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Alright so I've let these burn in for a bit and put the single flange smaller tips on them. They actually do sound better with the smaller tips. Treble is much more sparkly now though they're still lacking air. I think I'm getting more bass now too, so what I thought was a mid-centric earbud is actually pretty balanced. The real star here (for the money at least) is the soundstage. These are pretty wide and have good separation.
The unfortunate thing is that with the smaller tips, I'm having major comfort issues in my left ear. I can't wear them for more than about 15 minutes. The knurling just rubs on the inside of my ear and it's terrible. No problems with the right ear though, so I can see this not being an issue for everyone.
The shape of your ear canals might be a little different from one another, as I know that one of my ear canals is slightly smaller than the other, so sometimes finding the right eartips can be hard. I also noticed that my pair initially sounded a bit thin and too bright, especially so when using them outside, but they seem to be getting better with use. Still less bass than I hoped there would be but the mids and highs sound so good. This pair complements my other bassier earphones well. I'm still trying to find eartips that bring out more of the low end while keeping most of the great highs but haven't had much luck as of yet. I also agree with you that the single flange tips sound better than the double flange.
Other earphones I have:
Xiaomi Piston 3
Notable headphones I own:
Sol Republic Master Tracks
Sennheiser PX 95
I agree with your description of the sound. The stage is nice and wide but the bass is missing.
These are okay. They're worth $30 or so. I would be embarrassed if I paid over $50.
I monitor with Yamaha HS8s with a sub at home.
-Great highs, mids, and sub. Seems to be a gap between mids and sub. Maybe better room treatment would fix it.
- huge wall of sound with good frequency response but very narrow sound stage.
BMW 5 series
- similar in response to the HS8s overall. Great sound stage, but something missing between mids and sub.
-crazy open sound. missing sub response or they would be perfect. I just need to jam out sometimes and these won't do it for me.
TH-x00 from here.
-close to perfect?? missing some of the magic that the senns have in the upper mids maybe.
I still haven't found the perfect sound! Oh wells. I guess there is no endgame for enthusiasts. The hunt is part of the fun (unfortunately it's frustrating too)
TLDR: These are not amazing and probably the least favorite producers of sound that I own.
Wow, you've got some great stuff! I suppose it would be embarrassing if these earphones somehow beat out your other much more expensive headphones and speaker systems. I think they're good for the price but not jaw-dropping since they don't seem to be that versatile what with the lack of a hearty low end.