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Just received my Ei.XX monitors! Shipping was by UPS 3-Day Air, which was quite a thrill to track! Here in California, my import duty was $36.35, which was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting something closer to $50.
My version has the balanced 2-pin connector -- a 2.5mm TRRS plug. Because my portable music player is still several weeks out, I haven't been able to listen to these earphones. However I have ordered a 2.5mm TRRS to 3.5mm TRS adapter from Null Audio in Singapore. So it's a waiting game once again.
In the meantime, here are all other "soundless" impressions:
1. Acoustic seal is amazing. After insertion into the ear, just wait 3-5 seconds for the entire auditory world around you to vanish -- without any of that discomfort or pressure sensation you get from compressed foam earplugs.
2. Comfort is excellent. These are my first CIEMs. I own a pair of Shure SE425s and some too-embarrassing-to-be-named IEMs. None of them comes close to the comfort of a custom fitted IEM.
3. The Linum BaX cable is really thin and light, but quite strong and reassuring in the sense that you know it won't disintegrate. It does tend to tangle, so some care is needed when unrolling and re-rolling the cable.
4. The fit is perfect. I took a photo of the CIEM in my ear, and it follows the contours of the ear very well and "locks" into place.
All that is left is to actually hear them...
Color-wise, I was torn between the maple and bloodwood (like mahogany), but chose the maple in order to have a less conspicuous design.
Thanks for your feedback. It looks attractive.
Looking forward next drop.