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This would have been a five-star review but for two things.
1) My library includes a lot of early digital recordings. Most early direct-to-digital audio was starved for bass. It's not that it wasn't there, just that you had to EQ for it: the same detail was present but the levels were way off what the equivalent vinyl could produce. I suspect a lot of the nostalgia for vinyl comes from that early impression of digital audio as treble-heavy. Regardless, it's something I have to tune for - and something I watch for when auditioning new equipment. The EDC3s need a lot of bass EQ to produce the kind of audio from those old recordings that match the newer - even the remastered versions of the old recording - tracks.
2) My EDC3s arrived just days after my Tin Audio T2s, and about the same time I read about the "bass hack" for those IEMs. Comparing the two is surprisingly easy: while the T2s are less comfortable and less sound-isolating, I could detect very little difference between them out-of-the-box: the same bright, forward staging is present and the mid- and treble detail is comparable. Once a little tape goes over the inboard vent of the T2s, though, it's all done: the T2 goes bass-heavy - and the EDC3s, especially when playing an 80s to early 90s all digital recording, just can't keep up without a lot of help from the EQ.
I'm very happy with my purchase, and I don't feel that I got a bad deal on the EDC3s at all. And when they're playing something recorded or remastered within the last 15 years or so they're excellent. The packaging and the complete kit are also impeccable, and well worth the price tag. My one gripe is that, when listening to recordings of a certain type, age and mastering style, they come up wanting.
I used both IEMs with an iPod Classic 160 6gen, A SanDisk Sansa Clip and a Shanling M3s, playing MP3, AAC and FLAC files. All players were set to either flat EQ or a bass-enhanced mode depending on the material and session.
Thanks for the review. So currently you prefer the T2 with the bass mod over the EDC3? Cheers.
Yes. The EDC3s are crystal-clear, but there's no bass presence. The T2s, while they're brighter unmodified, become bass monsters once fiddled with. EQ'd, mind you, the EDC3s produce some amazing bass, so it isn't as if they can't handle the mix - they're just not tuned for it by default.
As I mentioned, I'm something of a special case because so much of my library is early-digital mastering which is bass-starved, and having a pair of 'buds that fill that gap without fiddling with EQ is a great help.
I see, thanks for sharing :)