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Venture Electronics (VE) Duke - a new high-performance IEM

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  1. WayTooCrazy
    Finally getting some time to try the Dukes after burn-in (202hrs)...
  2. noknok23
    does the high lower after 200Hrs? they still **** my ears big time at the moment (roughly 100hr)
  3. WayTooCrazy
    I think the standard Duke does not have a signature that I'm fond with (metal filter). I've rolled a few tips and I can't get into it yet. Gonna burn for another few hundred hours. The Duke AE though, that sound Great! Smooth as can be! I believe that has a fabric filter.
  4. noknok23
    thanks, I'm going to give a try with the AE
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  5. Skullophile
    I'm finding the Duke a thing of beauty out of the M1s. If I could I wouldn't change a thing. They nailed the treble and well, they nailed it all. @noknok23 try using a warmer balanced source with the Duke. The M1s to my ears really cools off the sound.
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  6. noknok23
    I'm using the m1s!!! Same as you, balanced output and spinfit. It's much better I have almost no sibilance, and yes it sounds beautiful. I left the iem on pink noise over night to see if any improvements
  7. mochill
    500hrs minimum
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  8. WayTooCrazy
    I have them on the burner for 500hrs now... but will probably be a little more, as I don't intend to be home when the magical 500hr hits.
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  10. noknok23
    Did some serious generated noise burn-in, not sure if I hear improvement or it's in my mind by at least my hears aren't wrecked by the high anymore... looks like it's going for the better :) very impressed by the speed and resolution of theses by the way
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  11. peter123
    What's the AE?
  12. WayTooCrazy
    Alternate Edition. It has a fabric/paper filter vs the metal screen filter of the normal Duke.
  13. peter123
    Ah, I see.

  14. noknok23
    Alternative edition - less analytical, slightly more musical?... @WayTooCrazy do you think the cotton is the only thing in the mod? Haven't fully burned those one yet, focusing on the og now haha still after a month of sporadic burn in. But I feel like it's getting more stable now and I am really pleased. I really wish someone could provide graph for before and after burn in on these to see if the high lower down....
  15. WayTooCrazy
    @noknok23 tbh...I just didn't jive with the sound of the normal duke. It sounded thin and not so engaging, even after 200hrs burn-in for me. The Duke AE was a little warmer, smoother, and more refined from first listen. Now, it is balanced, so that might have some influence. I do remember trying my SE adapter on it and still preferring it to standard. The SE Duke is back on burner for 520hrs (when I return from vacation). So I'll see how it sounds then. I'm still more of a 'bud guy than IEM guy it seems.
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