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    Symphonium Titan - Impressions and reviews

    I think it may look bigger in that photo because it's slightly closer to the camera.
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    Noble Onyx

    I can see this being the case. I find Final E tips a bit muddy with some pairings while Omnis are high clarity tips.
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    Subtonic STORM: Impressions and Discussion

    I don’t think you’re making anyone think anything other than “they’re being annoying”
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    Subtonic STORM: Impressions and Discussion

    Yes, and if you can’t, it’s a skill issue 😉 If you’re here just to complain about the price and “psychology” and whatnot, can you take it elsewhere? You’re putting a damper on the thread, thanks.
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    Best IEM for under $2500

    The new Melodic Artification Alter Ego is, IMO, the best IEM you can buy at $2500 USD at the moment. It’s a comfortable fit and meets all your requirements.
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    Of those I prefer Orbit Saga 8W by a good margin. If money was no object I’d probably own one. That and an SS 8W 😄
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    I actually did exactly this with Alter Ego and the Beat Audio Orbit Saga 8W ($7.2k USD). Immediately, the soundstage becomes immense and there are oodles of detail from everywhere. It’s one of the most impressive things I’ve ever heard. I also tried the Beat Audio Cyclone 8W and Billow MK2...
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    I don't have super detailed impressions of Ultron but here goes. I demoed it with Alter Ego off a 320MAX. Compared to Alter Ego's stock cable, there are improvements to resolution, staging, and overall techs. It maintains Alter Ego's neutral warm tone from what I remember. It's less thick/warm...
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    I tried this pairing at MT. It results in a thicker sound which I liked. I also like the stock cable so it's just a matter of preference/mood.
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    Mid Fi - General chat for all discussions and general chat a Thread for all.

    Porta Pros are unironically very good lol. I use them for work.
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    Mid Fi - General chat for all discussions and general chat a Thread for all.

    I agree with the $500 to $2k and under estimation for mid-fi. So many good sets to be found in this bracket.
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    Mid Fi - General chat for all discussions and general chat a Thread for all.

    Oh, nice! I was curious about it because I wanted a daily/travel DAP. I know you just got it, but do you have any way-too-soon impressions for us?
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    Agreed with Alter Ego sounding exciting and new. I told a friend of mine this too, that Alter Ego sounds new and fresh. I'm also hard-pressed to fault it. Usually I have to find reasons to purchase something. In AE's case, I'm looking for reason's not to buy it. It's a compelling package. I...
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    Mid Fi - General chat for all discussions and general chat a Thread for all.

    To get the conversation flowing, what are your top mid-fi sets right now? My personal list: Symphonium Titan, Nightjar Singularity, U4s, IER-Z1R, Symphonium Crimson
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    Symphonium Titan - Impressions and reviews

    Nightjar Duality (yet to be released) is in contention for "top" endgame sets for bassheads IMO. If your budget is capped at $1k USD, Titan is a top endgame basshead set too.
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    I haven't noticed any isolation issues but MusicTeck is also located in a quiet neighborhood so I don't think I can comment on this with confidence.
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    I didn't ask Leo if he heard my music playing but yes, I believe there's some leakage.
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    MusicTeck Impressions Paid a visit to Leo and Andrew @MusicTeck today where I was able to demo the popular Melodic Artification Alter Ego as well as the following: - Noble Audio Onyx (re-demo) - Astral Acoustics Mars, and Eclipse - Flash Acoustics Thanos, and Ultron - Beat Audio Cyclone...
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    The Watercooler -- Impressions, philosophical discussion and general banter. Index on first page. All welcome.

    Noir, Storm RE, Dio, and Alter Ego (just demoed it today, will post impressions later)
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    Feedback by 'Smirk 24' on listing 'Shanling M9 Plus'

    Great buyer! Quick payment and communication. Recommended.
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    Subtonic STORM: Impressions and Discussion

    That’s what I meant by “as of right now” 😉
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    Subtonic STORM: Impressions and Discussion

    As of right now I believe it's 6000 USD. It was posted a page or two ago.
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    Elysian Annihilator 2023

    I haven’t been on the Effect Audio website in a while, but they offered a P-ear (Pentaconn) ConX adapter for an additional $15 or so USD last I remember.
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