Time to look at another IEM and this one is hot off the press, I mean we are still within its crazy successful Indiegogo funding campaign as we speak. There are currently 10 days left and why don’t you save us all some time and quickly go pick these up while they are $79 (plus $20 more for worldwide shipping). They are going to become $199 after the crowdfunding which for reasons we will get to is still not a bad way to spend your cash, but if you are reading this early enough, your a lucky guy because honestly this is going to be near as good as it gets, probably as good as it gets for the price on a technical level. Look at my last Measurement Monday, you know the Trinity Audio Delta, another tuneable crowdfunded IEM, I said they are great value and that is no word of a lie, in that article I also wrote technically it was clear why they miss out compared to some more “expensive” products like this, the Echobox Finder X1. But wait, what if it was the same price, go figure. Well sorry if the campaign is over when you read this, because you may end up having to suck up $199.
So Echobox first showed their face at the beginning of the year, I may be wrong but I think it was CES. At that point the biggest point of excitement was their flask shaped DAP, which is also up for grabs on their Indiegogo and it almost went under the radar that they also had an IEM up their sleeve. Then some people got to hear it and there was a lot of good things to be said and finally on the eve of them being able to be “pre-ordered”, they found their way into my ears. Echobox have an honest background, made up of past enthusiasts taking their shot at making a product, surely in their eyes the right way, but when is that not the case to an extent. To go with the Explorer DAP, the name Finder makes sense but I have to make out my disappointment to the added X1, was it needed, especially when we already have Fiio’s X1… oh and Apollo Audio Lab’s, screw it, lets have a third. Oh and their DAP is an X1, thats four and my head hurts.
We have seen titanium mentioned in earphones before, most recently in Dunu’s Titan series but up until today, it has only ever been in reference to the material of the diaphragm, the big kicker with this variation of the X1 is that the housing is in fact titanium. Surely better than plastic and seems to have an advantage over any other metal housing I have experienced before. Titanium is referenced as a strong light, metal. It is not as heavy as steel and only marginally heavier than aluminium, while being much stronger. This makes for these earphones to feel rather light, which is weird considering how strong they are. They have actually been run over by a car in testing and didn’t even have a scratch for bragging rights. The housings certainly are as durable as they come. The cable is also pretty nice, it is silver plated copper and has a tight braid under a sheath, it feels sturdy. All that being said I still wish it has removable cables, I will always say this because while the housings are great and will last for ever, the cable may not. The strain relief is smartly inside the housing and I am sure has a lot of thought but yes, removable cables every day. To finish this section nicely I want to just add these have a 3 years no questions asked warranty, yes absurdly good right.
Inside the housings is a moderately sized German PEEK driver, 9.2mm in size. This keeps them pretty low profile and they have a horn like design that reminds me of my much more expensive Final Piano Forte X-CC, just with the ability to use tips. They look as well finished as well with the milling job extremely precise, much more than the price tag lets off. While I do generally tend to have a preference for the custom cum universal shaped earphones that loop over your ear, these have no problems with comfort although are only very average in isolation, when I wore to the gym sometimes I could here the loud speakers playing awful chart music. Fortunately I could improve the isolation by switching to one of the other included tips such as the Comply or dual/triple flange, that insert a bit deeper. For sound reasons though I have found SpinFit tips to do the best job.
The included case is nice, it is not another generic case and comes at a good size for pocketing and easily fitting the earphones. Like the silicone tips, this is done by Echobox for Echobox and I like stuff that is proprietary. In terms of accessories my only real complaint is with the filters, not the fact I don’t like filters, just where the hell am I meant to be these 2mm wide disks when not in use? No case like with the Trinity Delta and the box is way to finicky to use. I just see losing them as a worry, especially for the guys who plan on switching up what they use a lot.
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