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Jun 30, 2021 at 8:23 AM Post #55,651 of 59,190

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Jun 30, 2021 at 9:13 AM Post #55,654 of 59,190

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Haven't heard it, so let me ask what's so special about it :) ?
Hi there :wink: This is are little "earbud" joke here on this thread regarding the X6 buds.
If you follow this thread, you will probably notice that Yincrow X6 is the most recommended and most popular bud here and is mentioned on literally every page. Also, this model has great value for the price.
A recent question was regarding the DAC/AMP recommendation. I am currently using iFi Zen DAC with all my earbuds (16Ω-600Ω), it performs really great, and I'm perfectly happy with it. Your new DIablo is probably the most beautiful DAC that I saw because of that "Ferrari" red color and of course small and compact design.
The name "Diablo" matches the color, but the X6 has a red color, so it fits perfectly in that combination. Are you agree? :wink:
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Jun 30, 2021 at 10:26 AM Post #55,655 of 59,190

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Jun 30, 2021 at 11:22 AM Post #55,657 of 59,190

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i can't get them to sit in my ears that way. i was messing around with the thicker/bigger silicone rings.. but then it loses its characteristic bass presentation. at that point, i might as well listen to any other 'earbud'-tuned bud. at this point I use the 'bassy' full foams and just accept the darker sound signature, but mainly because im spoiled in that i have upper mid/treble champions in the chaconne and nicehcks.

it also might entirely depend on your library. guitars, bass, and drums sound real nice on the EM5s. male vocals too. but all my shameful girl group kpop and ballads seem better on the chaconne
slight update but i am now leaning towards returning the FiiO EM5. with the prime day discount and tax they came out to around $275.. the rolled off/veiled treble/upper frequencies and stuffy/closed feeling is a bit too much to overcome despite the great bass response for my library. i tried using the silicone rings and while it did open up a bit without sacrificing much bass quantity, the characteristic extension and rumble towards the lowest end is lost and it's just not the same. It sounds like an average bud that way. The highs are a bit rough/sharp sounding and then it becomes mostly midbass focused which I think you can find with better technicalities in buds a fraction of the price.

With full foams on, which still sound best to me because they leverage the shell's bass flute design thing the best, there are just too many compromises that it isn't worth it. With earbuds the main draw over IEMs for me is 1. openness 2. comfort. But because the EM5s don't sound very open to begin with I can just get a much better listening experience for the same part of my library (warning: kpop) using an IEM like, IKKO OH10 with good bass and female vocal presentation (which is also very comfortable despite their heft). I don't think additional burn-in can help the EM5, but I will try my best to get some hours in before the return window end of July.

I will say though the cable on the FiiO EM5 is great. I would probably value that at $110 alone. I might just buy a silver FiiO cable and use it with the Smabat M2S Pro if it's as good as its made out to be.

edit: also slight annoyance about the EM5 is that the shell and cable terminations are not actually black or smoke black they're like a very deep grey/blue color. I'm not tryna collect blue earbuds

edit2: another good way to summarize the EM5 vs say, the Chaconne is with the EM5 you're listening to the band and there's a vocalist. With the Chaconne you're listening to the singer and they have a band supporting them. Instruments like drums, bass, and guitar outshine female vocals in the mix on the EM5. Chaconne definitely spotlight the singer. I want to say the EM5 do better with male vocals and everything sounds a bit more balanced. I don't feel like I need to turn up the volume to hear male vocals over instruments as much, but the effect of band-first/distant vocal presentation is still there. for example, EM5 beat Chaconne at some band-supported hip hop like The Roots. Sure, the Chaconne has more vocal clarity but I don't think that's the most compelling part of music from The Roots. The EM5 fills everything out better and highlights the music's strengths rather than hampering them like they might do for a female vocal ballad

edit3: HMMMM yea EM5 slay at male vocal songs like Giveon - Heartbreak Anniversary
 
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Jun 30, 2021 at 11:31 AM Post #55,658 of 59,190

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Same, just ordered a Monk Slim Metal and the foams with the freebies :)
Let us pray that this model also reaches the popularity of the X6 model. Maybe we have an X6 killer here?
What do yo'all think? :wink:
 
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Let us pray that this model also reaches the popularity of the X6 model. Maybe we have an X6 killer here?
What do yo'all think? :wink:
probably not based on the monk lite/plus...the X6 is multiple leagues ahead of those 2, so this new one sure needs to have improved A LOOOOOOT to even be a match for the X6....
 
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Well I just got into the bud world this week, but to me, the Monk Plus (got a 4.4mm balanced SPC version) is not worse than X6 when you feed it power... X6 bass is better tho.

Edit: Will only draw real conclusions when the last buds I bought arrive. Still missing Ks LBBS and Smabat M2S Pro (+ the 150ohm driver)
 
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probably not based on the monk lite/plus...the X6 is multiple leagues ahead of those 2, so this new one sure needs to have improved A LOOOOOOT to even be a match for the X6....

an enigma, it can be a new standard of quality at that price ... or ... it can be a monk with a metal casing ...
That will be sad. As @RikudouGoku said, they need to "step up" in the game to match X6 capability
 
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Well I just got into the bud world this week, but to me, the Monk Plus (got a 4.4mm balanced SPC version) is not worse than X6 when you feed it power... X6 bass is better tho.
I used it with my previous dap, the Fiio M11. (it was the standard version though.)

Still sounded so bad I gave it away....

The lite on the other hand is still with me due to that unique shell, tried using it with the Schiit Asgard 3, still sounds really bad....
 
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Well I just got into the bud world this week, but to me, the Monk Plus (got a 4.4mm balanced SPC version) is not worse than X6 when you feed it power... X6 bass is better tho.

Edit: Will only draw real conclusions when the last buds I bought arrive. Still missing Ks LBBS and Smabat M2S Pro (+ the 150ohm driver)
Welcome! I hope you will enjoy the "ride" with this bumpy train. :beerchug:
 
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