April 6, 2020 § Leave a comment
“Now is there enough true sub-bass presence for the likes of dub-step track mixing in the studio? I am not too sure about that. At least not compared to a dynamic driver there might be less space to thin out the bass for kick drum channel mixing.
However, for percussion and traditional Trance mixing which needs a more rapid BPM and those aiming for a tighter level of timing then the dual-sub BA drivers do have the speed to keep up and more than a decent fundamental to prevent it from sounding too shallow.
The Craft 4 also seems to dip the lower-mids in requesting fashion to keep the bass from bleeding into the mids. The instrumental tone is light but smooth and clean with good separation. Male vocals are easy to pick out even if not that forward. Female vocals that pitch higher in a mixed or head voice/falsettos do much better on the Craft 4.”
April 3, 2020 § Leave a comment
“The little flip-top case is pleasantly small, has a useful LED display for battery life and is thoroughly pocket-friendly. It might not take kindly to being dropped from a great height, so Cyrus has supplied a little velour bag, which is a nice touch at this price point. The soundBuds are also IPX5 rated, meaning that they should withstand a sweaty spin class at the very least.
Bluetooth pairing is easy, helped along by in-ear voice prompts, and once achieved, connection is strong throughout our tests. There’s no app support and no active noise cancellation onboard, but the mic works well during calls and when we ask Siri for a weather forecast. All in all, it’s a fuss free approach.”
April 2, 2020 § Leave a comment
“The sound stage is open and airy. Instrument separation is very good as well, it is quite easy to pick out the positions. However, when you add a little congestion to the equation, things change a bit. This is the case with nearly all solo dynamic drivers but I wanted to mention just in case. Fast passages and increased number of instruments cause congestion and this results in changes in how the sound stage is perceived. Of course, poorly recorded or loudness war veteran tracks make the situation even more complicated so I’d stick to audiophile recordings. Don’t go “but this earphone only supports up to 250kbps!” I already know that. My audiophile nature wants to believe that recording quality is simply more than just numbers. There are just too many variables when it comes to mastering. Better play safe. Let’s talk about imaging and speed. For starters, it’s not hard to see that imaging is directly related to the sound stage, therefore it is good with this pair for a TWS earphone. Because of the reason that the TWS600 has a rolled off subregion and generally bass light presentation, you don’t feel any dynamic driver sluggishness whatsoever. I want to add that the background is not completely dark, you can hear some low hissing in the background
March 29, 2020 § Leave a comment
“I moved on to Beethoven’s “Symphony #6 in F Major” and of all the music so far, this sounded the best. As a listener, you can distinguish the positioning of every instrument and the harmonious blend of sound coming through these monitors was really incredible. From there I moved on to Queen and Led Zeppelin, and the 8SS performed superbly. Again, the soundstage is adequate but somewhat constrained for my tastes.
After testing these for two weeks, I can say without a doubt these are one of the best flat tuned IEM’s I’ve ever tried. Even though I find these to be neutral and clinical, the tone is exceptional and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these to anyone in the recording industry.”
March 28, 2020 § Leave a comment
“The Valkyrie has a more energetic and brighter top end than the Halcyon. The AAW though has a cleaner treble response with higher levels of richness. It is safer from harshness and sibilance than then Valkyrie. The EE gives more presence to the highest of highs, which makes them sound a bit thinner and sharper to me.
In terms of technical performance it’s the Valkyrie that stretches a wider and deeper stage. It has a darker background and separates instruments cleaner with a sharper cut. Both monitors have equally good resolution, but the Valkyrie gives more attention to the texture, while the Halcyon goes for a smoother touch. It smudges over some blemishes and makes for a more forgiving sound. The Valkyrie on the other hand can sound brutally punchy. If that’s not what you like, then the Valkyrie won’t be for you.”