RAZ's TOTL review and rambles thread
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RAZ’s review thread, HP and IEM shootouts, comparisons and impressions

Add: this was meant to be a one off Summit-Fi comparison post but I've since decided to use this as a space for IEM and HP tryouts where I'll be posting impressions, comparisons and reviews on all things audio. The "My preferences section has also been edited as my tastes have evolved with time and the reviews need to be adjusted to that. Future changes are also possible, it's more of a disclaimer more so than anything else.

About me as a listener and audiophile: Ultimately, I’m just another dude with just another opinion on the internet, so if my statements and assessments offend you, press alt F4 and they will magically disappear. That being said, I have spent the good part of my life listening to music and I have provided dozens of recommendations to friends and fellow HeadFi-ers that for the most part have been successful.

It’s also worth noting that the absolute vast majority of gear I own is one I’ve purchased with my own money, so this thread is me discussing gear that I’ve invested in or have as a loaner - either way this will be explicitly stated in every review

My sound preferences and what I’m looking for in the gear I own: I've come to enjoy a variety of gear and signatures - I do love well pronounced upper treble, and a decently heavy bass response. I am by no means a basshead, but I have no real interest in gear that sounds overly clinical or sterile. The sound signature I'd say I'm most drawn to personally is a W shaped one, but there are a lot of flatter, or more V shaped IEMs/HPs that I also enjoy

Technical ability is very important to me as I find that tonality alone can only get me entertained for so long - I'm not really after any of that "realistic" sound - the more separation, width, dynamics and general wow that you give me, the happier that I will be

A disclaimer - I can't deal with gear that has an overly forward upper midrange, or in other words things that place vocals dead in your face - while I do realise that covers a whole lot of gear, I personally find it makes a whole bunch of music sound outright unlistenable, and even where it does work, it gives me the feeling of very artificially boosted and flat out wrong sound.

Posts:

Post #1 - deleted as it was outdated and didn't reflect how I feel about a lot of the stuff
Post #2 - TOTL shootout (IEMs)
Post #3 - Sources/DAPs (General discussion)
Post #4 - Sell and keep list (IEMs)
Post #5 - Erl vs Thummim - the battle of the titans (IEMs)
Post #6 - EE Odin closing thoughts (IEMs)
Post #7 - The BIASed Post (General discussion)
Post #8 - Chord Mojo vs Hugo 2 vs Hugo TT2 (TOTL sources on IEMs)
Post #9 - Sony IER M9 - the 1000$ slayer (IEMs)
Post #10 - Noble Sultan - the best Noble to date (IEMs)
Post #11 - Noble Zephyr (IEMs)
Post #12 - A12t vs A18S (IEMs)
Post #13 - Diana V2 and a peek into the Abyss 1266 Phi CC (HPs)
Post #14 - T+A Solitaire and the HEDDphone (HPs)
Post #15 - HP Reviews and rankings and how those are happening (HPs)
Post #16 - Abyss 1266 Phi CC - the *almost* perfect headphone (HPs)
Post #17 - Verite C - first proper venture into closed backs! (HPs)
Post #18 - Kann Alpha - the DAP to rule them all (DAPs)
Post #19 - Inifinity Mk2 impressions by @aaf evo (IEMs)
Post #20 - LPGT vs LPG impressions by @bluestorm1992
Post #21 - Jomo Trinity Brass - I'm a rockstar baby
Post #22 - oBravo's EAMT1C - when open backs and IEMs get naughty
Post #23 - Abyss 1266TC - plain insanity
Post #24 - PW1950s... sorry what?
Post #25 - Campfire Vega 2020 - a DD doing what a DD is supposed to
Post #26 - Rhapsodio Infinity Mk2 and what I hate about forward upper mids
Post #27 - MMR's Gae Bolg, aka the Hellboy
Post #28 - VE Elysium, vocal utopia
Post #29 - 64Audio Fourte Noir, the upper treble monstrosity
Post #30 - CFA MW10, when the tuning goes 1v9
Post #31 - The LP P6 Pro, portable R2R love
Post #32 - The 2020 IEM Shootout
Post #33 - The Focal Clear MG - another disappointment by Focal
Post #34 - PAW6000, LP W2 vs PAW S1, Odin revisit
Post #35 - Effect Audio EVO1
Post #36 - The JH AION Collection
Post #37 - JH Jolene demo impressions
Post #38 - UM FuSang - the King of reference
Post #39 - Softears RS10 - The 2000$ King of reference
Post #40 - Softears Cerberus - Coolest name in portable audio
Post #41 - PW Metropolis x 1950s - Where da blue at?

