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41 minutes ago, Bengineer said:

Any good foam tip options apart from Comply out there?

Dekoni are good as well. Some cheap ones on Amazon have done the job for me in some cases. they get torn apart easier, though.
 

20 hours ago, Dr_Kevy said:

 

There are so many new TOTL DAP's being released, predominantly by Chinese/Asian brands that it's a whole new ballgame. The Astell and Kern SP2000 set the ballpark for $5000 DAP's and many other companies have followed suit. Just as IEM's have gone from $500 (Shure 530's were the IEM benchmark) to $5000 and more ; so have DAPs. Cayin, Hiby, Luxury and Precision, Shanling, Lotoo to name a few.

 

A few reviews of IEM's and DAPS here: https://twister6.com including of the DX300.

 

The current trend seems to be swappable or multi-DAC chip options ; inclusion of 4.4mm balanced (about damn time) and increased power output to drive full sized headphones out of a DAP. All in a wifi-friendly and up to date interface and for some, ROON ready.  

 

I'm waiting for one of you to order the Unique Melody Mason Fabled Sound IEM. Bone conduction and balanced armature 

 

I really liked the Titanium ones from UM, but looks like they were not that famous. This new Mason price it’s a no go for me at all. Are thinking on getting one? Looks like only 20 will be made.

 

Not supporting those extreme prices on IEMs, even if they come with a 2k cable, that I don’t support as well. No problem with who does, but not for me. 

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😎 Spanning the breadth of IEM's I'm enjoying this new thread very much.... Thanks for starting it @Bengineer

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46 minutes ago, Bengineer said:

Any good foam tip options apart from Comply out there?

 

 

As it happens, I just got my Soundpeats iems and they come with Comply foam tips.  I am impressed with the sound isolation when combined with the Comply.  No way I can hear the wife standing beside me trying to get my attention :) .     I too am interested now in what is the best tip.    

 

  My experiences with the Soundpeats here...

 

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Totally agreed. It doesn’t matter how much “handmade” or exclusivity there is but pricing vs uncertain product cost vs value is a very personal thing. Bit like Penfolds Bin 28 v 389 v Grange v Chateau Lafite. At what level is the sweet spot?

 

I’m passing on the Mason VS. It may be a few years but the technology will hopefully migrate to a more affordable option. 
 

 

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1 minute ago, Dr_Kevy said:

Bit like Penfolds Bin 28 v 389 v Grange v Chateau Lafite. At what level is the sweet spot?

Henschke Hill of Grace :) 

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2 hours ago, Bengineer said:

Any good foam tip options apart from Comply out there?

Dekoni maybe?? tbh i've been converted from foams to silicone, you're lucky if foams last more than a week or 2 before you need to replace.

 

yer better off with azala's, spinfits, final e's imho.

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1 hour ago, Dr_Kevy said:

Totally agreed. It doesn’t matter how much “handmade” or exclusivity there is but pricing vs uncertain product cost vs value is a very personal thing. Bit like Penfolds Bin 28 v 389 v Grange v Chateau Lafite. At what level is the sweet spot?

 

I’m passing on the Mason VS. It may be a few years but the technology will hopefully migrate to a more affordable option. 
 

 

I know nothing about wine, but I guess those have a great price range difference.  It’s about the value (different from price) of uniqueness and that last mile in the appreciation. I did spend a bit in IEMs and still have a feel expensive ones. But to a point.

1 hour ago, aussievintage said:

 

 

As it happens, I just got my Soundpeats iems and they come with Comply foam tips.  I am impressed with the sound isolation when combined with the Comply.  No way I can hear the wife standing beside me trying to get my attention :) .     I too am interested now in what is the best tip.    

 

  My experiences with the Soundpeats here...

Coming with comply for this price is really good. I did get Dekoni Bulletz TWS and got a few cheap TWS on Amazon as well. My InEar SD5 fits perfectly with TWS foam tips.

 

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6 minutes ago, NeweyMatt said:

you're lucky if foams last more than a week or 2 before you need to replace.

 

Interesting.   Having just installed my first Comply foams today,  I will have to wait and see.

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By the way, anyone interested in a 64a Nio? Prefer trade, so I can try something different easily. but a sell is ok. :)

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1 hour ago, aussievintage said:

Henschke Hill of Grace :) 

 

I thought the Penfolds brand was more ubiquitous. 


But I'm with you there. I'm very much a Henschke over Penfolds drinker. Though Torbreck Run Rig tends to my shiraz these days...

