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Nov 20, 2021 at 1:16 AM Post #60,961 of 61,500

Mr.HiAudio

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little secret disclosure:
Do you know that TRN TA2 should have been with 3 ba and not with 2? because inside there is even a place for the third ba which is closed with a stub :)
 
Nov 20, 2021 at 1:20 AM Post #60,962 of 61,500

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P.s, its a top secret :D
 
Nov 20, 2021 at 1:43 AM Post #60,963 of 61,500

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P.s, its a top secret :D
Are you going to be modding one in? Seems like an interesting project, but it'll probably require modifying the crossover network.
 
Nov 20, 2021 at 1:50 AM Post #60,964 of 61,500

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Are you going to be modding one in? Seems like an interesting project, but it'll probably require modifying the crossover network.
you can add a resistor, but to be honest, the sound in the drain is quite even and calm by ear, although these ba sound like TRN ba 🤣
 
Nov 21, 2021 at 3:31 AM Post #60,965 of 61,500

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PRat is not that high on my priorities. I would add: Timbre, timbre, and timbre especially for piano, woodwinds, vocals (especially Japanese female vocals), guitars (espeically acoustic guitars), and strings. If Penon can +3 over Tanchjim then endgame for me.If not, I will save my money. Penon needs to deliver the goods.
We shall soon find out.
(8) less hours of sleep nights + the delivery duration (lol)...
 
Nov 21, 2021 at 5:04 AM Post #60,966 of 61,500

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Sometimes it's nice to sit listening to some older IEMs in the collection. Some of those are now unavailable but still really sing. One such IEM is the Semkarch SKC CNT1. The Semkarch is in fact an LZ single carbon nanotube driver IEM. The only one branded Semkarch as far as I know. The only changes I made was to upgrade the cable to a Nicehck 4.4mm four core copper cable and roll the tips to JVC Spiral Dots Originals. It still holds it's own. Exceptionally musical with a very satisfying bass. An LZ offering that shows the skill and ear LZ have for IEMs. Bloody great IEM. Reminded me of Tolkein, "All that is gold does not glitter". Certainly gold amongst the profligate IEMs thrown out from China nowadays.
 
Nov 21, 2021 at 10:38 PM Post #60,967 of 61,500

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A tale of new Fiios.
It seems Fiio has saved their best stuff for last. This year they have released a few surprises but I think the biggest surprise for me anyway is just how much better tuned their new stuff is. I can tell they have learned a thing or two from previous efforts and improved on all of it with their newer designs. Top stuff in the FD7 beryllum dynamic. Top stuff in the FH9 shown here. And top stuff from their all new FA7S.
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FA7S was my weekend review post https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-fa7s.25563/reviews#review-27327

Break down on the 3 Fiios I mentioned is like this.
FA7S has 6 Knowles BAs and have one of the best-balanced tunings I have heard from any Fiio. It is as close to a neutrally tuned Fiio as it will get. But with very good extension and balancing on both ends of sound. Bass has zero roll off and treble is extended well.- Bass is legit better than my Zeus believe it or not and so is the treble. Mids are detailed and very natural sounding. The FA7S is for treble and mids fans as the bass end has moderate emphasis but is a good solid bass end none the less. These easily complete with the likes of the Tansio Mirai TSMR-6 or even the Dunu SA6. It is playing at that sound level but cost less.

FD7s are one of the best pure Beryllium dynamic earphones that are Fiios natural timbre king. Outstanding speed and definition of pure Beryllium and is one of the best imaging single dynamic earphones I have heard. It is easily one of their absolute best efforts for sound. Dynamic fans will love these things. The tuning is a balanced V but with a flagship level of imaging with an organic tonal character and top of the line timbre for vocals and instruments. These things on my DX300Max just sings like no other.

New FH9 shown above. I have been burning them in. For folks that always wanted a top-level UM earphone like the MEST or Sonys IER Z1R but those are a bit out of reach price wise. I present to you The FH9 which is playing at that level in sonics. It is got a big brawny sound to it. Once again balanced well but this time around it has a full bored sound. Thick full notes. Great height and depth with excellent stage. All 3 phones mentioned here got great stage but the FH9 is got a bit of extra in how beefy the sound is. It is Fun immersive tuning with a very high level of technicalities. It is using a 13.6mm 2nd gen DLC dynamic that pushes a lot of air. Bass is absolutely fantastic on these. Best Fiio bass to date imo. Their bass caps on it are full on party mode. Mids are thick like the bass. Treble is shimmery and detailed. Its scale of sound is very similar to the much more pricier phones mentioned. This is one hybrid to keep a watch on. It is going to surprise a lot of folks that own much more expensive offerings.

