IEM Shootout “German Elegance vs Japanese Beauty” Pt1

Writer : Nino

Iem : InEar StageDiver
harga: sekitar 6 juta
driver : dual BA

Introduction

Dalam review kali ini saya akan membandingkan dua in ear monitor yang cukup terkenal di kelasnya dan memiliki penggemar nya masing-masing. Dua IEM ini ada di rentang harga yang sama, yaitu sekitar 6jutaan. Catatan menarik, baik si elegan dari Jerman maupun si cantik dari Jepang adalah produk handcrafted yang dibuat dengan kemampuan & ketelitian khusus dari para jenius yang menciptakan nya. Perusahaan yang membuat nya pun memiliki nama yang cukup mirip menurut saya. Meskipun ada perbedaan jumlah driver yang dimiliki oleh masing-masing IEM, namun menurut saya komparasi ini masih seimbang untuk dilakukan

Tanpa banyak basa-basi, ini lah Si Elegan dari Jerman, InEar StageDiver 2 & Si Cantik dari Jepang FitEar F111!

Build 

inearinear SD2

Sexy! Itulah impresi pertama saya saat melihat InEar SD2. Desain menawan layaknya Custom IEM, dibalut warna hitam elegan ditambah lekukan-lekukan housing nya yang menyesuaikan bentuk daun telinga manusia. Housing dibuat tanpa sambungan sedikit pun. Kabel SPC berwana hitam dengan model braided menambah kesan “cool” dari IEM ini. Kabarnya, desain SD2 ini merupakan hasil scan lebih dari 500 model telinga manusia, sehingga banyak yang menyebutnya “Universal Custom IEM”.

fitear

Bagaimana dengan FitEar F111? Ukuran nya jauh lebih kecil dari SD2, dengan faceplate -+3/4 lingkaran dan housing seperti leher botol memberi kesan simple namun tetap cantik dan menarik. Bentuk keseluruhan memang menyerupai botol yang agak maju posisi leher nya, menurut saya. Lingkaran dibagian muka (faceplate) mengerucut dengan cantik hingga ke nozzle titanium khas FitEar. Kabel yang digunakan pun sangat keren menurut saya, braided dan sleeved, memberi kesan rapi dalam keseluruhan desain nya. Bila dilihat dari jauh, IEM ini Nampak berwarna hitam, namun saat diperhatikan seksama, F111 ini dilapisi warna biru gelap transparan yang cantik, saya suka desain ini.

Secara tampilan, menurut saya kedua IEM ini memiliki keindahan nya masing-masing.

Fitting & Isolation

Awalnya saya sempat ragu karena housing nya ternyata cukup besar, ternyata Voila! SD2 masuk dengan mudah tanpa kesulitan sedikit pun, seal yang dihasilkan pun sangat baik, nyaman kah? Sangat nyaman, saya bisa menggunakan nya dalam jangka waktu cukup lama tanpa ada rasa sakit sedikit pun di daun telinga saya. Dengan desain nya yang menyerupai CIEM, isolasi yang diberikan oleh SD2 sangat baik, hampir seluruh permukaan daun telinga saya tertutup oleh housing dari IEM ini, saya berestimasi IEM ini mem-block sekitar 26dB outside noise.

Jujur saya berharap fitting yang lebih mudah saat menggunakan F111, tapi ternyata tidak. Saya harus berkali-kali memutar IEM tersebut untuk mendapatkan fitting & seal yang pas. Mengingat cara memakai FitEar agak berbeda dengan IEM-IEM lain nya, ditambah kanal telinga saya yang cukup signifikan perbedaan ukuran dan bentuknya antara kiri & kanan, sehingga cukup sulit mendapatkan fit, seal dan suara yang maksimal. Isolasi yang dihasilkan oleh F111 tergolong cukup baik meskipun tidak sekedap SD2. Namun cukup untuk mem-block kebisingan dari luar.

Untuk Fitting & Isolation, nilai plus saya jatuh ke InEar StageDiver SD2

Sound Quality

I use FiiO X5 1st Gen as a source to make this review

InEar StageDiver 2:

I never falling in love with an IEM as I love the SD2. To me, SD2 is a neutral IEM with slight warm emphasize. Low & mid frequencies are strong points of this IEM. Clean, Accurate, Detailed & nicely textured. High is a bit rolled off but I have no complain on this because of my preferences. SD2 simply bring the energy of the song to my ears. SD2 is very easy to drive, I only need 35 from 120 volume steps on FiiO X5 1st gen.

