, January 29, 2023. For International customers: INSTOCKREADYTOSHIP coupon code Free delivery if minimum spend of $50USD, limited 5 items For USA...
  11. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    What do you guys think of these sites that purport to put a recording signature of an IEM that you can listen to? I mean we all use different sources and transducers while trying to listen to these site's recording signatures, so that in itself will skew the FR and give different colouration. I...
  12. baskingshark

    Tin HiFi Impressions Thread

    That's a great find! Based on their store page, it seems it is mostly accessories and cosmetic changes (reskin), but the tuning is the same apparently.
  13. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Harman is selling the AKG N5005 at $199 USD: https://www.ebay.com/itm/154910446024 https://www.harmanaudio.com/akg/AKG+N5005.html Originally it sold at $1k ish USD. But I think this $199 deal is only for US addresses. You might need a forwarder or something if you live outside US.
  14. baskingshark

    AUDIOSENSE in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Harman is selling the AKG N5005 at $199 USD. https://www.ebay.com/itm/154910446024 https://www.harmanaudio.com/akg/AKG+N5005.html It is a hybrid with 4 tuning signatures, can be basshead to neutral to treblehead. Tight and fast bass, very good imaging, micro-detailing and soundstage. It needs...
  15. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Haha wow congrats on the nice line-up. Look forward to your impressions! Surprised you didn't bite on any of the JVC Massdrop firesale IEMs! It is kinda hard to find 1 IEM that can do everything well. You might wanna consider an IEM with tunable switches/nozzles in that case, something that...
  16. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    The XBA N3 and P5 are quite different beasts. N3 is much warmer (L shaped even), with a thicker note weight. N3 has much larger mid-bass on tap, though the bass isn’t as tight, with mid-bass bleeding. The P5 is already quite smooth in the treble, but the N3 is much darker. Even though both are...
  17. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Indeed, I think the AKG N5005 requires almost as much power as a Final E3000 to shine. I'm not talking about volume, but that without proper juice, the N5005 doesn't have that great dynamics or bass tightness. The BA timbre deducts a bit of marks too in my book, but other than that, the...
  18. baskingshark

    Earbuds Round-Up

    I ordered a bunch of these and really like them in terms of comfort and sonic profile. But I realize some batches of these coloured foams, some of the dye leaks out, and stains the shirt and cable and earbud! It is quite strange, some batches, I have zero issues, but for other batches, the dye...
  19. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Wow good eagle eye find! Haha maybe a Drop rep has been monitoring this thread and realizing a lot of us with GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) are flooding to get the JVC FW1800 and the 63% off with $40 cashback. I was seriously gonna purchase it today, then realized at the payment page that...
  20. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Wow nice that they honoured it! Anyways, look forward to your reviews on this. I wonder how competitive these JVCs of a few years ago will be, against some modern day CHIFI of similar pricing. I'm a Final Audio fanboy and have the entire E series, but even I think that technically (and perhaps...
  21. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Wow that's fast, I thought DROP only shipped them on 15th Feb! Look forward to your impressions! Hmm, the FD01 is obsolete, with the FDX1 adding on some tuning filters to tame the upper frequencies of the original FD01, which were a bugbear for some users. JVC is really clearing their...
  22. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Wow how is the JVC FW1800 by the way? A few of us are very interested in the DROP sale price for it (I think @mochill and @lgcubana have bought it! ) Is the upper mids area very hot? Some reviews and the graph seems to suggest so. Thanks for your input!
  23. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Cable seems non-detachable. But anyways, I do think there are probably gonna be compromises for a single BA transducer - namely: 1) Inadequate extension in sub-bass and/or higher treble - there's only so much a single BA can cover without crossovers/other drivers picking up the slack. 2) BA...
  24. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Sorry I haven't tried this and ain't that much into wireless gear. Maybe someone else can chime in. EDIT: there's a review here FWIW: https://www.qucox.com/jvc-ha-fw1000t-review/
  25. baskingshark

    The discovery thread!

    Actually I stand corrected. KZ did release some pokemons recently in 2023: 1) KZ ZAR: 1DD+7BA $81 USD - apparently they say it is their new flagship https://www.facebook.com/KZEarphones/posts/pfbid0uAy5ttumP89peSNzByMY8dS8EBpYqosXtx47inAtUzJvtA536tVrjnQnHQvKH9Z2l...
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