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[REVIEW] Presenting the Chord&Major Tonal Earphone Collection

  1. Exesteils
    Have you tried them with other tips? Like Sony Hybrids or triple-Flange. Was wondering just how much difference in sound it would make.
  2. jarrett
    Nicest strain relief on an IEM I've ever seen
  3. kalbee
    Hm... I don't have any of those unfortunately. I also can't stand triple flanges. The only ones I have with me are these:
    The bores on most of these tips are slightly above standard size so don't actually fit very well on the nozzle of the Majors. In order to test, I had to wrap some tissue paper on the nozzle for a proper seal with the tips.
    As you may be able to see from the picture, the stock tips (black one) have a smaller bore but very thick walls. This keeps the tips held on very tightly--hence the reason why I say there's little worry on losing the tips with regular use.
    The opening size and the length/depth of these medium tips also differ.
    You can see the stock tip has a little distance between the nozzle filter and the entry of the tip opening. The TDK has a much larger opening and the filter is practically level with the opening. The VMODA has a bit more depth than the stock one, although the hole is of similar size; slightly bigger. The Hippo foam creates a much longer tunnel, as you can see how some picture angles are greater than others.
    The TDK with tissue actually does space the tip opening from the filter a bit more than without. As far as sound goes, there's a bit less bass impact, the highs feel like they did extend a bit more. The sound feels like it comes out more open; due to this the decay on the mids become a little less controlled. The changes are not highly dramatic though, and still come off with a similar balance to the stock tips.
    The VMODA tips dont do too much change. The slightly larger opening probably counter balances the increased length.
    The Hippo Foam ones, first let me say, have completely cylindrical bores, so the seal to the nozzle might not be as good. The tissues couldn't fit in there. With these the treble is just a tiny tad bit softer than stock IMO, but low bass notes become much softer. Parts of the upper mids also became softer. They really make the earphones become mid/highmids centric. Thanks to that, flutes may still sound nice for the most part but violins playing higher octaves do lose on timbre.
    That said, from the tips I currently have with me the stock ones are still the best controlled. The TDKs might be nice though.
    As a general rule, I think
    Opening size: smaller <--------> larger
    Bass quantity: more <--------> less
    more open sounding <--------> more controlled <--------> congested (when too small)
    As far as the length of the tips, I'm not too familiar since even these Hippo H500 are my first tips of this kind of length (minus some tri-flange I used to have and hated the way they feel in the ear). As far as headphones go though, more distance between ear and driver generally means more treble... more more so in the useless region (cannot hear depending on your ears, but can still hurt the ears/cause fatigue) than the useful region (clarity/detail). Maybe the Hippo foams would normally have increased the treble but due to them being foam it in turn ever so slightly decreased it.
  4. drm870
    The strain relief design looks similar to the Monoprice 9396 earphones. Same OEM, perhaps?
  5. shigzeo Contributor
    Somewhat similar. I doubt they are the same. The earphone world really is designing the same thing (very specific use) no matter where in the world they are. The C&M tab is angled outward, making fit probably more comfortable than the Monoprice earphone.
  6. kalbee
    And not the same OEM unless the monoprice are made in Taiwan.
    The body does have the general same shape as the Major7'12 though.
    There's also these JBLs that share a similar design on the strain relief
    Though it uses a flat cable and starts vertically downwards, passing through the strain relief twice.
  7. shigzeo Contributor
    I'm looking at all these 'similar designs' and seeing only dissimilarities from traditional looping/relieiving. I'm glad to see options. Keen I am on the C&M designs. Love them I do. Watching the final episodes of The Clone Wars I am. Drink I must.
  8. kalbee
    They are certainly not OEM'd in terms of design or anything. Basic shapes can be seen recurrent here and there but only to the extents of things such as how cups are often (but not always!) cylindrical or how many baseball caps share similar features in overall shape design. [​IMG]
    Finally updated the front, but sadly I never got a reply back regarding the international pricing scene... as much as I'd like to offer an answer or reasons to the readers, I can only make assumptions as this point (i.e. small company so shipping is harder to waive; or taxes on wood; or special shipping methods required with controlled ambient temperature/humidity), of which are nothing but assumptions...
  9. Exesteils
    Still, can't deny they are very nice looking phones that perform rather well in their price range. Keeping my eye out to see what they are going to come up with next.

    The Rock one is on my list of things to try.(Since they are rather rare, guess I'll have to buy them myself too) but that'll have to wait after my wallet has recovered from my recent purchases.
  10. Exesteils
    Double post
  11. shigzeo Contributor
    Being designed and manufactured in Taiwan (a pretty hot and humid place) I'd imagine that the wood is cured for such environments. You never know.
  12. kalbee
    Yes, I am born Taiwanese but am Canadian. The difference in humidity between the two places can be huge :D
    I mean the shipping to other countries. Just as acrylic paint has pretty high shipping costs since it needs to be temperature controlled during shipping (during winter especially; can't let it freeze), maybe it is the same for the wood (specially the boxes) while shipping to other countries that have very different humidity levels.
  13. shigzeo Contributor
    Excellent, another Canadian! I've found that small items like earphones of any material seem to hold up pretty damn well in shipping. I've shipped ordered stuff all and the world from South Africa to Sweden and nothing that wasn't made well to begin with suffered any adverse wear and tear. 
  14. captian73
    Major 7'13 "Jazz"
    Major 8'13 "Rock"

    Major 9'13 "Classical"
    I've been out of the game for years, but the last IEM's that did this sort of thing was Radiopaq. They retailed at £59 (UK) now you can literally pick up the Radiopaq tuned for the price of a Big Mac Meal. I thought the different tuning was an interesting idea. I guess the market didn't agree!
  15. shigzeo Contributor
    I wonder if rather than 'jazz' 'rock' and 'classical' if marketing terms like mild, medium, hot would be better. People will look at the prices and faces and be like: WOW, not bad. But then they'll say: but I don't listen to classical. Bugger. They'll settle for jazz and realise that they wanted a bit more sizzle and that classical should have been the one they shot for. Or vice versa. 

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