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I received the T2 pros last night. They come in a very nice box with more tips than I'll ever need or try. I tried with the foam and some silicone tips and stayed with the silicone. I did not notice a huge difference in the sound but the silicone fit my ear better.
Build quality is very impressive for the price. They are solidly built little metal housings. There's a little weight to them but not overly heavy. The cable is nice. It's very flexible. I was surprised how heavy the plug end was. It seems like it weighs more than the rest of the cable itself. The MMCX connectors snap in positively and very firmly and are not easily disconnected (you have to want to disconnect the driver unit from the cable. This is not going to happen accidentally.)
Sound: I started with some instrumental music. Bela Fleck's Cosmic Hippo is a go to because I know how it should sound. First impression was immensely positive. The bass guitar sounded natural and textured. It represented the electric bass extremely accurately. Sub bass is present but not elevated. Overall these sound accurate, neutral and pretty amazing for the price point. I was not expecting huge soundstage but these surprised me. They are wider than I expected. Imaging is good too. Interesting. Highs are very clear and detailed. But...
Then I started playing some tracks with vocals and the impression changed. Mids sound slightly recessed. It's odd because I didn't get the impression listening to instrumental tracks that these had a v-shaped sound signature but once I heard some vocals that impression changed. However, the vocals still sounded good for the most part. The difficult thing for me is that the s's were really sibillant. Cymbals didn't tend to be but for some reason s's and t's had a very strong and distracting sibilance. I'm wondering/hoping that perhaps when I put some hours on these that perhaps that goes away. If it doesn't I can totally use and enjoy these with instrumental music. It's odd that the harshness seems to be exactly where s's live and is not really present, or at least not objectionably so, at other points in the frequency response.
I wasn't sure about getting these or the T2. I've read some other T2 pro reviews that mention the sibilance. I may also switch back to the foam tips to see if that brings it down at all although, on first listen it was pretty pronounced with both sets of tips I tried. Hmmm. In retrospect perhaps the T2 was the better call. I was hoping the reports of the sibilance were exaggerated. Perhaps not. I'll burn them in and see if that helps. So much potential. Too bad. Are they worth the $50 bucks? Probably. They sound better than they should at that price point. But those S's are hard to get over.
Update: I tried a few things with these and gave the foam tips another try. They do cool down the s's a bit. I've read that the comply tips really help so I guess I'll give them a try. With tracks like Morphine's Buena the hard s's are not as piercing with a combination of the foam tips and notching the 8 and 20k dials on my Schiit Loki. When you cool off the highs these sound pretty good. If it weren't for the piercing s's though these sound great. I'm going to upgrade to a 4 out of 5. I'll revisit after I try the Comply tips.
Finally tried the Comply isolation plus tips. Definitely cool down the highs and sibilant s’s. They can still come out a little but make these a lot more listenable. May still try the stock T2s.
I've had both for some time now and I will say it's a horses for courses scenario. The T2 Pros sound great with instrumental/orchestral music. Very detailed and revealing. Things with poorly recorded S's and lots of cymbals can be too hot for me personally. The original T2's are the ones I reach for most often for an IEM though. They're a pretty spectacular set of IEM's for the price.