Snorry NM-1 Impressions Thanks to @Failed Engineer for loaning these to me! Gear Pi2AES -> Yggdrasil A2 -> Liquid Gold X Build They feel well built, though I get nervous every time I pick them up and push on the fabric screen grills even though I think it’s a really cool idea acoustically (there are no grills on them, just acoustically transparent cloth covering the back). They ultimately feel strong enough to hold up to everything but abuse. Everything else is very utilitarian and strong, mostly metal and leather. The most annoying thing about them is that they have a proprietary pinout for the mini XLR jacks. Why why why? There’s just no reason to do this even if you are Russian. The stock cable really sucks, it’s this thick super stiff OFC copper cable that is awful to deal with and if the mini XLR jacks were standard I could use one of many cables I have here already. WTF. Comfort Not that comfortable due to hard earpads with a weird narrow rectangular opening the same size as the driver that doesn’t fully fit my ears and the earpads don’t conform to my head so they feel a bit hard. But not that bad. I could live with it. Sound They are probably the best tuned stock ortho I’ve ever heard. Very well balanced from bass to treble, very neutral. Nothing sticks out and there’s no Audeze midrange suck-out. vocals are forward but also there’s no upper mid peak. Bass is nicely layered and textured. They are really meticulously tuned. They also have the best soundstage of any ortho I’ve ever heard. I don’t know if it’s the driver or the combination of the very deep pads with the very open back or all 3. Instruments are pulled apart and separated with space between them, sometimes even artificially so. Bass lines are easier to follow than Audeze headphones simply because they are separated more from the rest of the spectrum even if the quality isn’t’ as good. Very airy presentation, They are not as resolving as Audeze drivers, but it’s hard for me to comment because I’m talking about the drivers, not the drivers in the stock acoustic environment. These have a thinner dust screen in front of the driver so stock Audeze’s cover up some of the resolution, but the Audeze drivers are more resolving and have more control and I’m guessing lower distortion due to them having much better tone than the NM-1. Even the LCD-2 Classic has better timbre than these. There’s something a little plastic-y about the tone of the NM-1. Not to Hifiman levels, but the timbre of instruments just isn’t convincing. And I want more resolution from an ortho at this price point. Final Thoughts These have a lot going for them with some very strong highlights but being very picky about orthos, the timbre just doesn’t do it for me. But I think a lot of people would love these for the very linear, flat FR and great soundstage. And people love Hifiman’s with much much worse timbre than these so I think these are winners overall and deserve more attention and praise. I would love to hear his new creation the Trion given his ability to tune orthos so well.