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I was interested in buying a qdc VX, but looking at MusicTeck’s sale prices I see it listed at the same price as they have been selling it, $1,899. Certainly not $500 off, $400 from its retail of $2,299.
I just looked down the table and noted everything over $500 off. Not sure about VX, but i know Thummim and Traillii been a topic of quite a few discussions regarding their pricing, especially when I posted my Traillii review, pleading not to kill the messenger :D
 
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Damn, and this is not a promotional post lol!!! but I'm kind of shell-shocked after seeing these price reductions Musicteck just posted on their BFS preview page with Thummim $900 off, Traillii $1000 off, Mason v3+ w/cable upgrade $1100 off, qdc VX $500 off, Jomo Trinity $800 off, Dream XLS $600 off, LPGT $700 off, L&P LP6 $700 off, EA Horus X and Code 51 $500 off.
Makes one wonder the mark up to begin with.
 
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We are all responsible for it as we keep buying the super expensive stuff, they know they will sale enough units to make out their cut to survive....

I think no iem and dap should cost over 1.5 to 2k and it should the tiop flagship performer at this price.

What makes this not possible?
 
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I was interested in buying a qdc VX, but looking at MusicTeck’s sale prices I see it listed at the same price as they have been selling it, $1,899. Certainly not $500 off, $400 from its retail of $2,299.
I think they'll start at Nov 25..
 
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We are all responsible for it as we keep buying the super expensive stuff, they know they will sale enough units to make out their cut to survive....

I think no iem and dap should cost over 1.5 to 2k and it should the tiop flagship performer at this price.

What makes this not possible?
Crazy audiophiles chasing perfection, as they see and hear it. At least that’s how it is for me. You’d think with an Odin, A8000, and Luna in hand, I’d be fully sated, but no, there’s always a new pretty face that attracts my attention, the qdc VX being the latest one.
 
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Crazy audiophiles chasing perfection, as they see and hear it. At least that’s how it is for me. You’d think with an Odin, A8000, and Luna in hand, I’d be fully sated, but no, there’s always a new pretty face that attracts my attention, the qdc VX being the latest one.
Yea it is never ending :p
 
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Yea it is never ending :p
Well, there is one way for it to end if one finds what they think is their end game and that’s to give up your Head-fi membership and stop reading about new gear! 🤣

Otherwise, the hunt will continue ...
 
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Today I had such a trippy experience, those 5x5 fury are just mind blowing they took me right into the music with such dynamic sound with a soundstage and imaging to wipe you off any time lapse you might be stuck in.

Seriously they deserve your full attention, what they they can do for so little as 1000$ I feel they have all the properties of a flagship sound!

They have soundstage imaging resolution textures details micro and macro, boy you name it!

Tiger has spoken and made a new favorite iem of mine of all times!
fir audio is my top second best iem I ever heard! After my Tia Noirs 🐯🤩 and yes Tia trio is now third place 😱

They have atom X anti air pressure!
New type of tech like LiD
They just sound so sublime I
love them and they bring all the goodness of a true DD bass 😍🙃😎

Please give those a try they deserve it so much.


Ps: listening was done with Fiio pure silver and stock grey ear tips with hiby R8 dap 🙃😎



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Crazy audiophiles chasing perfection, as they see and hear it. At least that’s how it is for me. You’d think with an Odin, A8000, and Luna in hand, I’d be fully sated, but no, there’s always a new pretty face that attracts my attention, the qdc VX being the latest one.
Yeah that was like that for me and it's still is to some extent except I don't think about it as perfection, more about different facets that different IEMs can bring and also different signatures that fit my preferences (despite the fact I know what I like better, what I like in terms of signatures has expanded over time actually...).

In the end it's more chasing the thrill of being engulfed in the music where the gear disappears... I have those sessions sometimes and it's magic!

(Edit : just when I was typing @Vitaly2017 seems to have one, talk about serendipity! Need to check out the 5x5 now... they don't exist as custom, do they?)
 
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Yeah that was like that for me and it's still is to some extent except I don't think about it as perfection, more about different facets that different IEMs can bring and also different signatures that fit my preferences (despite the fact I know what I like better, what I like in terms of signatures has expanded over time actually...).

In the end it's more chasing the thrill of being engulfed in the music where the gear disappears... I have those sessions sometimes and it's magic!

(Edit : just when I was typing @Vitaly2017 seems to have one, talk about serendipity! Need to check out the 5x5 now... they don't exist as custom, do they?)


Haha I am tha quickest tiger of tha jungle 🐯🙃🙃

Those are superb 5x5 i am not making false alarms guys they are a most try or die! i heard the m4 and m5 before and was not impressed but those whoooo they are hot bunnies! They really do so much and so well!

They have many good carachteristics that true audiophiles are really searching for!


And no those are mmcx not proprietary connectors 😺
 
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Haha I am tha quickest tiger of tha jungle 🐯🙃🙃

Those are superb 5x5 i am not making false alarms guys they are a most try or die! i heard the m4 and m5 before and was not impressed but those whoooo they are hot bunnies! They really do so much and so well!

They have many good carachteristics that true audiophiles are really searching for!

And no those are mmcx not proprietary connectors 😺
I believe you :)

Yeah I saw that afterwards, not proprietary thanks for the clarification
 
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Yeah that was like that for me and it's still is to some extent except I don't think about it as perfection, more about different facets that different IEMs can bring and also different signatures that fit my preferences (despite the fact I know what I like better, what I like in terms of signatures has expanded over time actually...).

In the end it's more chasing the thrill of being engulfed in the music where the gear disappears... I have those sessions sometimes and it's magic!

(Edit : just when I was typing @Vitaly2017 seems to have one, talk about serendipity! Need to check out the 5x5 now... they don't exist as custom, do they?)
I agree with your comment about different facets. Each of mine have something unique to offer ... plus, I’m totally into the design of upper-end IEMs. Like jewelry for your ears.
 
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I ordered the UM MEST due to the sale which I think is the best price on it yet (I think it came out at 1250 iirc).

I have looked hard at that IEM ever since it came out and almost ordered it over the CFA Solaris 2020 (my first top tier IEM) back in early Summer.

The hope is that I will like one significantly over the other so I can choose it and sell the other...but we all know how this can go!
 
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I ordered the UM MEST due to the sale which I think is the best price on it yet (I think it came out at 1250 iirc).

I have looked hard at that IEM ever since it came out and almost ordered it over the CFA Solaris 2020 (my first top tier IEM) back in early Summer.

The hope is that I will like one significantly over the other so I can choose it and sell the other...but we all know how this can go!
Let us know how your comparison goes.
 
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