Bangkokkid (Brannon) just announced a 45th anniversary Noble Audio sale over on Head-Fi. Take 20% off all universal IEMs. If you purchase a universal Katana or Encore you get a free “legacy” Savant IEM as well! Now this is a deal!! 20% off a Katana and a free $599 Savant.
Lieven posted a review of the newish ER4-XR and SR IEM over on Headfonia. They have a bit of a bass boost from the original ER4-S. Read the review of the for your by clicking the link below. Personally, I’m sticking with my 2003 ER4-S and if I need more bass I’ll EQ it. Interestingly, the original S and P models are going for about the same price as the XR and ST models.
Hisoundfi has a great review of the Meze 99 Neo on Head-Fi. This is the follow on to the original Meze 99 Classic. The primary difference between the two headphones is with the material used to make them. The Classic uses a wood cup versus plastic for the Neo. There are likely some tuning adjustments as well. From the few reviews of the Neo I have read there appears to be a slight tilt to the Classic with folks liking the original a bit over the Neo. Try them out at a meet and see for yourself.
Pros – Classics-like performance at a cheaper asking price, Black and chrome aesthetic looks sharp, Nice cable options and travel case, musical sound signature works with many genres
Cons – Not for those who want neutral and airy sound, Mid-bass can be overwhelming depending on the track that’s playing, Headband microphonics
cvbcbcmv has a review of Noble’s Encore on Head-Fi. As with all of the reviews for this IEM, cvbcbcmv loves the Encore. Click on the link below to read the entire review.
Pros – Out of this world midrange, maintains fantastic versatility from K10, universally lovable sound signature, endgame CIEM at a much lower price than its competitors
Cons – There are none
Joe posted a review of the Opus 3 DAP over on Head-Fi. Sounds like a great device but it is a bit pricey and has some stiff competition at it’s price point.
Pros – Blooming bass, touch of warmth, wide and expanded staging. Long standby battery, customizable apk 3rd party apps
Cons – Trebles may be harsh at times
Andy Regan of Jerry Harvey has an announcement of the new Lola hybrid IEM over on Head-Fi. The announcement includes details around the makeup of the Lola. Click on the link below to see the technology built into the new Lola.
Gearofwar posted a review of the Lime Ears Aether IEM over on Head-Fi. The Aether is a 5-BA drivers IEM in a 1 very low, 2 low, 1 mid, 1 high BA 4-way crossover configuration
Pros: Perfectly balanced signature, well-done and beautiful treble, smooth and rich from top to bottom, most natural timbre ever heard of an iem.