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DITA Twins

Rating:
4.875/5,
  1. Dobrescu George
    Snappy Edge Precision - Dita Twins Fidelity IEMs R
    Written by Dobrescu George
    Published Jun 24, 2019
    5.0/5,
    Pros - + Excellent Detail Retrieval
    + Awesome build quality and comfort
    + Works with both Single Ended and Balanced Sources
    + Beautiful design
    + Instruemnt separation, clarity and definition is amazing
    + Flagship price, but they are worthy of their price tag
    Cons - - Bass is neutral, lacks impact and quantity
    - Treble can be too hot or too much in quantity for some
    - Although it is amazing, it still is a bit pricey
    Snappy Edge Precision - Dita Twins Fidelity IEMs Review

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    Dita Fidelity is a Single-Dynamic-Driver IEM from Dita, coming at a pretty high price point of 1300 USD, but also sporting some interesting features like its AWESOME Cable. Given its price point, dita Fidelity has to stand up to other flagships, like Campfire Atlas, Da Vinci IX, and even their own brothers, Dita Fealty. This will be a fun trip, so I hope you're ready for it.




    Introduction

    When it comes to nice companies and strong customer support, Dita is a pretty good one, having quite an excellent track so far, and having provided some interesting flagship products to music lovers all over the world to this moment. Dita is also known for being quite creative with their products, usually designing unique driver technology rather than relying on the same formula employed multiple times, as multi-BA configurations do. There are inherent advantages and inherent limitations to each approach, but Dita is one company to design and cross the boundaries of what was possible before when creating a new product.

    It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with Dita, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by Dita or anyone else. I'd like to thank Dita for providing the sample for this review. This review reflects my personal experience with Dita Fidelity. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in Dita Fidelity find their next music companion.



    About me

    https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/p/about.html



    Packaging

    First things first, let's get the packaging out of the way:

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    The fun part about Dita Fidelity, as well as Dita Fealty, its bigger brother, is that they actually have packages worthy of their price point. It is fun to see a company that really cares about this part, because sometimes, especially when you're paying a flagship price, you wish to see a more interesting and complete package.

    With Dita Fidelity, you get everything in a black box, you get a neatly packaged and presented overall package that includes Final Tips (some of the best there are, equal to Spinfit tips in quality), you get a leather pouch, and airplane adapter, and you also get a 2.5 mm Balanced jack for the awesome cable. This means that with dita Fidelity, you can plug them both in a Single Ended source, but also in a Balanced source.

    Overall, Dita Fidelity really does a package worthy of a flagship, marking all the important aspects for an IEM in this price range.



    What to look in when purchasing a high-end In-Ear Monitor

    https://www.audiophile-heaven.com/p/what-to-lookl.html



    Technical Specifications

    Driver - Single dynamic driver: Ref-Fi
    FR - 18Hz-25kHz
    Impedance - 16 ohms
    Sensitivity - 95dB +/- 1 dB@1kHz
    Colour - Fidelity: Barium Grey
    Cable - DITA Fat Cable 2 with TPE Insulating Jacket
    Connector - Awesome 2.5mm TRRS & 3.5mm TRS



    Build Quality/Aesthetics/Fit/Comfort

    Starting with the build quality, Dita Fidelity is quite a strong IEM, with the body made in the barrel typical shape, and they also have proper vents on the outside. The body is fully metallic, which means that Dita Fidelity is quite resilient, and the finish on the outer plate is absolutely beautiful, with a glass finish.

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    The Dita Logo is also embedded on the outer plate.

    Dita Fidelity comes with a 2-Pin detachable cable, and they also come with the Awesome Cable, which has a detachable Jack, so you not only get a good selection of using them with either a Balanced or a Single Ended source, but Dita Fidelity is also quite easy to use with other cables, in case you want to change the cable.

    Now, the default cable does not look very fancy, but is of a good quality, it is not microphonic and it is not tangle-prone either, making a pretty good cable for Fidelity.

    Furthermore, Dita Fidelity comes with Final tips, which are some of the most comfortable and high-quality tips, comparable to Spinfit, both being personal favorites when it comes to comfort.

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    Now, Dita Fidelity is actually extremely comfortable, they have no driver flex, and they go around-the-ear, which means that there is no microphonic noise either. The shape and design surely doesn't look comfortable at first sight, but they are simply natural when you place them in your ears, somehow the shape is just perfect for the average ear. The insertion depth is average, neither too shallow, nor too deep, making Dita Fidelity quite ideal for someone who is looking for just a comfortable IEM.

    Dita Fidelity has low SPL, but low impedance as well, meaning that it will favor more detailed sources, and it will favor better sources, and it will also pick up some hiss from hissy sources, so it is best to use Fidelity with a better source that has a low output impedance.

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    There is a good amount of passive noise isolation, although Dita Fidelity does leak a bit, so you will not hear quite that much from the outside, but if you'll be enjoying some classy Brutal Technical Death Metal or some Raw Black Metal in a library, people may catch on that, well, if you don't catch fire or open a portal to the underworld, which will give you out sooner than listening to Dita Fidelity (I enjoy bands like those, please take the joke as it is).

    Overall, Dita Fidelity is a proper flagship when it comes to build quality, fit and comfort.



    Sound Quality

    The most interesting part of this review, the sonics of Dita Fidelity, is actually where I feel like writing the most. This is because, while they are a nice high-end flagship IEM, with amazing comfort and nice luxurious presentation, the question is whether they sound good for their 1300 USD price tag, and man, do they sound good.

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    Dita Fidelity is extremely tight, detailed, neutral to bright, with an extreme amount of detail and clarity. They are slightly sterile sounding, with the bass being extremely linear and neutral, but having excellent speed in their bass, with a midrange that is juicy and has a smooth-ish texture, but which has extreme amounts of detail, and with at treble that is sparkly, clear, crisp and very well-extended.

