The Eminent Ears Appreciation & Impressions Thread - starting with The Ruby
Jun 11, 2024 at 3:25 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 13
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Kicking off a new thread for the Eminent Ears brand who's just debut their Ruby IEMs. They have kindly sent me a review pair which I received only yesterday which I'll be doing in the upcoming days but burning it in meanwhile.

I first came across Eminent Ears in CanJam Singapore 2024 whilst eavesdropping in a group convo @HiFiHawaii808 had with @jude where the Ruby got mentioned. I got introduced to Travis Chan at the Eminent Ears booth and had brief demo of the Ruby. To my understanding the Ruby is their first product - at CJSG, they only had 3 units and they partnered up with Vortex to cable up their earphones.

I was quite impressed with what I heard and later on reached out to Travis on getting review pair. Whilst the Ruby has been mentioned sporadically here and there (in the Discovery and Watercooler threads) I don't think many folks know about it and to me, it's a hidden gem (no pun intended, really!).

Here are some pix & some brief info about it for now, but I'll write a proper after giving it a few more days burn-in. Meanwhile, some other members who have it are more than welcome to contribute to this thread.

Regurgitating straight from the spec sheet, the IEMs are a 1xDD (10mm) + 4xBA + 4xEST in a 5-way crossover (this part is from CJSG, assuming that hasn't changed) where the DD covers the low end bass to lower mids, whilst the mids and lower highs are handled by the 4xBA and upper highs handled by the ESTs.

The supplied cables are by Vortex and are silver plates copper alloy terminated by a 4.4mm balanced plug.

The package comes with 2x sets of eartips - one set for vocal and another set for balanced, all put into a storage case.

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As a quick precursor intro to how it sounds like, I wrote something brief in the Watercooler thread where I felt that there's a nice depth and weight to its house signature. It still maintains a very airy and smooth upper end without sounding peaky. It's the kind of IEM where I think I can listen to hours without fatigue.

What pops out the most to me is it's ability to to separate instruments so distinctively clear, yet maintain complete cohesion & coherency without any one particular instrument sounding out of place.

I'll share more as I go a long later.
 
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Jun 13, 2024 at 7:14 AM Post #2 of 13
Happy to see another person talking about these. They are really great. Just got a new set after comparing them to the Fei Wan and Jewel from Aroma Audio. Gotta give them some more time, but so far really nice resolution and separation with an exquisite clarity all well done with excellent cohesion.
 
Jun 13, 2024 at 8:27 AM Post #3 of 13
In a few hours I would have had about 3 days burn in which should be more than enough. i've been listening off 'n on but today I've been little sick with nasal congestion so not a good day to be listening. However in previous days the IEM has continued to impress. It has a laid back signature whichI can listen to for hours, and placement-wise, I feel that I'm right in together with the performing artists and I can "visualise" instrument positioning.
 
Jun 13, 2024 at 8:56 AM Post #4 of 13
In a few hours I would have had about 3 days burn in which should be more than enough. i've been listening off 'n on but today I've been little sick with nasal congestion so not a good day to be listening. However in previous days the IEM has continued to impress. It has a laid back signature whichI can listen to for hours, and placement-wise, I feel that I'm right in together with the performing artists and I can "visualise" instrument positioning.
Feel better! Yeah curious to hear more of your thoughts after you recover, but totally hear you with the visualizing the instrument aspect. No smearing and being able to hear attack and decay of each instrument individually is really nice.
 
Jun 15, 2024 at 11:02 AM Post #5 of 13
So the Ruby has just hit past the 100 hr burn-in mark. Giving it a listen today (after my recovering from my flu) and this IEM continues to impress. Listening to an orchestral soundtrack piece, Somewhere in Time, and I find myself totally immersed together with the whole orchestra. It doesn't feel like a 10th row presentation, not even 1st row presentation but right in it with the different instruments radiating outward infinitely. Yet instrument placement and positioning is distinctively precise and clear.

Sometimes when listening to Ruby, it's almost like listening to headphones.

I think that somewhere along the FR, there is slight dip. Comparing to the Tralucent 1Plus2, the latter is a bit more mid forward. But the Ruby is by no means U-shaped. There is still plenty of meat in vocal pieces. Overall, the signature is extremely easy listening with plenty of air and detail without sounding fatiguing. Its bass brings in body with layered texture and reverberation without bleed - extremely well balanced sound.
 