Bass:

The most satisfying section of SD2. Clean, tight, punchy, speedy with slight boost on mid bass. Provide a bit heavy sound on drums and bass guitar. I found it very nice with groovy bass like on Fleetwood Mac – Dreams or some Japanese with running and rumbling bass (seems almost all Japanese bands are like this). Work well with metal too, Eluveitie – Primordial Breath double pedal just caught easily. I never miss the plucking from the bassist, or every hit on kick, snare and toms from the drummer.

But I didn’t find that sub-bass is deep enough to give the depth of the song, seems a bit rolled off before reach 40Hz, but for me it’s good to make the bass still pacey enough to keep up with the mid and high. I can still feel the presence of the sub, but not barely heard.

The mid-bass is fast, punchy, textured and forward. The mid bass is accurate enough to reproduce any genre, give the weight and impact to the sound perfectly also deliver more warmth on drums and bass guitar. Listening to Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It just makes me wanna dance with the beat. But because of being fast, I found a very little unnatural envelope. Lean attack is ok, but sharp decay, short sustain and fast release, just not “low frequency” natural things.

Mid:

Mid is forward, slightly warm, clean, detailed. Very good especially for male vocals. I found it when listening to B.B King – My Lucille, very intimate and heavy, just like the maestro singing in front of me. Mark Knopfler’s Stratocaster solo on Dire Straits – Sultan of Swing is amazing, I can hear almost every details of his plucking and fingering. And again, with warmth effect which bring more energy to the sound. My stunning part is when listening to Pink Floyd – Money, David Gilmour’s creamy sound fly me to the seventh heaven! Female vocals are not as good as male vocals. I found it a bit too heavy, recessed and lack of openness. The shine of Norah Jones – Seven Years is not on you, Norah, but on the guitar solo (funny huh?). Timbre on InEar SD2 is very natural, detailed and spot on. I can hear differentiation of frequencies on any instruments. Every parts of a drum sets (kick, tom, snare, cymbal, hi-hat) or frequency differences between six strings on guitar, especially on classic or acoustic songs.

High:

Not the best part, though. The high is there, I can hear the cymbal cleanly yet still crispy or the edge of string instruments but lack of forwardness, a bit laid back on overall sound wise presentation. High are smoothened around 14kHz but still have some detail (not the ultra-micro detail, though. Just there) The extension? not on this IEM for sure, envelopes are really quick and not even give some airiness. But the good thing is (especially for me) I didn’t notice any sibilance or harsh even on some hot recordings. Yeah, I have a problem with upper-mid frequency. Sometimes I found it sound dull, but it’s ok.

Stereo Imaging, Soundstage & Separation:

I can say, this is one of the best stereo imaging, sound staging & separation in this price range. The SD2 are not wide enough but still better than Shure SE425. Nice on height and depth layering, it’s like watching my favorite band on stage and I was standing in front of them. Listening to live record like Eric Clapton – Layla (Unplugged), I can hear the instruments are placed correctly. Instrument separation is top notch, not even a single time I heard an instrument bleeding. Just fulfill my taste of these abilities of an IEM.

Overall

InEar StageDiver 2 is an IEM who love smooth, full, good bass impact and forward mid yet still have some excellent technicalities and details. Work well with Rock, Blues, funk, Metal and Male Vocals. Not good enough with something need more airiness like Jazz, Orchestra or Female Vocals. Soundstage maybe not as wide as you expected on this price range, but you’ll love the separation and imaging.

I haven’t try the SD2 with some bright or more technical DAPs, but in my opinion, that combo will have an excellent synergy. I will give you an update when I did it.

*Note: Me and some friends of mine found another experience when using iBasso DX50 to drive the SD2, we found it sound more neutral and flatter (than when I use FiiO X5 1st Gen) from the bottom till top-end, and somehow boring. Still have some touch of warmth sound but not as warm as FiiO X5 1st Gen.

Score:

build : 8/10
fitting : 9/10
isolation : 8,5/10
bass :8/10
mid:8/10
treble :7/10
Rank A

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