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Vision Ears and Rhines Custom Monitors (formerly Compact Monitors)

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  1. Ultrazino
    I agree. I heard many people praise the Stage 2 on the fair after demoing the complete line-up. But I only focussed on Stage 3 and 4...
  2. Mimouille
    Oh ok, well the 2 is a bit bassy also then. More so than the 3. I tried the 334 extensively (for a month) and found the bass very slow and bloated. The Stage 4 bass is much more controlled to my ears, though not as tight as 1plus2 bass.
  3. Mimouille
    So far I find the stage 2 very competent. But they costs 769 euros which is 1k$ so they had better be. I am not sure how they compete with similarly priced ciems. However I think that with VE as with Fitear you are also paying for the exceptional build quality.
  4. lieberstanley

    Giving the fact that the IEMs' performance relies very much on a proper and sealed fit, the open and noisy environments on the fairs or expos are not ideal places to demo the IEMs, especially for those hi-end models.

    The models that have a relatively dense mids would normally give better impressions on site. On the contrary, those hi-end (= fat price tag :mad:) models would not be able to demonstrate their tonal balance and abilities to unveil all the details under such environment.

    I believe that your insist is a wise move. It takes time and good place to appreciate the Stage 3 and 4.
  5. lieberstanley

    Totally agree. If I have to spend 1k USD, I probably would add some extra bucks and go for the JH16 Pro with FP ( or other competent contenders).
  6. rudi0504
    Very nice review Michael
    Look like i would like stage 4 from your impression
  7. Mimouille
    You do not need my impression Rudi, you buy only the best :wink: anyways in two weeks you can try them all with your great DAP and amp combos.
  8. Ultrazino
    Well, it was a pure headphone fair with no noise around. Further, I demoed in the separate community area and the custom demos isolate pretty well.
    To Stage 4: It is definitely v-shaped! Not only I had that impression, but it's actually described like that in the official product description (of Rhines Customs, not sure about Vision Ears but they designed the product together).
    I sometimes think people confuse pronounced highs with a sibilant peak - that the Stage 4 does not have (neither Stage 3). It is a smooth extension with very few peaks. It's not harsh to my ears, but yet forward. Maybe not as extreme as the Victor/ JVC FX700 but basically similar with much more precision and speed.
  9. lieberstanley

    Understood. Then my apologies for not figuring out your listening conditions before I commented.

    Just want to make sure that we are on the same page. Could you please say more about the "v-shaped" concept? Is it positive or negative to have a trait like this? Thanks for your input.
  10. Mimouille
    Here you go:
  11. hilosxdd
    Are you using default cables for when demo-ing these ? Oh and are they standard Westone 2-pins socket ? :)
  12. Mimouille
    I updated and concluded my first series of impressions HERE
    Please let me know what you think.
  13. Mimouille
    I answer this at the end of my impressions post now that it is updated.
  14. Mimouille
    First post updated with all impressions and tour info.
  15. lieberstanley
    Thanks for the efforts. Definitely a good read. So these demos will be on their tour soon?
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