    The bass of Dita Fidelity is deep and well-extended down low, but it is very neutral in amount, making them very snappy and fast, but not very impactful or satisfying, if you were looking for large amounts of slam. They really compliment more gentle music better, like progressive metal, Jazz, and pop, more than deathcore, EDM or music that is supposed to rumble a lot. The bass is also able to keep up the speed with technical death metal and really aggressive EDM, but being quite neutral in quantity, I can't fully recommend Fidelity for those musical styles.

    The midrange is extremely detailed, so much, that I often just grab Fidelity because of their raw detail and clarity. The texture of the midrange is smooth-ish, not exactly smooth, but it is not grainy either, instead, having an extreme amount of detail, expressed in the most correct way possible. They really compliment female voices nicely, and Dita Fidelity feels like they were an IEM made in Heaven for those who like clarity and Detail. The midrange is also pretty sweet, complimenting Jazz and even guitar solos nicely.

    The treble is very snappy, well-extended to the highest of registers, sparkly, and has a lot of energy and impact. There is a clear amount of detail, and the treble texture is smooth, so you don't get any grain distracting you from your music, and to add to the fun, the soundstage really extends nicely in every direction, making atmospheric music sound truly outstanding.

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    Overall, the dynamics of Dita Fidelity are quite excellent, and so is the overall impact of their sound, although most of the impact is in the midrange and treble, rather than in the bass. They really sound as detailed as an IEM at 1300 USD should sound. The instrument separation is just as amazing as the detail, making Fidelity quite fit for both extreme music styles like Black Metal, as well as something smoother and more relaxed like Jazz. There is something about their well separated, detailed, clear and snappy sound that makes me grab Fidelity often, even for EDM and Dubstep though, and although I know some bassheads may not be fully satisfied with this kind of sound, I also know that every single person who will hear them, will be amazed by the raw amount of detail Fidelity has.



    Portable Usage

    Dita Fidelity is pretty much excellent for portable usage. They are small, they are nimble, the cable is flexible, thin, yet very well made and designed.

    Fidelity is easy to drive, in case you want to use them with something like a Bluetooth Necklace cable, but they also scale pretty nicely with a high-end source, in case you want to use Fidelity with something like iBasso DX220 or FiiO M11. Furthermore, Fidelity is one of those IEMs that you want to take everywhere with you, because you can get a lot of attention when pulling them out, since they have that beautiful, unique, leather carrying case, along with their inherent design and build quality, all of which screams luxury and quality.

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    There is no driver flex, and no microphonic noise when using Dita Fidelity, so you could happily use them while running, jogging, and they have quite an excellent amount of passive noise isolation, so taking a walk through a noisy place is a breeze while using Fidelity.

    One thing to keep in mind is that Dita Fidelity has a tiny bit of noise leakage though, so they are not absolutely dead silent, but this should not be an issue for most users, and they are nowhere near as prone to noise leakage as something like Final Audio E5000, which was really prone to noise leakage.

    Overall, Dita Fidelity is one of the best IEMs in terms of portability, they look good, they are portable, come with a pretty trendy yet effective carrying case for their shape and design, and they are comfortable, have no issues if used for running, and isolate enough to be taken literally everywhere.



    Comparisons

    For the comparisons part, I have chosen Campfire Atlas, CTM Da Vinci IX, and Dita Fealty. In the comparisons with Dita Fealty, I'll also be featuring small bits about how Fealty compares to Dita Answer Truth Edition, which was a very interesting product from Dita that I reviewed before.

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    Dita Fidelity vs Campfire Atlas - Campfire Atlas is really close in terms of pricing to Dita Fidelity, and thus they make an interesting comparison. In terms of package and presentation, both are luxurious IEMs, both come with a good selection of tips, and both are well made. Atlas seems to have driver flex, while fidelity doesn't especially at first, while Atlas also seems to have a more fancy default cable that is Silver, while Fidelity has a Copper cable, although some people may prefer copper above Silver when it comes to cables. The comfort is better on Fidelity than it is on Atlas, because Fidelity has a smaller overall body, is more ergonomic and sits better in ear, is lighter and they have no driver flex nor void. Atlas picks up hiss easier than Dita Fidelity. The sound is quite different actually, Atlas has a much much more enhanced bass and mid bass, they have waaaay more rumble and impact, but Fidelity is more refined, has more detail and better instrument separation, where Atlas sounds more grand, more open and more large, Fidelity sounding more precise. Atlas sounds more natural, although pretty spicy and peppy in the treble, where Fidelity sounds, well, like a high-fidelity kind of IEM, a bit sterile, in direct comparison. Considering the fact that both have more or less the same price, if you want a grand, open and warm sound, yet with crisp treble, Atlas is still an excellent choice, while if you want a neutral, bright, sparkly sound with a lot of detail and instrument separation, Dita Fidelity makes a very interesting option.

    Dita Fidelity vs CTM Da Vinci IX - Da Vinci IX is the warm-sounding brother from CTM, with the bigger brother, the CTM X being closer in signature to Fidelity, but costing more than the IX. In terms of sound, IX is warmer, smoother and more open, with a wider soundstage than Fidelity, IX is similarly comfortable, although if I had to choose between the two, then Fidelity is slightly more comfortable than IX, as it is smaller physically. In terms of overall sound, both have pretty much the same detail, smae clarity and same instrument separation, while Da Vinci IX has a larger soundstage, is a warmer and more romantic sound, but this all comes at a higher price point, as CTM IX costs about 2000 USD, compared to 1300 USD price point of Dita Fidelity. Overall, if you have more money to invest, and if you're looking to get a warmer, more romantic kind of sound, you should consider CTM IX, but if you're looking for a really outstanding instrument separation, clarity and definition, then you should totally consider Dita Fidelity, as they are one of the best I've heard in this price range, in terms of detail and clarity.

