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Completed the "Questyle" combo: QP1R for on-the-go listening and CMA-400i for the times when I'm tied to the desk. Frankly, the likes of Cayin and Questyle can hang with some of the best DAC/Amp manufacturers out there. The QP1R is a highly recommended DAP if all you want is solid playback capabilities. The class-A amp sounds different to most DAPs out there (in any price range) and gives an analogue-ish tone without sacrificing the minute details.

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Completed the "Questyle" combo: QP1R for on-the-go listening and CMA-400i for the times when I'm tied to the desk. Frankly, the likes of Cayin and Questyle can hang with some of the best DAC/Amp manufacturers out there. The QP1R is a highly recommended DAP if all you want is solid playback capabilities. The class-A amp sounds different to most DAPs out there (in any price range) and gives an analogue-ish tone without sacrificing the minute details.
Sweet setup :) Questyle builds really stylish gear, but their poor aftersales support and communication, even relative to other Chinese companies, has always given me pause. It's almost like if something goes wrong, you're pretty much on your own.
 
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I was able to find it as low as $550 for 11/11, and I think at least one person purchased it for even less. It was so incredibly tempting. It would be great if even more people purchase it and could provide more impressions.
AK audio had it for $490 after coupons...but damn i hate that store. Rather get it at $520 from Kbear store. Either way I didn't, cant afford a big purchase currently. And of course, more reviews would help, althought Chris's review pointed out that I may heavily favour the set
 
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Nope, not this time, at that price I rather go for the Sony IER-M9 for a BA only iem. I do like the customizable face plate though....

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Nope, not this time, at that price I rather go for the Sony IER-M9 for a BA only iem. I do like the customizable face plate though....

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me too. that (the M9) or the PP8. different signature, both exceptional for me
 
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I eventually received my Openhearts and at £23 I am pleasantly surprised. Mildly V-shaped, they deliver good sound and in my view they surpass, the Blon BL03.

Starting with my reservations. The mid bass appears to be unruly, rather like my initial impressions of the ISN H40 (in the end the H40 settled in my view). Also, like the H40, these are very easy to drive (as a consequence they come across as loud) the effect is that listening at higher volume may sometimes sound congested on a "busy" track but on most tracks, these sound very good. I have had them for some 48 hours or so still early days.

What they do well is deliver good sub-bass, the treble is very good ( not quite Starsea levels, but many do not get to Starsea levels of treble extension) and being V-shaped, the mids are not prominent but they will give you some glorious vocals, piano, guitar and saxophone solos well beyond the money you spend.

The instrument separation is very good, with a good deal of detail so that you can focus on one instrument without losing it on a congested track (bearing in mind the current higher volume limitations, which might improve with time). The timbral accuracy, as you would expect on a Dynamic Driver, hhhmmm, just so real...Great, we are talking about a £23 single DD and it does not disappoint....rather, it is impressive in my view. Maybe the earphones to take the place of the BL03. Let's see how the Dynamic Driver settles with time.
 
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I eventually received my Openhearts and at £23 I am pleasantly surprised. Mildly V-shaped, they deliver good sound and in my view they surpass, the Blon BL03.

Starting with my reservations. The mid bass appears to be unruly, rather like my initial impressions of the ISN H40 (in the end the H40 settled in my view). Also, like the H40, these are very easy to drive (as a consequence they come across as loud) the effect is that listening at higher volume may sometimes sound congested on a "busy" track but on most tracks, these sound very good. I have had them for some 48 hours or so still early days.

What they do well is deliver good sub-bass, the treble is very good ( not quite Starsea levels, but many do not get to Starsea levels of treble extension) and being V-shaped, the mids are not prominent but they will give you some glorious vocals, piano, guitar and saxophone solos well beyond the money you spend.

The instrument separation is very good, with a good deal of detail so that you can focus on one instrument without losing it on a congested track (bearing in mind the current higher volume limitations, which might improve with time). The timbral accuracy, as you would expect on a Dynamic Driver, hhhmmm, just so real...Great, we are talking about a £23 single DD and it does not disappoint....rather, it is impressive in my view. Maybe the earphones to take the place of the BL03. Let's see how the Dynamic Driver settles with time.
Can you repost the link to where you bought the Openheart earphones? Thanks!
 
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Can you repost the link to where you bought the Openheart earphones? Thanks!
Here is the link [Edit] apologies:
£15.27 29%OFF | OPENHEART Resin Earbuds with mmcx Good-looking HIFI High Quality Audio Wired Headset In-ear Earphones DJ Heavy Bass Earpieces
https://a.aliexpress.com/_mN4fLop
You might need all the patience you can muster. It seems the fact that they use resin shells means they made to order, at least that is the excuse. They look good and so far they sound good but for quibbles mentioned, hopefully they will improve with break-in.

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If any of you are looking for a cheap way to store/display your headphones, you could try this:
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0001IWY8M


And yes I have fallen into the headphone hole...just ordered 6 of those banana stands and the Sennheiser HD 560S....
 
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@RikudouGoku, have you been using your Z5's? I've been using then with Azla Xelastec tips and balanced via my R2 and R5. I like them a lot. Not the most revealing, but definitely one of the most musical.
 
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@RikudouGoku, have you been using your Z5's? I've been using then with Azla Xelastec tips and balanced via my R2 and R5. I like them a lot. Not the most revealing, but definitely one of the most musical.
Yup, a ton. Maybe even more than the a7. It suits my library so damn well. Final audio type e tips ftw!
 
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Here is the link [Edit] apologies:
£15.27 29%OFF | OPENHEART Resin Earbuds with mmcx Good-looking HIFI High Quality Audio Wired Headset In-ear Earphones DJ Heavy Bass Earpieces
https://a.aliexpress.com/_mN4fLop
You might need all the patience you can muster. It seems the fact that they use resin shells means they made to order, at least that is the excuse. They look good and so far they sound good but for quibbles mentioned, hopefully they will improve with break-in.

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They are very similar to the Tiandirenhe, Fengru and PaiAudio. They also look very much like the Smabat Black Bat. Can you confirm that their sound is different from the previous ones? Black Bat and PaiAudio DR2 sound the same. Thanks.
 
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Here is the link [Edit] apologies:
£15.27 29%OFF | OPENHEART Resin Earbuds with mmcx Good-looking HIFI High Quality Audio Wired Headset In-ear Earphones DJ Heavy Bass Earpieces
https://a.aliexpress.com/_mN4fLop
You might need all the patience you can muster. It seems the fact that they use resin shells means they made to order, at least that is the excuse. They look good and so far they sound good but for quibbles mentioned, hopefully they will improve with break-in.

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Thanks!
Did you get the Blue or Purple model?
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Are these earphones fairly "shallow", so that they'd be comfortable to use when laying down?
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I'm looking for a set to use as a backup / replacement for my Pizen PianoTrio.
 

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