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For me, it's pretty much a bet. I've seen several people say that for this price it's definitely a steal.
I'm pretty new to quality iems. I don't even know if it's stupid to buy this when I currently listen to music using a Sony Xperia Z5 and Google music (320kbps)
I'd hope someone would tell me. Anyway. They look great and I've seen reviews from their previous products. Not as many as I've seen for the more mainstream ones like sennheiser and shure. I'm not sure why that is.
I wouldn't say that owning the Novas will be unwise buy because you have a less than stellar source/audio rig. This is because, as you upgrade your portable gear or desktop gear, the Nova will hopefully be able to scale up nicely with said changes. Someone on Head-Fi said that the Nova can be really source agnostic. This is a sign of a quality iem tuning.
>>> Someone on Head-Fi said that the Nova can be really source agnostic. This is a sign of a quality iem tuning.
No, it isn't. It can vary in many aspects, starting with driver choice and ending with overall engineering.
I would say, don't let it stop you. Upgrading headphone is the first step to gain the most noticeable improvement in sound quality, you can upgrade the source later. I personally can't tell between lossless and lossy, so I have been just listening to iTunes AAC too.
Of course, whether this is an IEM for you or not is difficult to tell, with few reviews around at the moment. My advice is try getting the best IEM you can buy, then upgrade the source later when you feel the need. Unless you are buying a very picky and difficult to drive headphone, I'd say don't worry of your source yet.
The mini-review on head-fi implied that just as bright and analytical headphones often go well with warmer DAC/Amps, so the warm Novas sounded best with reference or analytical DAC/Amps. It appeared as though -- from that one listener's standpoint -- good Nova pairings were dependent on synergy.
Yes, you are right. I personally got headphones/earphones first and then I got a pretty good source. However, if you have some shitty quality source (for me it was Xperia Z1 with the worst audio output I've ever listened to) you cannot really enjoy your buying.
Also, there is another one big aspect. It's buying audio equipment only relaying on reviews and some graphics. And let's not forget Gear Acquisition Syndrome which many audiophile are affected with.
Well, if the source is too shitty then I agree, it make sense to get some decent source first. Thanksfully, smartphone nowadays is pretty good, even cheap DAC like the one from FiiO would suffice until we can spend more to get better source.