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1 minute ago, aussievintage said:

 

Interesting.   Having just installed my first Comply foams today,  I will have to wait and see.

Let us know how long it lasts, I agree with @NeweyMatt. They don’t last long. On daily use a month max for me. 

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3 minutes ago, GiullianSN said:

Let us know how long it lasts, I agree with @NeweyMatt. They don’t last long. On daily use a month max for me. 

 

Also agree whilst Comply used to be great for fit/seal ; foams are difficult to clean and feel/get grotty very quickly. They're very much. disposable item. Silicones have gone a very long way. 

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Got some Spinfit CP100 today. I don't mind them! The SS size is about the same as the Final E SS but it narrows down smaller and longer and then does its rotating thing, so fits better.

 

I'll see how they go on Odin. Final E didn't work for me on U12T.

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42 minutes ago, Bengineer said:

Got some Spinfit CP100 today. I don't mind them! The SS size is about the same as the Final E SS but it narrows down smaller and longer and then does its rotating thing, so fits better.

 

I'll see how they go on Odin. Final E didn't work for me on U12T.

I like spinfit ones, but it has so many options that it’s hard to try all to find the good ones, not a cheap Ali express buy. I have CP100, 145 and 240. 240 is the best for now. It fixes most of the bad fit IEMs.

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They all fit the Odin? 

 

I need the smallest diameter ones, and ideally tapering to a point almost. 

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1 hour ago, Bengineer said:

They all fit the Odin? 

 

I need the smallest diameter ones, and ideally tapering to a point almost. 


not sure of the nozzle diameter but have you tried the cp145

https://bloomaudio.com/blogs/articles/spinfit-eartips-guide
 

Listening to the Oriolus Trailii out of the SP2000 tonight and totally in love. Stock large silicone tips. There’s a gorgeous soft delicate presentation that’s musical but detailed. Everything’s well controlled. It’s not forward and enjoyably relaxing. . But every detail is present but integrated together. 
 

Its the closest I’ve gotten to plugging the Utopia into a DCS Bartok which is the best I’ve heard and the reference I’m aiming for. At less than half the price in a tiny footprint I can carry with me. Is that value? I’m in denial lol 

 


 


 

 

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Comply don't last long...  and lose their nice sponginess a little too quickly for my liking.

 

Big fan of the Spinfits - comfortable, durable, good seal, and overall much simpler to use once you've got the right size.

 

I found getting a good seal with Comply foam was not always a simple thing.  (Lots of fiddling, squeezing, etc - and a degree of luck involved.)

I'm using the CP100 on CA's

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DX300.

 

This is what I want a DAP to be. It's huge, all screen, very responsive. As good as using a high end smart phone there.

 

Sound is predictably very good. Only used with U12T out of 3.5mm so far, but excellent sound. It's also thiccc like a fine woman and as heavy as the D&Ms @BlueOceanBoy sends me.

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Ooo how does it compare next to say a Fiio m11 Pro or other DAP’s in its price point?

 

IEM idiosyncrasies aside, the simplicity of a DAP and IEM alone setup is very attractive

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I believe it compares more to the M15.

 

I haven't heard the M15, from what I've read, I think most would pick the DX300. Be close though, both killer options.

 

PLUS. They will be releasing some new modules for it soon. I'm hoping for the tube one, like the DX200 had.

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13 hours ago, DrTobiasFunke said:

Comply don't last long...  and lose their nice sponginess a little too quickly for my liking.

 

Big fan of the Spinfits - comfortable, durable, good seal, and overall much simpler to use once you've got the right size.

 

I found getting a good seal with Comply foam was not always a simple thing.  (Lots of fiddling, squeezing, etc - and a degree of luck involved.)

I'm using the CP100 on CA's

 

Well, this afternoon I switched back from the Comply to the standard ones that came with my iems (black neoprene rubber).  I just think the Comply foam feels sticky and not right somehow.  I did manage to get it to seal very well.  Maybe too well.   

 

The standard ones work quite well too.   Still feel very secure.  The sound balance seems a little different.  Maybe they position the iems slightly differently in my ear.

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29 minutes ago, aussievintage said:

I just think the Comply foam feels sticky and not right somehow. 

Agreed!  😳

 

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Have been using Dekoni foam tips with my LZ A7 IEM & love them. Much better than Comply tips. 

Still regard Shure Olives top of the tree.

