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jaxtrauma
1869
Oct 16, 2021
Awesome pairing. Cardas knows everything there is to know about purified copper. He built his own furnace for smelting copper that allowed for fewer impurities, because what was available commercially wasn't nearly pure enough for the sound he was after. I'm no chemist, but I'm pretty sure a pure copper wire does a better job carrying sound waves than a junked up one. The rest is audiophile history. But you probably knew all that, not many would spend so much for a cable without knowing specifics. Did you notice an immediate difference in sound than the stock cable? Also, how is it when balanced? A great amp and quality source are essential, so of course you've got that covered. Sorry, just real curious about the sound. Variety is the spice of life amirite? I know that is one very nice dynamic duo ;-) I love my EM 5813,
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they have the very best bass response from any of the IEMs I have. More than any I've ever heard that weren't just cheap, bogus 'bass blasters' with more distortion than SPL. The high end doesn't suffer, the mids and highs come through and you can hear each voice of the instruments. Got mine here at MD when they were $150. The ear speakers might have the finest overall sound and timbre of all of the others in my arsenal. The solid brass (copper coated) housing and the one dynamic 11mm driver (how?) along with the Clear light cable make this a steal in my book. Thanks for putting up with me and all my questions, I bet that combo approaches audio nirvana. Worth every penny.
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raansire7
1336
Oct 16, 2021
Thanks, brother. Those are some nice IEMs. Never seen 'em before. That was a good price. Bass blasters. Ha-ha...so derrogatory. 😆 Yeah, I read up on Cardas. Impressive stuff. I did get this cable because it was $225 for the 3M one, which is a higher value per dollar. Twice the cable for $50 more, and was the cheapest price anywhere I looked for not only this particular Cardas variant, but any quality-made balanced cable for the HD 8XX. Which reminds me: I spent $225 for a freaking cable. TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS. I don't even want to acknowledge it or think about it. I never thought I would have to cross over to the audiophile lane of shame. 😩 That would've bought me a nice headphone amp or DAC. For realsies. My heart was literally saddened when I paid for it, but I had no choice. I needed a balanced cable if I wanted the Magnius and the HD 8XX to shine. Did I notice an immediate difference? Yeah. The Magnius sounds duller out of the SE output. The XLR output is noticeably more dimensional and has more space in between sounds. Not audiophile mumbo-jumbo. It's evident. Not only that, high gain also sounds sparklier and more forward even at lower volume. Low gain sounds duller even if I set the volume higher than when in high gain. The sound changes noticeably. So the Magnius improved not only when using the XLR output, but also high gain. So yeah, the Magnius has three different sound presentations at the press of two buttons, more noticeable than amp or DAC differences, because even when using the SE output, selecting the XLR input sounds better than the RCA input.
jaxtrauma
1869
Oct 16, 2021
The ear mirrors might pop up again here an MD, to request: https://drop.com/buy/cardas-em5813-iem. They have a big brother set too. I loved the company's ethos so much I dove in and I must say I got a lot more than my money's worth. You're feeling like I did after I got the Clear. Just remember, every time you listen with those, you can pat yourself on the back knowing you have access to some of the best sounds on the planet, seriously. I haven't heard the 8XX, yet but I will. Also bear in mind my shame when I got the FOCAL stand. Don't feel bad about $250 for a cable when I paid that much for a simple headphone stand! Just so I didn't embarrass the Clear lol.
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Believe it or not, that was with a hundred bucks off cuz open-box, I couldn't find any defects, must've been buyer's remorse, ha.
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I was not gonna spend $350 rofl. It does have a nice, heavy (synthetic) stone base with a brushed aluminum frame, laser-cut logo and the name, for which one does pay, after all ;-) Better than this one ;-)
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and of course I needed to try a 'clear' stand.
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