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Fantastic review Vince - and very enjoyable read too. Loved the intro.
That's a rather nice introductory price... ($599)
Awesome! I was hoping for reviews on the Universal Aria's!
Really nice review, Vince (though I would have liked to read some comparisons to other purely BA-based multi-drivers).
Interesting! Between the two, how should you compare the bass quantity and quality to the Noble K10? I really love the speed and punch there. Any ballpark idea of how these compare on that front?
I also greatly enjoyed the intro! Great review Vince!
Epic Intro, Vince!!!
No price yet on the Universal, right?
Thanks for your kind words fellas.
[user=403165]@Hansotek[/user] If I were to do a comparison to the K10 it would be based on memory, and it wouldn't be accurate. I'm going to be at the Chifi Axpona gathering and hoping you will be there as well? If so we should carpool and venture this question then. I know Noble is going to have a booth there.
[user=118700]@Carlsan[/user] I think Luke mentioned charging the same price on the universal because it is basically the same exact design and materials, but the universal is a 3D printed housing form a CAD design rather than a scanned print of customer impressions.
Tasty Review. Now I have knowledge of this gorgeous IEM, it burns knowing that I can't have them all.
I'll be sure to put this in my bucket list.
thanks for the great review, pre ordered the universal!
Was thinking about ordering a pair for my wife. The universal pictured above look a little large. Do you think they would fit a 5' asian females ears? :-)
Effeminate guy of the same height here, wondering the same thing.
[user=391779]@Hisoundfi[/user] Compared to the N6 are these still your favorites?
For my preference, I like the Aria sound a little more, but I can see how some people would prefer the N6 over the Aria. Your question comes down to a matter of preference. My preference leans towards the leaner sound of the Aria. Your mileage may vary however. They are both excellent in their own way though. Hope this helps.
[user=434203]@RebeccaSugar[/user] and [user=93927]@dan2112[/user] I guess it depends on how big the 5' Asian female's ears are. I think the housing is a bit on the larger side of average, but not to the point that it will hinder a vast majority of people from getting a comfortable fit. My ears are on the small side and I had no problem getting a secure and comfortable fit with them.
Interesting experience with the universal version of these iems which I just received two days ago. Flat, overly sibilant, bright and uninvolving unless you use tips that that create not just a good seal, but also allow the proper insertion depth.
The supplied foam ear tips did not work for me. Instead, the Comply foamies with the tapered, cylindrical profile were essential to enable the sound tuning described by Vibro Labs. Comparing both, my assumption is that the ones I used simply allowed a deeper insertion due to the tapered profile.
Had I not found those lying around these iems would have been returned. Given the reference level sound I am now hearing that would have been a shame.
I suggest that Vibro Labs add this style of foamies to the standard packaging.
Since my impressions with a proper fit are essentially identical to @Hisoundfi (including his comment relative to the k10) I won't bother to repeat them. Excellent sounding unit with caveats noted.
@brams, can you please post the model# of the tapered comply foam ear tips? or the link where one can buy them?
They are the Comply isolation tips. From the Comply website the ones designed to fit the Aria are the T-600. They are designed for maximum isolation and expand with heat to seal the ear canal. I was also able to insert them more deeply.
The foam tips original supplied with the Aria appear to be the TS-600 or similar. They are designed for comfort. Since they provide low ear canal contact they simply do not seal as well.
In my opinion Vibro Labs should supply both versions so the user can assess the difference in performance between the two or only the T-600 if they can only supply one style. Since a good seal is important for any earphone going for a close to neutral signature Vibro Labs may be doing themselves a disservice by not including foamies that maximize sealing and allow the true potential of these iems to be realized.