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Wow, moondrop and the jvc fdx1 really forced Massdrop to make this more competitive. What great time to be alive
Do you know how these stack up vs the FDX1? On the fence between the two especially with the price drop...
Had a long thing typed up and it vanished..
Basically, MD+ is super sensitive and picky. LGv20 was too much output impedance at 2.5ohms, it was always too fatiguing to just sit and relax listening. You can fall asleep with these in your ear though quite detailed but not very natural sounding.
Fxd1 is more natural, but balance is a bit off with the medium damped filter. For instance, listening to jazz it's hard to hear the bass, or when listening to a string quartet cello sounds thin. If you use to most damped then it's not as airy.. It's incredibly detailed possibly to a fault, and more lifelike in the upper mids. Think I like the treble better on md+.
If you have an es100 or a DAP with the appropriate output impedance (less than or = 1) I think you could enjoy the md+ plus more overall. If you have more questions let me know
Thanks for the reply, I am looking to pick up a Topping NX4 later this month. I listen to a plethora of genres, but most frequently Indie Pop/Rock/Punk, Dnb, Vaporwave and Jazz. I do like to hear the lower end and prefer to have some bass. I tried out some Tin T3 but had to return them as they were way too bright for me. Maybe I would enjoy the MD+ given my preference to bass?
Can confirm rock music sounds great on md+ that's probably what I miss the most about it, jazz as well I love the way cymbals and sax sound. And vaporwave has a nice amount of Soundstage to work with making it a fun listen. I would definitely go with the md+.
It is not bright, but upper mids are not very relaxing either and can be quite in your face.
Just be aware the JVC will be much more lifelike in certain ways (not the treble). It's given me more chills, but it can be genre picky making you want to change filters and those aren't easy to carry around.. If lifelike is what you are looking for I would go for the JVC instead.
Alright I've placed my order, thanks again for your insight and clarifications!
I don’t understand why any self-respecting audio person would pay a drop audio products other than the 6XX/panda is amazing? Their iems seem like knockoff low grade dollar store junk. Lol
I wish I could agree. I actually just bought these for a second time now that the cable/housing has been fixed. These are great, and the jvc iems aren't even made by drop, so the build quality on those is pretty much indestructible.
I understand you want to hate drop products because you feel that they aren't worth anything, but from my experience with these two iems, that isn't what I've found.
Yes but it's already close to impossible to tell the difference between pretty much any headphone, unless you're comparing like a $1,500 pair of headphones to a pair of $10 headphones.
At this point the only difference between like $200 pair of headphones and a $2,000 pair of headphones is pretty much the cable and how it fits in your ears let's just be honest.
My FA9s sound almost IDENTICAL to my Kz Zsx Terminators, and they cost 10 times more, same amount of drivers (except one is dd hybrid).
The only reason I didn't return the fa9 and just keep the terminators was because of the fit, Kz Zsx fits amazing but FA9 fits almost perfectly (perfect).
If these fit great, as they look like they do, they're basically the same as 1500 dollar iems.
I see your point, but there are a lot of exceptions. Again with the MD+ and JVC you'd be comparing a BA driver to a Dynamic driver IEM. They sound different and shine in different ways, anybody could listen to both and hear a difference.
Again, I understand where you're coming from on this point. I have put on headphones and listened to gear after a long hiatus waiting to be wowed and I realize, I'm trying to hear 'something' when it's the same old music! As I've spent more money I hear bigger difference, but my headphones and iems are all below $300.
6xx/600 headphones and these two iems. no rule saying you have to own kilobuck or half a kilobuck headphones. MD+ biggest issue is the cheap ass cable which aint worth $5, the lack of more treble and soundstage, and the low af impedance which forces you to spend more money to run it with something that's not a phone or laptop. On the flip side, once you run them right they don't suffer from BA timbre as much as the Blessing 2 I tried and they are the most comfortable iem I've had.
But yea! No need to buy $1500 iems, you get a lot for your money with stuff at this price point.
You know, while I'm not going to get as in depth in my comment, but I love my MD+. I've had various IEMs over the years and definitely enjoy these for what they are considering the price point. I love the fit of these IEMs and have had no issues wearing these for long hours and throwing a wide range of genres at them. This is more for people who find this comment chain during their research. I still need to get a new cable for mine, but the stock cable isn't great nor terrible.