Hi guys, new here and to the hobby, first post. I’ll try to make it brief and straight forward to not waste your time reading a wall of text. Ive been educating myself since im an enthusiast but not a musician. so please keep that in mind. below are the list of my questions and “i wonder about” :
(background into how i discovered the hobby - no need to read if you dont want to)
My journey began 10-12 years ago with a Bose set ME2i if im not mistaken. The iconic stay here silicon tips and black and white twister pattern cable. When i first heard that I though Bose was the best and music sounded completely different to me. fast forward to about 3 months ago when my pair broke and i had to replace it but couldnt find any since they are LONG discontinued. This is when i first discovered Chi-Fi per se
KZ AS10 - my first ever true IEM and i am to this date please. maybe too please but we will get to that. Why does this sound so good to me while othe rmore expensive stuff doesnt? I recently dropped $450 plus shipping and tax on Fiio FH7 and I am … meh ! why is that? why cant i find $400 more quality compared to AS10? and i know alot of KZ fans dont even think AS10 is the best KZ anyway. like FH7s sound just a teeny teeny tiny bit fuller but at the cost of being dark tuned like FH5s, at least to my ear. AS10 sound crisper and more airy to my ear but it shouldnt, right? anyone else would say FH7 is WAY better, in a different league even, than AS10s.
I am mostly using my phone as the audio source where AS10s at the same volume level sound a teeny teeny tiny bit louder. my phone is Galaxy Note 9. silicone tips for both as i get the best fit, i cant do foam yet. FH7s have the stock cable, AS10 has upgraded KZ silver 8-core cable. no EQ config change on phone. Is it the quality of music or source amplification? what is the issue with my set up? is youtube a good source for raw music? do i need to buy original artist album to enjoy it fully? so many questions.
I have Blon-BL03, Tin T4s, Moon drop Starfield, FH7s, AS10s, and like mentioned Bose MIE2s, and a few TWS sets not really relevant (Lyperteck Tevi, Mifo 07, Bose true sound free, liberty 2 pro, etc). BUT I am contemplating dropping $999 on Voyager 14 in hopes that i actually pick up something that would take AS10 experience to next level. I hear good reviews and it sounds like my type of tunning. I like details and clarity and quality. bass is ok but only if its the last thing the manufacturer focused on. Im all about mids and highs and details and clarity and quality. not sibilant but crisp. do you think ill be disappointed like FH7s since there is really no justifiable difference that would explain the $400 delta between AS10s and FH7s or do you think Voyager 14 is truly next level sound?
Sorry for the long questions, feel free to just skim through. and thank you for your time and help.