Cables and Comparisons
Cable swapping :
Absolutely excellent. The only reproach compared to the Evolution Cooper : a less precise scene in width and depth and a slight loss of substance especially on the voices.
It is the one that seems the most suitable and with which all my tests were carried out. The sound scene is a little better than with the stock in all levels, the voices are a little fuller and the sound material on instruments such as the double bass, timpani or cello is a little richer. Of course it’s not day and night there, it plays on the margins, but the benefit is there.
Evolution Silver 2 and 4 strands
Evolution Silver 2 starnds
I find that it loses its original magic. They attenuate the bass and highline mids and highs, to become sometimes slightly hard, too chiseled and too sharp with a loss in richness tones on piano or string instruments.
The result is somewhere between the stock cable and the Evolution Silver 2-strand. Not my favorite combination. (See photo below of the Supreme)
In-ears owned at the time
Sony IER Z1R
Here is an excellent pair of in-ear with certainly the most beautiful bass I’ve ever heard on this type of transducer. Very difficult to do better and the Infinity Mk2 is no exception. They offer a different kind of bass, more agile, more punchy but less ample and deep. On the other hand, it is on the high midrange that they will clearly distance themselves from the Sony’s, always thanks to this energy, this dynamic, this definition and this tonal variation. On the whole, the Mk2 are more coherent, even more musical than the Sony and more realistic.
QDC Anole VX
We have two radically different pairs : one, the Anole, all smooth and which moves forward in smooth steps to charm the listener, the other, the Infinity, all energy and dynamics, extremely versatile and which deploys tonal qualities, transparency and great attention to detail to achieve this goal.
In-Ears heared at the same meeting I discovered the Infinity Mk2.
Excellent ones. The fit is perfect like the Infinity. I tried the Erlkönig in position 2, they made me think of a Rolls Royce driving in a solemn gait : everything is very nice, well stamped, with a superb image. In short the zero flaws in-ears. I listened to them on quite a few of my recordings and the reproaches one could make in regard of the Mk2s are : a lack of commitment, energy and speed making the music flatter and less engaging, less energetic but also less transparent.
Also very nice, with a beautiful sound image in all the plans and very nice tones. The treble problem has been solved compared to the classic Fourté which is a real plus. As a weak point : a certain float on the voices which lack a little bit of trimming and precision. As for the Erlkönig, a lack of commitment, acceleration and speed compared to the Infinity.
Empire Ears Odin
Compared to the Infinity, I found we have a much more frontal restitution and a smaller sound stage in all shots. The music is just infront of you while the Mk2’s leave a small distance to the listener. The bass is powerful and imposing but less precise and dynamic than on the Rhapsodio. There are some peaks of harshness, of agressivity on some instruments such as piano, guitar or voices, giving in comparison with the Mk2 a less natural, less precise and less realistic note.
64 Audio N8 démo
Nice one, offering a softer and more relaxing listening experience than the Odin. Compared to the Infinity, we’re really one step below : everything is less precise, less dynamic, less credible. The attack of the piano notes, the bow on the violin strings or the fingers on the guitar strings, you lose energy, speed, relief and realism.
In-Ears heared at the same meeting I discovered the Infinity Mk2, and heared again once after
Rhapsodio Supreme + Evolution Silver 2 strands
Supreme with Evolution SPC
I don’t find with this pair the magic of the Infinity with copper cable. It’s more midcentric, higher up, perched with an excess of definition and micro-details, especially on the strings that quickly make them metallic and hard to the ear. Moreover, this pair requires more power than the previous ones and does not seem to be powered in good conditions by a majority of DAP.