Jun 23, 2024 at 5:54 AM Post #6 of 13
Sorry I've neglected this thread in the past week. However over the weekend, the Perth Head-Fi crew had a small gathering of which we did an IEM shoot out. Most of the details of that was posted in the Watercooler thread, however instead of rehashing the whole thing here I thought I'd post a brief summary and thoughts of how the Ruby compared with the rest of the IEMs at the meet.

Bear in mind that this is pretty much my personal thoughts based on my experience (or excuse!) of being reintroduced to this hobby only in the past 2-3 months after a 5 year hiatus. Therefore every new IEM I hear these days is more of a "revolution" and an evolution.

There were a suite of IEMs at the meet ranging for low end, equivalent pricing to the Ruby, and some that are even over 2x the price of the Ruby, each with their strengths and weaknesses.

I walked away from that meet feeling that to me Ruby's biggest strength was its precision and positioning. Some of the IEMs that did grab my attention were the Fir Xe6 & Subtonic Storm but for my ears, the Ruby still walked way triumphant in the precision and positioning space. Granted that as an overall all the Subtonic Storm may have been the winner "overall" IEM with a wider soundstage and 3D imaging, but didn't have the precision and positioning that (to my ears) were more accurate in the Ruby.

Whilst there are other top tier IEMs which I haven't compared side-by-side with the Ruby in a controlled environment (but did at least hear them at CJSG), and if one were to consider the Storm to be "priced right" (I don't know if it is not having spent sufficient time with other top tier), for now I felt the Ruby is hitting a bar above it's asking RRP.
 
Jun 26, 2024 at 5:27 AM Post #8 of 13
May I please ask someone to provide a detailed comparison of Ruby to Traillii OG?

I want to try something new and with DD bass, so interested how they would keep up with the mighty Bird.
 
Jun 27, 2024 at 9:59 AM Post #9 of 13
I've been swamped with work and haven't had much listening time at all.

@Alexzander I did give the Traillii a brief listen last weekend, and as much as I do feel the Oriolus being a familiar sound but for my ears, the Ruby still had a deeper soundstage with higher headroom. In terms of the FR, the Traillii seemed to be a bit more upper mid forward compared to the Ruby and whilst the trebles extend high, it's a little bit more tame and conservative compared to the Ruby too.

Personally for my tastes, the Ruby has been more to my liking.
 
Jun 27, 2024 at 10:31 AM Post #10 of 13
May I please ask someone to provide a detailed comparison of Ruby to Traillii OG?

I want to try something new and with DD bass, so interested how they would keep up with the mighty Bird.
They're quite different IEM's.

Ruby has those luscious, full and smooth mids with a nice warmth. I really enjoyed it with female vocals. Ruby also has greater all around bass presence. My notes were ""Probably the smoothest mids with nice warmth and full lower body yet with upper mid presence and not shouty at all. Great vocal IEM. Can sound busy due to the richness" out of the Hugo2 with a Orpheus RCA adapter.

Trailii is more coherent and polite. The cable Trailii was paired with (Nightjar Sovereign Symphony) really requires proper amplification to really shine. Staging and technicalities improve markedly with a TOTL source and amplification. I usually use the SP3000 + MK475.

@AnakChan I've rolled the 1960's 4 wire OEM cable back onto the Trailii as I'm using the Nightjar cable with the Craft Ears Omnium which I have on tour. You're welcome to meet up for a listen before I send it off mid July. I think the strength in the Ruby were the mids.
 
Jul 4, 2024 at 7:24 AM Post #12 of 13
I've been super busy with work I haven't had a chance to listen to the Ruby since meeting @Tanalasta few weeks back. The Ruby, my DAP, camera, all was sitting in the backpack since till right now when I've finally had a chance to pull it out again.

Listening to This is Chris Botti's album, this IEM is just nuts. It's soundstage in width, depth & height is just massive - but it's not only just that. The Ruby makes use of that well with the clarity, instrument separation and positioning.

It's immersive enveloping the listener with detail without being too technical. To me it's reminiscent of the times when I went to Bluenote Tokyo, getting one of the front row centerstage tables right next to the stage listening to the performing artists.
 

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