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Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

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  1. Caipirina
    found something again :) and before I blindly order, I am asking the humble hive mind ... have you ever heard of a TWS W5S? On amazon I find it as UMI brand (and has a 10€ off coupon) ... unbranded they are also on AliX ... anyone has / had them?

  2. FYLegend
    Hmm, no combined battery life rating given or what connector is used, although the YTOM definitely uses Type C.

    Their light-up spaceship TWS by them looks really cool, but no info on charging port or codecs.


    57$ on Amazon Canada:
    No BT 5.0 though...

    I was looking for a Type-C charging budget alternative to the 1000XM3 but didn't have much luck. Femperna has a Type C BT5.0 headphone but it uses the Type C port to output to both 3.5mm or to charge which restricts cable replacability. I hope Audio-Technica follows suit but doubt it (in some ways, they are like the Nintendo/Canon of audio...)
  3. vstolpner
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  4. flamerz
    How do the Buds compare to other ones you've tried in terms of detail, separation, and range of frequency? I've read some high praise on their sound quality, but it seems like the Samsung name might have encouraged electronics writers who might not have a good ear to write reviews.
  5. chinmie
    give the Nillkin Go a try then. only comes in black and red though
  6. AnakChan Moderator
    So I now have a Fostex TM2 along with FitEar adapters for review.

    I had previously demo-ed them briefly at the Fujiya Spring Headphone Festival back in late April.
    I’ll write up a full review when I’ve given them a listen.
  7. Slater
    Anxiously waiting :)

    BTW, do the ear hooks have a memory wire in them that allows one to bend them to fit? Or are the pre molded and 'spring' back to their original position?
  8. chinmie
    nice! do you have the BT20 too for comparison?
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  9. clerkpalmer
    Waiting with baited breath in the fostex review.
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  10. AnakChan Moderator
    Actually I can't remember! I will have to open up the box and will have to give it a shot. A little busy at the moment to do an unboxing. From my demo back in April, I -think- it was flexible 'cos I seem to recall playing around with it to fit it around my glasses.

    I don't. I'm not even familiar with the BT20 and will have to read that up.

    For some reason I thought I posted pix of the TM2 from the April show to Head-Fi but I guess I didn't and put it up on Facebook or Twitter instead. Here are more pix of the TM2 from back in April :-

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  11. snip3r77
    Which mic is better?
    What about sq
  12. Slater
    Cool, thanks for the updated photos and info. No rush about the ear hooks; I was just curious.

    BTW, the BT20 is made by TRN, and available in mmcx or 2-pin. They just released a new revision of it (BT20S), that adds aptX, nano coating, and some other features (I think longer battery life etc maybe).
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2019
  13. tomscy2000
    I like the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 a lot. It's got a simple interface, and the Bluetooth pairing stability is good. The sound is really well balanced, non-peaky, nicely extended on both ends, and vocally present.

    The sound is sublime at its price point, I find it much better than the Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0, which is very strident in the treble. It's much smaller than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, and I much prefer its sound signature. I also tested the Astrotec S80 on the same day; I hated its finicky touch controls, and while the SQ was decent, it had a much more typical, thicker bass presentation.

    I didn't get to test out the call quality, but a possible drawback is the microphone, as Vlad Savov at The Verge says it's crummy.

    If my wife didn't already have the Nuarl NT01B, I'd get a pair for her. If I didn't already preorder the NuraLoop, I'd get myself a pair.
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  14. clerkpalmer
    They are smaller than the mtw?
  15. Caipirina
    Can’t say anything about mic, as I detest phone calls! (I buy all my IEMs mic-less)

    The tranya is a v shape with heavy bass. I find the Anbes kinda ‘whispy’ V-shape light. Dunno how to better describe. But ppl with different seal might have different results
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