    Dita Fidelity vs Dita Fealty (And Dita Answer Truth Edition) - Now, things are more fun. I have chosen to add CTM Da vinci IX to this comparison, because I think that Dita Fealty is quite a bit different from Dita Fidelity. It isn't just the different tuning, but Dita Fealty isn't quite as detailed, it simply has a different sound, with a smoother, more rounded sound, warmer, with a more large presentation. This being said, somehow fidelity manages to cut the song and extract more detail than Fealty, I find myself grabbing Fidelity more often, but I know that those who love a warm and romantic, and smooth presentation, will totally love Dita Fealty. And now, comparing the Fidelity to the Answer Truth Edition, The Truth has a very similar sound to Fidelity, but Fidelity is actually even more detailed, has an even better overall instrument separation than the Truth, Fidelity has a better overall impact and dynamics, and better ergonomics, making the Fidelity quite a considerable upgrade over the original Dita Truth.



    Recommended Pairings

    For the recommended pairings part of this video, I have chosen FiiO M11, iBasso DX220, and Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, as Fidelity is a proper flagship and scales quite a lot with its source.

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    Dita Fidelity + FiiO M11 - FiiO M11 is quite often in the spotlight lately, and for a good reason, M11 is one of the most interesting DAPs launched recently, because it has both a very good price, a very capable spec list, and a very very smooth firmware that simply works well. This includes Streaming, and flawless overall operation, two microSD slots, and many other features that make FiiO M11 one of the best DAPs I've seen recently, in that price range having very few actual competitors. With Dita Fidelity, M11's overall signature expresses a very natural sound, with a lot of detail, instrument separation, a soundstage that is wide more than it is deep, a clarity that will amaze you instantly, and M11 feels like it was made to be paired with Fidelity, because there's no trace of hiss either, making the two a pair that's really well matched in every aspect.

    Dita Fidelity + iBasso DX220 (AMP7) - iBasso DX220 still makes my daily DAP too often, it is simply that kind of flagship that you know you love, you know how to use and which feels natural, with very few shortcomings, making it a natural option way too often. With Dita Fidelity, the sound is even more dynamic, more impactful, and more organic that it is with most DAPs and sources, DX220 with AMP7 surely has an organic and musical approach to sound. The soundstage is both deep and wide, the detail is insanely good, and there is a clear layering that makes listening to this pairing fun and surprising every singe time.

    Dita Fidelity + Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ - Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ is one of the best flagships I heard to date, it is the kind of flagship that makes listening to music fun even when you're sad and even when you wouldn't typically be in the mood for music, not only because it has an excellent dynamic, but also sports a natural soundstage, being so transparent, going in the insane territory. With Dita fidelity, you can hear some small amounts of hiss, so you know that Fidelity is a bit sensitive to hiss, but the sound is simply out-of-this world. I often listen to death metal, black metal and EDM, with this pairing, only to notice new details, that I haven't noticed before, this is just how crazy good Fidelity is when powered by a nice desktop flagship DAC/AMP.



    Value and Conclusion

    The price of Dita Fidelity is quite high actually, as it is a flagship, priced at 1300 USD, being quite pricey, although, in all fairness, it is a proper luxury flagship product that looks and feels like one. They come with the proper accessories, have the proper sound, and are pretty much a proper flagship for that price, although I would like to see this kind of quality at a more affordable price as well in the future (speaking about the detail revealing abilities and instrument separation to be more precise).

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    Now, Dita Fidelity has a pretty excellent overall shape and design, they are built like a tank, they have detachable cables, based on the 2-Pin connectors, and they come with The Awesome cable, which means that they give you the possibility of using them with both a Single Ended and a Balanced source.

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    They are very portable, being rather easy to drive, but scaling well with the source, and providing a good amount of isolation from the outside noise, making Dita Fidelity a very valuable friend if you want to go on a walk and take some proper flagship-grade IEM with you.

    The sound is one of the most detailed and clear that I had the honor to hear, with an excellent instrument separation, and a very neutral bass, yet with good speed, a very juicy and sweet midrange, and a sparkly, clear, well-extended and impactful treble, slightly reminiscent of the Dita Answer Truth Edition that I reviewed before.

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    All in all, if you're looking for a proper flagship, that looks and feels luxurious, which has a cable that works with both Single Ended and Balanced sources, which has detachable cables, excellent fit and comfort, and which has a snappy, light, quick, detailed, well separated and clear sound, I think you should totally add Dita Fidelity to your list of possible purchases, they are quite outstanding.



    Product Link (no affiliate links)

    http://www.ditaaudio.com/index.php/online-store/earphones/the-twins-26.html



    Full Playlist used for this review

    While we listened to considerably more songs than those named in this playlist, those are excellent for identifying certain aspects of the sound, like PRaT, Texturization, Detail, Resolution, Dynamics, Impact, and overall tonality. We recommend trying most of the songs from this playlist, especially if you're searching for new most, most of them being rather catchy.



