Very enjoyable U-shaped listen! Tuning controlled from top to bottom
(Male Vocals/Acoustic/Synth Mix)
Stephen Day - Dreams Tonight: toms sound like toms, natural, low and floppy if tuned to loose. nice decay. good sense to space/orientation of recording. Nice tone differentiation between acoustic and synth instruments (i.e. bass guitar/sub bass) this song has a good mix of both. Vocals clean and airy, natural, but missing a tad body, but that’s U-shaped for you.
(Mix of stuff)
Volunteer - Don’t Want to Say Goodnight: after the initial hit of kick drums i can hear the decay of the movement of air (if that makes sense)…or it might be the springs rattling on a snare. Sonically this songs all over the place, but I think that’s the mix engineers fault. Synth bass is quick and tight.
Jason Gladwin - Let the Tide: a few different string instruments. At one point i heard the where the player didn’t fret all the way and heard the string buzz a harmonic from right to left.
Same thing on Old Sea Brigade Resistance (Acoustic), but not the harmonic i actually heard the strings vibration from left to right.
Norah Jones - Nearness of You - not as airy and mouth noisy as far as clarity that i’ve heard on other ‘phones if you’re into that kind of micro detail (ASMR), but still nice vocally but still sitting a bit back. The parts i can tell on these where it would be sibilant are just at the tip of the reach, but never push past, so that’s a good thing as far as my ears go. Like it’s about to hit it and I anticipate it and embrace for some pain, but doesn’t go there.
Amber Rubarth - Tundra & Don’t You - It’s okay, like large room instead or small hall/stage. Being U-shaped the lows and high bring things more forward. Still an enjoyable distance. Stings sound nice and full and clear, even the low strings.
John Wasson - Caravan (From Whiplash) - it okay, more in your head than visual sensory presentation. But the drums are fantastic. Probably the best i’ve heard of the kick drum. All other components sound proper.
Metronomy - The Look (Two Inch Punch version) - It’s there, but just doesn’t reach that low, like the kind where if you heard it through speakers it gets you in the chest kind of sub bass. If you’re into hearing that in ‘phones, this is just it’s okay. (Update Below)
Build: these things are surprisingly small. Smooth finish, but a fingerprint magnet. Looks like they might scratch easily, but they’re dark and the inner part will be in my ears anyways and the outer is covered up by the glitter. Good insertion and isolation (with complys). These need complys or tips with good seal. The stock rubber ones that were already on them sounded good, but there was something lacking or loose in the upper mids, then I put the complys on and was like, that’s the stuff!.
Cable is so/so as far as look and feel. the plastic cover on the ear hooks were already bent and cinched, close to the plug base. The cord itself feels like a version of nice shoe laces for dress shoes (like shoe laces for the shiny shoes you wear with a tuxedo). I haven’t experimented with different cables, but i might replace these.
Not sure if it’s the Cable or the IEMs themselves, but they are picking up noticeable EMI (electromagnetic interference) while not playing music (sending/receiving texts). It’s not loud but, it wasn’t noticeable while music was playing. Current set up. MBP>optical out>FiioDO3K>Fiio E12A. Driving direct through my iPhone with the dongle, I did have to turn up past 60% to get a listenable level. Where as for my UE7s, from zero I can press up 2-4 times on the volume which puts it at less than 20%. Even on my amp at Low setting, it’s at 11 o’clock. So i would suggest an amp for a higher potential of listening experience. I’m a mid-centric listener and is usually what I buy towards when picking ‘phones, but with these I don’t miss them because the overall presentation is enjoyable while the vocals are just a smudge recessed they still have a good quality to them (meaning not thinned). How the low end is presented is the highlight on these for me. I would recommend to have this in your collection. Good listen, good price.
-Clarity across the spectrum
-No harshness or fatigue to my ears as of a good 3 hours listen
-Cable (Cause of EMI?)
-Outer coating (fingerprints/scratchable?)
-If you care about easy to drive, these need some power.
(Scale of 1-10)
Sub Bass - 9
Bass - 8
Highs - 8
Update (10/18/19) - I redact and update about the sub-bass. I may have been interpreting and listening to sub-bass wrong my whole life. I tested the set on a pair of TRN 6 core cable. Difference took off the edge overall for a more laid back experience, but cost of loss of detail and tightness. On a pair of TRN 8 Core Silver Coated Cables, added a bit more space and clarity and not as smoothed off as the TRN 6, but still not as tight and punchy as the stock. So...if the 1.1's were a freshly solid piece of ice across the spectrum, switching the cable made it sound like it's melted and smoothed the edges and the sub-bass was that puddling mess the ice would be sitting in and that was the sub-bass i was used to on the TRN 6. Muddy, boomy, low end, that was that rumbly chesty noise/feeling. So the stock cable was made to be paired for producing the intended tight sound the beryllium must be working for. If this is what the low end should sound like, I approve. I could not replicate EMI with either cable, but the fact it was present at some point will remain until confirmed present or absent with another cable set, maybe...The 1.1's are great! Let's see where Shozy goes from here on the next revision.
Would recommend to a friend.