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  1. toaster22

    US Head-Fi Tour: VISION EARS ELYSIUM vs. VE8 vs. ERLKöNIG TOTL CIEM Tour - Starting November 2019

    I think the Elysium is right up there with the best of them. Whether it’s justified or not, the “going rate” for totl custom iems nowadays is around the $2.5 - $3k mark. I do think the erlkonig is a truly amazing product and earns its high price. I think for me it may very well be the best...
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    Fir Audio Thread - Discussion and Impressions

    @Vitaly2017 Told you! Enjoy your time with the m5.
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    Fir Audio Thread - Discussion and Impressions

    A18 (not est, but no doubt a totl iem, with tia) - Super flat frequency response, incredible detail across the board. M5 - V-shaped signature with accentuated bass and treble that's completely in your face and super fun to listen to - amazing for edm and pop. Elysium - Amazingly unique tuning...
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    flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

    too hot...too cold...just right. pick a bowl! the a18t treble remains some of the most detailed and energetic i've heard. even the elysium significantly softens things up top in comparison. if you're sensitive to treble, or just prefer less of it, makes total sense that the ve8 would be your...
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    The Official 64 Audio Thread | apex & tia Technologies

    The A18t is a fantastic iem. Years after its release, it’s still one of the best I’ve heard. It is extremely accurate and detailed in its presentation. I like the 12 as well, but the 18 just adds heaps of energy and high end detail. The 12 is warmer with significantly less treble detail...
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    US Head-Fi Tour: VISION EARS ELYSIUM vs. VE8 vs. ERLKöNIG TOTL CIEM Tour - Starting November 2019

    Really nicely written, Ike. Vocals are indeed off the charts and by far the best I've ever heard. What strikes me most about both the Elysium and Erlkonig is just how good VE is at tuning monitors; the emotion and engagement with both of these, especially the erlkonig, is just so good. It...
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    US Head-Fi Tour: VISION EARS ELYSIUM vs. VE8 vs. ERLKöNIG TOTL CIEM Tour - Starting November 2019

    heard it can take up to a month or longer to get a new one. on their website, it says you can just email them to order. i've been in contact with ve for quite some time, so i'll just email reach back out to my contact whenever i'm ready to pull the trigger. unless a used one pops up somewhere...
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    US Head-Fi Tour: VISION EARS ELYSIUM vs. VE8 vs. ERLKöNIG TOTL CIEM Tour - Starting November 2019

    i agree. aside from being the best all-ba iem, it is simply the best iem i've heard to date. the tuning is incredibly detailed (i daresay even more than the a18, which is hard to believe,) with a somehow even grander and massively powerful stage and presence. the musicality and engagement is...
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    Fir Audio Thread - Discussion and Impressions

    dude... that is exactly what love is like...
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    Fir Audio Thread - Discussion and Impressions

    fair. also disagree with the fourte being more "real to life..." :smiley: 64 audio has talked about how the fourte is all about emotion, not realism. I would agree. It has a very romantic sound, which is definitely unique. i really like the fourte as well, but i do think it has some...
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    Fir Audio Thread - Discussion and Impressions

    Don't agree with this, but I do think the m5 has a more exciting and overall engaging signature.
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    Fir Audio Thread - Discussion and Impressions

    i gave 2 reasons for why people might not like the u/a18t in my review: - preference for dynamic driver bass - sensitivity to treble i think you're making a good choice for yourself.
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    Sensaphonics 3Max CIEMS

    Sold on another platform.
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    The Official 64 Audio Thread | apex & tia Technologies

    ^ yeah. @quodjo105 i feel like you and @Vitaly2017 might have similar taste, and appreciate something with a bit more meat, like the Elysium or trio.
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    The Official 64 Audio Thread | apex & tia Technologies

    i see... my main concern is that you said you love the phantom mids. i didn't understand the phantom at all when i listened to it, everything just sounded really thick and lacking in detail to me. (not starting a debate whether the phantom is good or not, i know lots of people love them. i...
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    The Official 64 Audio Thread | apex & tia Technologies

    The A18 is really, really good with all genres. That said, I feel some may find the m5 more engaging with electronic music. I used to think the a18 was the best for electronic music before I heard some iems with "less neutral" signatures. I now think that iems with accentuated bass and...
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    US Head-Fi Tour: VISION EARS ELYSIUM vs. VE8 vs. ERLKöNIG TOTL CIEM Tour - Starting November 2019

    Erlkonig on the way to @Todd1. Not going to say too much, but I will say this... The Erlkonig is the best all-ba iem i've ever heard. It makes me rethink the listening experience that is possible with a universal iem. It also makes me re-evaluate my perspective on what a detailed and...
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