    Tidal Playlist

    https://listen.tidal.com/playlist/64555551-ec3c-4279-ae44-248fdfcf6c4b



    Song List

    Bats - Gamma Ray Burst: Second Date
    Eskimo Callboy - Frances
    Incubus - Summer Romance
    Electric Six - Dager! High Voltage
    Kishida Cult - High School Of The Dead
    Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
    Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow
    Thousand Foot Krutch - The Flame In All Of Us
    Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
    Infected Mushroom - Song Pong
    Attack Attack - Kissed A Girl
    Doctor P - Bulletproof
    Maximum The Hormone - Rock n Roll Chainsaw
    Rob Zombie - Werewolf, Baby!
    Escape The Fate - Gorgeous Nightmare
    SOAD - Chop Suey
    Ken Ashcorp - Absolute Territory
    Machinae Supremacy - Need For Steve
    Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
    Crow'sclaw - Loudness War
    Eminem - Rap God
    Stromae - Humain À L'eau
    Sonata Arctica - My Selene
    Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
    Metallica - Fuel
    Veil Of Maya - Unbreakable
    Masa Works - Golden Japang
    REOL - Luvoratorrrrry
    Dope - Addiction
    Korn - Word Up!
    Papa Roach - ... To be Loved
    Fever The Ghost - Source
    Fall Out Boy - Immortals
    Green Day - Know The Enemy
    Mindless Self Indulgence - London Bridge
    A static Lullaby - Toxic
    Royal Republic - Addictive
    Astronautalis - The River, The Woods
    We Came As Romans - My Love
    Skillet - What I Believe
    Man With A Mission - Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Yasuda Rei - Mirror
    Mojo Juju - Must Be Desire
    Falling Up - Falling In Love
    Manafest - Retro Love
    Rodrigo Y Grabriela - Paris
    Zomboy - Lights Out
    Muse - Resistance
    T.A.T.U & Rammstein - Mosaku
    Grey Daze - Anything, Anything
    Katy Perry - Who Am I Living For
    Maroon 5 - Lucky Strike
    Machinae Supremacy - Killer Instinct
    Pendulum - Propane Nightmares
    Sirenia - Lithium And A Lover
    Saving Abel - Addicted
    Hollywood Undead - Levitate
    The Offspring - Special Delivery
    Escape The Fate - Smooth
    Samsara Blues Experiment - One With The Universe
    Dope - Rebel Yell
    Crazy Town - Butterfly
    Silverstein - My Heroine
    Memphis May Fire - Not Over Yet


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  2. Wyville
    Dita Audio Fealty - Inspiring Sound
    Written by Wyville
    Published Dec 10, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Neutral-natural tonality, very wide and deep stage, excellent layering, clear yet smooth, great build quality, Awesome cable
    Cons - Might require some time to adjust to the sound, proprietary 2-pin connector
    Dita Audio Fealty

    Disclaimer
    The Fealty have been on loan from my friend Nic, better known as The Headphone List reviewer Flinkenick. There was no intention to review these, I just felt inspired by their sound.

    Dita Audio Fealty
    • Driver: Single dynamic driver - Ref-Fe
    • Frequency response: 18Hz-25kHz
    • Sensitivity: 95dB +/- 1 dB@1kHz
    • Impedance: 16 ohms
    • Cable: DITA Fat Cable 2 with TPE Insulating Jacket
    • Connector: Awesome 2.5mm TRRS & 3.5mm TRS
    • Price: US$ 1,299.00

    Links:
    http://www.ditaaudio.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/DitaAudio/

    Preamble
    As mentioned in the disclaimer, I had no intention of reviewing the Fealty. They just happened to come my way from a friend in order for me to try out. They were not even considered my cup of tea. I usually gravitate towards warmer IEMs like my Empire Ears Phantom, and the Fealty offer a very different proposition. Why then the review? Because the Fealty surprised me and the Fealty inspired me. I can't find a better reason for writing a review. Not to mention that Dita Audio is one of those fascinatingly eccentric companies that always attract my attention. I love eccentric!

    Dita Audio state on their website that their philosophy is all about striving for perfection and that they aim to produce earphones of unrivalled quality and beauty. A tall order, but I have to hand it to them... they do seem to be able to attract my attention. Every IEM I have seen them release so far, I have been tempted by on sheer looks alone. I just love Dita's beautiful designs. From the Answer to the Dream to this Fealty (and its twin Fidelity) and the coming Project 71, all beauties! Sound was a bit harder to pin down. I of course read several reviews, but as the Fealty have proven, there is nothing like being able to hear for yourself and it took a while before I got my hands on a set of Dita IEMs. Thanks Nic! Now let's dig in and see what made the Fealty so irresistible to review.

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    Build quality and fit
    Dita have ambitious claims for what they are trying to achieve with their IEMs, so how did they do? Pretty darn good I would say! The Fealty are gorgeous looking and very solidly built. If these were not on loan from a friend, I would have no reservation about using them with little regard for the Fealty's health and safety, as I am sure they can stand up to even my level of abuse. Just how I like it! And on top of that these are actually really comfortable. They look like they might be a little heavy, but the housing is surprisingly light and the shape is excellent. They don't have a very deep insertion and don't need it either for a secure and comfortable fit. I have enjoyed wearing them for long listening sessions without any discomfort. The cable connectors are angled in a way that the cables easily fall over the ears and the cable itself is a very nice quality.

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    Because I received these on loan from a friend, I do not have the original packaging, but included were both the 3.5mm SE and 2.5mm balanced plugs for the Awesome plug, which I think is... well, awesome. It is a great idea considering the ever-growing number of different plugs. It is an elegant solution that hardly adds any bulk to the plug and greatly increases the versatility of the cable. My only concern was the use of aftermarket cables, which as a self-professed 'cablephile' I do enjoy. Although the sockets are the typical 0.78mm and therefore all standard 2-pin cables should fit, the proprietary housing makes this less than ideal. I tried it to see how it looked with my recently reviewed Eros II 8-wire, which I thought could pair very well with the Fealty, but the connection felt quite vulnerable to me. I did not dare risk it out of fear of bending the pins on my cable, or worse, ruining the sockets on my friend's Fealty. That said, happily (very happily!) I can say that the stock cable included is wonderful to use. Very supple, very ergonomic and there is no need to switch it unless you happen to be a borderline cableholic with an obsessive compulsive need to tinker with your gear... *bows head in shame*

    Overall the Fealty is a Dream (pardon the pun) to use and should last a good number of years even with intensive use. In that way I think Dita are living up to their ambitions. So what about sound?

    Source
    All listening was done with my AK70 from the balanced out.

    Presentation
    If there is one word of caution I would give anyone interested in the Fealty, it would be: Give yourself the time to get to know them. When I first heard them I was not all that impressed, but the more I listened, the more things started to come together in a beautiful way. Listening to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker really drove home that point for me. It was just so stunningly beautiful in its own characterful way.

