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Jul 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM Post #83,221 of 95,818
This one is a single DD right?
Yes they 'borrowed' the picture of the ibasso it01x.
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Jul 16, 2023 at 10:20 AM Post #83,222 of 95,818
When it comes to technicalities, the Falcon Ultra is superior in soundstage, imaging, layering and instrument separation. Micro-detailing is about on par.

The Oxygen has been my midFI single DD benchmark pair for the past 3 years, but the Falcon Ultra has taken over this mantle, boasting better versatility (via source pairing cable modules and tuning nozzles), better fit and better technicalities.
(Yoda)
The FOMO is high on this, it is.

I’m curious to compare this to my:
Dunu Zen (O.G.)
FiiO FD5 (modded) & FD7
JVC HA-FD01
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 10:55 AM Post #83,223 of 95,818
A used U12T is incredibly good value nowadays (of course, “good” is nonsense for $2000 IEM anyway). I’m starting to nitpick the tonality and tuning of U12T and start to hear issues that the head-fier guy who hates everything found, however, the “intangibilities” of U12T is unmatched. Large and open stage, aided by both treble extension and the air vents. Very dynamic, likely thanks to proper implementation of 4 vented woofers. Still outresolve (separation, note definition) most IEMs, though detail retrieval is starting to fall behind the likes of Monarch II. But the best thing is is that feels so comfortable to wear, as if it is open-back. So far, only FD5, FD7, and JD7 have the same level of openness.

MEST III has better dynamic than MEST II, but not “oh wow, this IEM is dynamic” but like “oh, it does not suck anymore”. The stage of MEST III does have some sort of “magic” in terms of the depth and the ability to project the background into the surrounding environment. But I heard the same with MEST II, and MEST II is half price.

I might go with MEST II or Helios, depending on how impressive the borrowed Helios sound. Otherwise, it’s time to wait for AFUL to do something cool.




We have a guy flashing us with his beach photo, and other with avatar. Not something I want to discover …

(That’s an unfortunately small dot though)



It’s ... surprisingly accurate.

The thing about EST112 is that it sounds very “vanilla.” I still think that Vulkan provides better value for that kind of sound.

FD7 has the same open-feeling of FD5 and JD7 due to the open back design. It does not mean that the stage is “large” or “holographic”. Think of it as opening the door and windows of your listening room. The tuning feels surprisingly flat, allowing you turn up the volume, which in turn makes the bass and treble pop. The most interesting aspect, to me, is the crispness and definition of the treble region. Not something that stands out immediately, but I appreciate it a lot when doing critical listening.

Still waiting for my local hifi store to give a final discount for FD7. I was obsessed with that IEM when I started, but I followed Reddit’s advice and went with “beautifully tuned” Blessing 2 instead. Should have listened to my ears.
is jd 7 close to fd 5? I thought the fd 5 was a midrange product. You recommended jd 7 recently, there are those who ordered jd 7 with your recommendation. I ordered a model of a more unknown brand instead of jd 7, but I am not satisfied, I spent the budget I thought for jd 7 on another model and threw away the money. anyway, now i want to order jd 7 again. I want to use it as an everyday model, it is important that it is not v-shaped and there is no problem with airflow.

jd 7 is 80 €, fd 5 is 150 €
 
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Jul 16, 2023 at 11:07 AM Post #83,225 of 95,818
Could u elaborate more the modded of the FD5
The FD5 is a chameleon; you can really customize them to almost anyone’s specific taste, from filters, to tips and (if you’re a believer) cables.

Here’s a link to one of my prior posts, on the FD5:
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/fiio-fd5-1dd-flagship-from-fiio.949578/page-79#post-16487286
[edit to add]
more filters
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/fiio-fd5-1dd-flagship-from-fiio.949578/page-57#post-16206906
 
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Jul 16, 2023 at 11:45 AM Post #83,226 of 95,818
is jd 7 close to fd 5? I thought the fd 5 was a midrange product. You recommended jd 7 recently, there are those who ordered jd 7 with your recommendation. I ordered a model of a more unknown brand instead of jd 7, but I am not satisfied, I spent the budget I thought for jd 7 on another model and threw away the money. anyway, now i want to order jd 7 again. I want to use it as an everyday model, it is important that it is not v-shaped and there is no problem with airflow.

jd 7 is 80 €, fd 5 is 150 €

You might be a candidate for the classic TinHiFi T2
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 12:15 PM Post #83,227 of 95,818
The FD5 is a chameleon; you can really customize them to almost anyone’s specific taste, from filters, to tips and (if you’re a believer) cables.

