- Aug 1, 2020
- Cavite, Philippines
Loving mine so far
I hardly ever use IEMs on the go. Almost always inside, at my desk or when playing VR games. So I have no issues with the low sensitivity.Surely great frequency response but I have to say, if it may be acceptable for full size headphones to be insensitive (It's a metric that matter to me but I can get how it's OK for some) Now really for IEMs I find that really hard to justify. Isn't mobility the whole point, the most important point, I'd even go as far as the only point of going IEMs?
I have the same issue. Foam tips help a lot. The only ones that stay in my ears without problems are the Blessing 2 (Dusk).I am with you on this, find it hard to get any Iems to stay firmly put and with a great seal. Other don't have issues. weird thing for me it's only the right ear the problem. absolutely don't have any fit issues with the left. Try many tips and yes tried different tips on left and right. One day maybe I'll find the perfect tip for me but so far it's an issue. I still use Iems but keep refitting, every few minutes and it does get on my nerves and is detrimental to my enjoyment of music in the end.
What would "kill" the Kato for you? Is this already not Harman compliant enough..?
The earphone, the bunny or the Gundam WingLoving mine so far
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All, but especially the Truthear Zero with balanced cabling (coincidentally, the Gundam Wing is a Zero as well, hehe)The earphone, the bunny or the Gundam Wing
This is a review, listening tests and measurements of the Truthear Crinacle Zero IEM review. It was sent to me by @crinacle as he has been a consultant on the project. It costs US $50.
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I like that it has a bit of "bling" but not too much. The cord is just the right length for me (many IEMs are too short for my use). It is super flexible with very little microphonics. You get two sets of silicone pads in three different sizes which suites me fine. I wear the largest one and it stays nicely put.
The claim to fame of this IEM is that it complies with the Harman target. Let's see if that is the case.
Truthear Crinnacle Zero IEM Measurements
Let's start with our frequency response measurement:
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I must say I was not prepared for such a tight fit to our target! Other than a hair droop at 20 Hz and a bit deviation here and there, the response hugs our target a wet towel! Very nice. This renders our difference frequency response kind of useless:
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Distortion is good enough at lower levels but gets a bit much at maximum SPL:
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Group delay is not revealing for IEMs and such is the case here:
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Impedance shows evidence of some tuning in bass frequencies:
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The low impedance means many amps and sources can drive it but it is very low. Sensitive is on the low side as well for an IEM:
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Truthear Crinnacle Zero IEM Listening Tests
As usual I start with my female vocals. My first reference track had excellent warmth courtesy of proper low frequency response. This continued from track to track with tonality that was just delightful. It not only sounds "right" but also enjoyable. The sound you get is like the best speaker in best room with no room modes. Of course there is no tactile feedback so deep bass doesn't sound the same but you get the picture.
I cranked up the volume on it and it kind of gets loud but I thought the bass started to gradually get distorted. Not a practical problem as you are not going to want to listen at those unsafe volumes.
I am sitting here typing this review and listening to it and marveling how nice every track sounds!
What on earth are you doing reading the rest of this review? Go and buy one of these! I don't care if you don't listen to IEMs normally. You want this IEM so you know what correct tonality is, when you listen with other transducers such as headphones and speakers. Think of it as the tuning fork that a musician uses! This IEM needs to be in your arsenal.
For those of you who use IEMs as I do in summer months (headphones wear too hot), you are in for a treat for peanuts out of your pocket. The science works. Kudos to @crinacle for advocating this execution. We are indebted to you for your contribution here.
I am happy to strongly recommend the Truthear Crinnacle Zero IEM. It brings that incredible harmony of technical excellence and superbly low purchase price.
As always, questions, comments, recommendations, etc. are welcome.
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TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero Full APO EQ [email protected] 96000Hz September142022-145558 Preamp: -3.9 dB Filter 1: ON PK Fc 20.00 Hz Gain 3.88 dB Q 0.90 Filter 2: ON PK Fc 81.44 Hz Gain -2.05 dB Q 1.46 Filter 3: ON PK Fc 1205.00 Hz Gain -1.23 dB Q 2.55 Filter 4: ON PK Fc 2175.35 Hz Gain -1.65 dB Q 0.85 Filter 5: ON PK Fc 4795.73 Hz Gain -2.97 dB Q 2.97 Filter 6: ON PK Fc 6699.00 Hz Gain 2.57 dB Q 2.64 Filter 7: ON PK Fc 13229.75 Hz Gain -4.98 dB Q 5.00
As far as I'm concerned it doesn't get any much better the HD650/6XX or Drop Aeon Open X (both with EQ) for open OEs. There are some open contenders that seem to use the Peerless 50mm driver that do decently as well but the prices ($800+) does not justify an upgrade over the other two options for $200-400. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, since you have more or less owned, heard and measured a whole lot yourself. But from hearing loads of cans myself, it's hard to suggest anything other than 600-series at ~$200-250 unless someone needs a closed headphone. I think Expanse will have to be my next purchase if I can convince myself to part with the money in the coming months.Either a DCA Stealth or this $ 50.- IEM to experience the Harman target without having to use EQ (based on a specific test fixture, target response/correction, insertion depth and seal)... tough choices.
Too bad IEM's and me are not getting along and the Stealth is not what I want to spend on a headphone.