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Let us know how your comparison goes.
I will, but I'm not the best at describing sound.

If, after awhile, I find that the MEST also has significant (for me) limitations, I may just go ahead and get the Odin (and hopefully there will be more reviews and a consensus by then) or some other top top tier (lol) IEM to see how it compares.

I really wish they had an option to buy the Odin without the cable, because that could get the cost down to around 2k (and I could care less about cables besides ergonomics).
 
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I will, but I'm not the best at describing sound.

If, after awhile, I find that the MEST also has significant (for me) limitations, I may just go ahead and get the Odin (and hopefully there will be more reviews and a consensus by then) or some other top top tier (lol) IEM to see how it compares.

I really wish they had an option to buy the Odin without the cable, because that could get the cost down to around 2k (and I could care less about cables besides ergonomics).
There are a couple Odins in the classifieds, but in the mid-upper 2K region. You could always sell the 1960 cable to get the price closer to 2K.
 
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The qdc VX is priced at $1,799 at MusicTeck, and the DMagic is about $700 less, so I’m undecided on which way to go since we’re talking about a blind purchase. I’d like the VX, but since I can’t order it with a balanced connection, that means I will need to replace the cable, hence, additional cost. The DUNU type changeable connectors is a nice feature on the DMagic. 🤔
 
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Man... I know it's a 3D render, but JH just keeps knocking these designs out of the park, man! 'Can't wait to see all the other ones unveiled within the next couple days.

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The qdc VX is priced at $1,799 at MusicTeck, and the DMagic is about $700 less, so I’m undecided on which way to go since we’re talking about a blind purchase. I’d like the VX, but since I can’t order it with a balanced connection, that means I will need to replace the cable, hence, additional cost. The DUNU type changeable connectors is a nice feature on the DMagic. 🤔
The number of DMagics I've seen go on sale I can count on 1 hand. Interest doesn't seem to be high and they've gone for below what I would consider letting go of mine for. So for resale value, the VX seems a much better preposition considering it goes used for about the price of a brand new DMagic. But only if you get it during a sale like this.
 
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Man... I know it's a 3D render, but JH just keeps knocking these designs out of the park, man! 'Can't wait to see all the other ones unveiled within the next couple days.

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Is this a new model? Or just a new design for an existing model?
 
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Is this a new model? Or just a new design for an existing model?
It’s just a new design option, like the Luthier or the President.
 
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Something very nice arrived today... my very first custom from Penon, their flagship Volt tribrid (1 DD, 2 BA and 4 EST) and it fits beautifully!
I'll wait to post impressions but I can already say it's going to be a very pleasant review :)

A few quick pics before I take proper shots...

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Stock cable is not too shabby either, consistent with the superb build quality and given the asking price a very strong proposition!

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Something very nice arrived today... my very first custom from Penon, their flagship Volt tribrid (1 DD, 2 BA and 4 EST) and it fits beautifully!
I'll wait to post impressions but I can already say it's going to be a very pleasant review :)

A few quick pics before I take proper shots...







Stock cable is not too shabby either, consistent with the superb build quality and given the asking price a very strong proposition!

Beautiful! :) What faceplates are those?
 
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Something very nice arrived today... my very first custom from Penon, their flagship Volt tribrid (1 DD, 2 BA and 4 EST) and it fits beautifully!
I'll wait to post impressions but I can already say it's going to be a very pleasant review :)

A few quick pics before I take proper shots...







Stock cable is not too shabby either, consistent with the superb build quality and given the asking price a very strong proposition!



Wooo this is the blue paradise 🙃😛

They look very unique
 
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Just tried the Penon Volt + Azla Xelastec + Penon Totem out of the iBasso DX220 Max. All I can say is wow, just wow. Every component just complements each other, insane synergy. :astonished:

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The qdc VX is priced at $1,799 at MusicTeck, and the DMagic is about $700 less, so I’m undecided on which way to go since we’re talking about a blind purchase. I’d like the VX, but since I can’t order it with a balanced connection, that means I will need to replace the cable, hence, additional cost. The DUNU type changeable connectors is a nice feature on the DMagic. 🤔
Only heard VX briefly almost 2yrs ago at canjam nyc, and I recall it was a more balanced sounding IEMs while Dmagic (despite 3DD it sounds more like 3BA) has a flat neutral bass and more mid-centric sig with a brighter treble.
 
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Only heard VX briefly almost 2yrs ago at canjam nyc, and I recall it was a more balanced sounding IEMs while Dmagic (despite 3DD it sounds more like 3BA) has a flat neutral bass and more mid-centric sig with a brighter treble.
Couldn't have said it better. Well played. :)
 
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