Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

 
RSS feedBump TopicReply to this topicStart new topicStart Poll

Outline · [ Standard ] · Linear+

> Music Valley-SP1 (Silver Prologue One) SP1 VS IE8, New Kids on the block (New Dynamic IEM) (Headphones)

jkleejk
post May 16 2009, 09:18 PM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,959

Joined: May 2008
Recently I was honored to audition this new IEM from Music Valley (Hong Kong based company); it is called SPI (Silver Prologue One), which is dynamic driver IEM.
Initial info from the owner, telling me that its SQ is similar Sennheiser IE8, which make me thrill.

When I gotten the SP1 packaging, I am quite impressed. Nice compact colorful packing. Inside the box I can find 3 sets of good quality tips which is similar to Sony Duo Color Tips (small, medium & large size) & 1 set of olive tip (medium size). Furthermore it comes with 1 small pouch, 1 DAP stand & 1 clip, which I find it very practical & useful (it is promotional gifts). There are so many goodies available in such a small packaging, pretty impressed.

For SP1 IEM itself, the design is quickly gotten my attention where each of the shell corners has a weird looking extruded compartment, which I think useful to extend the space of the shell & also to make it more ergonomic. Each shell is decorated with 1 small & 1 medium size aluminum brushed finish plate, which enhances the cosmetic. Meanwhile cable wise is thin but very comfortable, just like Westone cable without braided.

Sound Quality:

Bass:
Initially impression, the bass is very similar with IE8 in terms in quantity/depth but lacks of details. I can say it is about 50% of IE8 bass quality. SP1 bass is more forward & IE8 sound more laidback, which is Sennheiser Sound signature, which I love so much.
When I tweak IE8 bass knob to max, IE8 turn into a bass monster, which SP1 can hardly catch up with it. But not many people like this overwhelming bass & I have to confess that I like it so much & I find it soothing & fun; but it will sacrifice the mid/high details in this manner. It is depend on what you are looking for.

Mid/High:
Compare with IE8, SP1 sounds more blunt & less sparkle. Sometimes when I listening to Axl Rose voice, it sounds a bit harsh/recessed with IE8, but SP1 has no issue with that. Again SP1 has less detail in this department. Here I find mid/high is muffled & all those instruments are push 2-3seats row back compare to IE8.

Soundstage:
This department is IE8 excel most, I can conclude IE8 feels like I am in a concert hall & SP1 is just contain in my bedroom.

Isolation:
I found SP1 medium size tip has better isolation compare to IE8, & it is more comfort too as SP1 is much smaller size & cable is thinner & easier to handle. IE8 has bigger shell & thicker cable causes its own weight pull it downward, which makes wearing less comfortable & air leak sometimes. Lucky IE8 has ear hook which help to improve this issue lots.

*I am using IE8 (minimum bass knob mode) as my benchmark/comparison >my IE8 has marked 600+hours burning so far & SP1 has touch 100+hours mark.

Here is my rigs setup:

Macbook Pro>AMB Mini3>SP1 / IE8 (min bass knob mode)
Cowon D2 (no EQ setting)>AMB Mini3>SP1 / IE8 (min bass knob mode)

Source:
All 320bits Mp3 songs:

1. Nirvana Unplugged in NY – The Man Who Sold The World
- SP1:
o K. Cobain vocal is a bit muffled & feel like he is been pushed his seat few step away from the original location; instrument separation is pretty good as those instrument has been brought into the front
o Mid/High is more forward with moderate clarity & details, cello /violin sounds are sweet
o Bass is very good & impactful as K. Novoselic bass notes & Dave Grohl drum bass can be easily identified
o Live music sound is less real as I felt that everyone are squeezed into more congested space.

- IE8:
o Clear K. Cobain Vocal & good instrument separation where I can really differentiate those acoustic guitar & cello/violin playing.
o Good mid/high, which made the slight guitar distortion riff, sounds so sweet & mellow.
o Bass is fantastic especially on those clean drum playing with clean snare; good depth & good decays
o The live sound is very realistic where I can pin point those instrument location easily

2. Duran Duran – Come Undone
- SP1:
o Simon vocal is soothing & clear; back vocal is muffled.
o Mid/High are both good as those electric guitars with flanger distortion sounds awesome & terrific
o Bass notes are very clearly distinguished & the drum bass is very impactful with good quantity.
o This is studio recording so don’t expect a concert hall recording & I can easily distinguish keyboard playing effect, guitars, drum, snare & vocal.
- IE8:
o Simon & those ladies back vocal are very clear, I can hear in certain vocal note “….who do u need …who do u love ..” where IE8 really excel.
o Superb mid/high, the tambourine sounds so crystal clear, flanger distortion even more details that ever.
o Bass Drum is enormous & wonderful, each beats go till my heart.
o As usual IE8 is best in this department, I can felt the concert hall effect.