    The Fealty are close to neutral IEMs, but done in a musical way. These are not sterile reference type IEMs, rather they are clear, airy and characterful. They present a very wide stage that does not have much height by comparison, but does have a surprising amount of depth. A letterbox type of stage with some of the very best layering I have heard to date. The Fealty offer a lot of detail and excellent separation, but key to the layering is the reduced warmth of the bass. With classical music I found that the bass section sits very far back compared to what I am used to, yet the dynamic driver has more than enough authority to ensure nothing is lost in the image. This creates an outstanding sense of depth with layer after layer flowing from the back to the front, each easily discernable. It is a gloriously beautiful presentation that works exceptionally well for classical music.

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    Bass
    The bass of the Fealty is quite different from anything I have heard so far. It seems almost schizophrenic in a really exciting way. It is a very tight and extremely well controlled bass that comes nowhere near the mids. However, it is at the same time capable of coming up with tremendous authority. It extends deep and has that characteristic feel that only a dynamic driver can deliver. It is tight, yet organic and bass instruments sound surprisingly full, resonant and impactful. It was one of the things I loved so much about the way the Fealty presented the Nutcracker. The story of the Nutcracker is dramatic and an emotional roller coaster, it is ballet after all, and the nature of the bass really emphasises the dramatic turn of events. It comes out of nowhere with incredible authority, quickly darkening the mood, only to disappear completely when the drama is over. I have heard really good presentations of this before, but the Fealty do it with clinical precision. Which is ironic because it is exactly why the Fealty sound anything but dry and clinical. With the other IEMs I have heard so far the bass would overwhelm the rest of the signature to varying degrees, certainly adding to the drama, but also losing something in the process. The Fealty avoid that. Everything is there, presented crystal clear in the layers in front of the bass, and while the bass dominates those section where events turn dramatic (as it should) nothing else gets lost to it. All the layers seem to maintain their clarity and detail really well.

    I think much of the character of the Fealty comes from this bass. It is a very powerful, yet exceptionally well controlled bass, and through this level of control the Fealty add just the right amount of excitement. Caro Emerald's Acoustic Sessions (an album I can't seem to get enough of lately) also shows this level of control very well with the double bass sounding thick and very presents, but firmly placed in the background. The kick drum of the Rolling Stones? Present, impactful and yet placed neatly at the back. Throw in some EDM and the bass does not disappoint in terms of presence and impact. Exceptionally well controlled and balanced with the rest of the signature.

    Mids
    The mids of the Fealty are clean, airy and exactly the reason why I advise a longer listening session, especially if you are like me and more used to warm, lush mids. The mids of the Fealty have what I would call a delicately natural tonality. I usually listen to the Empire Ears Phantom, which to me set a standard for a "natural" tonality. By comparison though the Phantom slap you in the face with their naturalness, while the Fealty gently stroke your ears. The fealty do not have very full sounding instruments, but there is enough body to avoid the instruments sounding thin. I particularly love listening to pre-romantic classical music, such as Dido & Aeneas (17th century), which benefits from the more neutral tonality because of the type of instruments used. Not to forget the crisp and clear vocals that sit in the centre of attention.

    Vocals with the Fealty are very good, though slightly favouring female vocals over male. I can't really complain about that because most of my vocal music is female singers. There is a lovely crisp clarity to vocals, they sound very natural and yet there is also an understated smoothness to them that I really like. It works great for choral music, such as one of my recent additions, Bach's Magnificat, which is a very layered choral piece. The combination of the wide stage, excellent layering, vocal clarity and smoothness gives a truly heavenly result. Brighter than I am used to, but even on high notes immensely enjoyable because of that smoothness. It has something silky that is very delicate and maintains wonderful clarity, making all the voices flow like a choir of angels.

    Indeed, I think that soprano Elin Manahan-Thomas has never quite sounded so clear, yet so smooth. This, I think, is a great indication of just how good the mids of the Fealty are and why I ended up feeling so compelled to write a review of them. There is a gentleness to the Fealty that makes them thoroughly enjoyable, even if (like me) you usually gravitate towards warm and smooth IEMs. Dita have really done something quite special to the Fealty's mids and I would have loved to compare these to the Vision Ears VE5. I do not have them around anymore, but the VE5 were the first IEMs that taught me that warmth is not a prerequisite for smooth. The Fealty prove that point once again.

    Treble
    At the high end the Fealty have been very surprising for me. They are brighter than all of my own IEMs, yet the treble is so lovely and easy-going. I do not feel the Fealty have a very sparkly treble, instead it is more refined and well-placed. Instruments such as cymbals do not rise high above the rest to demand attention; they sit within the image and are clearly defined and well rounded. I consider this important with music such as metal, where an overly excited treble can push cymbals too far forward, making them distracting more than anything else. Not so with the Fealty. While listening to Disturbed's The Lost Children album I could clearly hear the cymbals, but they were still placed perfectly within the image, adding excitement, but not distracting attention. It is very easy to enjoy and I do not think it will cause many issues for more treble sensitive people.

    There is still plenty of sparkle for pieces such as the aforementioned Nutcracker. It definitely feels sufficiently Christmassy to invoke images of sitting by a roaring fire and opening up presents to find that Santa brought me my very own Dita's... Sorry, Freudian slip there. It is not a sweet treble, which I do like with the Nutcracker, but the Fealty instead present a very clear treble that has a coolness without a hint of sharpness. Very nice!

    There is also a little bit of bite that I personally feel is important for string instruments, and the Fealty do string instruments such as violins very nicely. It is quite articulate and I sometimes miss a little of the thickness I get with the Phantom, but it is still very good to listen to Paganini's bow bouncing across the strings or the violins in Beethoven's 3rd being emphasised to add speed and excitement to the symphony.

