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That is the second of our Clear Tune Screens Da Vinci collection universal monitor evaluations and this time it’s the IX or 9 in non-Roman numerals. That is the unique choice based mostly on my 15 minutes with both the X and IX at CanJam Singapore 2018 once they have been on the prototype stage.
Again, I have to emphasise it was day 2, 5pm, and my ears had taken an aural pounding from all the testing accomplished with other gear over these 2 days. I used to be all for musical and enjoyable by that point and the IX, in its prototype type, was all that and extra.
I asked Cesar and Sandra, the house owners of CTM, how the feedback was on the 2 screens and at the time they stated the cut up may be 60/40 for the X or 50/50 for each, they might not quite keep in mind.
Nicely after a couple of months with them both I can nicely understand why the final rely may be quite fluid. The IX is just that type of monitor sound you’ll be able to really take to on any given day and still hanker after the X just to push it in a special path.
Quite often, I discovered myself flirting between both relying on my mood and what I needed to take heed to. The X has the ultimate phrase in technical detail, but the IX delivers one thing somewhat totally different that I feel will attraction to a large viewers. It’s also $400 cheaper so let’s not overlook that.
The Da Vinci Collection is the corporate’s current flagship offering with two specific models, the IX, and the X. Each of these screens are wholly balanced armature configurations with the difference being the $2000 IX has 9 drivers and the $2400 X has 10 drivers. Therefore their Latin numeral labeling.
The precise configuration for the IX is 4 for the lows, Four for the mids and one for the highs (the X has 2 for the highs), utilizing a 4-way crossover.
The IX also comes with tweakable tuning filters to subtly regulate the treble and bass by various quantities so the precise sound just isn’t fastened in stone.
Something we did not cowl in the unique X evaluate however does apply to both the X and IX is CTM’s new W.I.S.E. inner chamber and tubing know-how. You can see this only within the Da Vinci and AS-7 collection models in the CTM range.
W.I.S.E is short for Wave Integrating Sonic Factor and is the company’s response to the problem of migrating their signature custom fit in-ear sound into the realm of a high-performing universal fit.
By the use of an intricate 3D-designed part, the W.I.S.E. aspect accommodates the required mixture of balanced armature drivers of every specific in-ear model whilst providing a great path for the sound to travel uninterruptedly to the bore. As soon as it hits the bore the tech then gives a further filtering stage to additional refine the sound.
I spoke with Castor Milano, one of the engineers at CTM, on simply how precisely the W.I.S.E. system is constructed and built-in into the Da Vinci IX (and the X):
Each W.I.S.E. factor of the IX (and the X) is designed from scratch. The process begins by making a strong component out of the void area between the shells, eliminating this manner any potential inside vibrations, and then carving out every element’s area as soon as an appropriate place is decided based on its relationship to the other elements and sound paths. Several iterations are created earlier than the group settles for the model that greatest represents the CTM sound.
Using a contoured custom universal design on the shell body of the IX is a welcome function additionally. This can be a specific shaping designed to match the widespread traits of most people’s ear shapes. By crafting this wedged contour, it allows the Da Vinci collection to fit snugly in your ear without placing strain on you crus of your Helix or that little ridge around your ear canal.
The Da Vinci IX is a pretty big design though and does stick out of your ear just a bit slightly than inset or flush. Nevertheless, because of the design, nearly all of the housing sits to the rear and away from the more sensitive ridges of your outer ear and retains issues fairly snug.
The IX has a rugged industrial chic to its ending combined with a ‘custom universal’ body design. The builds look strong, robust, and unlikely to interrupt simply. This can be a Three-part CNC aluminum housing with an all-black anodized end and a removable silver aluminum nozzle where you swap the filter.
The IX has a large torq triple-screw ending on their faceplates very similar to the Campfire Audio V1 designs (Andromeda, Jupiter). To inform them aside visually, because the IX has the identical design, CTM has an IX reduce into the faceplates but with no silver chrome end that you simply find on the X.
Despite the rugged prime down seems to be the body shell is sort of clean. Actually, in contrast to the CA early designs CTM have accomplished a a lot better job of making certain there are not any sharp edges from the edges of the faceplate downwards.
