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Lookin forward to it!
The NiceHCK NX7 is a more grown up KZ ZSX
I have all the hyped chifi DD sets of the past year and BLON 03 is the best IMO. The $35 price is making folks say stuff about "in it's price range". Nah I got the set some in the hobby are calling the best (maybe) single DD ever (JVC modded) and i got that. I like the BLON better. i bought mine from the site that cannot be mentioned.
I think you’re generalising about people who never listened to more expensive offerings, my friend.
This is what I hear (all flac but I'll link the songs) on 2 busy jazz tracks and 1 impactful hip-hop track :
Great pleasing Sax tone
Boomy slow bass
Swing feeling is getting completely lost because of the slow decay on bass and bad instruments separation, sounds a bit like a soup where everything is mixed together. I'm lost in the track.
Sax tone a bit metallic
Contrabass too much sub and not enough definition in strings attacks
Decent instrument separation
Swing feeling retained, but lacks bass definition (too much sub, not enough mid-bass for contrabass)
Sax tone perfect
Begs to crank the volume and dance
Perfect instruments separation
Woody bass that swings really hard with good decay
Ok to good soundstage, but nothig amazing
from 40 seconds on :
Clear cymbals, good detail
Ok bass, esp in upper notes, gets confused in lower notes
No soundstage at all
Great sax and guitar timbre
Swing feeling is getting a bit lost, sounds a bit like a broth
Sax sounds a bit harsh
Cymbals are clear and bright without sounding overly harsh, but it's on the verge
Clear instruments separation
Great swing feeling
Bass sounds dark, and not enough like a contrabass
Most natural timbre
Mids more recessed than other 2, sounds more laid back and "effortless" in its presentation but doesn't have the most clarity
Perfect instruments separation, guitar really stands out even when just comping in the background
Bass is fast, well defined, with clear string attack (sounds woody)
More "crystal, airy" treble than others, the peak must be higher, could have a little more treble body
Incredible sub, jeeeeezzzzzz
Bleeds a bit in the mids tho
Engaging energetic sound that doesn't become fatiguing like ZSN/ZS10 pro
Overall "wow" effect
Impactful bass, a bit fatiguing
Less separation between sub and mid-bass than blon
A hint of sibilence, great clarity otherwise
Less bass bleed into mids than blon
Begs to turn the volume down
Average bass (not in a bad way) : what one would expect, no surprise, good impact and rumble
No bleeed in the mids
Sounds a bit boring maybe, good for long sessions, not so much for a kick in the butt
As you can see, the blon in my opinion has some really interesting pros for its price (mostly timbre), but quickly loses on technical aspects for some material (mostly decay), while it has an edge on some other (this includes female voices that are really gorgeous with it)
Is it the uniersal IEM anyone needs and the end game of chifi? As long as I'll be listening to be-bop, no.
Is it raising up the bar of budget iems? Regarding timbre, yes, 1000x yes.
Bonus : pictures of the iems used for this comparison
@citral23 Maybe you have out of phase cable. Qdc is inverted.
If you like the A4 and A5 the A6 seems like a natural contender. Fwiw they're my all time favorite IEM's.
The BL-03 has nothing to do in the price range you're looking for in my highly subjective opinion
Hey Citral @citral23 I see that you are using silicone tips. Have you tried dense foam tips yet?
I am using Flare Audio foam tips which have the densest foam that I can find. I reckon that they should dramatically reduce mid bass bleed into the midrange and tighten up the bass.
I use the large version. I found the medium too small, even my wife who has small ears found them too small to stay in.
Honestly, if u want a set for critical listening, it isn't the BLON BL-03's strongest suit. You'd probably be better off getting a multi BA/hybrid type of IEM for this purpose. As per the previous posts by myself and others, even some other single DD IEMs have better instrument separation/clarity/details than the BLON.
