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Tin T4 is actually pretty close to the same frequency response as the FDX1. Not as detailed, of course, but I have mine set up with Final E Tips, mainly for lofi and other instrumental hip hop, and I don't find myself wishing I had the FDX1 in my ears when I listen with them.
I completely agree, and I also use Final E tips with my T4. I actually really like the sound of the T4 with pure silver cables, but I didn’t like the FDX1 with the same cables. The FDX1 just sounded too intense in the upper mids and lower treble with the silver cables.
 
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FDX1 with the green filters. Not stock.

When stock it has piercing treble.
 
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I completely agree, and I also use Final E tips with my T4. I actually really like the sound of the T4 with pure silver cables, but I didn’t like the FDX1 with the same cables. The FDX1 just sounded too intense in the upper mids and lower treble with the silver cables.
I have an SPC cable on my T4, and I wish I could justify spending the money on a pure silver one, lol. Still trying to find an ideal cable for the FDX1. I'm thinking about getting a quality SPC/OCC mix cable like the Satin Audio Theia. Right now, I just have a cheap copper one on them but it works with the 9038s feeding them.
 
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TRN VX
Unboxing and First Impressions

It's raining IEMs lately, as one new release after another has got us constantly distracted.

TRN VX (their flagship?) is a 7 driver hybrid IEM, with 1 DD for the lows and 6 BA handling the mids and treble. Talk about overkill.

Firstly, the packaging is barebones. TRN definitely cut corners here as they didn't even bother to put a carrying pouch/case in a ~$75 IEM. There are also only 3 pairs of eartips, no foam tips or such extras. The cable is rather poor given the price range and I'd recommend a third-party cable mostly due to durability concerns (stock cable is thin and the memory wire is too springy).

Build, on the other hand, is pretty good. The green version especially looks gorgeous, though those grooves on the back make them particularly difficult to photograph (I'm never quite sure of the area in focus). The finishing is also good with the earpiece joint being flush with no noticeable mis-alignment. One thing I noticed is how slippery the housing is, as you can see from the unboxing video attached below. On another note: these don't look or feel like the Rai Penta from up-close, for those who were wondering.

As for the sound, the bass is pretty good. It's not too over-the-top but extends well and has a moderately good speed (albeit lagging behind the accompanying BA drivers). My biggest concern was tonal coherency given the numerous drivers used here and the bass does feel a bit detached from the rest of the frequencies. Fortunately it's not distracting enough to stand out.

The lower-mids are recessed and thin, male vocals lack heft and snare hits have an initially thin attack. Upper-mids and lower-treble take a front seat. Bright/Energetic/Harsh - pick your nomenclature. There is a hint of sibilance but it's nowhere near as prominent as the TRN V80 of the yesterday. Despite that, the 4KHz boost is too much. It's make everything sound shiny and brutally murders the timbre.

There must a be a few Geneva convention breaches there.

Treble is on-your-face. If you're a treble-head, rejoice. If you're treble-averse, keep some painkillers handy. If you're somewhat in-between, you'll be impressed by the apparent details on display and then suddenly things will get too hot.

Soundstage is decent, imaging is fairly good, might even be very good. Gotta check that in the full review. Hopefully I can wrap that up soon.
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I have an SPC cable on my T4, and I wish I could justify spending the money on a pure silver one, lol. Still trying to find an ideal cable for the FDX1. I'm thinking about getting a quality SPC/OCC mix cable like the Satin Audio Theia. Right now, I just have a cheap copper one on them but it works with the 9038s feeding them.
I’m pretty cheap when it comes to cables. Because it wasn’t expensive. I tried the TRN T3 cables, which are supposedly silver cables. I was skeptical of it, but I immediately noticed a difference, particularly in the upper mids and treble. I’ve since purchased 2 more T3 cables. The BL03 also sounds great with it.
 
