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come on bro I know you need these
Like I said to Golov, I'm now an earbud convert!
Hopefully I'll get a chance to hear the Duke's though, and if they are half as good as you and others are saying (and the highs aren't problematic for me), then you never know - maybe I'll get swayed back to the dark side!
The instant you insert these in your ears and press play you'll understand and will be blown away with realism that was never possible until now
Took a walk today with the Duke, my iPhone + Calyx PaT, and some Mercyful Fate. Awesome!
I was even wearing my Mercyful Fate t-shirt, nerd that I am
Are they really that good? No sibilance, peaky treble?
No sibilance or peaks
There is definitely a peak in the sibilance range. I've measured it and I'm not the only one who has noticed it. My pair has imbalance so Lee is sending another. When that arrives, it should confirm whether it's just my pair with the peaks - or whether it's the default tuning.
The Dukes are a quite vivid IEM, there's no getting around that. Sibilance can be an issue, especially with hot recordings. Cymbals really stand out in recordings. Tip selection and insertion depth can help with this if you have sensitivities.
I think I'm settling on the small black narrow bore triple flanges. To my ears, the narrow bore + deeper insertion help they allow bring out a bit more bass which balances out the upper end. Of course, YMMV.
What I will say is those of you looking for a smooth, laid-back listening experience need not apply. Duke get your attention!
Does anyone have these and the MacaW GT100s? That's also a vivid/clear/treble-y phone.
Duke is a tad brighter than the silver filters on the Macaws
I second that (the bolded part). While the Ostry tips sound rather disappointing on some other IEMs I've tried them with, they're quite interesting on the Duke:
OS100 (blue): best clarity, reduced sibilance (vs. stock tips)
OS200 (red): medium clarity, no sibilance
OS300 (black): worst clarity, no sibilance
Obviously, OS300 are not recommended for the Duke. OS200 get rid of sibilance and retain pretty good clarity, they're probably the best choice for those who wear the Duke with a shallow seal. OS100 have the best clarity, however they only partly eliminate sibilance, so I'd say they're best suited for a deeper seal.
The optimum seems to be halfway between the OS100 and OS200, which can be achieved by stuffing a tiny amount of cotton wool into the OS100 before putting them on the Duke.
Well I ordered the set of ostry tips
Hmmm now I want to try the Duke even more.
Y'all getting the Ostry tips at Shenzhen Audio?