TOTL IEM consideration list - 2 week test window

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by GoodEnoughGear, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. M3NTAL

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    Spiral Dot > Spin Fit for the Andromeda IMO. The Spin Fit has a narrow bore vs. all the included CA tips and Spiral Dots having a wide bore.
     
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    Never heard the Andromeda but do own the k10ua. It uses the same drivers as the custom k10u but apparently sounds less bassy due to the different fit. For reference I think the sound of the er4s with deep insertion is just about perfect out of a Woo Audio WA8 which gIves it a nice sub-bass lift.

    Tbh my first take on the k10ua out of a QP1R was that it sounded great, but were right on the edge if being too bassy for me. Also it did have a smoothing effect that made everything sound good. However after some tip rolling and change to a Norne Audio cable my impression has changed a lot. The k10ua now sounds a lot more linear and detailed to me although it still remains an overall warm earphone. Basically it was like tilting the response of the WA8 enhanced er4s slightly around a point in the midrange (up in the bass, down in the treble). Definitely very close sounding to my preference signature of speakers in a room.

    My point is I really don't think you can go wrong with tip rolling on a k10ua if you are OK with a warm, organic signature. Although the stock k10 cable is good a cable change may allow further fine tuning.

    Impressions from users who have compared both k10 and Andromeda suggest that Andromeda plays in the same league, is a bit brighter, but slightly less airy overall. Maybe that can be modified by tip rolling as well. Plus it is quite a bit cheaper than the k10 without even factoring in the after market cable ...

    At this level I think it's more a matter of preferences than ultimate performance. Even though I love my k10ua, if I was deciding now I would probably start with the Andromeda. At the very least suggestions are that it gets close to the k10 at a much lower price and if some are to be believed it may be better overall if you prefer a more neutral signature. I wish both were a lot cheaper though!
     
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    if you want a "CIEM" on an IEM, you can always get a custom tip third-party or diy.
     
  4. GoodEnoughGear

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    The door is closing on the Noble sale, and I'm not compelled. Alea iacta est...Andromeda it will be. Thanks for the input!
     

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