    Comparisons
    -Empire Ears Phantom-
    As different as chalk and cheese? There are certainly differences, but also some similarities. To me at least both these IEMs present a type of naturalness. The Phantom are warmer, fuller sounding IEMs where the naturalness comes through very prominently and organically. The Fealty offer a more neutral sound that maintains enough thickness to sound natural, but it is not presented as prominently as with the Phantom. It is a more gentle approach that took me a little time to acclimatise to, but ended up enjoying tremendously.

    With the stock cable the Phantom are also more intimate sounding. The Fealty's stage extends wider and deeper, while the Phantom feel more holographic (cube shaped). Separation and detail are certainly the Fealty's strength, but I would give resolution to the Phantom. The thicker notes feel more complete, allowing the texture of strings and resonance of instruments to come through more clearly, more completely. The Fealty in that regard sit a little more on the articulate side.

    -Rhapsodio Galaxy V2-
    I did not have the stock cable for these, so take this comparison with that side-note. I did try out various cables and it gave me a good indication of the characteristic of the V2, which has some similarities to the Fealty. The V2 are also more neutral, detail-oriented and with a very capable bass. However, the V2 are much more detailed and the bass of the V2 is something really special that the Fealty do not match. It is more prominent and of a very high quality, resulting in a more exciting sound. The Fealty is relatively speaking more even and sounds more natural due to the V2's more articulate notes that result from the increased emphasis on detail. On my first listening I found the V2 to be the more clearly characterful IEMs and I naturally spent more time with them because of that. The Fealty simply took a little longer to acclimatise to, underlining the understated nature of their qualities, and yet they ended up inspiring me to write this review.

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    Conclusions
    What does it say when IEMs come in that compel me to write a review and write it in pretty much one single afternoon? It means that those IEMs have something truly captivating and I think Dita did just that with the Fealty. The Fealty are close to neutral IEMs that are clear, airy and characterful. They offer a more neutral take on a natural tonality and while more neutral, they still take full advantage of the qualities that a dynamic driver can give to the bass, adding excitement and dynamism. One word of caution, they ideally need a longer demo to fully appreciate their understated qualities, but the demo will be worth it.
  3. MrOTL
    Musical Yin and Yang twins
    Written by MrOTL
    Published Aug 22, 2018
    4.5/5,
    Pros - Unique exterior design concept.
    Switchable terminal.
    Stable output noise.

    Silky and clear treble (Fealty)
    Dynamic and solid bass (Fealty)
    Natural stage expression (Fealty)

    Natural tonal balance (Fidelity)
    Clear stage image (Fidelity)
    Smooth mid & treble (Fidelity)
    Good matching with 2.5mm BAL (Fidelity)
    Cons - Require high output power.
    Tricky BAL terminal matching
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    The first moment I met DitaAudio crew members was in Portafes 2017 Tokyo Japan audio show. All of the members are wearing classy fascinating black suits and white shirts with their company logo initialed. The products they exhibited were also as refined as they were.

    Unlike other brands, all of DitaAudio products have their own common unique feature. Its terminal has four-pin connector fixed with threaded aluminum cover. With the stock termination plug components (3.5 mm unbalanced/ 2.5 mm balanced / 4.4 mm balanced), users can match with any kinds of the latest audiophile portable devices.

    Another feature is that they are using one single transducer against the current market trend. According to DitaAudio engineer’s saying, a single dynamic driver can sufficiently express the audible frequency range and the natural sound-signature required by the earphone. That’s why ‘DITA’ brand name is capitalized from the sentence called ‘Dynamic Is The Answer’.


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    The actual appearance of the two products, Twins Fealty and Fedelity matched the initial prototype seen in last Singapore Canjam 2018 except cable color. Its diagonally protruded nuzzles covered by felt filters with sharply CNC machined aluminum unit housings. They are designed by the identically sized matte and the gloss materials together like its title ‘Twins.’

    They have attachable 2 pin connectors DitaAudio independently manufactured which can use with third-party cables. However, if you are using third-party cables, they will look unnatural and cause damage to the joint because of its trapezoid shapes, so that it is recommended that use only stock cables. The stock cable has a recessed socket shape 2pin connectors and is not compatible except for Ditaaudio brand products.




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    They are well made so that didn’t cause any damage to ear canals because of sharply CNC worked edges of aluminum unit chambers. However, the rear housing of the 'R' and 'L' marking on both sides of chambers protruded out significantly compared to the total length of the nozzles, so it’s a little bit uncomfortable to wear. Therefore, it is the better way to use one size larger ear-tips than usual or using a third-party to extend its nozzle length.


    The cables are not twisted to the trends today, so their flexibility seems to be off, but they are designed to be sturdy enough, and the heavyweight Y-splitter serves as a safety load reduces the tangle or microphonics problem. The shape of the long round metal barrel is presumed to have a built-in impedance circuit to control the sound propensity.










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    Twins Fealty


    When I listen to its name and try, one single sentence is passing my head by.​

    "Exact to the life!”

    Fealty gives a bright V-shaped sound-signature as its silver-colored housing. Its middle and high frequency present silky and cool ambiance, and around 5kHz is emphasized, that make high-hat and violin natural with airy and silvery feelings. There is less emphasis on the middle than the treble, so stage expression is drawn like streamline so that there is a bit the laid-back of the midrange. But, actually this laid-back is so exquisitely tuned that it does not sound unstable. Therefore, its vocal expression is not awkward. However, even with around 100Hz sound has heavy ambiance, under the focused point have less catchy ambiance details so that overall sound-signature seems pretty bright and light impression. So, it is suitable for a band composed of light and bright instruments or a recorded sound source of a slightly higher dynamic range.