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I've seen that and heard good things, but right now FDX1 cable takes priority. I'm happy with the sound of my Tripowen Zonie on the T4. Very high quality cable for the money. I've also got a C8 that isn't being used right now. Maybe I'll try that on for s's and g's.
 
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I have an SPC cable on my T4, and I wish I could justify spending the money on a pure silver one, lol. Still trying to find an ideal cable for the FDX1. I'm thinking about getting a quality SPC/OCC mix cable like the Satin Audio Theia. Right now, I just have a cheap copper one on them but it works with the 9038s feeding them.
Maybe try doing a search for "99% Pure PCOCC" on LunaShops - http://www.lunashops.com/index.php
 
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TRN VX
Unboxing and First Impressions

It's raining IEMs lately, as one new release after another has got us constantly distracted.

TRN VX (their flagship?) is a 7 driver hybrid IEM, with 1 DD for the lows and 6 BA handling the mids and treble. Talk about overkill.

Firstly, the packaging is barebones. TRN definitely cut corners here as they didn't even bother to put a carrying pouch/case in a ~$75 IEM. There are also only 3 pairs of eartips, no foam tips or such extras. The cable is rather poor given the price range and I'd recommend a third-party cable mostly due to durability concerns (stock cable is thin and the memory wire is too springy).

Build, on the other hand, is pretty good. The green version especially looks gorgeous, though those grooves on the back make them particularly difficult to photograph (I'm never quite sure of the area in focus). The finishing is also good with the earpiece joint being flush with no noticeable mis-alignment. One thing I noticed is how slippery the housing is, as you can see from the unboxing video attached below. On another note: these don't look or feel like the Rai Penta from up-close, for those who were wondering.

As for the sound, the bass is pretty good. It's not too over-the-top but extends well and has a moderately good speed (albeit lagging behind the accompanying BA drivers). My biggest concern was tonal coherency given the numerous drivers used here and the bass does feel a bit detached from the rest of the frequencies. Fortunately it's not distracting enough to stand out.

The lower-mids are recessed and thin, male vocals lack heft and snare hits have an initially thin attack. Upper-mids and lower-treble take a front seat. Bright/Energetic/Harsh - pick your nomenclature. There is a hint of sibilance but it's nowhere near as prominent as the TRN V80 of the yesterday. Despite that, the 4KHz boost is too much. It's make everything sound shiny and brutally murders the timbre.

There must a be a few Geneva convention breaches there.

Treble is on-your-face. If you're a treble-head, rejoice. If you're treble-averse, keep some painkillers handy. If you're somewhat in-between, you'll be impressed by the apparent details on display and then suddenly things will get too hot.

Soundstage is decent, imaging is fairly good, might even be very good. Gotta check that in the full review. Hopefully I can wrap that up soon.
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I'm an in betweener for treble. Yep at times I was amazed by the details they can display but 50% of the time it suddenly gets too hot. It helps just a little bit with a coppoer cable and narrow bore tips but I find it just too harsh on treble
This is after 106 hours approx burn in.
 
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I'm an in betweener for treble. Yep at times I was amazed by the details they can display but 50% of the time it suddenly gets too hot. It helps just a little bit with a coppoer cable and narrow bore tips but I find it just too harsh on treble
This is after 106 hours approx burn in.
...vs. BA5?
 
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I had a message from KBEAR about a new IEM, the KS2. Anyone know anything about this? I can't find any information online.
I have one on the way so I will post my impressions when I eventually receive them.
 
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1. Brand: KBEAR
2. Model: KS2
3. Earphone type: In Ear
4. Impedance: 16Ω
5. Earphone sensitivity: 106dB at 1KHZ 1mW
6. Frequency response range: 20-20KHz
7. Plug Type: 3.5mm
8.Color: Black; Green
9.Whether with cable: Yes
10.Earphone connector: 0.78mm 2Pin
11.Whether with mic: with mic/without mic
12.Whether can use replacement cable: Yes
13.Driver unit: 10mm composite diaphragm(biological diaphragm+PU) dynamic driver+balanced armature

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