Fiio seems to have been working on earphones for a while, their FH9 for the past 2 years supposedly. These folks been improving their game and these are the end results. If you had any doubts. Fiio is a legit player in the earphone game and this year has been a coming out party for them. They had some good offerings in the past but with these newer offerings. These guys are going for the best value in the industry. It is like. "Thats your stuff? How's about we do the same thing but better for half the price." Lol. I can't imagine what these guys are gals are going to introduce next. I have a good idea but just know they seem to keep a keen eye on earphone trends and sooner or later will bring out their version that give you a true value for the given earphone.

Could a state-of-the-art tri or quad brid be next? That wouldn't surprise me.
 
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A tale of new Fiios.
It seems Fiio has saved their best stuff for last. This year they have released a few surprises but I think the biggest surprise for me anyway is just how much better tuned their new stuff is. I can tell they have learned a thing or two from previous efforts and improved on all of it with their newer designs. Top stuff in the FD7 beryllum dynamic. Top stuff in the FH9 shown here. And top stuff from their all new FA7S.
11630326.jpg

FA7S was my weekend review post https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-fa7s.25563/reviews#review-27327

Break down on the 3 Fiios I mentioned is like this.
FA7S has 6 Knowles BAs and have one of the best-balanced tunings I have heard from any Fiio. It is as close to a neutrally tuned Fiio as it will get. But with very good extension and balancing on both ends of sound. Bass has zero roll off and treble is extended well.- Bass is legit better than my Zeus believe it or not and so is the treble. Mids are detailed and very natural sounding. The FA7S is for treble and mids fans as the bass end has moderate emphasis but is a good solid bass end none the less. These easily complete with the likes of the Tansio Mirai TSMR-6 or even the Dunu SA6. It is playing at that sound level but cost less.

FD7s are one of the best pure Beryllium dynamic earphones that are Fiios natural timbre king. Outstanding speed and definition of pure Beryllium and is one of the best imaging single dynamic earphones I have heard. It is easily one of their absolute best efforts for sound. Dynamic fans will love these things. The tuning is a balanced V but with a flagship level of imaging with an organic tonal character and top of the line timbre for vocals and instruments. These things on my DX300Max just sings like no other.

New FH9 shown above. I have been burning them in. For folks that always wanted a top-level UM earphone like the MEST or Sonys IER Z1R but those are a bit out of reach price wise. I present to you The FH9 which is playing at that level in sonics. It is got a big brawny sound to it. Once again balanced well but this time around it has a full bored sound. Thick full notes. Great height and depth with excellent stage. All 3 phones mentioned here got great stage but the FH9 is got a bit of extra in how beefy the sound is. It is Fun immersive tuning with a very high level of technicalities. It is using a 13.6mm 2nd gen DLC dynamic that pushes a lot of air. Bass is absolutely fantastic on these. Best Fiio bass to date imo. Their bass caps on it are full on party mode. Mids are thick like the bass. Treble is shimmery and detailed. Its scale of sound is very similar to the much more pricier phones mentioned. This is one hybrid to keep a watch on. It is going to surprise a lot of folks that own much more expensive offerings.

Fiio seems to have been working on earphones for a while, their FH9 for the past 2 years supposedly. These folks been improving their game and these are the end results. If you had any doubts. Fiio is a legit player in the earphone game and this year has been a coming out party for them. They had some good offerings in the past but with these newer offerings. These guys are going for the best value in the industry. It is like. "Thats your stuff? How's about we do the same thing but better for half the price." Lol. I can't imagine what these guys are gals are going to introduce next. I have a good idea but just know they seem to keep a keen eye on earphone trends and sooner or later will bring out their version that give you a true value for the given earphone.

Could a state-of-the-art tri or quad brid be next? That wouldn't surprise me.

I wish the FA7S had a shell like the FH9. Shells like this remind me of my painful experience with the Dunu Zen. I loved the sound, but the shell inflicted too much pain for me. :tired_face:
 
Nov 22, 2021 at 10:56 AM Post #60,970 of 61,500

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My first 11.11 care package just came in.
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9 pairs of KZ Starlines M and 1 of the 6 IEMs that I ordered, The Whizzer Kylin HE01B.

Gotta say though the HE01B has the best unboxing experience of a sub €100,- IEM I've ever had.
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When opening the box two things went through my mind; These look like gemstones and they are a lot smaller than I expected.
The build quality of the IEMs and the cable are also beyond what I expected at this price.
I've gotta say I'm impressed so far.

