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Jun 17, 2021 at 4:44 AM Post #28,381 of 28,785

Barusu Lamperouge

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Has anyone noticed a new lucky bags for the Summer sale? I could only find older lucky bags and nothing new.
 
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Has anyone noticed a new lucky bags for the Summer sale? I could only find older lucky bags and nothing new.

Only seen the bqeyz lucky draw so far.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002820135666.html

They term it "lucky draw", but it is probably gonna be unlucky for 90% of people haha. Ie ending up with some uncleared stock like the older K series.

I got burnt the last round with the bqeyz lucky bag, I was one of the 90% ish cases that received the K1 or KB1.

The big hitters like Summer or the Spring series will probably be the minority of sets given in this lucky draw, and this round it is more expensive at $49 compared to their previous lucky bag at $20ish.
 
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Only seen the bqeyz lucky draw so far.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002820135666.html

They term it "lucky draw", but it is probably gonna be unlucky for 90% of people haha. Ie ending up with some uncleared stock like the older K series.

I got burnt the last round with the bqeyz lucky bag, I was one of the 90% ish cases that received the K1 or KB1.

The big hitters like Summer or the Spring series will probably be the minority of sets given in this lucky draw, and this round it is more expensive at $49 compared to their previous lucky bag at $20ish.
Hahahaha. Honestly at $49.99 I'd stay a million miles away from them. Because most of the IEMs listed in that draw are available for a lot less than $50. A cable is no incentive for me to get into that lottery especially if I'm going to win K1 and/or KB1. Or in the best case scenario BQ3/KC2. I'd rather get BQ3 for ~$35 with coupons or KC2 for ~$30 with coupons.

The winners to get Spring or Summer series would truly be 1 in a million. Something that I'd definitely add into my resume if I get it🤣🤣
 
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Jun 18, 2021 at 2:42 PM Post #28,385 of 28,785

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Got mine too!

Note: KBEar Neon was a prize from photo contest event hosted by KBEar, positive bias may affect the impression.

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Using same Knowles Full range BA with legendary ER4, with a fraction of the price, does Neon live up to an ER4 beater?

Short answer is they sound different, ER4 is colored Mid-range with dead flat bass and treble with no soundstage or diffusion field whatsoever, which makes monitoring human voice very welcoming, I personally do not like to use ER4 for listening music, becuase bass is lifeless, the sound is reproduced right infront of ear drums, no sound stage makes music very hard to enjoy.
Meanwhile Neon has sound stage, and midrange is “wow! KBEar nailed it! Softears RSV or Dusk tuning” type perfect one especially for female vocal, for male vocal, nah…bass response is still dead flat just like ER4, I’d find some other IEMs for male vocals.

long story short:
What’s so special about Neon?:
-The Midrange!
-non fatiguing, maybe a bit boring treble
-no bleeding, very flat bass floor(dead flat!)
-easy to drive with any players, not like ER4 which you need proper powerful DAP to drive
-nicely made cable, which looks exactly same to higher end Moondrop KXXS’s cable.
-noise attenuation, just like deep insertion bullet type IEMs, it shuts off outer environmental noises, which works better than apple’s airpods pro.

What’s the genre Neon would excel?
-anything with female vocals, it makes ofher instruments very subtle so you can concentrate on vocals

do note Neon does not come with same level of resolution as ER4 but not as fatiguing as ER4 for treble either.

overall, I do find Neon stand out for being under 50USD single BA for playing female vocal songs. It’s not all rounder, but a purpose-built specialist.

I can see if adding some sort of impedance adapter like iFi IEMatch+, and recabling /tip rolling could tune Neon to ER4 style extra sparkling full detail oriented one, with some cost of sound stage, so yes it has playing ground.

KBEar Neon = Minimalist choice for “Ask, and female vocal shall be given to you”,

Very matured tuning, I fall asleep while testing.

[Consumer advice] recommended to play with low gain mode on any DAP, just like TRI Starsea which uses same Knowles full range driver, with Tri-Custom-HI BA covering up upper treble, and a dynamic driver to cover lower end of the frequency.
 
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Jun 18, 2021 at 4:16 PM Post #28,386 of 28,785

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Anyone started to pull together their Ali Summer sale wish list yet?
I'm starting to think that I'm turning into an addict!

Currently only have DD and BA iems, so perhaps time for me to try some other techs.
Maybe, BQEYZ Summer for $116 (or spring 2 $135)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002351172998.html
or possibly the planar Tri i3 before it disappears for $140 (i3 pro version is apparently on the way)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001294023770.html

That being said, I am a sucker for a single DD:
Reecho SG03 ($55) has got good reviews
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002394579812.html
Whizzer Kylin HE01 also had good reviews ($65 - think it might be a banned store this is from, so no link)
Or the HZSound Heart Mirror ($42)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002774457370.html
Not spotted any deals on Moondrop Aria

oh, and the Tri Starsea ($107) seems to get a bit of attention
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001524289463.html
I'm also planning to buy Reecho and some good cable for it. Stock cable looks so cheap.
 
