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Aug 28, 2023 at 4:11 PM Post #85,621 of 95,817
I have been thinking of what i should waste my money on next. I have closed down to few iem.

Aur audio aurora
Fatfreq scarlet mini
Thieaudio hype 2
Aful performers 8
Fiio fh7 or fh9

I already own 10th, variations, sr8, est50 and few others. I listen to alot of EDM, and some pop and rnb.

Just some thoughts on what I think.

SR8 give you natural and relaxed BA playback, warm neutral
10th the big and club like sound, V shaped
EST50 subwoofer like 2.1 sound with boosted sub bass. L shaped and warm
Variations I have never tried or read about.

Depends what you want in a IEM.
Aurora is more like EST50 without as big sub bass, in return you get better quality bass and mids, treble is equal even if EST50 have EST driver.
Aful Performer 8 is perhaps good if you want a more neutral sounding IEM.
Fatfreq Scarlet Mini is the 30dB bass shelf IEM, might be very fun with some music. Sounds to extreme to me, but can be very fun.
Hype 2 is probably also a very good contender, and cheap.
You already have great IEMs, but we always want more :beerchug:
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 4:34 PM Post #85,622 of 95,817
Okavango It's a fantastic set, truly noteworthy, and basically at an affordable price.
Detailed and in your face sound.

I'm using it in setup both switches on.
I have to try to lower something.

Comfort is good.
It has long thin nozzles.

The cable gives a feeling of well-being to the touch, it is light and does not twist.

In a 'just' world, this set should break the bank 😂.

@PROblemdetected was right.

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Foam tips?

Give me 5 bro.
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 4:37 PM Post #85,623 of 95,817
They are eartips but still a discovery... But this is the best thing I found recently... Reading some @AmericanSpirit posts he mentioned Butastur was designed with these H570 eartips in mind and they are really fantastic. Got them on AliExpress searching for "latex eartips".

Silicone tips get a bit itchy for me after a while and the Dunu S&S start to hurt because of the pressure they make... This is the perfect confort for me... Highly recommended.

Here on the Penon Serial but I'll get some more extra pairs for my other IEMs...
May I ask which store on AliE you got yours from?

Cheers
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 4:38 PM Post #85,624 of 95,817
I have been thinking of what i should waste my money on next. I have closed down to few iem.

Aur audio aurora
Fatfreq scarlet mini
Thieaudio hype 2
Aful performers 8
Fiio fh7 or fh9

I already own 10th, variations, sr8, est50 and few others. I listen to alot of EDM, and some pop and rnb.
FH9 doesn't work for edm.

FH7 is a masterpiece, that bass is lovely. I would recommend you try them and compare versus FH7s, because they are quite different on how they present the bass. The OG is more rounded-technical, and the S-version is a long bass that usually invaded al frequencies (in a good way)

EDIT. Clarify , that FH7 got a "unnatural" treble, but for edm is not bad at all.
 
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Aug 28, 2023 at 4:39 PM Post #85,625 of 95,817
I have been thinking of what i should waste my money on next. I have closed down to few iem.

Aur audio aurora
Fatfreq scarlet mini
Thieaudio hype 2
Aful performers 8
Fiio fh7 or fh9

I already own 10th, variations, sr8, est50 and few others. I listen to alot of EDM, and some pop and rnb.
Out of what you have listed, I would suggest the Aurora, but would also suggest you to consider the Penon Turbo.
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 5:15 PM Post #85,627 of 95,817
Aug 28, 2023 at 5:16 PM Post #85,628 of 95,817
Soon I can make an A/B comparison between Quintet and Hype 2.
I'll comment in a few hours.
first impressions.

Cable more manageable than the hype 2 that has more tension.
The fit is very similar in both. I consider him good at both.
The size is similar in both.

The QUINTET needs a little more power compared to the Hype2 for the same volume...(very little difference).
The Quintet corrects the Hype 2 tendency of many vocals sounding somewhat nasal to me.
 

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Aug 28, 2023 at 5:22 PM Post #85,629 of 95,817
This is one interesting: https://uk.1more.com/products/1more-penta-driver-headphones-p50

Dynamic + patented planar drivers? I'm guessing 1more is referring to square planar drivers which seem to be nothing more than marketing fluff.

