7Hz Timeless - Good, but not perfect - One of the best iems around $200.
Jan 7, 2022 at 9:19 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9

Wasaabi

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It's been a while since I got the Timeless, but I haven't reviewed it.
Until today, I use a desktop amp to drive it and finally find its charm, so I decided to write a review.
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Before that, I used my phone to drive it, because of seeing its parameters: impedance: 14.8 ohms, sensitivity: 104db, I thought it was a headset that can be easily driven by mobile phones, but the sound I got was not as good as expected. But today, I plugged it into the K5Pro ESS, and the sound performance of Timeless has therefore made a qualitative leap.
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Appearance and Wear: The appearance of Timeless is a bit like a vinyl record, especially the CD texture on the back panel. The shell is made of aluminum alloy and the weight is very light. When I first saw its round appearance, I thought it would be very unfriendly to wear, but in actual experience, it is even more comfortable than many headsets due to its light weight and excellent design.
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Sound: As mentioned above, when the Timeless is driven by a mobile or under insufficient power, the sound performance is not ideal and will be a little dry, but when it is driven by a higher power desktop amp, the overall sound has been greatly improved. The following descriptions of sound are based on when the Timeless is driven by the K5PRO ESS.
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Bass: The amount of bass is very moderate and will not overwhelm the midrange or affect the treble. And it may be because the Timeless has adopted a planar-magnetic driver, Its bass texture is not like the dynamic driver or balanced armature. It has the atmosphere what the DD can provide and the sense of speed what the BA can provide.
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Mids: Timeless's handling of midrange is like a model. There is an falloff at around 600Hz. This falloff can not only reduce the “blur/fat” of the midrange and increase the overall sound transparency, but it will not let us feel the lack of midrange or the thinness of the sound. But for me, the sound of 2kHz is a little bit too much, which would highlight the vocals.
This is the equalizer I adjusted for the Timeless on Foobar2000.
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Highs: Very standard, sehr gut. The treble resolution is even as good as the Variations(Moondrop) which adopted EST drivers for the treble. Because there's a reasonable falloff at 6kHz, the Timeless will not produce too much sibilance. But the curve of the treble part is not very smooth, which means its distortion control is not very good, so is its sound. I hope the next product from the 7Hz can be improved.
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Conclusions: On the premise of having a device that can provide enough power for it, this headset must be recommended for purchase. But the problem of unsmooth treble, I’m not sure whether this is a probability problem or a common problem, because I have seen Crin's graph which shows a similar phenomena. It will be worth looking forward to if this problem can be solved in future versions/products.
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Mar 4, 2022 at 5:46 PM Post #2 of 9
Got them for 2 weeks and sent them back.
Tested with many tips and cables se and balanced on FIIO M11 Pro alone, Fiio as dac and Topping A50s as amp, Ifi zen dac v2 alone, IFI as dac and A50s as amp.
Fit was good, details were good, bass was good (deep but not sharp). But at the end of the day it was too “polite” for me, no energy. I really tried to like them but…good but not great for over $200.00 for me.
 
Mar 4, 2022 at 6:22 PM Post #3 of 9
Tested with many tips and cables se and balanced on FIIO M11 Pro alone, Fiio as dac and Topping A50s as amp, Ifi zen dac v2 alone, IFI as dac and A50s as amp.

If I may ask, which setup worked the best to your taste?
 
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Mar 4, 2022 at 6:36 PM Post #4 of 9
i can't say for giocass but my zen v2 works with everything.... and i mean EVERYTHING: ether, timeless, sennheiser...in fact sounds as good as my topping desktop. i don't feel like i lose anything going portable. the boost and match are genius.
i will say this about using it portable; older phone, make sure you turn off or shut down the constant interruptions. airplane and turning off wifi increases the experience.
 
Mar 5, 2022 at 6:07 PM Post #5 of 9
i can't say for giocass but my zen v2 works with everything.... and i mean EVERYTHING: ether, timeless, sennheiser...in fact sounds as good as my topping desktop. i don't feel like i lose anything going portable. the boost and match are genius.

Thanks! I trust that you're using your ZEN as a balanced device?
 
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