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10 minutes ago, Jovan.s1987 said:

Have been using Dekoni foam tips with my LZ A7 IEM & love them. Much better than Comply tips. 

Still regard Shure Olives top of the tree.

 

Thanks for the info.  I am just beginning my journey on trying these out.  Now I have some names to look out for.

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https://shop.musicteck.com/collections/effect-audio/products/effect-audio-king-arthur-in-ear-headphones?variant=20317668114494

 

And ... I think I'm well and truly priced out of the IEM market. 

 

Perhaps we should start a tip bank somewhere to trade/pay it forward tips that we buy that don't fit...

 

I've been lucky so far with stock tips. Have CP155/500 and Azla Elastic on the way though keen to try the 'Lights' too. Part of the reason I went with full sized before going full circle back to IEM's was the tip rolling variance. And occasional discomfort if I've accidentally scratched my ear.

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I love the packaging.     A bit unsure about the opal-like colour , but I am sure they sound lovely :) 

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Haha. They don't hit you in the face with anything, like the Mest does. They just impressive everywhere.

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Hmm. Only been couple hours.

 

Coming from EE you expect big crazy tuning, but its quite balanced. Nicer timbre on the bass from those dynamic drivers (twin), they aren't super bassy, its quite restrained. Hugely dynamic.

 

The U12T is an exceptional IEM. You're not getting much more resolution from the Odin, as the U12T has oodles of it anyway. But the highs feel a bit more sparkly than the U12T, without going to the Mest extent.

 

Like the Mest Mk2, but without the mid-scoop, more detail, less variance in the soundstaging and as good as a DD bass can be. I guess. Female vocals on these are lovely, like they are on the U12T, where as on the Mest they felt a bit too recessed (depending on singer).

 

Will need more time to properly articulate it all I think, been wearing them working mostly.

 

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17 hours ago, Dr_Kevy said:

https://shop.musicteck.com/collections/effect-audio/products/effect-audio-king-arthur-in-ear-headphones?variant=20317668114494

 

And ... I think I'm well and truly priced out of the IEM market. 

 

Perhaps we should start a tip bank somewhere to trade/pay it forward tips that we buy that don't fit...

 

I've been lucky so far with stock tips. Have CP155/500 and Azla Elastic on the way though keen to try the 'Lights' too. Part of the reason I went with full sized before going full circle back to IEM's was the tip rolling variance. And occasional discomfort if I've accidentally scratched my ear.

Funny that those used to be pointed out as crazy pricy and no one gave much attention back in 2019. Now that the market is reaching that price, it is back on the spot. Scary…

6 hours ago, Bengineer said:

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Nice!! The only IEM my miss liked was the Valkyries look when I had it. This 3D rainbow effect is actually really  beautiful.

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I haven't personally. I've read a lot about them. The 65 lineup is odd, the U12T and 18T/S, despite the price differences, sit almost at the same level. To the point 64 support recommended me the 12 even though I said I could buy the 18. Speaks highly of the 12T, and rightfully so.

 

I'm a sucker for the DD bass though, and the Odin probably has that locked. Dual DD bass. 

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5 hours ago, PassionForSound said:

And the sound??

 

Also, who's excited for the new IE900? I believe I will have a review unit here soon

 

Will that be a tour one? :P

1 hour ago, Bengineer said:

I haven't personally. I've read a lot about them. The 65 lineup is odd, the U12T and 18T/S, despite the price differences, sit almost at the same level. To the point 64 support recommended me the 12 even though I said I could buy the 18. Speaks highly of the 12T, and rightfully so.

 

I'm a sucker for the DD bass though, and the Odin probably has that locked. Dual DD bass. 

 I think they guide to the 12t as safer choice. Like some people say that 18 is not as a big improvement as the price increase, so the frustration can be bigger going that path.
 

As you know12t bass is great, but is not DD. Nio/N8 would be their closest to that area. I also think Nio/N8 is more versatile, can go from a balanced IEM to a crazy bass heavy, just changing the APEX modules. 

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It isn't DD, but it's exceptional, and Id still pick it over most DD implementations.

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8 minutes ago, Bengineer said:

It isn't DD, but it's exceptional, and Id still pick it over most DD implementations.

Totally agree. Solaris as an example. 

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12 hours ago, GiullianSN said:

Will that be a tour one? :P

 

Would love to do tours, but it's very difficult with a global audience because cost and shipping times become prohibitive :(

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