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Old 15-06-2014, 02:17 AM   #58
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i took a leap of faith too for es5. and also, there were not many reviews back then.

haha i only believe in burn in to a mild extent. my es5 fresh from the box was okay for me.

i agree that ue11 is not as good as es5 but i like it more bc it's less intimate/warm and it was my first custom iem haha.

es5's eartips are really good. the sound isolation is the best i ever had.

afterall, it's a sound taste preference i guess...

i like this kinda sound; jm lab or focal as it's known now has transparent sound. i'm listening through my macbook air speakers. i have heard a few focal systems myself in person and it's the same transparent kinda sound.

Accuphase / JM Lab Alto Utopia - YouTube

there's something about wide soundstage and airy sound. it's energetic and like a breath of fresh cool air

UM's acrylic shells seem to be of inferior quality as compared to Noble Audio. NA's shell designs and quality are really outstanding. at least from the photos.
yeah all boils down to personal preference.

i like focal too. although utopias are way out of my league, i did have the next best thing after the utopia series in my car previously and loved them. unfortunately one of the tweeter blew and i had the option of replacing just the tweeters but i went ahead to change to a pair of rainbows. also have their spirit one and spirit classic headphones
- XBA-N3, ES5
- Listen Pro, Elear, Clear, Momentum 2, HD600/650/660S/800S

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