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Apr 15, 2024 at 1:03 AM Post #99,001 of 102,112
Also, I prefer the NiceHCK NX7 mk III more than the updated mk IV. Though yes, the mids are more forward on mk IV, the treble is airier and more extended on the mk III. The dual CNT bass is also punchier, quicker, and more resolving than the dual BE coated bass drivers of the IV. I can live with slightly more pushed back mids, to gain a more exciting and resolving signature. The stage is also not bad either. Fairly decent left right wide, despite the knocks on it in the past. Now the mk IV are way more attractive shell wise, so if aesthetics are your thing, then they'd take the cake.
 
Apr 15, 2024 at 1:05 AM Post #99,002 of 102,112
I like my EW200 but it sounds so bright when coming from my warm/neutral prefered sets. Takes me awhile to settle in with it when I switch over.
I can only listen to it on my warmer DAPS. They play very nicely, very sweetly on the DX170, but the Sony A306 not so much.
 
Apr 15, 2024 at 1:06 AM Post #99,003 of 102,112
I like my EW200 but it sounds so bright when coming from my warm/neutral prefered sets. Takes me awhile to settle in with it when I switch over.
I wonder what you will think of the EA1000 if you feel the EW200 to be bright. :)
 
Apr 15, 2024 at 1:06 AM Post #99,004 of 102,112
Apr 15, 2024 at 1:18 AM Post #99,005 of 102,112
I wonder what you will think of the EA1000 if you feel the EW200 to be bright. :)
The EW200 is brighter than the EA1000. The EA1000 is a more mature sig with less shimmer, and more bass heft, but the stage sucks.
 
Apr 15, 2024 at 2:31 AM Post #99,006 of 102,112
Apr 15, 2024 at 4:03 AM Post #99,008 of 102,112
The EW200 is brighter than the EA1000. The EA1000 is a more mature sig with less shimmer, and more bass heft, but the stage sucks.
You are right however i am sensitive to the 2.5k peak

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Apr 15, 2024 at 4:16 AM Post #99,009 of 102,112
Initial impression on HIBY W3 II

As an audio enthusiast who favours analogue and wired connectivity over wireless, I still believe the wired sets is still the best option in terms of stable connection and offers better fidelity. But as technology keeps progressing on a yearly basis and new innovative components are introduced in this silicon-driven information technology era, so as wireless technology keeps its pace that we in the audio enthusiast community will be able to have the reliability and high fidelity performance akin to wired ones and convenience of wireless tech.

This is HIBY WB II, it's a bluetooth module device which is quite versatile as you can also use it as a DAC/Amp dongle. The good thing about this device is that it has independent key buttons like power and volume control. Its overall form factor is quite compact and it has a clip where I can put it either on my shirt, trousers or bags.

One of the important aspects of the device is that it can support more advanced bluetooth audio codec like APTX, APTX-HD, LDAC and its own proprietary UAT codec. This device can be used remotely via its own HIBYblue app and surprisingly, it has NFC-support.

On its internal parts, WB II has a reliable Cirrus logic DAC and Qualcomm's latest bluetooth module chip where both components can deliver a well-rounded sound quality from the optimal performance of its DAC and amp with a transmission and reliable connection of the latest generation bluetooth chip. This device is quite good for long listening sessions. I was able to use this one for up to almost 8 hours in LDAC mode.

For sonic performance, it has this warmish-neutral sound profile that pairing it to some balanced-warmish or warmish-neutral sets has a good synergy as it gives more depth and texture to its dynamics. Although on resolving aspects, it has more focus on macro-dynamics but micro-detail retrieval appears to be decent enough.

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Apr 15, 2024 at 4:43 AM Post #99,010 of 102,112
Apr 15, 2024 at 5:15 AM Post #99,011 of 102,112
Can someone tell me which cable pins I need for the CCA Trio?
I read something about inverted polarity of the pins for KZ/CCA.

For XINHS cables: Do I need QDC or KZ-QDC pins?
For NiceHCK: Will their QDC work for the Trio?
I guess normal 0.78 pins will not work for the Trio (they wrote they use 0.75 mm).

Feel free to drop some recommendations which cable you prefer with the Trio. :)
 
Apr 15, 2024 at 5:48 AM Post #99,012 of 102,112
What is your current EDC (every day carry)?

Currently using:
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DAP: Sony WM1A DAP (Mr Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
IEMs: EPZ 530 and JVC HA-FW1800
Storage: ALT-R leather case
 
Apr 15, 2024 at 5:53 AM Post #99,013 of 102,112
What is your current EDC (every day carry)?

Currently using:
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DAP: Sony WM1A DAP (Mr Walkman One WM1Z Plus v2 Mod)
IEMs: EPZ 530 and JVC HA-FW1800
Storage: ALT-R leather case
Madoo Type 512 with Questyle CMA18P for my carry bro.
 
Apr 15, 2024 at 7:17 AM Post #99,014 of 102,112
Where did this I/O Volare IEM come from? All of the sudden every audio channel is doing a video on it and I don't recall seeing it in here. 1 DD 4 BA 4 EST for $600..

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New brand launching today, I was asked to hold off on sharing anything until today too although I still haven't seen the product page go live yet lol. My review is here for those interested: https://www.techpowerup.com/review/i-oaudio-volare-in-ear-monitors/

Some photos and measurements as well:

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The unboxing experience and accessories are incredible for the asking price.
 

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