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iBasso IT01 a fun IEM. Single multilayered graphene driver. !! 99 USD !!

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  1. hongky
    Is there any comparison with Toneking Ninetail ?

  2. fuhransahis
    Wow I saw that quickly and read it as Oneking's Toenail
  3. hongky
  4. pr0b3r

    Just an OOTB impression and comparison between the IT01 vs the Pioneer SE-CH9T.

    Compared to the other single DD IEM, the Pioneer CH9T, I like the subbass of the IT01 better. Almost IT03 deep subbass. Midbass have more bloom here on the IT01 so sometimes it felt overwhelming but I can tell that the quality is good, though the CH9T has softer and just the right amount of thump for me. Lower mids has more body on the IT01. Vocals are richer and cleaner as well compared to CH9T, obviously more forward without getting peaky on the female vocals. Treble has more sparkle and shimmer on the IT01 even though it is considered as smoother than its big brother IT03. Treble is more friendly and exciting on these. CH9T's treble suddenly felt lacking for me when I tried to A-B compare for two or three times. Although both have good extensions, I feel that the IT01 has an edge here. I sense an above average soundstage width as well as height and depth but still not IT03 level. Crossover is impressive for this new single DD IEM of iBasso (not physical crossover mechanism, I mean the crossover effect only, more like the tuning I think). Though some people may be overwhelmed by the bass especially those who are sensitive on the bass quantity. I feel sad and happy since I liked the CH9T a lot. I thought I was getting enough clarity and resolution on them but the IT01 was an eye opener (or perhaps ear opener) for me. For the price point, I got the IT01 cheaper compared to how much I got the CH9T. They're on the same price bracket but I'll pick the IT01 anytime. Build quality of course goes to CH9T because of the metal+plastic build compared to the all plastic build of the IT01. When it comes to the accessories included, IT01 also gives a lot more for your money especially for the included stock cable which looks like something that would sell for about $50-$100. Not sure if sound will change over time but I'll still set them to burn in for some time as recommended by the manufacturer. I would also like to note that there's noticeable driver flex when you're not careful in putting them in your ears. Overall, I still find these as a no brainer purchase for $100. There are probably better ones out there but this one doesn't disappoint at all for my taste in sound.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2017
  5. fuhransahis
    Received mine last night!

    Surprised at the build quality and premium feel to these for their price point. Only let down is that the cable (on mine) is braided too loosely, which sucks cause I really like the splitter, slider, and termination hardware in it.

    As for sound I'll let it burn in more (13hrs in so far) but I like what I'm hearing. Nice soundstage, punchy bass with good rumble, good vocal clarity. I don't have experience with IEMs at this price point and I'm not gonna compare with what I owned prior, Elear and Vega, as those are leagues above, but I'm nonetheless pleasantly surprised by these.

    Will post more post-burn in :L3000:
  6. pr0b3r
    We all got the same loose braiding on the stock cables. I think @Paul - iBasso explained the reason behind it a few pages back.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2017
  7. fuhransahis
    Just looked back and I see that the specific braid used was to achieve the best sound and the amount of copper means it needs more burn in, not that the braid necessarily needs to be this loose, unless I missed it :)

    Still nice all around though, I just think if the braid were less loose this package would have zero points to complain about for the price.
  8. jaxz
  9. Lost Cosmonaut
    I have a referral for the folks over at iBasso:

    PlantsmanTX, pr0b3r, Glasha and 2 others like this.
  10. Paul - iBasso
    We found that the looser braid with this particular cable worked better for sound. It gives me a headache when I think about the number of cables we sample. The review process is extensive and not simple. Hopefully everyone will get a rewarding musical experience.
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    Aslshark, KEV G, Glasha and 1 other person like this.
  11. fuhransahis
    Ahhh gotcha. Feels much better knowing that it was deliberate lol. @pr0b3r was correct then!
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  12. scotvl
    Nice review and now you have me leaning towards these over the pioneers that are on my short list along with the FiiO F9 Pros. I'm trying to find something with solid bass sweet mids smooth highs that I hear from my second set of dying havi b3s and it sounds like the IT01s might work. Now I hope they show up on Amazon soon. Thanks
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2017
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  13. stryed
    Those two IEMs were in my finals. I gave extra points on build quality to the CH9T as I'm in the long run. One thing that has troubled me today is a comment on the TFZ thread by a IT03 guy who has had problem with one side of its headset and thought the TFZ KING was a terrific replacement. I had previously crossed out the TFZs because of suspicious build quality.

  14. FastAndClean
    TFZ KING vs IT01, make it happen
    Richsvt likes this.
  15. jamato8 Contributor
    I have a Leica M9 camera. Cost over 7 thousand for the body. The sensor had to be replaced 2 times. That is the way it can go but the camera has been fine now for a long time. Stuff happens. I have not been delicate with my IT01 or 03 and they are doing great and sound extra fine. :^)
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