3. Linkin Park – In Pieces/Shadow Of The Day
- SP1:
o Chester voice is very clear & sweet but I feel like he is standing a couple seats away from me compare to IE8; it sounds less harsh.
o Mid/High are fairly good & I felt slightly muffled.
o Mid Bass is fairly good here but SP1 more excel in the deep bass.
o This is studio recording so don’t expect a concert hall recording & I can easily distinguish keyboard playing effect, guitars, drum, snare & vocal.
- IE8:
o Chester crystal voice is in his best level, each words can be heard pronounce clearly, never sunken by the enormous bass department of IE8
o The mid/high, snare/violin is clearly heard, Brad guitar’s solo is never sounds so good before.
o The Eletronica & Rob Bass Drum playing are impactful & fast, each beats penetrate thru my heart; I also can hear clearly Phoenix bass note, which means the bass details is most superior.
o As usual IE8 is best in this department, I again can felt the concert hall effect.


Verdicts:
For USD$80 price tag & with so many goodies included, I can say so far this is the best IEM I had ever auditioned with that price range. In my opinion it is better than Sennheiser CX300 even CX500 at some instant. It is not fair to compare with IE8, but at this moment I only has IE8 with me. Surprisingly the SP1 bass is pretty good (50% of IE8 quality), with 1/5 price of IE8.


Added on May 16, 2009, 9:19 pmPhoto for eye candy.

SP1
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/6319/picture1pmf.png
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/874/picture2s.png
http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/6033/picture3d.png
http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/3070/picture4gwp.png
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/2673/picture5y.png
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/5397/picture6q.png
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1251/picture7e.png
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9580/picture8y.png
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9327/picture9d.png
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/6351/picture10k.png
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/4413/picture11.png
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/1627/picture12g.png
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/6757/picture13.png
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/6332/picture14g.png

Clip
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/7153/picture1x.png
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/6180/clip01h.jpg

Stand
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/1893/stand01t.jpg

Pouch
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/2870/pouchf.jpg

This post has been edited by jkleejk: May 17 2009, 12:14 AM


Attached thumbnail(s)
Attached Image Attached Image
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Paca
post May 16 2009, 09:25 PM


Without A Dream In My Heart.
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,361

Joined: Jan 2009
From: What Gives?



faster than clieos wink.gif
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
jkleejk
post May 16 2009, 09:25 PM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,959

Joined: May 2008
picture time

This post has been edited by jkleejk: May 16 2009, 09:43 PM


Attached thumbnail(s)
Attached Image Attached Image
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
toughnut
post May 16 2009, 09:36 PM


1 3 3 7
*******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 3,200

Joined: Jun 2005
From: Singapore
LOL. Long list of PNG image.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
jkleejk
post May 16 2009, 09:47 PM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,959

Joined: May 2008
QUOTE(Paca @ May 16 2009, 10:25 PM)
faster than clieos wink.gif
*
drool.gif bro clieos also is reviewing the same iem?
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
ClieOS
post May 16 2009, 11:20 PM


In-Ear Addict
*****
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 886

Joined: Feb 2008
From: Mid Johor


QUOTE(jkleejk @ May 16 2009, 09:47 PM)
drool.gif bro clieos also is reviewing the same iem?
*
I do, well, I were planning to review last month before it went to sale, but there were some complication so my review was delayed. I did get a chance to listen to one of the first few demo units and I have to say I like what I heard. Hopefully I will have another chance to review it, but no guarantee for now.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
jkleejk
post May 17 2009, 12:13 AM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,959

Joined: May 2008
QUOTE(ClieOS @ May 17 2009, 12:20 AM)
I do, well, I were planning to review last month before it went to sale, but there were some complication so my review was delayed. I did get a chance to listen to one of the first few demo units and I have to say I like what I heard. Hopefully I will have another chance to review it, but no guarantee for now.
*
rclxms.gif rclxms.gif rclxms.gif
i will like it too, if i havent get my IE8 brows.gif

