Fir Audio Thread - Discussion and Impressions
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Any cable with a price of, for example, over $100 will be better than a stock one.
Some stock cables cost over $1000. That's a bit of an oversimplification.
I've tried a bunch of expensive cables on my Kr5. I prefer the "cheap" stock one. ymmv
 
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Does anyone have any impressions of the sound difference when using the various atom modules on KR5? - curious to try, but they look a bit of a pain to change!
I have, but on Xe6.
There are many of them, but, unfortunately, the impression of the replacement cannot be conveyed in censorious words, even taking into account my authorial past.
 
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Some stock cables cost over $1000. That's a bit of an oversimplification.
I've tried a bunch of expensive cables on my Kr5. I prefer the "cheap" stock one. ymmv
Obviously I'm talking about the stock Fir Audio cable.
But it's good, because upgrading the cable is a slippery slope... Changing the IEMs still gives more effect.
 
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The first 4 albums sound better and better, then, when metal and rock evaporated - it's great. However, when we're talking about something like "A Place for My Head", these aren't the IEMs I'd choose.
Did you listen to LP with Xe6?
 
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Did you listen to LP with Xe6?

LP with XE6 “works” but there’s IEMs that work better for that sound/genre for less money. You don’t need an XE6, or any of the frontier IEMs for that.
 
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Any cable with a price of, for example, over $100 will be better than a stock one.
Rather not true in case of FIR's stock cables.
Scorpion is quite good, better with Xe6 than i.e. Forza Hybrid, PW No.10 or Dunu Hulk.
Around $1000 - the difference could be audible - LL Venom, Erua Tawa.
But below it would require a lot of hunting to find a better one than Scorpion.
 
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LP with XE6 “works” but there’s IEMs that work better for that sound/genre for less money. You don’t need an XE6, or any of the frontier IEMs for that.
Musically or technically, they really don't need anything incredible. I enjoyed them on CA Solaris SE, CA Supermoon. However, does it sound better on the Traillii? Of course, yes.
 
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Rather not true in case of FIR's stock cables.
Scorpion is quite good, better with Xe6 than i.e. Forza Hybrid, PW No.10 or Dunu Hulk.
Around $1000 - the difference could be audible - LL Venom, Erua Tawa.
But below it would require a lot of hunting to find a better one than Scorpion.
The standard cable is nothing special compared to Linum SuperBax, PW Saladin+, DD Air Nyx, Whiplash TwAu 8, Whiplash TwAg, Cardas Clear Light, Effect Audio Cleo.
All of these cables are under $1,000 and aren't even new, they've been out for a few years.
But maybe I just haven't come across worse cables, who knows.
 
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Musically or technically, they really don't need anything incredible. I enjoyed them on CA Solaris SE, CA Supermoon. However, does it sound better on the Traillii? Of course, yes.
Yes, I understand what you mean.... Of course listening with Multiverse Mentor for example must be one of the best things but if it was really only for that genre/band, it is not necessary to spend the enormous amount, I only mentioned LP because it is my band favourite...but I listen to many other genres in my everyday life
 
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The standard cable is nothing special compared to Linum SuperBax, PW Saladin+, DD Air Nyx, Whiplash TwAu 8, Whiplash TwAg, Cardas Clear Light, Effect Audio Cleo.
All of these cables are under $1,000 and aren't even new, they've been out for a few years.
But maybe I just haven't come across worse cables, who knows.
Not familiar with others but EA Cleo is $1599 for 8w and $999 4w.
So it's rather far from "any $100+" aftermarket cable will perform better than stock Scorpion :wink:

In $500 range in my opinion it is hard to beat the Scorpion (FIR sells them for $400 if I remember?).
$250 Forza Hybrid, which I totally adore with i.e. Dorado2020 can't go close with Xe6, same with $200 PW Audio No.10 or $400 Dunu Hulk.
Around $1000 - yes (for my taste i.e. LL Venom, Erua Tawa).
 
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Not familiar with others but EA Cleo is $1599 for 8w and $999 4w.
So it's rather far from "any $100+" aftermarket cable will perform better than stock Scorpion :wink:

In $500 range in my opinion it is hard to beat the Scorpion (FIR sells them for $400 if I remember?).
$250 Forza Hybrid, which I totally adore with i.e. Dorado2020 can't go close with Xe6, same with $200 PW Audio No.10 or $400 Dunu Hulk.
Around $1000 - yes (for my taste i.e. LL Venom, Erua Tawa).
I don't know where you got that price from. The Cleo of the first revision cost $699 for the 4w version, which is what we are talking about. It was also available at a discount of $500.
Saladin+ cost 650.
Whiplash TwAg is an old cable, I can't quote a new price for it, but it's not uncommon to find one for $200. DD Air Nyx is $400. Linum costs about 350.
It's all not $100, but the 500 range you mentioned.
 
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Yes, I understand what you mean.... Of course listening with Multiverse Mentor for example must be one of the best things but if it was really only for that genre/band, it is not necessary to spend the enormous amount, I only mentioned LP because it is my band favourite...but I listen to many other genres in my everyday life
I haven't listened to Multiverse Mentor, I can't say anything. Although I doubt that they will be better.
Mason FS did not impress me. It is inferior to Traillii.
I would place Xe6 even lower if we are already communicating in this thread.
However, with one amendment. When you're looking for basshead IEMs, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything better than the Xe6.
 
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The winds of change are blowing… We will soon be announcing our new distribution partners in Asia and we can’t wait to start this new chapter! We’re super excited for whats coming next!

We’d like to thank all of our customers & friends (the FIR Family) for your support during this transition! Rest assured, your FIR product will be supported through the new dealers channels.
 
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The winds of change are blowing… We will soon be announcing our new distribution partners in Asia and we can’t wait to start this new chapter! We’re super excited for whats coming next!

We’d like to thank all of our customers & friends (the FIR Family) for your support during this transition! Rest assured, your FIR product will be supported through the new dealers channels.
so musicteck won't be a distributor anymore?
 

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