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Got mine too!

Note: KBEar Neon was a prize from photo contest event hosted by KBEar, positive bias may affect the impression.

What’s so special about Neon?:
-The Midrange!

What’s the genre Neon would excel?
-anything with female vocals, it makes ofher instruments very subtle so you can concentrate on vocals
If its vocal centric, hows the vocal against Tanchjim Tanya?

unfortunately its the only somewhat vocal centric sets i have (the rest is V with scooped mid)
 
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If its vocal centric, hows the vocal against Tanchjim Tanya?

unfortunately its the only somewhat vocal centric sets i have (the rest is V with scooped mid)
Tanya is still with 4px... it’s been 2 months since I placed order, that shipper is worse than Aliexpress standard shipping
 
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If its vocal centric, hows the vocal against Tanchjim Tanya?

unfortunately its the only somewhat vocal centric sets i have (the rest is V with scooped mid)

Tanchjim Tanya is a harmanish single DD, it is quite different from the midcentric single BA Neon.

Neon is better for vocals in view of the midcentric tuning. Tanya has thicker note weight, but a more blunted note definition, it is more smooth for vocals than the Neon.

Neon has roll off in subbass, whereas the Tanya is warmer and thicker in the midbass. Neon has a faster and tighter bass with less quantity, but better quality bass. In terms of timbral accuracy, Tanya is more organic and natural, which is probably expected, in view of the transducer type (single DD versus multi BA). Tanya is also much harder to drive than the Neon, so if you don't have an amp, I wouldn't recommend the Tanya. Tanya has weaker technicalities too, and poorer isolation. Tanya is of course non detachable in the cable, and cheaper.

I think Neon is a more analytical monitoring type tuning, whereas Tanya is more chill and lush and analoguish. Tanya is probably more suited for sitting back and relaxing and enjoying the music, rather than critical listening. So these 2 sets are probably more complementary than competing, they have different pros and cons, but each can suit different sound signatures and music genres.
 
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Here's a small review of the Tanchjim Tanya:
https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/tanchjim-tanya.25203/reviews#review-26110

Self purchased unit.

The year 2021 hasn't ended yet, but I think it may be the BLON BL-03 of this year, in terms of having excellent timbre and tonality, but perhaps not the most detailed set.


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TLDR:

Pros

Excellent fit and good build.
Natural and organic timbre with great tonality.
Smooth and non fatiguing.
Above average technicalities (other than microdetails). Layering is a highlight.
Excellent price to performance ratio.

Cons
Non detachable cable.
Hard to drive, needs amping to scale better.
Not the most detailed set, not for analytical listening.
Below average isolation.
 
Jun 20, 2021 at 12:20 PM Post #28,392 of 28,785

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Here's a small review of the Tanchjim Tanya:
https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/tanchjim-tanya.25203/reviews#review-26110

Self purchased unit.

The year 2021 hasn't ended yet, but I think it may be the BLON BL-03 of this year, in terms of having excellent timbre and tonality, but perhaps not the most detailed set.


WhatsApp Image 2021-06-15 at 22.06.28 (1).jpeg


TLDR:

Pros

Excellent fit and good build.
Natural and organic timbre with great tonality.
Smooth and non fatiguing.
Above average technicalities (other than microdetails). Layering is a highlight.
Excellent price to performance ratio.

Cons
Non detachable cable.
Hard to drive, needs amping to scale better.
Not the most detailed set, not for analytical listening.
Below average isolation.
Great write up on the Tanya, thanks for sharing your valued insight. I love the Tanya for some laid back listening while doing work. It puts out good SQ that is smooth and effortless.
 
Jun 20, 2021 at 11:49 PM Post #28,393 of 28,785

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Great write up on the Tanya, thanks for sharing your valued insight. I love the Tanya for some laid back listening while doing work. It puts out good SQ that is smooth and effortless.

Thanks. I think it is a keeper set for me.

If they made a non detachable cable variant and maybe made it easier to drive, I think more people will get it.
 
Jun 21, 2021 at 5:05 AM Post #28,395 of 28,785

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Here's a small review of the Tanchjim Tanya:
https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/tanchjim-tanya.25203/reviews#review-26110

Self purchased unit.

The year 2021 hasn't ended yet, but I think it may be the BLON BL-03 of this year, in terms of having excellent timbre and tonality, but perhaps not the most detailed set.


WhatsApp Image 2021-06-15 at 22.06.28 (1).jpeg


TLDR:

Pros

Excellent fit and good build.
Natural and organic timbre with great tonality.
Smooth and non fatiguing.
Above average technicalities (other than microdetails). Layering is a highlight.
Excellent price to performance ratio.

Cons
Non detachable cable.
Hard to drive, needs amping to scale better.
Not the most detailed set, not for analytical listening.
Below average isolation.
Very nice review, thank's! 👍

I've buyed them today, on the way....from china :)
 

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