So the Exclusive M5 by TFZ arrived today.
PRETTY excited,I've immediately got them "burning" in.
I thought I'd take a few snaps, get my first, "fresh-from-the-box" impressions up in here.
Note ; not going to list specs, as you can read them yourself on the Description page.
First thing to say...THE BOX....It's a very attractive, celo-covered, minimalist black box with a lift-off top. It's a matte black that's a bit on the frictiony side, which made it a bit tricky to open- they need to put a pull tab somewhere to help us get it open. The logo and text on the surface are a refined silver.
The inner cover for the IEMs is also black with the silver inscription " TFZ Make every song AMBILIGHT ** Beautiful Like The Stars"
(working on uploading images...but Massdrop isn't loading them for some reason, so all I am getting is this nice Masdrop logo-may have to add my images as replies to my own post, sorry about it).
Once opened, the contents are firmly packed, neatly arrayed.
It comes with a nice little black, soft, draw-string carry pouch, one set of Complys, several sets of silicon "olives", and one set of two-flange silicon tips. There's no paper inside the box discussing the contents.( If you want to know anything about them, other than how "elegant and trendy" the makers think they are, you have to look them up online
I am 3-flange silicon user for most IEMs... so we are trying out the 2-flange-rs first up.
These are metal housing with braided soft cable,(think MEE P1 Pinnicle cable), with a 2-pin jack at the IEM, ear "hooks" which are just pre-formed soft plastic sleeves over each IEM cable right up to the insertion that gives some form for over the ear use. I don't find them annoying or irritating in any way.
Mirophonics are limited, especially once one gets below the splitter. There is no slider to snug the cables. btw. A bit tangly,(especially with the ear hooks), but not bad, and it hangs straight, is a comfortable length. Would have liked having a slider.
I really like metal-housed IEMs. I have the MEE P1, the RHA T20s, Echobox Finder X-1 in my stable of IEMs. I like the solidity of the feel in my ear, the solid, sort of heavy and indestructible feel in the hand.
The 2-pin IEM jack is nice, inserts snugly, and feels stable in each IEM. There's no wobbling or loss of connection,(as many have complained of with the NuForce), and this is to be expected with a 2-pin connect. Wish some of my others had the 2-pin...
First "virgin voyage" sound impressions- The sound is coherent, all voices are presented fairly well. Feels a tad jangly and a bit harsh in the mids and uppers, but these should settle as run-in does its magic. As is typical with most IEMs, the bass and low mids benefit from deeper insertion and some of the highs become less stridulent. I can sense that these will improve nicely with run-in. The manufacturer recommends 80 to 150 hours of run-in time, which seems like a LOT.
So that's my first notes about this IEM, "fresh-from-the-box".
I'll get into more detail after some appreciable run-in. Because these just aren't ready yet. Need a bit more 'cooking' to get right.
*I am more of a cans fan, so my IEM roster is a bit "thin".....but I believe that I have enough of them to do some fair comparisons of IEMs within the bracket, and give folks a bit of info to work with, should they do a "re-drop" of these IEMs.
** Not sure what they are going for here. It's meant to be a reference to TV lighting... Developed by the Phillips TV manufactory.