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What happened to Grandioso, Linus?
Read the review and you'll know.
How do the weight and suppleness of the Leo II compare to the Virtuoso?
It's the same 26awg gauge wire and the same jacket, so should be as supple. The weight should only differ based on a difference in weight of the splitter and plug which are redesigned and feel lighter in Vogue series. I can't do the direct weight comparison since I have Leo II Octa, don't have 4wire anymore.
@twister6 Very well explained, For flexibility wise, both cables will be around the same as the gauge size are identical. Basically the only difference are the "y split" and the "termination plug", i would say in weight wise the Leo II will definitely be a tad heavier.
What would be a reccomedation for the Empire Ears Bravado?
I use Thor II
Does anyone have recommendation for Focal Clear?
I would buy it and listen to it.
Hey man, good to see you here!
But what is it about the Bravado that you'd like to change/enhance/reduce?
If I know that, I'm happy to throw my 2 cents in
I think I may wait for more reviews on the Vogue range as I firmly believe cables make a very small change to the sound and unless Effect Audio can prove that their Lionheart etc. cables actually DO make a noticeable change to the sound signature then it's just money for profit to buy snake oil. Have you checked out the Vogue range yet?
@duaned Well, it really depends on what kind of sound you're looking to achieve. Maybe you can share with me more and I'll suggest you accordingly based on my humble opinion.
I think what @iron2k had suggested was pretty good, The silver cables can actually bring up the mids and high for the Bravado which i feel that it'll make it more all rounded. To answer your question pertaining about whether if our cables actually make a difference in changing or improving the sound signatures? I believe we wouldn't be at where we are now if our cables are not satisfying our loyal consumers in this community and outside. I believe everybody listens differently, It is a matter of whether you can identify the difference by listening to it. I will suggest you to audition our cables personally, if you could get your hands on it, maybe then, you'll get a clearer picture and hear the difference. I hope this explains. Cheers!!
Hey there! So, I have no skin in the game as it were regarding cables. I personally suspected that they do make a difference. I love science and engineering but the higher/deeper you go, you learn how much we still *don't* understand.
I went to London CanJam in July and Empire Ears and Effect Audio stands were next to each other, as is their custom.
So I got to try high quality IEMs with a variety of cables. Every one of them made a discernible difference to the sound for me, and in some cases, the difference was night and day.
I'm not prone to hyperbole and I'm aware that people spend their own money on things that reviewers recommend. Some things I review, I've paid for, many others, I've been given in exchange for my unbiased review. But I always have in mind the fact that I'm providing a service to the consumers and I review honestly. My integrity is more important to me than free stuff.
I say this by way of preamble, since I've chatted with you before and like your posts, so I hope you will feel able to trust what I'm saying to some degree
I tried Valkyrie with the stock cable. As you observed, those highs are massive, open, extended, and the bass - whilst not as hardcore as Nemesis or LX - has significant power too.
Potentially, this maybe could become fatiguing or overwhelming for some people sensitive to such things. I haven't listened to it at great length, so I can't be sure.
However, when - as an experiment - I asked Suyang at the EA stall to swap the Eros II standard cable with the Ares II+ I was also demo'ing, the sound signature changed completely.
The highs were massively tamed, the bass increased in impact and rumble, the whole signature thickened up a bit and that feeling of huge open space was brought back into much more normal dimensions.
As far as I'm concerned, that was the moment I became an actual 'cable believer' rather than a theoretical one. I heard it for myself. I A/B tested it with other IEMs and cables.
Thor II 8 wire made the Nemesis sound very different than it did with Ares II+.
If you ever get the opportunity, I'd urge you to try this for yourself. It's fun too
Also, of course, some cable/IEM combinations will only show a small or subtle difference. Others, the difference should be very significant.
But yeah, those are my thoughts on the matter, if you (or anyone else) is interested
If you wanted to beef up the low end of the Bravado for more quantity, impact and rumble (or any X-series IEM), then I can totally recommend Ares II+ (the one with thicker gauge wires).
It made a very significant difference for me.
Otherwise, the Thor suggestion is good, or Eros II for the best of both worlds. 8-wire versions seem to increase soundstage and separation.
I've signed up for the EA Vogue review tour, so hopefully I'll have solid listening time and some proper reviews up for those within a month or so