Short Reviews
Post #1 - 64Audio A18S

Memorable posts by thread guests:

Dynamics in HPs/IEMs by @Liberatus
Micro and Macro Dynamics by @Deezel177
Dynamics and Transducers Pt2 by @Liberatus
The billion $ driver by @Liberatus
The notion of overpriced by @doctorjuggles
 
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Aha I was wondering where the FiR went in your sig, now I know. Due to production issues Bogdan has sent me a plastic version for the time being, should be arriving this week, I wonder if there are any differences between that and the metal one.
 
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Aha I was wondering where the FiR went in your sig, now I know. Due to production issues Bogdan has sent me a plastic version for the time being, should be arriving this week, I wonder if there are any differences between that and the metal one.
Yeah I think they're having some trouble with the metal shells for the time being... I hope they resolve it soon

You can't go wrong with the M5, and I imagine it should sound pretty similar to the plastic one once you get it
 
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"VE Elysium – my personal favourite out of the bunch, and the one that gets around 60% of the total playtime. "

You need to call it 'Sex Panther' :p
 
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"VE Elysium – my personal favourite out of the bunch, and the one that gets around 60% of the total playtime. "

You need to call it 'Sex Panther' :p
Hahah why sex panther?
 
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Anchorman. 60% of the time..... it works every time. (A part in the film referring to the sexual allure of a cologne called Sex Panther, if my memory serves me correctly)
 
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Anchorman. 60% of the time..... it works every time. (A part in the film referring to the sexual allure of a cologne called Sex Panther, if my memory serves me correctly)
Ooooh right now I remembered haha :D
 
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Ooooh right now I remembered haha :D

Either that or it was a referral to an an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era :p
 
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Either that or it was a referral to an an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era :p
An old wooden ship named Sex panther.... I wanna know what happened on there
 
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An old wooden ship named Sex panther.... I wanna know what happened on there

I believe 60% of the time it stayed afloat.
 
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How does the Elysium respond to equalising the bass.. No basshead, but since the rest of the spectrum sounds perfect (the mid-range from your description sounds just awesome), the question is how a couple or more db:s at for example 62,125 works? Does it affect the whole signature to negative or does it give som extra bass for us that want it very slightly north of neutral...
As a reference the ve8 bass is more or less perfect, wouldn't want to end up with less (equalizing or not).
 
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How does the Elysium respond to equalising the bass.. No basshead, but since the rest of the spectrum sounds perfect (the mid-range from your description sounds just awesome), the question is how a couple or more db:s at for example 62,125 works? Does it affect the whole signature to negative or does it give som extra bass for us that want it very slightly north of neutral...
As a reference the ve8 bass is more or less perfect, wouldn't want to end up with less (equalizing or not).
I'm generally speaking not great at EQ-ing, but just now I maxed the bass using the knob of my RME, and it responded really well - it became much more present, deeper and just generally felt like a more proper bass response.

Is it at the level of the VE8? Honestly I couldn't tell you... it isn't at the level of the Noir though, similar to that of the U18t with a M13 module

I am going to be in Cologne this weekend and visiting VE Monday, so I can do a better side by side comparison for you :)
 
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Posted in some other threads but to keep a better log here is the current Tier ranking I have started working on :)
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Hi,

Which cable do you use with Fourté Noir, and which cable do you use with A18T ?

And could you please show us your custom tips from Custom Art ?

Thx :)
 
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Hi,

Which cable do you use with Fourté Noir, and which cable do you use with A18T ?

And could you please show us your custom tips from Custom Art ?

Thx :)
Hey bud - I no longer own either of those, but the Fourte Noir imo requires a mid-centric cable like the Bespoke Leo/Cleo or the Eletech Plato, while the A18t requires something with somewhat rolled off treble like the PW1950s or the silver+gold cable material from plussound
 

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