    Even though its sensitivity and impedance are not that high, Fealty requires a high-powered output environment than the general earphones in the recent market. It is recommended that using with the stationary system or highly powered DAP products together. When using in low-powered products(like smartphones), the treble seems to be losing control and exposed to sibilance. Even if changing to a balanced terminal in low-powered devices, its sound becomes unnatural because the vocal laid-back becomes worse and the stage does not feel the reverberation. When the proper output condition is met, the entire treble’s ambiance gives a smooth, spacious and clean stage image. If pay attention to this point, I think that Fealty can be an excellent product. It requires high output conditions like headgears but does not easily be exposed to the output noise, there will be less stress for matching with output noise issue.






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    Twins Fidelity


    Fidelity is the same in Fealty’s appearance except for its color, but the sound-signature is completely different and Overall sound-signature is a little calm, heavy, and darky W-shape. Especially in the midrange, near 800Hz and 3kHz is emphasized, so that the mainly recorded session of music is drawn in close imaging position and the other sessions sound surround it. Due to the strong stage image of mid-range, the overall stage width seems to be relatively narrow, but the overall reverberation of the sound-signature is not muffled, and it does not sound lacking in spaciousness because of natural bass ambiance.

    The treble is less emphasized compared to the mid-range and has the sufficient dynamic range. Even with the calm sound feeling, it expresses the bright tone because of the speedy response characteristics. Its bass has a light reverberation as a whole and a neutral tone tendency. Unfortunately, it does not have a fast response characteristic, so it is difficult to get the details of the sound when listening to fast-moving sound sources such as dubstep or EDM. Since there is a feeling that the roll-off becomes sharp at around 6 kHz, the airy impression is insufficient compared to the Fealty, but there is a feature that does not choose the source genre because it shows stable high-sound performance.

    Fortunately, Fidelity has a less demanded output power than the Fealty. With a low-output or poor-quality device, the high-frequency range is too bright like fealty does, the details are blurred, and the bass volume is reduced. However, it is easier to use it with less difficulty when matching with a technically designed device for the sound field. With a 2.5mm balanced terminal, the response characteristics of the midrange get faster, and the ambiance feeling of mid-range becomes brighter so that it performs pretty well in the fast-moving sound sources. But, it is necessary to pay attention to the matching with the 4.4mm balanced that the middle sound is laid back little bit.



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    Bigheadfiler, I have done my best to make reviews practical and useful to the readers, and also made contents by free will without color. Please take time and judge from the article whether this is honest.

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  4. Watermelon Boi
    Dita Twins:Fidelity or Fealty that is the question
    Written by Watermelon Boi
    Published Aug 4, 2018
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Excellent performance
    -Solid build quality
    -2Pin locking system
    -The Awesome Plug
    Cons - Stock cable doesn't work with other IEMs
    -Solid carrying case not provided
    -4.4mm plug not provided
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    DITA Twins Review: Fidelity or Fealty, that is the question

    Dita is a worldwide brand that manufacturers premium earphones. Not any earphones, but with only single dynamic drivers. Their entry model, the Answer, is probably one of the most popular IEM and their higher models, the Truth for example, also gained good amount of popularity. Of course, it's important not to forget about their limited flagship model, the Dream, which gained incredible feedback and interest among audio communities. Though most of all know that the Dream was only produced in very small quantities and soon got discontinued after release.

    Now Dita applied the leart lessons from the Dream and was able to apply its technology for a lower price, which are the Twins. The Twins is a reference for their two flagship IEMs; Fidelity and Fealty. They're still flagship IEMs so the price isn't cheap ($1,299) however it's understandable as the Dream costed nearly $2k. Let's now take a look on the Twins and see their sonic difference, as well as a brief comparison with the Dream.







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    Packaging

    The packaging got significantly smaller compared to their previous models. There may be some who like large fancy boxes, but I rather prefer it to be small, so not a problem for me. The presentation still feels premium and retains Dita's original style of packaging. Other than the earphone itself, it comes with a 3.5mm jack, 2.5mm jack, aircraft adapter, 5 pairs of Final Audio E-type eartips, leather pouch, and some paperwork.

    It's a bit of a bummer that they didn't include an additional case that's more durable to be used on-the-go like they did with all their previous models. Besides, the Final Audio E-type eartips sonically matches nicely with the earphones, so no need to look for other eartips unless you know you need to.





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    Earpieces

    The earpieces are cnc'd out of chunks of metal, giving a firm, durable feeling on the hands. Unlike their previous models, the Twins have their logos engraved on the faceplate, giving a bold, lush look. The earpieces are shaped just like the Dream, however bigger in size. Dita reinforced the cable connection by adding a locking system, as well as extruding the 2pin connectors from the earpieces. This significantly increases the durability and prevents the earpieces falling off from the cable, in case the connectors get loose overtime. The downside is that the stock cables aren't compatible other than with the Twins. It also looks slightly odd if you pair of up with other cables, but not a big of a deal here.

    The Fidelity is finished with a black-ish purple color on the surface while Fealty is done with a sleek silver finish. The earpiece size feels to be same as the Answer or the Truth. They fit comfortably in my ears and has an adequate depth when inserted, giving good isolation as well as comfort. Most won't have a problem fitting these into their ears, unless you have a real tiny ear.





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    The upgraded Fat Cable 2

    The Twins are equipped with Dita's Fat cable 2 which is an upgraded version from the Answer. Dita didn't use Van Den Hul cable as they did with their truth editions and the Dream, but I guess that's how they managed to trickle down the price as well as improving their Fat cables. Dita still added their "gimmick" sort of component at the end of the cable, which is a metal pillar with the Fidelity/Fealty engraving. It doesn't hold any function other than for design, but definitely doesn't bother me when I stick my players into my pocket.

    Dita equipped the Twins with their well known Awesome plug. It's basically a connector system that enables the users to easily switch between various plugs like 2.5mm/3.5mm/4.4mm. (You could even get a lightning jack from aftermarkets but not authentic) The Twins come with 2.5mm and 3.5mm plugs, but it would of been even better if they included the 4.4mm plug as well. The 4.4mm plug can be purchased from Dita's website for $59, so you'll need to purchase it separately if you need one.





