I would say the X is a good step above Maestro Mini looking at bass texture, Mini is more of a slam hard and be that. Nothing more. Also Mini have too sharp and unrefined treble, while the X has a pretty good upper range. Mids are shadowed by bass and highs on both sets, but here also X is better.
Would say X is a much better purchase.
Stock grey tips as I said I rarely use stock tips but the grey ones seem to just take the edge off the treble while not blunting the bass too much.
I appreciate you sharing your thought process, dude, thank you for that. As much as it pains me to say this, I may think about replacing the Maestro Mini sometime this year for a better Bass head set and the X seems to possibly fit the bill.
I believe the stock tips is the standard lime green stem standard Penon tips. Both light and dark "umbrella“. Won’t surprise me if the liqueur tips work great on these.
I have the liquor tips on order
I’ve got the black liquors coming with the TSMR-X. Also curious if they’ll be a good match.
Man I’m with you these days. Texture is winning over quantity. With that said, “Damn you @Sonofholhorse!” You have forever ruined my ears to anything less than the holy grail.
The damped port (I refuse to call it a driver) on the TSMR-X begs for modding. Have you guys heard of anyone playing around with the Apex modules to mess with the tuning without simply buying a new one, e.g. transpore tape?
can you explain textured bass for me?
Of course, I can try my best.
Un-textured bass can come off as a blob of just low tones. Textured bass allows you to hear and feel the difference nuances in said bass.
A bass guitar comes off as a human plucking the strings rather than it just sounding like wub wub wub - there are different tones there, different notes and some IEMs don’t translate that well.
so you mean more defined basically. detailed bass.
Any impressions on the TSMR-X yet, @pevinkarker ?
Nice review by @Akros on the TSMR-X. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Akros!
Word through the grapevine is that the TSMR-X pre-order sale will end tomorrow (Feb 25th). It’s up on Penon’s aliexpress now for full price. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005006573142908.html
Some poor soul already bought one full price (NB this includes vat, therefore >700 USD).
Having had the Tansio Mirai 10th Anniversary X for some weeks now (got one in the first flush) I would recommend it unhesitatingly, unless you have very young acute treble hearing.
I do not like the stock cable at all and replaced it with a 4.4 mm XINHS mixed pure Copper/pure Silver cable that averages out between £28-35 quid. I’ve used L Spiral Dots, L Divinus Velvets, L Penon Liqueurs, L Azla Crystals and they all suit. On the stock switch setting, bass notes are lower than most other IEMs, on the Bass setting the notes are very quantitative and very forward on the stage. After break in and brain burn in, the stage is spacious and multi dimensional. I suppose it could be called bass-head, but in reality it is the depth/lowness of notes that stands out. Treble for my old ears is smooth and technicalities at the best end of BA technicalities. Timbre and tone good (better with the right cable). Bass breaks in quite quickly in just a few days. The on offer price is extremely good value, but the price on the Ali Penon shop has gone up considerably. A new direction for TMSR and the bass is really something else. Even mids/vocals/guitars are very good. At £399 a good buy. Edit…great for Classical music, gets the texture of violins and the orchestral separation perfectly.