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Hidizs MP145 IEM Review

Rate this IEM:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 3 2.1%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 10 6.8%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 64 43.8%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 69 47.3%

  • Total voters
    146
which competitors - letshuoer s12 ?
ARTTI T10 (US$58 on AliEx sale)...well accessorized.
NiceHCK F1 Pro (US$85 on AliEx sale)...nice selection of tips...very well accessorized.

Both utilize 14.2mm planar. Both are a bullet style. Fitment for both should be very good. F1 Pro has the anodized allow shell. Tuning on both is exemplary, though I give the edge to the T10.
 
The other day I saw that the new Foobar2000 Android version had included a reverb option.

I played with it and the crossfeed for a while with my CCA Hydro, and, as you can expect, it was terrible. Everything sounded muddy and smeared, no matter what adjustment did I do. A really bad experience.

For some reason, I also try it with my MP145 with the red nozzle on, as I have been experimenting with FRs with no ear gain, and the result was gorgeous at times. I have never had a better out of my head experience with any gear.

I was seriously blown away. I have used the Atmos DSP many times, but this was considerably better.

I don't know why on the Hydra only adds noise, maybe it is something about the crossovers.
 
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This are the setting I'm using, for if anyone wants to replicate my set up and give his opinion.

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It is probably very related to my HRTF and the size of the room where I use to listen to music, so probably it won't work as well for everyone as it does for me.
 
I have finally casted my vote for these IEMs, let me share my experience:

The fit for the tips is terrible. The width of the nozzles is too much for the custom tips to endure. Changing them is a real hassle and I'm sure that you can break them even when changing them with considerable caution. I started with the balanced tips, but wanted to compare them against the bass ones. After suffering due to how difficult it was to change them, I decided to stay with the bass ones permanently. For that reason, my impressions steam mainly for the combination of pink filters and bass tips. They have three kind of filters and three kind of tips, but you are not encouraged to experiment with them at all.

The cable is mediocre. It is thin, it tangles and you feel like it will also break or get damaged, even when you just careful slide the ring they have to adjust the length of the bifurcation they have before going to your ears. They are also strongly microphonic. You can experience the auditory experience of an earthquake if you slide their metallic ring.

The point in which the cables insert into the monitors doesn't rotate, so you can't make them perfectly fit to the sides of your head, like you can do with the FH9s.

I was unable to detect any flex problem, but that has been reported a number of times.

Having said that, this is the best IEM I have ever tried, it is even better than most of my headphones. I know that many people believe that frequency response and distortion is everything; but, either the commonly used preference target is not for me, or there is more to this whole deal that we aren't measuring yet. Comparing these IEMs to something like the Zero:2s is a joke. The MP145s sound spacious, natural, refined... Whereas the Zero:2s sound too close and congested.

Until I tried these IEMs, I thought that having your hears fatigued after listening to an album was normal. I now think that I may have been listening music wrong for years, maybe for chasing targets that weren't fitting for me. These IEMs are incredibly laid-back without sacrificing any sparkle or detail. Hidizs has threaded the needle in a way that I thought wasn't possible. Even though they are detailed, they are more laid-back than detailed. I believe that we are surprised at first with more intense tunings, only to get fatigued hearing after a while. These were made for long sessions. You may think that they lack punch during the first ten seconds, but you will be filled with bliss after half an hour.

For my personal taste, which may not extrapolate, they are a masterpiece of tuning. After playing for hours with different EQs and surround DSPs, I have concluded that everything that I can do to them only worsen their sound. Dolby Atmos, which is essential to squeeze some soundstage out of the Zero:2s, diminishes the outstanding soundstage of the MP145s.

I like their tuning so much, that I have started to tune my headphones to more closely resemble the experience the MP145s offer.

Despite the troubles with the tips and the cable, they are extremely comfortable, both physically and acoustically. I believe that these IEMs are a masterpiece and everything that I have been waiting to have. They put the much more expensive FH9s and their 7 drivers per monitor to shame, and I have a hard time believing that you can get a better auditory experience than the one these IEMs offer. They, of course, also put the much cheaper Zero:2s to shame, to the point of making me skeptical of the reductionist point of view.

The MP145s are perfect to me. I understand that people expecting more punch and a less ethereal sound may hate them, because they are very distinct compared to other ones I tried. But if you are after a huge soundstage and a laid-back presentation, these are exactly that. They are also very big, but I'm big myself and they fit me like a glove. If you are on the smaller side, they may be too much for you.

