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I will write a longer review once Massdrop allows me to. But for now let's say I expected a lot more for a $99 pair of multi-driver IEMs.
Driven by: Magni3/Modi2
Instrument separation is decent, but not stellar. Considering they're "only $99" IEMs felt like a good compromise.
Lows: there's simply no depth to the bass. Completely moot and lifeless. I'm not a basshead or listen to particularly bassy music and yet I found myself looking for it and not once in about 4hrs and counting felt the presence of the bass.
Mids: decent, but thing to write home about. Less beefy than what I expected based on product description, but listenable.
Highs: oh my, don't know how to describe how tweety and trumped up these things are. More than once I had to remove them from my ears because it was bothering my tympanum.
Overall score 4/10. Honestly, thinking about returning these because I won't be using them.
Hmmm, rdodev...I do understand some may feel these less bassy than other offerings but your description leads me to believe that we may not be getting the best seal. Have you tried the foam tips yet? I recommend twisting as you pull off the silicone tips (so as not to tear them) + twisting on the foam tips as you push them. Don't mean to suggest that you didn't try multiple tips but the description you gave is how I hear things when my ears have not warmed up (no oil/dry) and I am not getting a good seal (this can be from flimsy silicone domes or very dry ears or tips that are too small). Hope they climb the "out of 10" scale as your seal improves.
Or, "tweety and trumped up" = defective pair. These were not tuned to annoy you to death. ;)
Or- we've had someone who couldn't find tips big enough but he has had the issue before and could get Extra Large ear tips...
I indeed tried the memory foam tips did not improve the sound in any significant way. They improve the seal, but not the sound.
These IEMs are biased-tuned to the highs but exceedingly so. None of my high-end cans or even $39 Xiaomi cheapo IEMs have this issue. Without an equalizer (10 bands) to subdue the rightmost 3 sliders to below base, these things sounds like the shriek of a banshee.
These sound like something is wrong with them..."shriek of a banshee" = very different from "non-fatiguing".
Can you contact Customer Support from your EDC3 transaction and ask for a replacement?
I don't think you have a representative pair, sorry for the pain!