Review: Linum Super BaX
Disclaimer: The Estron Linum team sent me the Linum SuperBax for evaluation and asked me to post a review here on Head-fi. Thank you for the opportunity
I’m not completely new to the Linum line of head phone cables.. awhile back I obtained the Custom Art Ei.xx IEM which were purchased with the intent of getting more bass bottom end than I was used to getting from my CIEM UE PRO setup… I discovered a review by Twister6 http://www.head-fi.org/products/customart-ei-xx-6-driver-ciem-massdrop-edition/reviews/14140
where he was comparing the Linum cable and I decided to purchase the Linum BaX to pair with the CustomArt Ei.xx and it worked perfectly smoothing out the bottom end of the spectrum. Just what it needed…
I have never heard of any complaints about the standard BaX other than it is super thin and at times it can tangle a little while in use or while putting it away after a listening session … manageable but still an attribute that you need to pay attention to…
so when the Linum team announced they were developing a Super BaX I wanted to see how it performed with my CIEMs.
It’s a different cable design as it has these attributes over the Standard BaX
Less impedance - .75 ohm vs 1.5 ohm
Extra strength - doubled up the wire strands
No more tangling but still is a very comfortable cable to wear
Improved Connector is now a strong 90 degree angled termination
I have never felt microphonics as being an issue with any of the Linum cables
So I pair the Super BaX cable with the CustomArt Ei.xx and I notice that the lower bass is brought out more than I wanted it to be and then I thought if the Super BaX can change the signature like this on the CustomArt Ei.xx what would it do with the UE PRO… so I pair the Super BaX with the UE PRO
To me the UE PRO with the Super BaX cable is a great pairing.. its like the whole spectrum just gets pumped up, they come alive and still maintain a great balance over all… So I’m keeping the Super BaX for the UE PRO setup.. very very nice.
Besides the two CIEMs ( Ei.xx and UE PRO) used for the evaluation of the Super BaX cable I utilized the following equipment…
For the source I used the Iphone 6 plus because I like the way the Onkyo HF Player converts the music into real time DSD playback when the Iphone 6 is hooked up to a DoP compatible USB DAC. Onkyo calls it their High-Precision Mode.
For the DAC/AMP I utilized the ifi micro iDSD (Silver Edition) as it has all of the bells and whistles required to drive just about any Headphone/IEM available. And it sounds great.
Music was a mixture of just about everything… I just put the source into song shuffle mode and played away for a few days…
The Super BaX is a nice custom cable that just works... and it works very well... no complaints here... I can't wait to read how some of you experience the sound changes you get while pairing with your IEMs..