It's been a long time since 1more has released wired IEMs, I think around 6 years since the Quad Driver came out.

Had the infamous Triple Drivers, it's really the epitome of selling out to reviewers because these IEMs are not good.

Triple Driver evokes that KZ Krila drama from a few weeks ago because most people who reviewed the TD probably got paid :moneybag::money_mouth:
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 6:01 PM Post #85,630 of 95,817
Interesting indeed, but can someone explain where the planar drivers are in this?

I see a DD, BAs, Coil, magnets and structural components, but nothing I recognise as a planar?

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Aug 28, 2023 at 6:38 PM Post #85,631 of 95,817
I have been thinking of what i should waste my money on next. I have closed down to few iem.

Aur audio aurora
Fatfreq scarlet mini
Thieaudio hype 2
Aful performers 8
Fiio fh7 or fh9

I already own 10th, variations, sr8, est50 and few others. I listen to alot of EDM, and some pop and rnb.
What is lacking with your current setup that you want more?

Since you like EDM, I would recommend Hype2 for sheer fun. But you already have variations, so it’s more of a sidegrade.

The Aurora has lovely bass quality. But it’s more on the smooth and mellow side. Idk if it would lack the “bite” for your music.

P8 is quite linear in its presentation with strong resolution and imaging. But you already have SR8, so it’s more or less a side grade.

FH9 is interesting but also kinda strange in its tuning. It’s a good IEM with “big” bass, even though it does not have a subbass shelf. It’s worth an audition.

Anyhow, yeah, better to save up for something like Elysian Diva or maybe the newly released Symphonium Crimson. You know, modern kilobucks.
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 6:39 PM Post #85,632 of 95,817
Interesting indeed, but can someone explain where the planar drivers are in this?

I see a DD, BAs, Coil, magnets and structural components, but nothing I recognise as a planar?

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Those boxy things are micro planar drivers. Astell and Kern uses those in one of their IEMs (Zero1 or something).
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 6:50 PM Post #85,633 of 95,817
Those boxy things are micro planar drivers. Astell and Kern uses those in one of their IEMs (Zero1 or something).
Ah that explains it! Just looked like BAs.

Interested to know what mini planars in BA like format do vs BAs
 
Aug 28, 2023 at 9:19 PM Post #85,635 of 95,817
I'll comment in a few hours.
first impressions.

Cable more manageable than the hype 2 that has more tension.
The fit is very similar in both. I consider him good at both.
The size is similar in both.

The QUINTET needs a little more power compared to the Hype2 for the same volume...(very little difference).
The Quintet corrects the Hype 2 tendency of many vocals sounding somewhat nasal to me.
Let's see... I'll be as precise as possible.

-Comfort: The fit of both seems good to me. I feel like the Hype 2 makes me a bit more of a seal at the cost of feeling my ears with something "inside". Hype 2 wins.

-Design and cable: Very subjective thing but the cable of the Hype 2 is more rigid than the one of the Quintet. I prefer the rigid cable of the Hype 2 but the color and design of the cable of the Quintet.
As for the iem, the Quintet seems more elegant to me. Tie.

-Energy: Similar requirements. A little more the Quintet ... but very very little.

***Sound***

-Sound timbre: I find that the two do not do anything bad but the Quintet sounds a little more realistic in the voices and in general... there is not much difference but here the Quintet wins.

-Spatial Capabilities: I notice that the hype 2 tends to offer a head-based sound with a presentation that doesn't feel congested but doesn't quite expand laterally like (cheap) iems like the Olina did. The Quintet separates everything a little more and I appreciate it. The depth in the Quintet I notice a little better even. The Quintet wins.

-Resolution: Difficult aspect to draw a winner because both sets are quite resolute, both being better than RAPTGO Hook x, for example. I feel like the Quintet can give you a little more resolution in the lows, mids and, where it will be most noticeable, the highs.

-Dynamics: I don't see big differences between the two. Hype 2 with certain music sounds like a lot of fun to me but they look pretty much the same here.

Therefore, for design, performance and sound quality I prefer the quintet.

Can someone make a comparison like this to see if we all come to the same conclusion? (or similar)
 

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