- Dec 28, 2009
Thought I'd give a heads up on some things I have on hand. I got these from Nocturnal Audio for evaluation a bit back but have been too busy to do much with them. The IEMs appear to be quite a value along with their really well priced cables. The copper cable here is the best pure copper I've heard and only $40 retail. It has the evenness that's expected but not dull, overly warm or creamy. It's got solidity and focus along with the expected texture. On the stiffer side but doesn't tangle and friendly enough in use. I currently use a hybrid cable made by the owner, Zack and it was a steal at the time I bought it as well. To give you an idea about his commitment, I asked him if he had a current version of what I use and he proceeded to tell me that the silver he used before doesn't blend as well sonically with his new and preferred copper. When he finds the right one, he'll make it. He seems a really a good guy.
Of the cables he sent along, a different kind of hybrid cable which is both pure copper and pure silver strands in each conductor is easily my preference with his IEM. From what I have listened to so far, the IEM is somewhat U shaped like so many favorites here. It's another Dynamic plus TWFK in a very familiar case. It's been a while since I heard a 1+2 but I suspect this isn't quite as good. I like it much better than the Rhapsidio IEM I heard that also looks like it. I'll get in depth with more listening but can honestly say I enjoy it. It's difficult to compare to things like the 1+2 because it, like this unit, is quite cable sensitive. Never the less, I will continue to assume that Gavin's wonderful 1+2 is the preferred unit. The comparison will always be there simply because of their commonness of design and appearance. What I do like is that this IEM is definitely a VG device and a lot cheaper with a cable that suits it.
For those with U shaped sigs, this hybrid cable ($65) should rock. It has the right characteristics without the issues that I personally find in some of the other more expensive silver/gold or SPC types. Of course that's going to be individual and involve interfacing but using the copper or hybrid cable on my JH13s still had them preferred to some very expensive things I've tried. The hybrid is crisp without being hot and with a tight bass and mid presence that should be great with a LOT of IEMs. It doesn't just work because it's overly smooth like so many that are taming the top. It's not. It's remains crisp without being hot or ringy and lets the dynamics come through while aiding the spectral balance of what amounts to be the most common sig out there.
The 4 core copper cable pictured is the most costly at $145 with a noticeably warm and lush sound. Not really my flavor but if you've got a lean IEM or prefer a weighty sound, it may just be the trick.
All that said, I know some don't perceive much difference in cables but for me subtleties often seem quite large since I listen to a lot of stuff looking for differences all the time. As always, take with a grain and listen for yourself when possible.
I won't wax on poetically about the cables etc as it's not my style but they are tremendous values and great at playing music when properly matched to what they are connected to. They are also very well made and should last a good long time. If nothing else, they are premier aftermarket quality at OEM prices. What's not to like?
I'll be contacting some members to see if they want a listen and offer a comment or review on their findings. If your a well established member with good feedback and would like a try, feel free to pm me. Yes, even those I don't always agree with.
The hybrid cable is staying with the IEMs for now which I'll post more about later.