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I'll also give my standard recommendation - for ANY in ear monitors, you really really really need to get an IEMatch, it's almost miraculous how much it improves your source. For me it saved a lot of $$ because I had been planning to get a dedicated DAC to plug my phone/tablet/laptop into for better sound. But after I tried the IEMatch, I realized that it raised the sound quality to "quite good" and thus no need for an extra box:
Looked at these. They do what they are claimed to do but its what they are not claimed to do that I quibble with.They are resistors. Like any resistor, they drop the signal level but raise the output impedance in the process, with the side effects (drop in damping and FR variations) you'd expect. Whether that tradeoff is worth it depends on the source material, the listener, the circumstances, and not least, the headphones.Personally, I'd like something like the Dragonfly, but with unity gain.
I'm puzzled as to how these work. If it's just a resistor network to force the source to operate at a higher digital level, then it must be an L-pad equivalent, since the input impedance is listed as 16Ω and the output at 1.5Ω, so it couldn't be just a series resistance. I find the explanatory copy on the iFi website to be annoyingly vague.
I think you're really going to like them. I'm enjoying mine right now. Don't forget they need at least 50 hours on them before they open up. They are incredibly revealing and after two hours I have zero listener fatigue. The bass is amazing. Trumpet just sounds so right. I'm already exploring better portable DAC options. Uggh... $$$You're going to realize pretty quick that the DAC in your phone is nothing more than a $1 check in the block. You will be purchasing an external DAC very soon.These are really nice IEM's!
I ordered a pair based on your posts. Can't believe they were marked down from $425 to $180. I also had $50 worth of points on Amazon so I got a pair for $120 delivered. Should be here on Thursday. I have to say that I love, love, love my Etymotic ER3XS even over other more expensive IEMs (the Ety's just sound right to me, they are very coherent). With the Cardas also being a single driver (dynamic, unlike the armature driver in the Etys), I'm hoping they give me that same coherent type sound but with a little different flavor. Oh, and the Cardas look pretty cool:
Man, where did all the time go?As I mentioned earlier in this thread, I did buy a pair of the Cardas IEMs, and I made sure to burn them in for close to 75 hours before paying attention to the music. I discovered the issue (Slushpuppy had mention) concerning the wires' being microphonic. In fact, it is so pronounced that I have had a difficult time concentrating on the music. I don't sit/lie still most of the time while I'm listening to music, so the cable/wire keeps distracting me.My lesson from this is to make certain the cables are not going to transmit sounds every time I shift position.As a result of this issue, they spend most of their time on my desk and not in my ears. I'm going to gift them to my son and his girlfriend to see what they think.Michael
Tyson, did those tips come with the IEMs or are they aftermarket?
Well, I couldn’t persuade my son and his fiancé to take the Cardas IEMs. They didn’t say why, but I suspect it is for the same reason that I hate them. Every single movement, every damned breath, every you name it and the sound travels up the cables. If you see these for sale somewhere, pass them by. Call me very disappointed 😔 in these.
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