Now excuse me while I try and find out if the sound quality matches the build quality :ksc75smile:
 
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Nov 22, 2021 at 6:06 PM Post #60,972 of 61,500

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Come on, people! Why has the Dunu EST 112 gone under the radar so? These have been talked about as the best Dunu. Of all the Dunu I've owned, these are by far the best. While I must admit, OOTB I wasn't enamored, and I've started to dial back making comments too soon OOTB, these are just so much fun to listen to. I think it's the resolution + bass speed + imaging that gives me such pleasure. Now if only the edges were a little bit smoother (what?! me saying that?!), maybe dialing back the edges of the upper mids/treble, and just a little more air. Just some more air in the damn EST's, then these to me would be endgame. Regardless, I love the DUNU EST 112, and it's kept me from pulling the trigger on anything new lately.

As an aside, for those who want an EST (magnetostat) that's 80% of the performance of the EST 112 at nominal cost and crazy price/performance ratio, then the CCA NRA would be that IEM. Now this comes with the need to change out the stock cable to pure silver, and replacing the stock tips (I use JVC Spiral Dot ++), and you get awesome resolution + bass speed + imaging + detail retrieval for $20.00. About 80% of the perfomance. Is the bass as resolving? No. Are the details clearer? No. Is the stage as wide? No. But imaging is incredible, treble is airy and not peaky or sharp, and resolution is pretty great for an el cheapo. It's not quite there as far as clear performance, but again, for about $400 less, it's not too far off, so as an everyday beater pair, you can't go wrong. I'm looking forward to seeing if CCA comes out with an improved Pro version?
 

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My first 11.11 care package just came in.
20211122_150518_HDR~2.jpg
9 pairs of KZ Starlines M and 1 of the 6 IEMs that I ordered, The Whizzer Kylin HE01B.

Gotta say though the HE01B has the best unboxing experience of a sub €100,- IEM I've ever had.
20211122_150843_HDR.jpg
When opening the box two things went through my mind; These look like gemstones and they are a lot smaller than I expected.
The build quality of the IEMs and the cable are also beyond what I expected at this price.
I've gotta say I'm impressed so far.

Now excuse me while I try and find out if the sound quality matches the build quality :ksc75smile:
How much was it during 11.11? Looks really nice!
 
Nov 22, 2021 at 9:01 PM Post #60,974 of 61,500

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KZ ZEX / TRN VX Pro / Cat Ear HITAM / Smabat Proto 1.0 - Unboxing and First Look​


Just received a few new IEMs. Here are my first impressions:

KZ Zex - $22usd, 1DD+1EST. Fun sounding. Thick punchy boomy bass, splashy thin treble. Coherency isn't the best (very noticeable separation from the DD and "EST" driver), timbre isn't the best, and technicalities are below-average. I also doubt that the "EST" driver used is real. Nonetheless, I find it fun-sounding and enjoyable for Hip Hop.

CatEar HITAM - $25usd, 1DD. Quite bad. lo-fi, boomy, hazy... eww. Left unit has driver flex. Packaging and accessories are cute though.

TRN VX Pro - $88usd, 1DD+8BA. V-shaped sound signature. Full-bodied punchy bass, forward intimate vocals, energetic treble, decent soundstage width, above-average technicalities (for the price). Not bad for $80usd. However, bass is slightly slow and bleeds into the mids, treble can come off as sharp and splashy, BA timbre, incoherencies between drivers.

VX Pro review done! Link to review here - https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/trn-vx-pro-1dd-8bas.25493/review/27336/

Smabat Proto 1.0 - $88usd, modular 1DD. I am a MASSIVE fan of this. Interchangeable bass filter, interchangeable nozzle filter, interchangeable drivers. This IEM is FULLY Modular and you can customize it to your liking. With one driver, you get a total of 6 different sound configurations. I have a total of 2 different drivers here so it means that I get a whopping 12 different sound configurations. For $88usd (+$15usd for another driver), IMO this is a major steal. No matter what your sound preferences are, you will be able to find a configuration that suits your taste and needs. A separate post for Smabat Proto 1.0 will be made to showcase the different filters and driver configurations.


Frequency Response graphs for all 4 IEMs are shown below. If you have any questions regarding any of these IEMs, feel free to let me know and I'll get back to you asap.

Full reviews for all 4 IEMs will be out soon. Stay tuned.

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VX Pro review done!

Overall, not bad for the price, but nothing mind-blowing or interesting. stock accessories are pretty bad for the price.

Link to review here - https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/trn-vx-pro-1dd-8bas.25493/review/27336/

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