Dec 4, 2018 at 1:31 PM
- Dec 26, 2012
- Reaction score
- Paris, France
Well, there are people talking about it maybe not as many as you'd like but RHA has less followers than other more established brands. I am very confident it will grow and the next IEMs from RHA are at the top of my watchlist as I think the CL2 shows that they can compete with the best and yes more pricey IEMs. They now need to cater to a wider array of signature preferences, the CL2 has the tough job of convincing that it's different than the CL1 for those who had auditioned them although it's not even in the same league and luckily quite a more mature and enjoyable tuning (night and day really).The tuning is such a small part of this package. No one is talking about all the things that this closed 10mm planar does that are simply ground breaking.
So it is harsh in the mids on some weirdly mastered tracks, but Jesus Christ, what it does everywhere else, is so ridiculous to the point of almost disbelief.I feel none of the reviewers outside of yourself and @AManAnd88Keys have even touched on that broad and extensive subject.
Yes the CL2 are complex and multi-faceted, I have posted before about how frustrating it was to wrap my head around them so much so that I at last wrote my first review as a challenge to myself... I am not surprised that it's a polarizing IEM, doesn't mean those who love it or hate it are wrong. I for one think the upper mids walk a fine line and this is the key love it / hate it (or in my case both with a few instance of frustration and a lot of pleasure listening but that was just as true of the IE800 that I sold and repurchased after a while... again very liekly that the CL2 has the same fate ).
There is nothing wrong, as there is no common scale to rate IEMs so other might rate "lesser" IEM higher for sure. One interesting debate to hold is how we proceed with reviews and how great reviewers do that is of high interest to me.And if this iem is not a 5, especially when compared to all the other lesser iems ( which happen to be way more expensive) that get perfect ratings on here, something is seriously wrong with the review process. The last several reviews I have read are stuck on tuning. If I was to only read them, I would walk away thinking that was all there is to the CL2. Especially when the reviewers make it seem like liking the tuning is akin to liking "anchovies on ice cream" and no one in their right mind can ever do that. Mind you, not anchovies on pizza (which is a matter of taste and preference), but "ice cream".
I feel like you're getting worked up over this but in this hobby people have different ears, different taste, different sensitivities as well as different sources, different listening volume, so many things are so different. Rating always feels a bit artificial to me anyway, and shouldn't ever be taken as objective despite being a numeric value. I don't care about the rating of reviews I read but about how in depth they get about the signature and the tuning. Sure there is technical foundations and without them, an IEM / headphone is messy no matter which signature it features.
But aside from technicalities, the signature and thus the tuning is the name of the game for me! I can prefer a lesser IEM technically but their signature clicks with me... and overall this is going to be the deciding factor especially in terms of complimentary signature in my collection. So this is a very important aspect of reviews to me, getting a feel of which signature an IEM features.