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    How's the sound: Fidelity

    Fidelity is all about the balance. And by saying balance, I'm not only talking about in terms of frequency response, but musical balance as well. Even though Fidelity may seem to be straight out flat and analytical, it manages to keep it very analytical without sacrificing musicality. While Etymotic ER4S sounds like the frequency response is ironed out flat, Fidelity feels more like it's gently boosted all throughout the frequency, making the sound analytical yet rich.

    Bass quantity is just about the right amount with adequate thickness, being similar to most slightly v shaped IEM. It also has a good amount of weight with prominent ultra low details, which is very impressive for an analytical sounding IEM. Of course, bass is not the main player here, but it's definitely not left out. Fidelity's bass performs just as good as other frequencies. The bass should be enough for most users unless you consider yourself as a real basshead. Mids are presented slightly forward with great transparency and purity.





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    Dita managed to tune Fidelity to stand right on the boundary between non-fatiguing and fatiguing sound. The brightness on the mids is delicate, being shiny but not too bright. It gives me an impression Fidelity has an adequate refreshness on the mids however the texture is very refined with precisely controlled sibilance, providing a comfortable environment for enjoying all the analytical details. One of the reasons why I love Dita IEMs is because of how they tune their vocals. Mids are surprisingly stable throughout the frequency, meaning that the surface on the mids stays flat without the spiky jumps, which is common for earphones as the vocal flows up the frequency. The thickness is just about neutral, showing appropriate matching with both male and female vocals. Besides, I also found the slight reverb on the vocal makes the sound more lively and full - considering it's a analytical IEM of course.

    Trebles take a small step back from the mids and shows a very natural tone. Trebles feel smooth, crisp, and it easily handles the swift snares with great texture details as well. It doesn't results any spikes on the highs, but it knows how to blatantly reveal the textures and details on the treble - I'd say that it's mildly unforgiving to poor sources compared to Fealty. Staging is formed in a round shape, being wide both horizontally and vertically. I personally believe this is the right way to present an IEM that's truly analytical. Transparent and pure.





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    How's the sound: Fealty

    There are two party when it comes to calling what kind of sound as a true "reference sound". Manufacturers like Etymotic consider flat as a reference while other manufacturers Campfire Audio considers a lively, realistic sound as a true reference sound by implementing how actually music sounds. I can see that Dita tried to minimize this gap as much as possible while respecting both parties, resulting to Fidelity and Fealty.

    Fealty takes a more musical approach to the sound, however same deal as Fidelity - it still keeps that balance. While Fealty is stated as a musical sounding IEM, it still achieves the exact detail just as Fidelity does. Fealty has more bass quantity than Fidelity, about 40% more. The Fealty has a clearer thud on the lows with bigger headroom. It also does a better job handling the bass texture and ultra low frequencies, definitely making it more preferable to bass lovers. Though the bass doesn't feel loosened or boomy but stays tightly controlled. There's an additional reverb and amount on the lows, making the bass more elastic and chewy. I was concerned of Fealty's bass response not being fast enough, but nevermind. It bounces back fast with accuracy.





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    The brightness is slightly lower than Fidelity, sitting just around being neutral. It also feels warmer but sounds crispy just as Fidelity does. Mids naturally flow from the bass and has a smoother transition. Vocals do step out a bit forward, but not as much as Fidelity does. Mids on Fealty sounds more lively, manly, and full. There's more thickness added to the vocals, showing a better match for energetic genres of music. Vocals also sound more emotional and relaxed, being more non-fatiguing than Fidelity. Sibilance doesn't exist, of course. It's interesting to see Fealty expressing reverbs without making the sound get loosened or muddy, but makes artists' voice more realistic.

    Fealty achieves the same treble details, though it takes a calmer approach than Fidelity. The edges are more round shaped and smoothed out. It still manages to correctly separate and analyze even when it's flooded with treble instruments, but it doesn't step out or take a big role as Fidelity does. The hits on the highs are a bit decreased from Fidelity however it has more body on its thickness. Staging is vivid and wide, providing an extended headroom over Fidelity.





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    Compared to the Dream


    Let's first talk about the sound signature. Fidelity takes a closer approach to the Dream in sound characteristics while Fealty follows the sound signature significantly upgraded from the Answer. Dream is the most analytical among three, however it still follows Dita's philosophy on tuning the "analytical sound" by possessing good musicality as I mentioned while talking about Fidelity. Overall, Dream does a better job on expressing transparency, texture, speed, and separation. It may seem pretty obvious for Dream to outdo the Twins, however note that Twins come extremely close to Dream's performance.

    Here now comes the big question: what should I pick between Fealty or Fealty? I can't really say either one is better than the other, however most users will be able to easily figure out which one will fit for you. If you prefer an airy, mildly flat sound signature, go for Fidelity. If you're more into liveliness and bass, go for Fealty. In case for those who own the Dream and considering about getting either one, I recommend Fealty - since the Dream takes a similar sound signature as the Fidelity. Fealty will be a good choice for those who are looking for a musical version of the Dream.





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    Verdicts


    As I said in the beginning, it's impossible to fully satisfy both parties and is an irony that all companies struggle to find a solution. Twins surely respects both the analytical and the musical approach - putting slight more weight on the analytical component for Fidelity and a bit more musical approach for Fealty. It is clear that Dita stepped their game up once again by releasing the Twins, considering that they were created solely by Dita for a reduced cost while the Dream incorporated Van Den Hul and K2 Craft. The Twins shows one of the best performance among all flagship IEMs and satisfied me even though I own the Dream already. If you're looking for an IEM with top notch coherency and performance, it wouldn't make sense not to consider about the Twins.



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    Thanks to DITA Audio for providing the Twins in exchange of an honest impression/feedback.
    The Dream was previously purchased by myself.
    I am not affiliated with DITA Audio and none of my words were modded or asked to be changed.

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