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View Full Discussion For those wary of fit issues, there is supposed to be a MKII version in the works that should work better out of the box for folks who don't happen to have small ears. If you don't relish the thought of experimenting a lot with tips and cables, may be worth waiting for that revision. If you're *also* impatient there's the Cardinal/Bluejay, butat a notable price premium.
If you do get the BL-03, you may not need to replace the cables, especially if you strip off the ear guides. I found the best fit for my ears was to do that and then reverse the connectors. This lets me use a wider range of tips than I could with the earguides in place. The guides made it very hard for shallow tips to fit well, but without them, spiral dots etc. work fine.
If anybody has the iBasso IT01 to refer to, here's my comparison of the two:
- They're both easy to drive, but the IT01 is much more hiss-prone
- With a good seal on both (using spiral dots), the BL03 has much more impactful but slower bass.
- IT01 has more pronounced/shoutier treble
- BL03 is warmer and thicker
This. don't buy new cables unless you have to, just strip the plastic off first (or reshape it with heat, but might end up with a worse shape/burn the cable, so only if you know how to work with heatshrink already. Only thing you're 99% sure to need, is tips, but generic foam off amazon (6 pairs for 7$) were my favorite. Also dekoni tips on drop might be worth picking up alongside the bl-03. They are definitely on the warmer end, but it's nice, these are very pleasant to listen to and relax, they have decent detail for being on the warmer end.