Earbuds Round-Up
Dec 1, 2021 at 10:16 PM Post #59,117 of 71,763
Old news ("old" product), but loving the Chaconne. Took a long time to figure out how to properly wear them due to inexperience with earbuds, but was worth the wait the first few days of ignorance. Wonderful sound, top to bottom, bass is represented neutrally but it is not thin at all. The highs are extended, just as I love them, but they avoid harshness without ever becoming an overly warm presentation. All in all, a great tonal signature without any weaknesses for my musical taste-all my music sounds great on it.

Many excellent neutral headphones and earphones do not sound like the Chaconne. As I stated previously, their "con" is isolation and possible fit issues-being earbuds. Bass is of fine quality, and only "bad" if you really need lots of quantity. I love these 'phones very much, and I have no other Moondrop product, so have no "allegiance" whatsoever. Just excellent sounding.

Thanks so much for all your help and fit/accessory recommendations.

Did order the rings and foams suggested-will see if they make the fit more snug, but I have been using them daily with great pleasure even with the stock foams.

Happy Holidays; enjoy your music! 🎻
 
Dec 1, 2021 at 10:22 PM Post #59,118 of 71,763
Everyone needs to get the 32pro

I've been around here long enough to know that you're a dangerous man @mochill!

Having said that, I think you're probably right :)
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 12:26 AM Post #59,119 of 71,763
Been listening to the Newbsound 32pro for the last few days. Here are a few somewhat random impressions and thoughts from someone with very little earbud experience.
  • Earbuds are to IEMs what open headphones are to closed headphones. Just a completely different, more open and in many ways more natural sound. If you're an IEM person who does some listening in quiet environments and doesnt want to buy new headphone gear (DAC and Amp), I don't see why you wouldn't own some earbuds.
  • @irv003 is a pleasure to deal with. Super responsive and helpful.
  • I was expecting more bass roll off on earbuds, given the lack of seal. These actually rumble a bit! Similarly treble extension is better than I was expecting.
  • Overall the the tuning is good with some but not too much warmth. There's just one peak I hear around 4k to 5k that gets a little hot sometimes on some tracks.
  • Better resolution than I was expecting at 75 dollars. Maybe more like 200 to 300 dollar IEM resolution?
  • I have the impression that timbre is influenced by the housing material of an IEM/HP/earphone. Wood (ZMF or JVC) reproduces wood timbre like guitars and cellos very well. Metal does metal instruments like brass better. I don't have scientific proof, and could be full of crap, but that's how I've heard things. The 32pro are lightweight plastic, and one weakness I hear is that the timbre is a little plasticky. I wonder if denser material would produce a denser tone?
  • Once you overcome the fact that they're earbuds and not IEMs, they're very comfortable. Super light.
  • Cable is microphonic.
  • Overall, I think the 32pro are an audio steal for 75 dollars and I would think a great entry point to the world of earbuds. I would be interested to hear what @irv003 could do trying to go upmarket a little more with improved housing.

Great analysis and I too would love to see what @irv003 could come up with at a higher price with overall upgrade to cable, shell etc - I'd be one of the first in line to purchase.
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 8:18 AM Post #59,121 of 71,763
To add to this:

I received an email from service@smabat.com around 1:30AM my time today asking me to provide my phone # for shipping purposes. I responded as requested, and I also asked whether I can get a cable terminated 4.4mm balanced. In any event, it seems things are proceeding nicely.
Me too, i know it is 50ohm but i'd be sure to have enough juice from W2 to drive ST20 :)
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 11:19 AM Post #59,123 of 71,763
@irv003

What kind of 15.4mm drivers 32pro use?
15.4mm 32 ohms n52 magnet drivers
(no special film material).

If i am using special drivers i would always declare it as part of the model names like below.

2019 - (Bisoy Buds Black) BBB v1 (32Ω)
2019 - BBB v2 (32Ω)
2019 - BBB v2.5 (32Ω)
2020 - Newbsound32 (32Ω)
2021 - Silver Docomo (16Ω)
2021 - Newbsound Lite (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound X (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound 140 (140Ω)
2021 - Newbsound 32LCP LCP driver (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound 130LCP LCP driver (130Ω)
2021 - Newbsound Bio (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound Vido (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound PK (16Ω)

2021 - Newbsound 32pro (32Ω) current model
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 11:43 AM Post #59,124 of 71,763
15.4mm 32 ohms n52 magnet drivers
(no special film material).

If i am using special drivers i would always declare it as part of the model names like below.

2019 - (Bisoy Buds Black) BBB v1 (32Ω)
2019 - BBB v2 (32Ω)
2019 - BBB v2.5 (32Ω)
2020 - Newbsound32 (32Ω)
2021 - Silver Docomo (16Ω)
2021 - Newbsound Lite (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound X (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound 140 (140Ω)
2021 - Newbsound 32LCP LCP driver (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound 130LCP LCP driver (130Ω)
2021 - Newbsound Bio (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound Vido (32Ω)
2021 - Newbsound PK (16Ω)

2021 - Newbsound 32pro (32Ω) current model
Thank you for sharing.

From all the reviews here, it's clear that you have achieved a really great performance from such drivers.

Congrats!
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 11:44 AM Post #59,125 of 71,763
I've been around here long enough to know that you're a dangerous man @mochill!

Having said that, I think you're probably right :)
Indeed I've been here long enough and have many earbuds and iems , now way past 1000+ and it's still growing. But this 32pro is so right in so many ways that when inserted in the ears that you'll forget about analyzing and just drift into the world of music 🎵🎶
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM Post #59,126 of 71,763
Thank you for sharing.

From all the reviews here, it's clear that you have achieved a really great performance from such drivers.

Congrats!
thanks bro! i appreciate it🙂

it is more of building my target / preferred sound and sharing it to others.
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 12:10 PM Post #59,127 of 71,763
For people curious about MX500, Chaconne, and LBBS fit, I made some diagrams that I hope help. The LBBS fits me best, then MX500 fits me good, Chaconne is a bit of a struggle. The main reasons for the Chaconne not fitting as well is because its housing does not have any contour past the face plate to better rest between the intertragic notch of my ear. In addition to that, the weight of titanium + the long stems torque the housing away from the ear too.
Earbud-fit.jpg

Earbud-shape.jpg
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 2:28 PM Post #59,128 of 71,763
My newbsound 32 pro have arrived. These sound bloody fantastic. Absolute bargain.
 
Dec 2, 2021 at 2:42 PM Post #59,130 of 71,763
I highly recommend these buds. I can believe the sq i get out of earbuds like these for so much less money than iems
 

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