Here’s a link to one of my prior posts, on the FD5:
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/fiio-fd5-1dd-flagship-from-fiio.949578/page-79#post-16487286
[edit to add]
more filters
https://www.head-fi.org/threads/fiio-fd5-1dd-flagship-from-fiio.949578/page-57#post-16206906
Thanks for sharing, im already mod some of my IEMS (S12 for example, to calm down the treble)

I found more mods from Rikoduo, so... ¿Could u recommend materials or other post to check more info about moda in general?

RHA filters are discounted btw... What a pity
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 12:18 PM Post #83,228 of 95,818
Is this only USB / Hard Wired, and NOT Bluetooth? Seems to target a different user base than their 5K ???

Don't see measurements, but this looks significantly larger and heavier than the 5k...

yep, it's supposed to be a desktop device.
I wonder if 7.1 would work out of USB connection to amazon tablet... :thinking:
If so - instant buy here! Will be perfect for watching movies on flights!!!
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 12:19 PM Post #83,229 of 95,818
Just pulled the trigger on new Letshuoer ZD4. $80, with 10% mail subscription discount. Jay was really excited about these. Anyone here tried them?
I was trying to do the same, but the discount code did not work for me :frowning2:
Already sent an email to Letshuoer yesterday about it...
I am curious about the sound of the 3xDD plus passive radiator.
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 12:36 PM Post #83,230 of 95,818
Is this only USB / Hard Wired, and NOT Bluetooth? Seems to target a different user base than their 5K ???

Don't see measurements, but this looks significantly larger and heavier than the 5k...

It is USB only, no battery.
It is a 360-degree entertainment-oriented device, so not only music, but also movies and gaming.

It was originally announced paired with their special multi-channel IEMs (if I remember correctly, 4 channels per side).

At present I have no updated news on these special IEMs of theirs.
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 12:39 PM Post #83,231 of 95,818
It is USB only, no battery.
It is a 360-degree entertainment-oriented device, so not only music, but also movies and gaming.

It was originally announced paired with their special multi-channel IEMs (if I remember correctly, 4 channels per side).

At present I have no updated news on these special IEMs of theirs.
it apparently has a socket for a IEM made for it, I guess we'll see more soon.
The official website upgraded the product page with a few more details, but it is barebones, compared to the 5K page right now.
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 1:16 PM Post #83,232 of 95,818

Qudelix-T71 Discrete 7.1 Surround USB DAC

New Quidelix is coming folks, they got 4.4mm balanced this time. Just hope the build is more solid, and not having overly sensitive buttons anymore.

ES9219 DAC + INA1620 OPAMP
Max. Output Voltage: UNBAL 3.8VRMS / BAL 7.6VRMS
Max. Output Power: TBD
2Ch Mode: 384KHz x 32bit (High-Resolution Stereo Audio)
8Ch Mode: 96KHz x 32Bit (Gaming, OTT, Movie)
1000mA Battery (for mobile use case)

https://www.qudelix.com/blogs/t71/q...yWkcCnL3EtYmqTjSFIpwKMoRl21OOOLZiDSfg5rZTlb2M

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Compatibility with conventional stereo Earphones & Headphones

T71 USB DAC is compatible with traditional stereo earphones and headphones. Despite being designed for surround sound, the T71 still provides an enhanced audio experience when used with conventional stereo headphones.

While stereo headphones are typically designed to reproduce audio in a left-right channel configuration, the T71 can leverage its advanced DSP features to enhance the audio quality and provide a surround sound-like experience. This is achieved through virtualization techniques that simulate the spatial characteristics of surround sound, even when using a stereo output.
So I admit I brushed through the description but does this have Bluetooth?
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 1:54 PM Post #83,233 of 95,818
This dark version of Oxygen, IMO, is still the best all-rounder under USD$300. These sound so enjoyable that even after listening to some kilobuck gear, switching to the Oxygen feels effortless.

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Jul 16, 2023 at 2:36 PM Post #83,234 of 95,818
You might be a candidate for the classic TinHiFi T2
I don't like tinhifi very much, they have such disinterested customer service that I will not order anything from there. i can listen to other suggestions, do you have any advice which is better than jd 7? in similar price range
 
Jul 16, 2023 at 2:48 PM Post #83,235 of 95,818
I have not heard the Impact. This one is 2DD/2BA/2EST. So it's a DD TOTL, the Impact is 4ESTs and 10 BAs. Co-flagships.
OK, redcarmoose, I ordered one. You have not led me astray on similar occasions. Besides that, what company would have a dull or just crappy IEM for their 10th Anniversary model.
 

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