User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
GodLuvSxS
post May 17 2009, 12:47 AM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,357

Joined: Jan 2003
From: Ipoh
QUOTE(ClieOS @ May 16 2009, 11:20 PM)
I do, well, I were planning to review last month before it went to sale, but there were some complication so my review was delayed. I did get a chance to listen to one of the first few demo units and I have to say I like what I heard. Hopefully I will have another chance to review it, but no guarantee for now.
*
QUOTE(jkleejk @ May 17 2009, 12:13 AM)
rclxms.gif  rclxms.gif  rclxms.gif
i will like it too, if i havent get my IE8 brows.gif
*
Glad you guys like it ... anyone wanna get one piece of this can PM me, international selling price is USD80 x 3.5 = RM280 BUT!!! for our dear Malaysia audiophile, I'm offering you RM200 (inclusive of local shipping) for limited 40 units ... biggrin.gif
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
chingwooi
post May 17 2009, 06:26 PM


~Doctor Wannabe~
*******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 5,113

Joined: May 2008
From: Mummy's tummy
It's a little unfair to compare it with IE8, you should compare it with Shure SCL2, Klipsch Custom-1Creative Aurvana, Crossroads Bijou that falls within the price range smile.gif Nice reviews anyway.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
jkleejk
post May 17 2009, 06:35 PM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,959

Joined: May 2008
QUOTE(chingwooi @ May 17 2009, 07:26 PM)
It's a little unfair to compare it with IE8, you should compare it with Shure SCL2, Klipsch Custom-1Creative Aurvana, Crossroads Bijou that falls within the price range smile.gif Nice reviews anyway.
*
sorry i dont have those same price range to compare brows.gif
if u can borrow me some to compare it is my pleasure notworthy.gif
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
ClieOS
post May 17 2009, 07:26 PM


In-Ear Addict
*****
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 886

Joined: Feb 2008
From: Mid Johor


QUOTE(chingwooi @ May 17 2009, 06:26 PM)
It's a little unfair to compare it with IE8, you should compare it with Shure SCL2, Klipsch Custom-1Creative Aurvana, Crossroads Bijou that falls within the price range smile.gif Nice reviews anyway.
*
I think it is safe for me to say SCL2 and Bijou are of no match.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Fred86
post May 18 2009, 01:34 AM


Getting Started
**
Group: Junior Member
Posts: 276

Joined: Mar 2009
How is the microphonic of the IEM?


Added on May 18, 2009, 1:36 am
QUOTE(ClieOS @ May 17 2009, 07:26 PM)
I think it is safe for me to say SCL2 and Bijou are of no match.
*
How about if it compare to NE-7M? brows.gif


This post has been edited by Fred86: May 18 2009, 01:36 AM
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
GodLuvSxS
post May 18 2009, 01:58 AM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,357

Joined: Jan 2003
From: Ipoh
Hi guys ... will arrange a SP1 review round for all of you, will post up details next few days, at the same time I will continue burn in a new pair of SP1, make sure you guys listening to a well burn in SP1 ... stay tuned!
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
kamikraze
post May 23 2009, 04:41 AM


Red John Jr.
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,281

Joined: Mar 2006



nice review dude.. the price too tempted.. godluv can u put me on the list? somehow will find money for this.. first 40 unit only.. haha.. when will u do review?
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
GodLuvSxS
post May 23 2009, 10:29 PM


Regular
******
Group: Senior Member
Posts: 1,357

Joined: Jan 2003
From: Ipoh
QUOTE(kamikraze @ May 23 2009, 04:41 AM)
nice review dude.. the price too tempted.. godluv can u put me on the list? somehow will find money for this.. first 40 unit only.. haha.. when will u do review?
*
I wont do any review, will leave it for you guys to do it biggrin.gif Will arrange a round of trial listening for you guys, will initiate it around next week ... so stay tuned!
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post

Bump TopicReply to this topicTopic OptionsStart new topic
 

Switch to:
| Lo-Fi Version
0.0590sec    0.49    6 queries    GZIP Disabled
Time is now: 25th April 2014 - 02:59 AM