Welcome back bro!A little time away from my earbuds to recover from a cold but I'm back with them again this evening.
Center stage tonight, the Ibis. This earbud has the most fulfilling instrument timbre out of all the earbuds/IEMs/headphones I have listened since I started my journey into this hobby.
Amongst other instruments, one of my favourites - the viol - is sublime on it. My words just won't do it justice. Deep notes fill the space outside the head and resonate with an honesty of attack and decay that I find unrivalled. I can feel the bow against the string and the air pressure of the deepest resonant frequencies emerging from the body of the instrument. The tonality is warm, smooth but detailed, not neutral but natural. It's 'woody', organic and flattering and places it all on stage that is grand in height and width. There's something unique and special to this driver, something that was largely nascent in earbuds I have heard use it before. It's naturally smooth, yet detailed, agranular and analog. Fran came along and unleashed it with a dimensional stage and with a low end that has a realistic weight. I know that this wasn't an easy tune. He says it's the hardest build of his collection and when he had his eureka moment making it work in the DP100 shell, it was great fun to hear the excitement.
Described in such a way that I too can almost hear it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on (what seems to be) a beauty of an earbud.
Even though I really love the buds that he first created for me some time ago, it seems as though his skill is increasing in tuning (and overall sound quality) by a whole lot over time. Even though at some point I will have all four main "end game" buds from him, I almost wish they would suck in some way or another (though, so far they do NOT) to see his "what is next" moments.... LOL
I only continue to buy other earbuds simply out of curiosity at this point. Between the ones I have bought and kept, and the ones that Fran has been kind enough to include me in, I have all the different signatures I could ever want completely covered.