MikePortnoy's Custom Monitor List - CanalWorks L71PSTS added (Full Reviews, Scores and Signature Descriptions)
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Progressive Custom In Ear Monitor List
 
The list consists of several custom in ear monitors that I have tested during my journey. Hope you all find it informative. Please click the name of the monitors in the list for the full reviews. 
 
New units will be added to the list, once they are confirmed and tested. Noble Audio Katana C review and Noble Audio Savanna S score&review will be added soon. 
 
  LowMidHighTone Stage/
Image
Speed Instru.
Separa.
Resolut.Transp.ComfortShellOverall ScoreSignature
1 UM Maestro v2
 
[size=inherit]China[/size]
[size=inherit]($1980)[/size]
85909090859090808085 Acrylic
12 BA
[size=inherit]89,0[/size]
Natural, Reference
2 CanalWorks
[size=inherit]L71PSTS[/size]
 
Japan
($1700)
85909085859085858090  
Acrylic
8 BA
 
86,5Natural, Fast, Spacious, Tuning system
3 Spiral Ear SE5 Ref
 
[size=inherit]Poland[/size]
[size=inherit]($1400)[/size]
85908090808580908585 Silicone
5 BA
86,0Organic, Resolved, Mid-centric
4 Empire Ears Zeus
 
[size=inherit]USA[/size]
[size=inherit]($2099)[/size]
80908580858090859085 Acrylic
14 BA
85,0 Resolved, Transparent,
Mid-centric
5 Westone ES60
 
[size=inherit]USA[/size]
[size=inherit]($1300)[/size]
80858080858590858595 Acrylic
6 BA
83,5Resolved, Transparent
6 Noble Audio Katana C
 
[size=inherit]USA[/size]
[size=inherit]($1850)[/size]
85858580858085858585 Acrylic
9 BA
(preview)
83,0
Resolved, Reference, Warm
7 AAW W500 Morph
 
[size=inherit]Singapore[/size]
[size=inherit]($1100)[/size]
80808080807580808085 Acrylic
1DD+4BA
80,0Warm, Dynamic
8 ACS Encore
 
[size=inherit]UK[/size]
[size=inherit]($1100)[/size]
85808080808585757580 Silicone
5 BA
79,0 Warm,
Organic
9 HUM Pristine 
 
[size=inherit]Hong Kong[/size]
[size=inherit]($1300)[/size]
75808085758075808580 Acrylic 
2 BA
78,5Natural, Dynamic
10 Custom Art Harmony 8.2
 
[size=inherit]Poland[/size]
[size=inherit]($1200)[/size]
80857580808075807585 Silicone
8 BA
(preview)
77,5
Organic, Warm, mid-centric
11 Lear LCM-BD4.2
 
[size=inherit]Hong Kong[/size]
[size=inherit]([/size][size=inherit]$1300)[/size]
80807575857075808585 Acrylic
2DD+4BA
77,0Spacious, V-shape
12 Rhapsodio
Solar
 
[size=inherit]Hong Kong[/size]
[size=inherit]($1550)[/size]
80758080758080757090 Acrylic
10 BA
77,0Dynamic, Warm
13 M-Fidelity
SA-43
 
[size=inherit]Norway[/size]
[size=inherit]($950)[/size]
75757590808580708585 Acrylic filled with silicone
4 BA
75,5Spacious, Realistic
14 Perfect Seal AR6
 
[size=inherit]USA[/size]
[size=inherit]($1150)[/size]
80707075807575758070 Silicone
6 BA
74,0Spacious, Warm
15 Jomo Audio 6R
 
[size=inherit]Singapore[/size]
($1030)
70807575707575809085 Acrylic
6 BA
73,5Bright, Airy, Resolved
16 Empire Ears Apollo
 
USA
($1599)
75757580758075707085 Acrylic
10 BA
71,5Natural, Smooth
 
Feb 24, 2016 at 10:40 AM Post #2 of 37

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Some nice list with very interesting totl iem comparison scores => thanks for sharing!
Looking forward how the AR6 will hold up to those ''giants'' later on
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Feb 24, 2016 at 11:18 AM Post #4 of 37

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  Some nice list with very interesting totl iem comparison scores => thanks for sharing!
Looking forward how the AR6 will hold up to those ''giants'' later on
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  Nice job buddy, looking forward to your impressions.
 
Surprised to see differences between Apollo and Zeus in build & comfort, weren't they made from the same impressions on file? Mine are exactly the same I think.

 
 
Thank you my friends. 
 
@flinkenick My Apollo and Legend, they were exactly the same. However Zeus has slightly bigger shell and different shape of upper concha. Less comfortable than Apollo, buddy. 
 
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Both score and review of AR6 will be done soon, bud :) I may add the score first. 

 
Very curious about your AR6 thoughts and scores (while waiting for my own in the meantime)
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@MikePortnoy:

Thanks for the list- this is awesome! Any thoughts where the ref 1 ranks among the greats? I really love it and find it utterly unique but have only been able to compare it to Westone ES5s which I used to own.
 
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  So far SA-43 seems to have the best value. Can't wait to see how AR6 performs. 

SA-43 performs very good for its price. I call it ''baby'' SE5. 
 
 
@MikePortnoy:

Thanks for the list- this is awesome! Any thoughts where the ref 1 ranks among the greats? I really love it and find it utterly unique but have only been able to compare it to Westone ES5s which I used to own.

 
Thank you mate. Honestly, I wouldn't rank Ref1 with UBER in the same class with SE5 or Zeus. It may have decent scores. However, it doesn't mean that Ref1 is a bad monitor, it is smooth sounding unit. Also, I haven't heard ES5, but from what I read, I think it sounds ahead of its time. 
 
Gunna add the new ultimate ears reference remastered in there at any point? Great list!!

 
Thank you mate. UERR is not currently in my upcoming review list, but I will try to add it. :)  
 

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