(Work in progress) FAQ - Please read it!
Who are you and where are you from?
Hello, I’m nymz and I’m from Portugal.
When did you joined the hobby?
That was recently. What were your first IEMs?
My first IEM was Fiio FH3. Quickly after that I bought Fiio FD5 and Tin T2. I returned both and bought Mangird Tea. Then I started paying attention to the hobby and joined its community.
So you stopped after Teas, right?
I wish… and should have. No, I quickly fallen into the buyer’s dilema of thinking money can buy SQ. I bought my first tribid a month later (TSMR Land).
So, money doesn’t equal to SQ?
Yes and no. Dimishing returns are very real and kicking. You can make an argument to usually being able to access better drivers or techs when you climb up the ladder. But it’s a small upgrade per dollar spent. Trust me, I regret it.
What’s your library like?
A mix of most things. Anything that is groovy, I rave on.
You can find a mix of classic, jazz, rock, vocal and acoustic, techno, trance, house, drum and bass, punk rock, trip hop, hip-hop, r’n’b, soul, pop, classic rock/rock’n’roll, opera, etc.
What I don’t delve much: Metal (I listen to some vocal less progressive, and soft stuff like Metallica), Rap, K-pop (sorry weebs, I like some and use for tests when people ask, but it’s either english or bust), Raggae (I like it but I haven’t explored much), pure punk, progressive trance and others.
Ok, and what are your favourite sets (that you own) for your library?
Mangird Tea, Softears RSV and Shuoer EJ07m with Tanya filters.
But you got to have a favourite….
Have you seen the thread title?
Tuning, amazing stage and imaging, ok timbre, coherent for a hybrid and bass comes when it’s called to roar. Also, the treble is a bliss without fatigue or harshness, it’s dark.
And that you don’t own?
U12T, Mest Mk2.
Which ones did you HATE?
GK10, Tin T2.
Which sets would you love to demo in the near future?
Sony Z1R, Helios, Sony M7/9, EJ07, Moondrop S8, Kiwiears Orchestra, Dunu SA6 come to mind.
Is it easy for you to get some demos going?
Hell no. The scene isn’t the best for demoing stuff in the EU, let alone in a small country like Portugal. I’ve been lucky to get some nice demos and also people to send me their sets for a spin.
What sets have you demoed but never owned?
- Mest OG
- Mest Mk2
- Audiosense DT600
We know what you like. But can you explain what you look for in a set?
- Mids (somewhat forward)
- Mid-bass shelf
- Stage + Imaging
- Non-harsh treble (dark treble)
- Timbre + Coherency
What’s your prefered FR (target)?
Very flat mids with forward presentation, which means low bass and treble elevation.
I like darker trebles with good extension, usually with a 5.5k hz dip to reduce the fatigue to my ears.
Bass shelf should be clean and slow on the curve, usually flatting at 200hz to remove any bleed. Sub-bass should be more elevated than mid bass.
Overall balance is also very important for me, which means that the pinna gain should be at the same level or slightly below as the top peak of bass.
Why is timbre so low on your priority list, aren’t you a Timbre-head?
Nope, I’m not. I can’t distinguish great timbres from good ones. I can distinguish good from bad, or BA timbre, but not between good timbres. I usually rely on people that are timbre checkers (Riku for example) or use good timbre sets for reference (Blon Bl-03, LBBS).
Tuning or Techs?
Tuning. Unless you wanna PEQ a capable transducer.
So you like BA sets. What’s your opinion on BA bass?
Well, to me at least, Good BA Bass > Bad DD bass. A good DD bass will always prevail over a good BA bass. Just like Mest bass will always be better than U12T bass. But most people will dismiss a good BA bass just because it’s a BA, which in some cases, it would surprise them (hint: RSV).
Do you EQ?
No, I personally don’t. I’m always on the move and I’m usually always switching either my gear during the day. I just fire it and jam.
But are you against it?
No, lol. People should do what they wanna do and sound good for them. Enjoying the music you wanna hear the way you like is the real goal of the hobby.
I own a lot of cables. But for aesthetic and comfort purposes. I don’t think cables matter, especially on budget-fi. When you found your end-game and wanna spend thousands of dollars on cables trying to find the right sound to your brain, sure. But keep in mind most of that will be a placebo effect. Also I do believe they have a very small increase on your chain, the smallest of them all, which will make it almost neutral.
So, no, I’m not a cable believer, but once again, people should use what they enjoy the most. And they should also use google about it
What matters more in the chain, to your ears, then?
IEM > Tips > Amp > Source file (flac) > DAC >= Cables
Well, first if you don’t get a seal, it’s game over. Second, comfort - I won’t use an IEM if I can’t stand it for more than 15 minutes. I do very long sessions (8+ hours) a day since I use them at work as well. Third, different materials and shapes alter the sound.
What’s the difference between wide bore vs narrow bore?
Usually, narrow bore tips increase bass while wide bore increase treble and the sense of stage.
You like sources, but you don’t own any desktop station? Why is that?
No. As said many times, I’m always on the move, which makes the need for them to be either portable or mobile.
What about Bluetooth/TWS?
I’m fine with it on the go/pratical side of things. I might grab a TWS set for commutes later, but not for critical listening, of course.
Should I spend money on sources for IEMs?
Yes and no. Apple dongle will play almost every IEM either good or ok. You don’t need much more than that. There’s also some powerful budget dongles for less than 50 or 100.
If you are looking into planars or future upgrades to full cans, that’s another story.
Why do you like and use buds?
I love their sound signature and comfort. Some of them beat most IEMs in some fields. They have a unique presentation (closer to open-backs). They have their downsides too.
Do aesthetics matter?
Yes and no. I love when things look good, it gives me joy. I also love to keep them organized. But it the best IEM for me was the most horrible, I’d still use it, at least at home, hehe.
What reviewers do you use follow/look out to?
For IEMs, I mostly read reviews/impressions from Precog, Antdroid, @Rikudou_Goku and random people I trust. On youtube, I usually watch BGGAR, Michael Bruce, @paulwasabii, Resolve and sometimes Super Reviews. There’s some more I randomly check to try to get different points of view in every set from each person to try to figure out my own before buying anything.
So, why is this FAQ important?
I’m very active in the comunity and I know what I like, so I usually get the same questions everyday. Now I can just point them here. It’s also important so people know what to expect of my opinions based on my preferences. It’s very important to know other people preferences when you’re looking for a review to buy or when you’re reccing someone. I can easily recommend stuff I hate if I think they are a good fit.
Any last words? Someone you wanna thank for this self-interview?
I wanna thank my parents and my dog. My last words will always be the same: Buy Mangird Tea.