Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?
Jun 3, 2021 at 10:51 PM Post #33,781 of 47,178

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Yeah, at only $59 for that E1DA V2, if I were in the market for a new DAC, I would give it a shot! But, since we have you to be the guinea pig......... :beerchug:
Based off my experience with the 9038D alone, they're a blind buy recommendation. Without question. If you want the more portable one, go 9038. Want something beefy enough to power HD600s? Get the PowerDAC.

But I'll run it through its paces for ya sometime this weekend :)
Case is a mess, have to grab the phones by the tips. Easier to get them in. I got used to it. Looking forward to your take.
Tonight is ES100 + cheap wired IEM night. Blon 03 with balanced cable, Blon Mini and the Zero Carbo Tenore. All $30 or so, and they all sound great. I’m so easy.
Glad it's not just me. I've been trying to pinch the outside end and have had horrible luck.

They're very comfortable, though. Any negative marks I have about the sound signature right now don't fully take into account their asking price, so I'm doing what I can to stay fair. These lean closer to the "enlightened consumer" end of the sound signature for me; definite emphasis on lower bass and spatial cues in the upper midrange, but not altogether coherent in between. Midrange detail definitely belies the amount of bass energy, though, and that's a pretty good thing.
 
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No, tempted. But I am all good on TW in-ears.
That Mini looks pretty cute. With the right adapter, could make for a really stealth TWS. Haven't gotten on the BLON train, though. Barely survived the KZ rabbit-hole. Don't know if I can go through that again.
 
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Based off my experience with the 9038D alone, they're a blind buy recommendation. Without question. If you want the more portable one, go 9038. Want something beefy enough to power HD600s? Get the PowerDAC.

But I'll run it through its paces for ya sometime this weekend :)

Glad it's not just me. I've been trying to pinch the outside end and have had horrible luck.

They're very comfortable, though. Any negative marks I have about the sound signature right now don't fully take into account their asking price, so I'm doing what I can to stay fair. These lean closer to the "enlightened consumer" end of the sound signature for me; definite emphasis on lower bass and spatial cues in the upper midrange, but not altogether coherent in between. Midrange detail definitely belies the amount of bass energy, though, and that's a pretty good thing.
My incoherent brain must be a perfect match! Although I do like the “enlightened consumer” tag!
Kidding aside, they were $79 for me. They do require more fiddling for a solid fit than most. But it pays to have relatively old, less than perfect ears. A feature, not a frill!
 
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That Mini looks pretty cute. With the right adapter, could make for a really stealth TWS. Haven't gotten on the BLON train, though. Barely survived the KZ rabbit-hole. Don't know if I can go through that again.
The mini is arguably the most comfortable in-ear I’ve ever tried. Have them in now. Carla Bruni sounds pretty sweet.

I believe BLON has many fewer models than KZ. I’ve had the 03s for a long time. Love them. Bought cheap balanced cable for the ES100. I may need to try that BT adapter. It’s like $30 on ebay.
 
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My incoherent brain must be a perfect match! Although I do like the “enlightened consumer” tag!
Kidding aside, they were $79 for me. They do require more fiddling for a solid fit than most. But it pays to have relatively old, less than perfect ears. A feature, not a frill!
I definitely don't mean it as a diss. I like a lot of what I'm hearing from the Between Pro, but the bass is a bit too large and diffused for some tracks that I know should be presented leaner. It's still got a phenomenal presence and the price tag reigns supreme. Not fair to knock on this relative to a lot of what's out there, especially under $100.

Status is doing well so far. They nailed the ergonomics in a pretty novel way. Reminds me a bit of Audeze's wing-tip strategy for the iSine10 and that works amazingly well for its size. Makes them really comfortable for long-term wear.
 
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Excited for the Sony's. Will most likely buy immediately if they are under $300 and the reviews don't say they laid an egg. I am in need of some really high quality ANC these days which I was not prior. So that's something I expect these buds to do really well.
 
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Based off my experience with the 9038D alone, they're a blind buy recommendation. Without question. If you want the more portable one, go 9038. Want something beefy enough to power HD600s? Get the PowerDAC.
The 9038S has piqued my interest. Do you know if I can use 4.4mm to 2.5mm balanced adapters on them? I mostly have 4.4mm balanced cables. I read that the adapters can damage them? The other thing that worries me is the interference with mobile signals 5G/LTE. I guess I can use them with WiFi only? Having to manually configure volume settings seem like a pain too.
 
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Excited for the Sony's. Will most likely buy immediately if they are under $300 and the reviews don't say they laid an egg. I am in need of some really high quality ANC these days which I was not prior. So that's something I expect these buds to do really well.
Same here. Been quite happy with my Sennheiser MTW2 as I consider them a complete package with ANC, touch controls, supreme SQ and there isn't much out there in TWS space that challenges the MTW2 spec for spec except the Sonys. Also Sennheiser sold their consumer business so don't have high confidence on MTW3 whenever those get released.
 
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I hope the new WF-1000XM4 (horrible name) will bundle with the Xperia 1 III.

As long as it's not some super boomy tuning, I am excited about having a TWS with LDAC support!
 
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Is there any details yet on whether the XM4's feature larger drivers than the XM3's?

haven't found any news on that, but judging from that lack of info and their past products, I'd say they would use the same driver tech and make improvements on the software side.. but that's just my guess
 
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The 9038S has piqued my interest. Do you know if I can use 4.4mm to 2.5mm balanced adapters on them? I mostly have 4.4mm balanced cables. I read that the adapters can damage them? The other thing that worries me is the interference with mobile signals 5G/LTE. I guess I can use them with WiFi only? Having to manually configure volume settings seem like a pain too.
There should not be an issue going balanced 4.4 to balanced 2.5. The issue is when you use an adapter to go from single ended cable to balanced output jack (though there is no issue using an adapter to go from balanced cable to single ended jack).

I haven’t used my 9038S in a long time so I don’t remember how it fares with EMI. Lack of volume adjustment is a bit of a pain.

There is a head-fi thread on the 9038S and other E1DA offerings where there will be pretty knowledgeable folks.
 
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Is there any details yet on whether the XM4's feature larger drivers than the XM3's?
Excited for the Sony's. Will most likely buy immediately if they are under $300 and the reviews don't say they laid an egg. I am in need of some really high quality ANC these days which I was not prior. So that's something I expect these buds to do really well.
Based on the youtube teaser and that big gold bullseye (mic?) sticking out the sides I expect the killer feature will be class leading ANC, possibly tackling higher frequency noise. I'm happy with my Geminis' 10mm driver and unlike most here I'm a one-phone kind of guy, but should Sony also have larger drivers that would put these over the top for me.
 

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