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Mar 31, 2024 at 3:52 PM Post #98,206 of 102,108
Sunday's night listening session with three different lovely sounding IEMs

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Mar 31, 2024 at 4:51 PM Post #98,207 of 102,108
My favorite IEM is a single BA: The Aful MagicOne. Terrific tuning for my preferences. :)
That one is on my wish list! I have the Westone AM Pro X10 which is a single BA, very nice tuning but a bit light in the bass.
 
Mar 31, 2024 at 7:06 PM Post #98,209 of 102,108
nice ! do you think this might become available for purchase sometime this year or we will have to wait for 2025 ?
This year Simon is just picking the final version of the driver. The Unity Mini is up first I believe. Once the final driver is chosen and I get a chance to listen I will update. But this one is close.
 
Mar 31, 2024 at 8:00 PM Post #98,211 of 102,108
Mar 31, 2024 at 8:27 PM Post #98,212 of 102,108
(L) Dunu S&S for me on the Singolo. Nice fit and seal. Can wear them all day.
 
Mar 31, 2024 at 8:44 PM Post #98,213 of 102,108
IMHO, nothing, really. Everyone is doing a good job in their own ways.

Big ones coming up:
  • Symphonium Titan
  • Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim
  • AFUL 14BA flagship is finally coming
  • AuR audio just released a quadbrid (DD+BA+EST+Sonion bone conduction) for around 1k USD.
  • HiBy is launching a $2xx Android DAP with 4 ESS DACs and class A amp. They are also going to release a single DD collaboration with FAudio.

Not so new news:
  • NiceHck has two good IEMs: F1 Pro (planar) and Himalaya (single DD)
  • Hidizs has a good planar IEM (MP145)
  • Letshuoer has Cadenza 4, which seems to be very good mid-fi entry.
Thank you! :)
 
Mar 31, 2024 at 10:24 PM Post #98,214 of 102,108
AüR Audio Aehta price released, depending on the conversion rate 985usd for standard version.

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For a quadbrid, I'm sure it'll be sensational, but these guys started out as providing bang for your buck hi end sound for midfi prices. Now they've entered Kilobuck territory, so they are no longer providing bang for your buck, because there is no "bang for your buck" in Kilobuck territory, and you won't convince me otherwise, so I'll be passing, and living vicariously through those who will buy it full price or get review units at a deep discount.
 
Mar 31, 2024 at 10:34 PM Post #98,215 of 102,108

Déjà vu

I’m having flashbacks, to the modding of the JVC HA-FDX1
Or the FX850. Always trying to find a decent mod to tame that over rambunctious bass. I ended up parting ways with it. For the FW01, which had way more tame bass, but the treble and mids weren't as awe inspiring as the FX850.
 
Mar 31, 2024 at 11:34 PM Post #98,216 of 102,108
I have also achieved stable fit with Velvet tips.
It's one of the oddest iems. I feel like Crin took all the feedback from red too hard. It's a solid iem, but needs a better fit stability. It's very tiny!
 
Apr 1, 2024 at 12:06 AM Post #98,217 of 102,108
There has been a lot of discussion about "Planar timbre" especially since such drivers have become more prevalent. I certainly have experienced "BA timbre" but have never found planar drivers to have unnatural tonality. As an example, via Xduoo X20 > Faaeal Hibiscus > KZ PR3, the timbre of the piano and guitar on this piece sounds very natural and accurate:

Totally agree. Never heard of "planar timbre". The timbre of the Wu is pretty great.
 
Apr 1, 2024 at 12:11 AM Post #98,218 of 102,108
IMHO, nothing, really. Everyone is doing a good job in their own ways.

Big ones coming up:
  • Symphonium Titan
  • Elysian Acoustic Labs Pilgrim
  • AFUL 14BA flagship is finally coming
  • AuR audio just released a quadbrid (DD+BA+EST+Sonion bone conduction) for around 1k USD.
  • HiBy is launching a $2xx Android DAP with 4 ESS DACs and class A amp. They are also going to release a single DD collaboration with FAudio.

Not so new news:
  • NiceHck has two good IEMs: F1 Pro (planar) and Himalaya (single DD)
  • Hidizs has a good planar IEM (MP145)
  • Letshuoer has Cadenza 4, which seems to be very good mid-fi entry.
And CCA Trio as a bit of a Gorilla in the budget sector. Not everyone can afford all those snazzy and very expensive up and comers, so the Trio is a bit of a game changer in the ultra budget sector, while the $200-$300 sector has been a fight with a bunch of single DD wonders.
 
Apr 1, 2024 at 12:19 AM Post #98,219 of 102,108
And CCA Trio as a bit of a Gorilla in the budget sector. Not everyone can afford all those snazzy and very expensive up and comers, so the Trio is a bit of a game changer in the ultra budget sector, while the $200-$300 sector has been a fight with a bunch of single DD wonders.
Oh yeah, completely forgot about that one. I’m amazed that such competent IEM is available at that price (and made by KZ. But that’s another story).

Still 1010 or have you changed the setting already? I think I might just go to 1111 and accept a bit of compromise in timbre.




@Jaytiss the tonality of Singolo is rock solid below upper treble though, unlike the unstable fit 😂 I don’t know how I think about this IEM, so I just leave it playing music all day whilst I deal with other things.
 
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Apr 1, 2024 at 12:31 AM Post #98,220 of 102,108
Just tried the Titan a couple of days ago, decided to wait to see what still remains after getting hyped quite a bit then.

This is really a basshead's bassy IEM, crazy how much subbass this delivers. It is really not to my cup of tea, but I can see some people will be extremely pleased with it. Despite the earwax-dislodging amount of bass, the texture is preserved and I can hear the BAs trying really hard to match the insane bass levels.

Will definitely revisit them again at Canjam!
 

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