shotgunshane’s IEM (custom and universal) recommendations, favorites and classics

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  1. shotgunshane

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    My wife has the updated 2. I need to compare them to my OG Pros.
     
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    Don't blame me if you want to give her your OG pair and take her Pro 2s. Pro 2s IMO fixes most of the flaws of the OG one. Some were bitching about no lossless wireless on Pro 2s, but who gives a crap when even things like noise cancellation is a lot better and the sound signature is actually lively without extreme V shape stuff.
     
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    Just finished comparing the two with a song I know really well. You are absolutely correct- the Pro 2 is significantly better than the OG Pro.

    OG Pro sounds too warm and rolled off up top on comparison. The Pro 2 isn’t just more lively but overall more neutral in comparison and isn’t as compressed sounding by quite a bit. My only nit pick may be a bit too much sub/deep bass. Would need listen much longer to say for sure.

    I’ll definitely update the TWS list with the Pro 2.
     
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    sub bass is much less of a rise when ANC is off
     
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    Good point. The above comparison was with ANC off. With the OG Pro, I greatly prefer it with ANC off. It’s not bad with ANC on but is more colored for sure.
     
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    Timmy checked out some new tips in this video:


    The Ireep 01 and Divinity Velvet tips were interesting to me. I tend to prefer longer eartips in general, and those appear to be pretty supple/soft from the video. Should be a nice contrast to the Sedna Earfit tips I like. I ordered some ML Divinity Velvets from Accessory Jack; 3pr for $25 (free shipping) which is fairly typical for premium tips but the Ireeps are bit too expensive for me at $35 for 4pr but with 4 different sizes (s, ms, m, l) at MTMT Audio.

    The Coreir brass metal core tips seem interesting too but I’m not a fan of the sticky eartip material that’s popular nowadays. Plus they are $70 for 2 pr. :eek:
     
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    Our local dealer offers demo for the Coreir tips. I tried it with my TZ700 (fitted with the SpiralDots+ tips), and I must say the extra "metal-ness" of the sound coming from the Coreir isn't that great to my ears, as the bass becomes boomier to my ears. I much prefer the SpiralDots+ for my songs. Perhaps Coreir tips could be great in some IEMs?

    I really dig metal-made stuff as I'm a big fan of Final Audio (older designs like FI-BA-SS and Piano Fortes), but my first impression of the Coreir just doesn't cut it. Maybe I ought to return with other IEMs.

    Btw the local dealer has them (2 pairs) for USD$30 iinm.
     
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    That’s a much more palatable price. Thanks for the impressions. JVC Spiral Dot++ are my long running favorites. Their level of comfort is unmatched for me so far.
     
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    How do they do fit wise with bigger nozzles like on the Softears RSV? They seem hard to get here but might be interesting to play with, so far i’ve landed on Xelastic’s. But have some spinfits and UC’s on order as well.
     
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    Stems aren’t quite as visually wide as the Azla SednaEarfits but I can’t imagine they wouldn’t fit the RSV.
     
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    Thanks, i’ll see how i get on with the others but good to know there is another well regarded option.
     
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    Just a quick update: Coreir tips on my TZ700 (pairing with iFi Gryphon) makes the listening experience poorer compared to JVC Spiral Dots++.

    Not to discount its uses, perhaps on other more suitable IEMS. But for my current setup and personal preference, I still prefer Spiral Dots++. Reasons being: Spiral Dots++ offer clearer imaging and better timbre.
     
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    Added Truthear Hola to the list. Great budge option at $19.

    Hola– MSRP $19. Dynamic driver universe. A warm, smooth and mid-centric signature. Extremely pleasing and easy to like. Bass is plentiful, warm and slightly soft; Midrange is clear and forward; Treble is reserved and easy going. Gets you 85% of the Moondrop Aria for a quarter of the price. One of the best budget cables and tip sets. Absurdly good for the price.

    Moondrop Aria is definitely a step up, if you are willing to spend that much more at $79. Aria bass is more solid and defined with better texture. Mids have a little less warmth and a little more clarity, and treble has more liveliness and presence. However, the Hola comes with a better cable and better tips.

    Of late In-ears have been a race to the bottom and Truthear may have taken the crown with the Hola.

    Edited to correct Truthear name
     
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    the truthear hola? I think they’re a moondrop competitor
     
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    Bahaha, thanks! Yes Truthear Hola! I guess my mind was elsewhere. Need to fix the list now.

    They say they are separate companies but it really seems like Softears and Truthear are just divisions of Moondrop. They seem to share engineers and attorneys, and I believe some Softears drivers are patented in the Moondrop name.
     
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    brilliant. Make your own competitors and obfuscate under different brand name.
     
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    If it’s owned by Moondrop then if it gets popular they’ll probably discontinue and then sell as a different model at a higher price like they did with the Crescent.
     

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