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CustomArt FIBAE Impressions Thread

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  1. Kagelou
    I had the pleasure to meet @piotrus-g yesterday and have a quick chat on the current lineup and future plans.
    Had a great time talking with him and going around POTAFES!
    Thanks for your time Piotr!

    What makes yesterday even more awesome is that I received a Fedex notification that my ME's have shipped, should be receiving them this Tuesday!
    Super excited since this is much earlier than I expected!
     
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018
  2. piotrus-g
    Thank you @Kagelou for stopping by and having a little chat! Also thanks to every one who came to our booth! Always pleasure to meet all show attendees. All in all Potafes has been great for us and I cannot wait to come back here next week.
     
  3. Kagelou
    I received my MEs yesterday and so far, I am definitely impressed with the warm, luscious sound that they produce!
    They are noticeably warmer than the F2 as well as any universal versions of CIEMs I've tested, including some of the dynamic + BA hybrids.

    Fit seems to be fine, not too tight nor loose. I have yet to test them in a noisy environment, will probably use them for commuting the next week or so.
    I do have trouble getting them out a bit since there's no protrusion to grab (compared to my Etys with custom tips), but I assume I will get used to it.

    Design wise, I requested time machine with either a blue or red based theme and left the rest up to CA team since I like surprises :wink:
    Definitely pleased with the outcome, my phone camera doesn't do them justice!
    Really like the hint of red they included in the face-plate, adds a nice touch!
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    So far, I am a happy head-fier looking forward to further exploring the sound the MEs have to offer.
    Will give input if I find anything new and exciting down the road!:beyersmile:


    Next up, I would like to see my options on re-cabling.
    Still undecided on whether to go balanced or not (pulled the trigger on DX150), but does anyone have recommendations on cables for the ME?
    Currently a bit interested in Effect Audio Ares II, as I have read reviews that it compliments warm IEMs nicely, including the Ei.3, which I felt was somewhat similar to the ME.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018
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  4. MXRaia
    I think FIBAE ME works well with Han Sound Audio Zen. That's what Piotr paired the ME with at CanJam SG, and that's what the ME is paired with in Music Sanctuary. I think the Zen and the Ares II are solid picks and you can't go wrong with either.
     
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  5. PinkyPowers
    I'm really enjoying the Han Sound Agni silver for my ME.
     
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  6. Kagelou
    @MXRaia and @PinkyPowers

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I don't think I will be able to test out any Han Sound cables at e-earphone, but will see if I can head over this weekend to try out the Effect Audio copper and silver cables.

    Any suggestions on balanced vs unbalanced for the ME?
    I've never went balanced on any of my IEMs so far, mainly because I used my headphones more often and couldn't justify the cost of upgrading (?) my low~mid tier IEMs.
     
  7. PinkyPowers
    How good balanced audio is has less to do with the IEM/Headphone, and more to do with the integration within the amp. Not all devices sound better in their balanced output. While others get it very, very right.
     
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  8. Kagelou
    Oh, in that case, do you feel that the DX150 (AMP 6) is one that gets balanced very, very right?
    I might also use my MEs with my phone if I don't have my player with me, so I was thinking of going with 3.5mm, but if the difference is noticeable, I wouldn't mind going with 2.5mm.
     
  9. PinkyPowers
    Yes. iBasso is killing it with their balanced amps. Even the stock AMP6 is excellent in balanced.
     
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  10. Kagelou
    Thanks for your input.
    So far, I've found all of your reviews on TheHeadphoneList accurate and informative, so I will likely go with a balanced new cable for my DX150 and use the stock cable when I want to use my phone!


    FYI I've added a photo of my ME's to my post above.
    Only have my phone camera so the pic is not nearly as on par as everyone else's, but they do look as good as they sound!
    Will probably take another pic once my DX150 and cable-of-choice are in my hands.
     
  11. subguy812
    QP2R totally got it right in the balanced output.
     
  12. Oletros
    I'm seriously thinking about buying ones, can I order them with 2.5mm balanced cables?
     
  13. homzik
    AFAIK, stock cables are 3.5mm only. Custom Art can offer Effect Audio balanced cables, but their prices start from ~150 USD.
     
  14. Oletros
    Thanks
     
  15. crabdog
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