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flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

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  1. Wyville
    I would love to hear (and review) the Eden at some point. I have been taking it easy with reviews for now because of all the other stuff that needs my attention and I hope that I can soon get back to reviewing, when the Eden will certainly be towards the top of my reviewing wish list. :D
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  2. deafdoorknob
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  3. deafdoorknob
    spotted on the bus to work this AM,
    white andromeda
    EE (cant tell which one)
    IMR R1
    CFA Orion
    Ety (cant tell which)
    Fender FXA2
    Fender FXA6
    Oppo PM3
    Sennheiser Momentum
    Kumitate Trio

    welcome to hong kong
    Passenger11, klyzon, Wyville and 16 others like this.
  4. tim0chan
    Singapore in the business district is also very easy to spot iems, many ppl using customs
    AC-12, Deezel177 and deafdoorknob like this.
  5. deafdoorknob
    kongers are so obsessed with the latest fotm, universals tend to be more popular than ciems, but compared to 2ch i find it heartening to see a larger (though still poorly represented) presence of women in portable audio, it's not unusual to see younger women going to portable audio retailers shopping for iems or cables.
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  6. Virtu Fortuna
    If I witness a scene like this, I would think I'm in a dream or something.
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  7. deafdoorknob
    yah, today was a little more extreme than usual, otherwise i wouldnt have brought it up. i had on my andros, the guy next to me had the EE, the guy in front of me had etys, the woman two rows in front ot me had the imr. the others i saw while getting off the bus.
    AC-12, hamhamhamsta and proedros like this.
  8. Focux
    heard can spot 64 Audio and EE users in MBFC..
  9. costas23
    I'd like to see a comparison of EE Phantom vs the SE 5way Ultimate. Both are described with attributes like "natural", "organic", "warm", "smooth" and so on ......which is exactly what I am seeking for.

    I am situated in the EU so I guess due to taxes its easier to deal with Spiral Ears in Poland instead of EE but if the Phantom bests the SE5U in the SQ according to the mentioned preferences I would not mind to get a universal Phantom :)

    It would also be interesting to know if the Phantom would edge the SE5way in the shootout, but this only flinkenik would know :wink:
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  10. Mimouille
    Was it the famous Jaben Bus?
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  11. tim0chan
    I would be one of them when i go there xD
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  12. syke
    That bus only goes to 西洋菜街. :relaxed:
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  13. Deezel177
    According to Nic, the Phantom was designed with the parameters of the shoot-out in mind, so it would undoubtedly place first above the SE5U.

    Here's a comparison between the Phantom and SE5U from Nic himself:

    ''But the Phantom’s natural competitor is the 5-Way; that other IEM with a rare blend of timbre and performance. As with Zeus, the Phantom shares a few similarities; in the case of the 5-Way, its three-dimensional stage, and similar vocal reconstruction in terms of body and forwardness. However, they are equally defined by key differences, starting with their bass. In my opinion, the 5-Way has the best BA bass from an audiophile perspective, combining deep extension with a resolved mid-bass, natural in tone. The Phantom can’t quite match the naturalness of its bass, opting for a cleaner bass, with similar extension. The difference returns throughout the presentation. The 5-Way’s warmer tonality results in its exceedingly natural and organic signature, with warmer upper mids and a smoother treble. The Phantom trades some of its warmth for clearer, more melodious upper mids, as well as slightly greater instrument body. Its treble is a bit crisper, where the 5-Way’s is warmer, and a bit smoother. Taken together, the 5-Way has the warmer, more romantic tuning. The Phantom in turn offers greater transparency as well as a more versatile sound, while sharing a similar beauty in its timbre.''
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  14. Mimouille
    I had the Phantom universal for a while, and on the universal, the comparison was different for me. The Phantom's thicker and denser mids made it sound less airy and clear than the SE5U.
    Wyville, flinkenick, AC-12 and 5 others like this.
  15. deafdoorknob
    it was the express bus from shatin to central to wanchai. it's a 50-70 mins commute so ppl tend to take their porta-fi seriously lol

    for those curious wrt the local 2nd hand market:


    divide by 7.8 for prices in USD. note how saturated the market is for CFA and JHA, used andros in v. good condition are less than 50% of retail.

    i got my pair of mint TG334 (sold) for around 800 usd and parterre for 500 usd.

    CE-5 for around $650usd

    Last edited: Jul 27, 2018
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