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IMR Ozar IEM

IMR Ozar IEM

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While many high-end IEMs contain multi-driver setups to provide full-spectrum performance, the IMR Ozar goes for a single driver that is unlike any that IMR has ever put in its flagship IEMs. The 10-millimeter custom driver is constructed with Carbon nanotubes for power and bass support, as well as diamond-like carbon diaphragm for ultra-fast responsiveness Read More

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WordsandMusic
174
Oct 19, 2021
@ChumbWumba specifically asked for my impressions of the IMR Elan, which is the Ozar with bone induction motors. So while not a 1:1 comparison, maybe it will be useful. I'm an audiophile by avocation, but I'm no expert on transients, roll-off, forward, laid back... all the fun terms. So I'll do my best. TL;DR: A strong, clear IEM with exceptional sound across the spectrum. Drums and cymbals are crisp, vocals right on target, guitars and keyboards have solid presence. Plenty of tuning filters that do make a difference, and a nice case. Cables are okay, nothing special. Translated to the Ozar, if you're in the market and it's in your budget, I can't imagine you'd be disappointed. Long version: After doing pink noise burn in for 72 hours, I finally tried out the Elan for an extended period. Note, Bob at IMR recommends 200 to 300 hours of burn in, so I'm not even half way. I've had the Fiio FH5 for about 5 months and really like them ($200 on Amazon), so I've been thinking of how those sound as I've been using the IMR. All tracks at least "HD" quality (as in Amazon HD), through a Monolith desktop balanced DAC & THX amp using IMR 4.4mm cable and XLR adapter. I've been doing some tip rolling; I usually have a hard time with my right ear. At least they are comfortable and quite light. First up, The Beatles ("The White Album") in its entirety. For "side 1 & 2", I had the gray lower filter and blue upper filter, described in the booklet as "high clarity & resolution with clear midrange." TBH, I was feeling a little disappointed. Soundstage wasn't especially wide. But some tracks performed well, with the sparse "Blackbird" sounding mighty fine, and the harpsichord on "Piggies" coming through great. For side 3, I tried the purple lower and red upper, which is what @lexs landed on for the IMR R2 Red. Not bad, but felt I needed a little more bass. Maybe I'm more of a basshead than I want to admit. So, for side 4, I went with gold lower and, kind of randomly, the green upper. Felt like the soundstage opened up a bit and the bass was sweet. After the Beatles, I explored some widely ranging tracks, many of which have a certain "rumble" and I'm checking if that comes through with the IMR:
  • Cool Cat, Queen, Hot Space
  • The Only Shrine I’ve Seen, Darkside, Psychic
  • I Can’t Quit You Baby, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
  • Apocalypso, Special, The Zookeeper’s Boy, Mew, And The Glass Handed Kites
  • Sky Blue, Peter Gabriel, Up
  • Torus, Blue Man Group, Three
  • Red Dust, Zero 7, Simple Things Special Edition
  • 747, Ludwig Göransson, Tenet OST (one of my favorite musical finds this year)
  • Posthumous Forgiveness, Tame Impala, The Slow Rush
  • Systemagic, Goldfrapp, Silver Eye
  • Heart of the Sunrise, Yes, Fragile
  • It Never Entered My Mind, Miles Davis, The Best of Miles Davis
  • Firth of Fifth, Genesis, Seconds Out
  • Tighten Up, The Black Keys, Brothers
  • Time, Us & Them, Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
  • Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
Most of these sounded great. "Sky Blue" playback was jaw dropping. In fact, I'm playing it again as I finish this up. Doesn't hurt that Mr. Gabriel knows how to produce an album. Nearly as strong were "Tighten Up" and "Heart of the Sunrise." I frequently use the latter as a test track with the goal of feeling like I'm right between Mr. Squire's strings, and this came pretty close. Pink Floyd tracks were my 24/96 files through Foobar. Feeling like the gold lower filter is giving a little too MUCH bass on these, making the tracks feel just a bit muddy (more so the DSOTM tracks). Didn't expect that. Last track, not on the list, was "That's the Way" from 2014 remaster of Led Zeppelin III. Mr. Page's strumming came through brilliantly, and Robert's vocals were beautifully clear. Bass that comes in during the last 40 seconds or so may have been just a little much again, so I may have to step down to the gray filter. I'm very impressed with the Elan at this early stage. Now (or after at least another 100 hours of use) I have to work out if they're noticeably better than the FH5, which are quite a bit less $$.
WordsandMusic
174
Oct 20, 2021
Listening via Radsone Earstudio produced good results as well, FYI.
Dmitrys
17
Oct 17, 2021
They are the former Trinity Audio and they screwed their customers out of their money. And now here they are, as if nothing had happened. I don't understand how you can trust Bob.
carlsan
145
Nov 26, 2021
As one who got screwed by Bob/Trinity for about $500 or so, I agree with this statement.
InvisibleInk
110
Oct 14, 2021
I see a multitude of tuning nozzles in the case, but nary a mention of them in the text describing them
ChumbWumba
256
Oct 17, 2021
Please do offer your impressions of the Elan whenever you’re able to find a chance after you feel you’ve had sufficient time with them (but please hurry so I can snag up a set like you did 😝😜) Thanks for posting the pictures you already did as well, definitely interesting to get to see a bit of a ‘snapshot’ of where Bob’s heads currently at with his tuning etc.
WordsandMusic
174
Oct 17, 2021
I hope to devote some serious time to the Elan Monday evening and I will report as soon as I can.
Lowra1nw
77
Oct 13, 2021
I think imr does a great job of giving you a way to test out a bunch of diff sound signatures to help you really discover your flavor. It is overwhelming the number of options you have for tuning with any of their products. And customer support is really second to none I can't tell you how many times I've reached out to Bob over Facebook Messenger and had a response and conversation within minutes keep in mind he's in the UK and I'm in the USA so there is a vast time difference
WordsandMusic
174
Oct 13, 2021
Yeah, I've swapped a few emails with Bob lately. He's very responsive.
Every time I see IMR IEMs on here I get really interested in buying a pair, but never do. I have a pair of Blessing 2 Dusk that I love, and I'm not really sure if it's worth picking these up (mostly) blind. Not sure how much the tuning nozzles really change them, or what to even expect honestly. I didn't seem to get a lot of hits with my weak google-fu.
WordsandMusic
174
Oct 13, 2021
Just got (less than a week ago) the IMR Elan (for not a lot more than this price) which is essentially this unit with bone conduction motors (as I understand it). I'm currently putting them through some pink noise burn in, but did try it out for a few tracks. Not really enough to form a good opinion, but I think they'll be great. Light and comfortable in the ear, a very nice case, and plenty of customization options.
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