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  1. unifutomaki

    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    I’m definitely keeping mine for sure
  2. unifutomaki

    Sony WF-1000XM4 Impressions Thread

    The new firmware has improved the tuning to a point where I’ve changed my mind about selling my XM4s. Without EQ, it’s still a tad too mid-bass focused, but adding +1db at 400 and +2db at 1K brings male vocals forward to the extent that I’m happy with them. No more treble EQ needed.
  3. unifutomaki

    The discovery thread!

    Another swing and a miss then 🤦🏻‍♂️
  4. unifutomaki

    Reply to review by 'unifutomaki' on item 'Questyle M12 (Mobile DAC/Amp)'

    Excellent review and I agree with just about everything. As someone who also uses an iPhone as a transport, the M12 really brings out the best in my final A4000s, especially with respect to its resolution, detail and air. I absolutely love the way they synergise with each other.
  5. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    I don’t want to know what you’ve been doing with them Apple dongles XD /jk Power doesn’t necessarily translate to better sound quality. More power will give more headroom for higher impedance gear, but also translate to higher battery drain (from the host device) and possibly more heat.
  6. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    I’ll be that guy and say: Apple dongle.
  7. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    The CRA is excellent. My new on-the-go, everyday-carry wired beater of choice.
  8. unifutomaki

    The discovery thread!

    I was inspired by @RikudouGoku to find out how terrible my Sora Light 2019 channel matching really is, so I went and bought a Dayton IMM-6 along with some vinyl tubing, and read up about REW. My graphs are raw and I'd appreciate advice as to how to make them more comparable with other published...
  9. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    I had some Amazon gift cards kicking around so I decided to order a Dayton IMM-6 and some vinyl tubing to play with. Great channel matching with my CRAs. Graph is raw and should probably not be compared with any other graph + I'm still learning :)
  10. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Well, I can’t really use EQ/PEQ and I don’t necessarily want to change my transport just so I can have that. Moreover, if you use a pair of IEMs across multiple sources and swap across multiple pairs of IEMs, it’s a pain to have to remember to swap EQ presets every time. IEMs can and should be...
  11. unifutomaki

    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Final A4000? muddy bass? Not in my experience.. For the record, I find the CRA to sound leaner than even the so called bright A4000 especially in the treble.
  12. unifutomaki

    Sony WF-1000XM4 Impressions Thread

    ok bro that’s like your opinion
  13. unifutomaki

    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Haha well I'm not a huge proponent of "burn-in" as a solution to a problem one may have with a set, just as microwaving a cheap TV dinner for longer isn't going to make it taste any better, but I'm really quite liking the CRA for what it is as it continues to sit in my ears :D
  14. unifutomaki

    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    I listened to the track and the tambourines didn’t bother me as much, although the CRA is certainly one of the leaner sounding sets in my collection. I was swapping between the Sora Light 2019 and the CRA earlier and the CRA is not one to smooth over anything really.
  15. unifutomaki

    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    I can unironically listen to them (and am actually having them in my ears right now), so for $12 I consider it a success. Will probably keep them and not flip them, which is something I could not say for the past two KZ releases.
  16. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Good to know I’m not imagining and conjuring up my hype-bubble bursting criticisms :)
  17. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Been listening to the CCA CRA today and although it’s not perfect, I’m enjoying it so far. The only real issue with it is its relatively lean note weight and its (perhaps related) tendency towards harshness in the upper-mids and treble, particularly at higher listening volumes. In exchange...
  18. unifutomaki

    The discovery thread!

    CCA CRA first impressions Mild V-shaped sound signature with good bass control, so the mids recession isn't too bad. Sounds rather lean overall, but not in an outright unpleasant way. Notes don't stick around for very long. While there is elevated bass, it is (to my ears) tastefully done and...
  19. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    There’s no need to be dismissive. Standardising for an 8K peak and ensuring that the measurement equipment at least tries to comply, or purportedly complies to a standard (which btw is itself defined by a manufacturing specification) is important for comparing FR charts across reviewers.
  20. unifutomaki

    The discovery thread!

    Another challenger enters. Very simple construction, extremely lightweight, not particularly premium-feeling but wasn’t really expecting it. Opted for the clear colour variant in order to be able to see the driver better and because my previous few KZs have all been black. Getting driver...
  21. unifutomaki

    The discovery thread!

    Qian39 arrived tonight. They look and feel like they have been salvaged from an old cassette player bundle, but they sound lovely. Again, I must state that I’ve had limited experience with earbuds, but these seem to have greater energy in the mids than the Yincrow X6 I tried previously and seem...
  22. unifutomaki

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    The cymbal hissing just made it impossible to get into the music with the ZEX Pro, not to mention the stark contrast in positioning between male and female vocals - the former are fairly subdued while the latter just floats above everything else. And price isn’t really an excuse because...
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