I'm quite infatuated with them and they have gained my unconditional "Great" despite the several annoyances they present.

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Like for this writer and his book! Long live D.F.W
 
Hey guys, is this still a buy these days? Did you guys debunk the whole silent retune?
 
MP143 coming.

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Here just to say that I don't think they have anything magical compared to the zero blues or the Salnotes 7 II, beautiful and well made but no audible difference for me compared to much cheaper headphones, no magical soundstage nor the spatial properties of my Sundara. None of this is now worth 174 euros
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Certain experiences make us understand why snake oil still exists, when you spend large amounts of money (for an IEM) it really gnaws to hear that they don't sound better than 20 euro headphones, but this is the reality, I too would have liked them to sound wonderfully and magically. They don't.
My hearing works quite well, I hear 17,000hz at 40, I can hear distortion at -46db, headphones have been connected to my hidizs ap80pro and I have been listening to songs in flac.
If someone doesn't feel the same magic as you, it is childish and stupid to accuse them of being deaf.
 
Maybe you expected the presentation and visceral bass of headphones. No amount of money on an IEM will achieve that.
 
Certain experiences make us understand why snake oil still exists, when you spend large amounts of money (for an IEM) it really gnaws to hear that they don't sound better than 20 euro headphones, but this is the reality, I too would have liked them to sound wonderfully and magically. They don't.
My hearing works quite well, I hear 17,000hz at 40, I can hear distortion at -46db, headphones have been connected to my hidizs ap80pro and I have been listening to songs in flac.
If someone doesn't feel the same magic as you, it is childish and stupid to accuse them of being deaf.
TBH I have long since stopped believing in magic from headphones / iem. For my tastes I EQ these less than most others I have - post EQ there really isnt much in it at all. These are nice IEM. They dont and cant deliver £100 more value than an IEM that is comfortable to your ears and sounds how you want for sub £50.

But for build, looks and feel as well as sound I do believe that c£150 bracket is my personal sweet spot (I find both the Salnotes Zero and Truthear Zero sub par for me on build/ comfort/ fit). I "prefer" the 145 to either of those for post EQ sound too but I strongly suspect that is because I "prefer" them as a physical product too.
 
So for me the difference is like between the HD650 and a Sundara, the sound stage is perceived completely differently, that's also the case with the IEM Planar and DD drivers - your statement that you don't notice any difference to the Zero2 really surprises me, nobody here talked about magic, but I can't listen to a Rammstein song with the Zero2, for example, at some point it's just a loud mush of sound, with the mp145 it's well resolved and it's enjoyable
 
Maybe you expected the presentation and visceral bass of headphones. No amount of money on an IEM will achieve that.
The bass is certainly not a problem, neither on these nor on Linsoul 7hz 0 II nor on Moondrop chu I, nor on thrutear zero blue and they are certainly deeper than the Sundara.
The headphones feel good, but none of the magical spatial properties compared to the others, they just sound on that level, good but with the limitations of any iem.
 
I keep going back and forth between these and the blue zeros, when I think I hear something I try again and it disappears, if one seems to me to sound better, the next song does the opposite.
And I have never, NEVER heard differences in the spatial sound, as with any other IEM the music is only inside my head.
I was hoping that the planar technology would give me that feeling of openness that I feel with my Sundaras but absolutely not. I wish I liked them, otherwise I wouldn't have spent this amount, they just aren't any better to my ears than other cheap iems I own.
NB I also tried with Rammstein (feuer Frei)
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lanar technology would give me that feeling of openness that I feel with my Sundaras but absolutely not.
There's nothing inherent to the technology, just implementation and ear/pinna interactions. The Design of the MP145 is very traditional: a single driver enclosured inside a vented shell. If you really want to experience something out of the ordinary, you should try some semi-open designs like the FiiO's FD5, FD7, and the raptgo hook X, or, if you really want to push it, the Audeze iSines and LCD i3s.

That notwithstanding, you could also meddle with EQ to trick your mind into hearing more spaciousness. For this, you can emphasize the lower treble (around 6khz) and upper treble (>10khz) while also taking away some of the high-mids (1000-4000khz) away, as a "correct" pinna will push the main instruments and vocals "closer". The general tonality achieved with these changes are the "special sauce" people often associate with pinna neutered high end iems like the Dunu SA6 mk2s and the MESTs:

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