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Apr 21, 2022 at 4:55 AM Post #62,581 of 63,661

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KBEAR INK, $69
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YCPXCF...id=1650531198&sprefix=kbear+in,aps,438&sr=8-3

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Apr 21, 2022 at 12:07 PM Post #62,585 of 63,661

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Apr 21, 2022 at 12:48 PM Post #62,586 of 63,661

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Why did they make it?
XD05 Bal is more powerful, has better SNR on the 3.5mm, has AES/Coax/Optical input, supports PCM768 and DSD512...
What's the point of Poke II?
In my experience handling the og Poke and og XD05.
Poke is comparatively more "portable". Its smaller and actually still fit in your pocket. Can't say the same with XD05.
So yeah, if you want something a bit more portable...

But it seems Poke II grew in size (longer?), it still relatively smaller than the "technically portable" XD05.
still the pricing... $390!?
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Apr 21, 2022 at 5:02 PM Post #62,588 of 63,661

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The pricing seems kind of high, say compared to the iFi hip-dac. Of course, someone will want bluetooth and the little screen, and so on.
I’ll wait for reviews, but the price does seem a bit high. Pretty curious how it sounds though. Same dual cs chips as the moon river 2 and W2 with lots more power. I know it’s all about implementation, but seems promising. I think the link2 bal sounds amazing. Hopefully we’ll see a new xd-05 iteration with cs or new akm chips
 
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"Designed and assembled in Portland..."
I highly suspect the insides are from the same chifi manufacturing conglomerate as the ones from the Timeless, S12 etc. Which is not a bad thing. But that leaves a taste of paying around a 1350$ premium for a "Made in USA" badge and a nifty shell design.
I could be totally wrong of course but that was my first thought.


Hahaha, well there is a Campfire premium whenever their brand is attached to an IEM's shell. And after all they used Bellsings in their Solaris!
 
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For Tin T2 fans, Tin HIFI is coming up with 2-pin variant for the T2:

https://www.facebook.com/TINhifiOfficial/posts/489637906194009

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Well I think the penny has finally dropped, the T2, T2 Evo, T2 Plus and T4 had quite a number of MMCX QC issues on forums (I've experienced it myself), so 2 pin might give better longevity (especially if you change cables often).
 
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For Tin T2 fans, Tin HIFI is coming up with 2-pin variant for the T2:

https://www.facebook.com/TINhifiOfficial/posts/489637906194009

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Well I think the penny has finally dropped, the T2, T2 Evo, T2 Plus and T4 had quite a number of MMCX QC issues on forums (I've experienced it myself), so 2 pin might give better longevity (especially if you change cables often).

If they do an introductory offer these, at least we will know what to expect sound-wise.

I take that back! Their marketing people will probably want them based off the Pro or Evo models. :triportsad:
 
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For Tin T2 fans, Tin HIFI is coming up with 2-pin variant for the T2:

https://www.facebook.com/TINhifiOfficial/posts/489637906194009



Well I think the penny has finally dropped, the T2, T2 Evo, T2 Plus and T4 had quite a number of MMCX QC issues on forums (I've experienced it myself), so 2 pin might give better longevity (especially if you change cables often).
Ooh, T2 with 2pin.
All i remember about this iem is that its a bit laid back (compared to KZs i was comparing it to back then)
and more importantly, how effortless it is to listen to every sound via T2.

In early KZs some sound you have to look for it to be able to listen to it, or need to raise the volume to unhealthy level.
Not so much with T2, its all there. laid back...

I wonder how its stand compared to recent models?
 
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Don't think I have seen this mentioned, but am probably wrong.
Meze Advar - Single DD $699 released early May


https://mezeaudio.com/products/advar
Edit: yes, previously mentioned. I really should search before posting.
I tried this out at Can Jam Singapore recently.

The Advar has quite good resolution and technicalities, considering it is a single DD set, I even mistook it for a multi-driver initially. Warm V-shaped tuning.

Bass is north of neutral, but bass quality is nevertheless very good, with good texturing and a well extended sub-bass. Soundstage is about average, width > height/depth. Layering and imaging is pretty good. Upper mids can get a tinge hot, but this is dependent on a few factors like hearing health, volume played at (Fletcher Munson curve), eartips, pinna gain (ear anatomy) etc.
 
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Don't think I have seen this mentioned, but am probably wrong.
Meze Advar - Single DD $699 released early May

It's rolling out next month...
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