- Jan 30, 2011
- Bucharest, Romania
Extension was sub-par compared to all the IEMs I listed, even the IT03. Extension is not only about hearing something, it is also how it is balanced versus the rest of the spectrum.
These were all tested during the same trip to Singapore, and I spent complete afternoons A/B-ing IEMs, and using my Spiral dot tips for all of these. Martians were initially my primary target due the peculiar configuration, but I ended up buying the IT03 and Sirius during this trip, and never regretted that choice since then, they are still my go-to models when I want a well-balanced sound with no brightness.
With the adequate financial means, Merlin v2 are way better than Martians if someone is really after a high-end UM model.
To come back to smooth signature for custom IEMs, CA Harmony 8.2 usually comes to my mind right way. They're not the most detailed CIEMs but offer a very smooth relaxed signature with decent bass, detailed mids and VERY natural treble (very good cymbal rendering, and this is the downfall of many IEMs). They're not extremely expensive if you reside outside the EU (= without the 20% VAT).
Oh, I see~
It makes sense now
I will also look into IT03 soon, especially since so far all clues point to them having an awesome sound!
I like some brighter / treble happy signatures, and Martians offer an aesome sound in this aspect. The extension goes in the upper treble rather than the lower treble, truly majestic!
From your writing, you seem to be more of a fan of natural / relaxed signatured rather than enhanced treble. I like the most enhanced trebles out there, Kinera H3, Ultrasone Sig Studio, ie800 and RE2000 being some of my favorites, so I guess it is only normal I like them Martians quite a lot. @AndrewH13 might dig those as well
For the record, I think FiiO F9 requires at least 5-6 dB of 16 kHz treble to sound truly like a live cymbal.
I know nothing about Merlin, but you made me curious. Will check them out as soon as I get the chance.
Age might play a role in this as well, Martians have their enhancement in the treble higher than ie800 or RE2000, practically with ie800, the lower highs and upper mids were a bit enhanced, but with Martians the lower highs and the upper highs are both the focus, so they might sound more U rather than V shaped, if this makes sense