Prior to Fourté, my favorite IEM was the 64Audio U12. I bought that one used as well. It fed my spirit better than any other IEM or headphone. Even the technically superior Encore couldn’t fully steal my heart from the bassy lushness of the U12. So when I tell you I sold the U12 after a couple of weeks with Fourté, try and understand what that means. Despite my sonic preference leaning towards the U12’s tuning, tia Fourté so outclasses it, I simply had no use for the U12 any longer. Whenever I put them in, I felt like I was listening through a blanket and missing out on all the details. I just couldn’t go back, even for a single prolonged session. So I sold my beloved U12, to help pay down the charges incurred by this insane purchase.
Do I miss it? Yes. But there are other ventures on the horizon. And Fourté’s magic is such that one must surely forget past loves whilst enthralled by this new pinnacle of personal audio. I should never have imagined parting ways with the U12 before tia Fourté came along and raised the bar so very high. Now, I can hardly imagine going back. tia Fourté defies preference and taste and simply decimates you with pure awesome. It dwells somewhere between the Audeze LCD-2 and the Sennheiser HD800, as a sort of best of both worlds paradigm. If that sounds like biased hyperbole, you’re probably right. Pinky has been compromised. I don’t know how to talk about these IEMs without going too far. That’s what happens when you find your new ultimate favorite audio gear. Restraint, objectivity, and measured sentiment, go out the bloody window. You are in love, and only the poets can guide you from here.