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Old 08-08-2011, 03:14 PM
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Just kidding. I recently picked these up because of my clearing house of IEMs. My lawyer is paid for so this was my first experiment. I previously had the Hippo VBs and the Fischer Audio Eternas so that's my frame of reference and sound signature preference. Here are some initial impressions...

Fit/build thoughts - They are big. VB big. But they are a wood housing not metal. J cord is kinda awkward, but not too bad. decent cable with a cloth like covering. Not sure on cable noise since i have only listened in a stationary setting so far. I had to use the brain tickling double flange to get a good fit, but I should be able to fix that with my assortment of Sony tips at home. The nozzle is too big for my Shure Olives but I may decore one since I love them so. Been meaning to do that anyway. These are random thoughts but to sum it all up...I am pleased with the build quality and optimistic about a better fit. I historically have fitment issues with a new IEM for the first month but these dont feel hopeless

Sound - bass. yep, lots of bass. I turned it down some. I am reserving final judgement until I get the fit right, but if I turned the bass down, that says something. I am now running with a flat EQ and no bass boost on the clip+. I had several tracks that were very pleasing and some that sounded a bit muffled. The muffled sound was very reminiscent of the issue i had with the Klipsch s4 shifting in my ear so I am not blaming this on the sound sig at this point. I will say I am impressed at this point and pleased to have another IEM to get to know.

more organized thoughts to come in a few days. Let me know if anybody has any specific questions about them. Oh, and they are cheaper than VBs.
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