A little detail changed the WHOLE THING.
The first thing is that I didnt buy this IEM for dedicated listening. More than anything to have an IEM that is easy to pack and take everywhere since the plastic case of my FH3 is not very portable, to say the least. Also, the fact that it has a microphone, so I can easily connect it to the Xbox controller and use it like that. Take it to the office do zoom calls etc.
First impressions with the intermediate silicone tips.
VERY COMFY. Light.
Listening to Over the Rainbow by Ella Fitz… I was surprised by the tone of Ella's voice, you feel the coloring. When a lot of instruments come in she feels a bit of distorded and 'disordered'.
Then I listened to Daydream Believer, and it sounded incredibly muffled, like the sound was coming out of a tube. But it's an old song, so I changed to a more modern song, better equalized. Open Arms by Prettymuch.
It feels like it needs burning. The mids don't feel clear at all, they feel muffled.
That song has a bass punch in the middle of the song that surprised me in terms of power and punch. But low voices, they also sound... muffled.
So far, if these IEMS are all I've seen so far, and I wanted them to scrutinize music, they would be a huge disappointment. Let's keep listening.
At times when there are middle voices at the same time as the bass, it seems that the voices are coming from behind a fan. A very annoying sound. AaAaAaAaAa.
We switched to The Weekend, After Hours. A song with a very well produced. The bass hits sound weird, a bit exploited. But the bass notes do have a good tone. It's just the bass beat that sounds battered.
We turned up the power on the DAC a bit and turned down the PC sound, and it sounds a little better. Could have something to do with the 91bd sensitivity.
A slight improvement in The Weekend's voice.
We switched to Hypotheticals, a jazz that I know very well. The singer's voice sounds muddy. Not too clear. It's not a sound you say, wow! How clean, the opposite.
So far listenable. Without changing tips, without burning, and with tidal music.
If I don't pay attention to the music, they feel good. I don't feel tired. But I would really like a little more clarity.
Switching to Rock, You're My Melody by Arion. Again, muddy voices. Listening was impossible so I turned on the EQ, lowered the bass and raised the mids. Better.
It was time for the solo and I got goosebumps. I don't know if it has to do with the earphones or with the incredible solo of the song. What is true is that, on this occasion, they did not get in the way of the experience of the song. Lots of instruments together and definitely the EQ setting makes a lot of difference. You don't hear the noise we had before. In fact, I play Hypotheticals again, and now it's something else. Lower the highs a bit and even better.
Adele - Easy on Me.
The truth is that right now we have other hearing exp. You can feel the colorization and the warmth of the headset, but raising the mids a little took the cover off the microphone and lowering the bass allows it to not get in the way of the song.
Switching to FLAC.
They are all the problems described above but reduced.
I wanted to feel the bass a little more and see how it behaves and I put Doin' it right by Daft Punk. Not bad.
Okay… the pads. Replace silicone pads with FOAM pads. I even turned off the eq. Now if we have something interesting.
I don't understand, nothing I wrote before is happening now.
I'm listening to the same songs. The only difference is the ear tip.
......they weren't terrible, but now they sound amazing. I can't believe it.
I tried L'enfer by Stromae... What the heck is this? These IEMs are SOMETHING ELSE.
I'm speechless. What a change.
They are still fun earphones that should not be for dedicated listening, however. They got a lot more detailed with the foam ear tips.
For $150 there is better IEMs for dedicated listening. My Picks. Fiio FH3, Kato, and with a bit more money, Ikko OH10. Less than 200.
Now, for 60, which is what I got them for, and for fun and casual listening/portable IEMs/comfy portable bag/casual gaming. These... are a steal.
Would recommend to a friend.