BEST BUDGET EARPHONES THREAD- Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing+PERSONAL RANKING LIST
Oct 4, 2021 at 10:47 PM Post #28,891 of 29,276

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Just ordered Blon Prometheus today...anyone have it?
 
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Just ordered Blon Prometheus today...anyone have it?

TBH the reviews for it were very lukewarm. Their younger sibling too, the BLON MINI had equivocal reviews.

Gave it a miss cause of that. I mean at the near $100 region, there's really tough competition nowadays.
 
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TBH the reviews for it were very lukewarm. Their younger sibling too, the BLON MINI had equivocal reviews.

Gave it a miss cause of that. I mean at the near $100 region, there's really tough competition nowadays.

Agree on this, even the very-good-on-it-own Whizzer HE01 has a hard time competing with the like of Moondrop Aria :). Not to mention iBasso IT00, which I haven't heard myself.

The price range is just too competitive.
 
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Surprising, I know some audiophiles that like it. Oh, well, I'll know soon enough!
 
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Surprising, I know some audiophiles that like it. Oh, well, I'll know soon enough!
Let your ears be the judge
 
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I tried the SMABAT NCO with the Final tips yesterday. I never realised how textured the bass was. With stock tips it's prominent but a bit hard edged. The finals changed it dramatically. They also really need power behind them.

Are there any others from the SMABAT range that improve upon the NCO?
+1 for the NCO. The bass is superb, that breathy "transmission line" style with lots of detail and texture. The other Smabat models I have are all buds so not really comparable, but I must put a good word in for the ST-10s (black/silver), very natural sound.
 
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It appears that the NCO is available again on Ali Express albeit at a higher price:
https://m.aliexpress.com/i/4001094372149.html
£87 wow. Think I paid half that when it came out.

It's definitely one of my favourite IEMs for aesthetics and obviously super comfy. I didn't like the cable at first due to microphonics but it's actually decent enough quality and has good synergy with the NCO.

The bass has that kb100 speed and texture but with better reach to sub levels, where the bqeyz has a more nimble mid bass. Tho both among my favourite IEMs. The KB100 is another IEM that has just been left behind in time but tbh should still be among recommendations to newcomers IMO.
 
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£87 wow. Think I paid half that when it came out.

It's definitely one of my favourite IEMs for aesthetics and obviously super comfy. I didn't like the cable at first due to microphonics but it's actually decent enough quality and has good synergy with the NCO.

The bass has that kb100 speed and texture but with better reach to sub levels, where the bqeyz has a more nimble mid bass. Tho both among my favourite IEMs. The KB100 is another IEM that has just been left behind in time but tbh should still be among recommendations to newcomers IMO.
+1 on KB100 arguably one of the best sounding hybrids under $50 even now.
 
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Hi all, I've a strange answer about the V90.

All the reviews describe this iem as V shaped with deep bass and extended trebles sometime sibilant.

To my ear are quiet...neutral....warmish!

I use foam tips and silver plated 8 core cable.
What's wrong?
 
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Hi all, I've a strange answer about the V90.

All the reviews describe this iem as V shaped with deep bass and extended trebles sometime sibilant.

To my ear are quiet...neutral....warmish!

I use foam tips and silver plated 8 core cable.
What's wrong?

Tips, cable, and source. Too many variables (!), but V90 definitely looks less neutral than the NRA.

v90_vs_nra.png


speaking of V90 ... I've been looking at the TRN VX Pro: two 4 count arrays of two drivers: 30095 and 50060.

Two of those 30095's are in the nozzle, and the other two are in the shell ... I don't see a crossover circuit :sweat: and the DD looks like a KZ parts bin special. ZAX has a single nozzle mounted 30095, as comparison.

At 90 euros I'm not sure the math adds up, but I'm curious - has anybody rolled the dice yet with TRN VX Pro? Looks pretty similar specs wise to the ZAS, actually, but my guess is that the ZAS has a better bottom end in its newer design DD.

v90_pro_twin-ba-ear-tube-drivers.jpg
 

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