Comments for The Headphone List http://theheadphonelist.com Find the best portable audio for your needs Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:09:50 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Comment on Empire Ears’ EP & X Launch Event @ Euphoria Audio: A New Era by Roger Hemphill http://theheadphonelist.com/empire-ears-ep-x-launch-event-euphoria-audio-a-new-era/comment-page-1/#comment-169438 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:09:50 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=31719#comment-169438 new to the CIEM world but so far have been enjoying meeting and talking with the guys over at EE and EA….currently been waffling between the Horus and Janus cable for my Zeus XR Adel and cant thank Jack Vang and Eric Chong enough for their help. has been an expensive adventure searching for the optimal sound signature, but i have renewed my love for music production and appreciation for such delicate sound signatures…looking forward to developing a great bond and friendship with these guys in my search for supreme sound….being on the forums i can tell you have a great support team of testers leaving great reviews…please do let me know if you need any more audiophiles with a high sense on detail. love to be a product tester

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Comment on Kinera H3 Review – Sensation(al) by Ryan Soo http://theheadphonelist.com/kinera-h3-review-sensational/comment-page-1/#comment-169420 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:55:51 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=29812#comment-169420 Hi William,

The H3 is a lot bassier and has better extension than the Mini 2. The MIni 2 has a far more linear midrange where the H3 has more clarity but also sounds quite thin and laid-back. The H3 has a more pronounced lower treble, it’s well-detailed but not realistic. The Mini 2 extends a bit further and has greater detail retrieval though it also isn’t as crisp. The H3 has a larger soundstage.

I only have a pre-production SEED at the moment, I’m told it’s brighter than the retail model. I think the H3 holds a notable advantage in end to end extension and technicality and I don’t find either especially balanced. Also keen for the NUT 😉

Cheers,
Ryan.

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Comment on Kinera H3 Review – Sensation(al) by WIlliam http://theheadphonelist.com/kinera-h3-review-sensational/comment-page-1/#comment-169405 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:06:18 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=29812#comment-169405 How do these compare against the Rose Mini 2?

And if you could, could you try out the new Kinera Seed? They ‘apparently’ offer similar performance to the h3 with a more balanced tuning at half the price!

Thanks!

P.S. Still waiting for Kinera NUT 🙁

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Comment on Advanced Sound Model 3 Review – High Performance, Low Fuss by stas http://theheadphonelist.com/advanced-sound-model-3-review-high-performance-low-fuss/comment-page-1/#comment-169376 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:18:07 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=31396#comment-169376 Although sound is great, quality is subpar. Bought two pairs, the two broke within a couple months use.

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Comment on Miter Fiio X7 II & DX200 Case Review by salama http://theheadphonelist.com/miter-fiio-x7-ii-dx200-case-review/comment-page-1/#comment-169342 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:31:03 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=32061#comment-169342 Thank you for pinning!

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Comment on Introducing Empire Ear’s new flagships: the Phantom and Legend-X by flinkenick http://theheadphonelist.com/introducing-empire-ears-new-flagships-the-phantom-and-legend-x/comment-page-1/#comment-169302 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:13:07 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=31685#comment-169302 Well, the Phantom was designed to perform according to the broad range of aspects I judge on the shootout: with a heavy emphasis on both timbre and performance. If something is designed for the specific parameters to which it will be judged, and doesn’t win, then it has failed 🙂

For me personally, the Phantom would be number 1. But keep in mind you’re asking one of the most biased people 😉

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Comment on Rank #1: Spiral Ear 5-Way Ultimate by flinkenick http://theheadphonelist.com/rank-1-spiral-ear-5-way-ultimate/comment-page-1/#comment-169301 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:01:26 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=29872#comment-169301 Hi Giorgio,

Unfortunately preference for sound remains very subjective, despite being a newcomer or not. For example, many newcomers prioritise bass (quantity), since this is the easiest aspect to perceive in sound. Next, people tend to value detail, as this gives a feeling of ‘uncovering a next level’ in sound. Often, this is equated with a brighter signature. Even so, there will still be people that value completely different traits in the music.

In the end, the music itself will be guiding. For instance, when I first started in this hobby I used to listen to a lot of hip hop and electronic music. When I got the EarSonics Velvet, it was the best thing I ever heard: an energetic signature with a wide stage, powerful sub-bass, and high level of detail. After hearing many more iems my preference evolved, but my taste of music also changed. When I heard the Velvet again 1-2 years later, I found it severely lacking: its midrange was too laidback, and its timbre was off.

The interesting thing is that preference and iems is bidirectional: we tend to like an iem bc of the music we listen to, but conversely, a new iem can also shape what kind of music we listen to – just as you noted yourself.

There are iems that are more versatile than others, but the concept of versatility is again subjective. For instance, I find the Phantom versatile, as it is true to the music. But there are also enough people that will generally prefer a brighter signature, and do so for all their music. So the reverse also holds for a bright iem; for instance, when I first had the Velvet I also found it versatile, although I now find it limited. So, it remains important to try and get a main grasp of what kind of starting signature you like. Maybe you can mention what kind of iems you have experience with so far, and what you did or didn’t like about them? That way you can provide a frame of reference.

In general, there are also some iems that are more or less universally liked, and considered versatile, such as Andromeda ($1100), or the VE8 (2400 eur). But, if this is the first time you’re spending a ton of cash, it might be best to do it right 😉

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Comment on The Delight of Ambition – A Review of the iBasso IT01 In-Ear Headphones by Ryan Soo http://theheadphonelist.com/the-delight-of-ambition-a-review-of-the-ibasso-it01/comment-page-1/#comment-169276 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:04:42 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=31509#comment-169276 The Hibiki is thinner and brighter while the Model 3 is more natural and less aggressive. The Hibiki has a more midrange focussed sound, the Model 3 is more V-shaped.

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Comment on Fiio BTR1 Review – No Headphone Jack? No Worries by Ryan Soo http://theheadphonelist.com/fiio-btr1-review-no-headphone-jack-no-worries/comment-page-1/#comment-169275 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:02:38 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=31835#comment-169275 Hi Ricardo,

Unfortunately, I don’t have the K1 so I can’t provide direct comparison. Regarding those earbuds, a higher impedance doesn’t always necessitate an amplifier, you would have to try them out with a portable DAC/AMP and see whether volume is sufficient. Also, pay particular attention to bass
control. For instance, the Shozy BK, though sub-20ohms, is quite difficult to drive. If anything, a higher impedance earbud would exhibit less variation between sources.

Cheers,
Ryan.

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Comment on Fiio BTR1 Review – No Headphone Jack? No Worries by Ricardo Pinheiro http://theheadphonelist.com/fiio-btr1-review-no-headphone-jack-no-worries/comment-page-1/#comment-169274 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:39:16 +0000 http://theheadphonelist.com/?p=31835#comment-169274 How is the SQ compared to the k1?
Also, would the k1 handle 150ohms earbuds?

Best regards

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