Cables & Connectors
The Da Vinci Collection makes use of a recessed socket 2-pin zero.78mm connection and is designed to be worn over the ear. The sockets protrude ever so slightly from the primary shell and the connectors on the inventory cable are slightly angles however they don’t seem to be UM fashion protruding connectors so cable rolling shouldn’t be a problem. To prove that CTM, has provided two cables with the X and IX, each are the same cables.
The primary inventory cable is a regular 50″ OFC Four-wire light-weight black jacket Three.5mm cable and the second is a extra premium completed Four-wire hybrid with a balanced 2.5mm jack termination.
The first one I’ve seen many occasions earlier than and it will sound ok but lacks a little bit of dynamic range and openness. It is, nevertheless, mild, pliant and straightforward to work with little in the best way of reminiscence retention or microphonics. Strain aid on the stock cable is superb at both ends they usually use slanted 2-Pin connectors which are likely to curve easier around the ear than conventional straight ones.
The second one is the CTN’s aftermarket $180 Juba hybrid so no skimping on high quality right here. This can be a 4-wire Hybrid Copper/Silver Alloy and brings a bit more clarity and treble sparkle to the IX compared to the softer and warmer sounding inventory OFC. General, I might advise going with the Juba cable just on sound quality alone, especially if it is advisable to go balanced with that 2.5mm connection.
It’s a greater cable but with a nice brief braiding overthrow with some good contrasting copper and silver colors from the TPE translucent jackets. All barrels and connectors look constructed from strong aluminum and have matching design patterns so it is a nice end.
Consolation & Match
The IX is on no account the lightest monitor round but it is marginally lighter than its greater 10-driver sibling, the X. They’re still fairly snug in the ear with no perceived strain level build up because of their unique body shell design.
In contrast to the original CA Andromeda, the nozzle and tip mixture is lengthy enough to stop the outer edging of the primary driver housing from grating in your outer ear ridges and creating unintended discomfort.
I truly found the massive foam recommendations on the IX to work similarly to X for consolation as they seal with out having to insert the IX all the best way into the canal. It does mean the housing is much less flush however it doesn’t affect the seal and it stays fairly secure within the ear additionally.
The IX comes with two packs of ideas. Foams in small, medium and enormous and silicone single bore ideas in S. M, and L also. You also get one set of dual flange ideas. Both the froth and twin flange isolate equally nicely with the twin flange ideas being the comfier of the two. The only bore silicone ideas offered very little passive isolation as compared.
The choice of ideas right here for synergy can also be barely totally different from the IX. With the X, I opted for foams 99% of the time. I discovered the timbre to fatten up nicely with foam recommendations on the flagship monitor. The hotter sound of the IX means I additionally enjoyed the silicone ideas a bit extra though understanding I used to be getting much less of a seal. YMMV on this one.
Accessories & Packaging
The Da Vinci IX packaging is kind of the identical because the X save for different packaging graphics. This can be a professionally made, nicely laid out presentation with some eye-catching labeling on the front. This is no low cost origami ‘stack ’em and rack ’em’ container.
The accessory line-up for the Da Vinci IX mirrors the X’s lineup so meaning plentiful and useful functionality. The complete accent listing is as follows:
- Normal 50″ Cable
- Premium 4-Wire Hybrid Cable
- Interchangeable Sound Filters
- Arduous Case
- 1/Four″ to 1/8″ Adapter
- Airplane Adapter
- Cleaning Software
- S, M, L Silicon, and Foam Ideas
- Double Flange Silicon Ideas
The curved case is a wonderful organizer box though a bit massive for pocket obligation. It jogs my memory of 64 Audio’s instances but more complicated with useful storage compartments.
Inside, you get a binding pole to wrap your cable(s) round, two curved compartments to retailer the drivers and in the direction of the center, somewhat latched storage compartment for a cleaning software and the 6.35mm adapter. What I particularly like, although I am not positive it is meant for this, is the power to stuff the inventory ideas into that little storage compartment. A function I felt was lacking from the 64 Audio version.
With the IX you also get 2 sets of tuning filters, the same as the X. I have the profit now of testing them from the X assessment but I might still like to see the specifics on the field itself simply to know their function instantly if I’m coming to this for the primary time.
The blue one is denoted as 150Ω and the pink one 300Ω which does not mean an entire lot initially. A fast verify with CTM clarifies their objective in an easier manner with the blue filters taming the treble (by as much as 3dB) and the pink ones enhancing the bass by up to 3dB.
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