The BLON does most areas well, but its area of "speciality" is in coherency, timbre and tonality. Hence it is very good for music genres that incorporate acoustic type instruments. I find it very good for classical music, which I listen to occasionally, u can hear the real timbre of a violin and flute, unlike some multi BA sets. However, the BLON is tuned harmanish and purists of classical music will want a flat neutral set for this, ideally with no troughs/peaks in the frequency response. But I think it will do well with pop. YMMV.
My go to end game multi BA IEM for critical listening is the Audiosense T800 (8 knowles BA), u can check out more in the dedicated Audiosense thread on headfi. It has excellent details, clarity and instrument separation and imaging. And though it is suited for critical listening, it has great bass that makes it not sterile or boring for general music listening. It is quite bright though, so not the best if u are treble sensitive (though there are knowles filter mods, cable/tip change that can attenuate the treble). It is also U shaped, so maybe not the best option for classical music per se, and the timbre on the T800 is not as good as some dedicated single DD sets. But I find it quite good for most music genres. Unfortunately, it is quite source picky. If u are just using a simple smart phone with no high end DAC chip or DAC/AMP, it won't extract as much details/dynamics as if u had driven it with a good source. For instance, the KZ ZS10 Pro is not too far away in sound quality from the T800 if both are compared A/B with just a low end android phone.
Another possible option that is good for classical is the Hisenior B5+ IMHO. 5 BA knowles, midcentric (which is quite atypical in tuning from the usual CHIFI fare). Good timbre/tonality, though it won't beat a dedicated DD in timbre. It has good instrument separation, imaging, details and is quite good for critical listening, though the Audiosense T800 trumps it in this area due to the tuning and extra 3 drivers. Due to its midcentric tuning, it will be better for vocals, acoustic, classical, jazz type genres. If u need more bass forward music like EDM, it may not be the best option, unless if u consider EQing.
I'm sure it would be a great improvement, but unfortunately foam gives me herpes, can't stand even touching it :/
I'll argue that if an iem needs much fumbling and tip-rolling and whatnot to sound good it's flawed in the first place... KPEs sound great with any tips.
But I don't want to sound too dismissive on the Blon, if you love to listen to Norah Jones or Ella Fitzgerald ballads and don't want to spend much, I totally rec them. Even if you want to spend much, you'd might be better off with the blon for those genres.
If you like Bop, Death Metal and otherwise fast music that needs quick decay, look elsewhere imo. what's not to like? There's something for everyone out there.
It's possible that my unit has QC issues, maybe an overly soft membrane, to reach this price there must be compromises on tolerances and QC ofc.
Listened to 'The Bridge' on youtube on both my Samsung S9 plus Exynos and on New Pipe (youtube front end) on my Fiio M9. Immediately the quality of the soundstage was apparent...enough width and very clear depth for the drums. Very 'alive' track. Good feel of being there. Bass notes were differentiated. Good separation. It sounded good. Some others maybe comment on this track. Maybe it's 'ears' but I have a feeling your pair are not as they should be. Thanks for the tracks though...good taste in music.
The t800s seem like a total steal... But all the reviews make them sound extremely picky re amp. And other than an OTG amp cable thing I don't want to go back down that road for my situation.
But I GREATLY appreciate your advice!
Well I’ll argue that if an IEM fits perfectly right out of the box, using the stock eartips, and doesn’t provide a single benefit from tip rolling etc then that is not a flaw but rather a rare exception and not the norm.
You just got lucky that the KPE fit you perfectly with the included stock tips. There are people that the KPE doesn’t fit perfectly, and who do need to change the tips for a better fit, or improve the seal, improve the sound, etc. Does that make the KPE “flawed” for those people?
Everyone’s ears and ear canals are different, and universal IEMs are just that - universal. That is why there are so many different tip shapes and sizes available in the first place. Because there are over 7 billion people in the world, and it is a statistical impossibility, not a flaw, that someone could make an IEM that would fit all 7 billion people perfectly.
I had alot of issues getting the kxxs fit
But i have to say there are iems that fit every one better then any chinese iem i i ever seen (sennheiser momentum ,jbl tws 120, sony mh755.) Everyone of these just flops into my ear