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The qdc Anole V6 blew me away once we reviewed it at first of the yr. Right here was a 6 driver customized tuned to ship a lovely timbre and simply how I wish to take heed to my music.
To cite, “A gloriously fun sounding performance that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck with a level of PRaT I have not heard in ages.”
Now my feeling was at the time you aren’t getting the final word in technical capability with the V6 but in fact, driver rely shouldn’t be the be all and finish all. An excellent small one will beat a crappy huge one. Nevertheless, a very good huge one can beat a superb small one. If that is sensible.
Nicely, that speculation might be quickly put to the check as a result of qdc’s new flagship custom monitor, the Anole VX, just arrived a number of days in the past. Priced at $2647, the VX, subsequently, is a substantial leap up from the $1320 of the V6 so my expectations of what it may well do based mostly on the V6 expertise are significantly heightened. It ought to be a fun evaluate briefly.
The qdc Anole VX is aptly named given this can be a 10-driver all BA construct with a 3-way crossover. now qdc have not launched the exact configuration on their website however given the Three-way crossover, we are assuming Three groups of drivers for the lows, mids, and the highs.
Just like the Anolve V6, the VX also comes with a switching system that lets you tweak the tuning of the monitor. This time, nevertheless, the VX has 3 switches as an alternative of the V6’s two switches. As an alternative of Four flavors of sound, you now get a total of eight variable sound signatures on the VX that cowl the low-end, mids and treble. You possibly can choose certainly one of either plus a mixture of low, mids and treble in tandem or have all switches on on the similar time. I don’t assume I have encountered such an expansive switching system in a customized monitor up to now.
qdc do very cool packaging, to place it mildly. The V6 got here in a gold-colored two-piece tall retail package deal and the VX makes use of the same however this time in a silver and black colour scheme. It reeks of premium and slides out to disclose a fold-out black show field that has the identical association as the V6 but with some slight accessory variation on the case.
Inside you get a carry case, airline adaptor, quarter jack converter, cleaning decide and of course, the monitor and inventory cable. You also get some product collateral in a nice envelope pull-out that sits immediately on prime of the carry case. The adapters and cleaning device come inside a smaller black cardboard box beside the brand new carry case.
The brand new carry case has changed from a round orange tender leather-bound design to a new sky blue sq. case. The dimensions is just not that totally different but the visual is a pleasant match with the stock design aesthetic we went for in the VX build.
The entrance is adorned with qdc branding and your identify on a metallic faceplate on the front. the within has modified a bit of with a decent leather-based holder on the underside of the lid and a pillar simply off middle on the within flooring of the case to assist you to wrap the cable round. The supplies seem to be a gentle, virtually Alcantara-like material which should do a great job of cushioning the VX while on the go.
We went for the corporate’s core design for the VX. By that I mean the one you see in all their advertising collateral so far. IThis is a blend of silver and clear tones, type of like a frosty end but it’s fairly an intricate design up close.
This appears to be a mixture of silver flakes and scratched/frost sample faceplate with both the qdc branding and VX emblem in silver right on prime. Truthfully, it is really lovely and unique and fairly the contrast to the candy colour design of the Anole V6. That is also the inventory design and colours of the universal model so in case you are not eager on ready for a customized choice then this is what you possibly can anticipate if you purchase universal.
As before, qdc use a protruding connector stem at the prime for over-the-ear put on and as it’s typical with all qdc screens the 2-pin zero.78mm connectors are aligned in reverse polarity. Meaning commonplace alignment aftermarket cables should be placed on backwards until you might have an adaptor, which we do have.
I’ll endeavor to get you the precise design codes and phrases for the physique and faceplate mixtures for the primary assessment simply in case this is th eone you need. You can too verify together with your native qdc vendor also for more info in the meantime.
This seems like a greater cable on the VX in comparison with the stock cable on the V6. This is around 1.2m in length and just a little thicker however extra pliant than the V6 cable. It’s also very microphonic free. It appears to make use of a mix of 26AWG copper and silver 4-wire, maybe an SPC or copper and silver in parallel wiring. I’ll find out for the primary evaluate just precisely what the geometry is of the cable.
The stock cable can also be terminated with an unbalanced 3.5mm gold-plated TRS jack with slim gun-metal coloured barrels for both the jack and y-split. Strain aid is sweet on each side with a pliant rubber end on the connectors and thick rubber tube on the jack connector. The chin cinch is slightly on the cheap aspect being just a reduce rubber tubing fairly than something refined.
Comfort & Fit
The consolation ranges are really wonderful. They did an amazing job on the V6 and my preliminary impression here is that the fit is probably even better this time around. The stability between strain, comfort and blocking out the surface world is nearly good. qdc have not reverted to a thick nozzle either to get that seal so good on the VX. It doesn’t seem to place too much strain on my ear canal and the construct is sufficiently small that it sits nice and flush in my outer ear.
The level of isolation is outstanding also. Granted that ought to be the case with a BA construct as a result of it does not want venting ports as a hybrid or dynamic driver does. Even so, the low-level background noise attenuation from the likes of my air conditioning is top-notch. I have a couple of custom BA-builds that do not come near this degree of isolation.
Initial Sound Impressions
(Examined with a Sony 1z, Lotoo PAW Gold Contact, and iBasso DX220 using FLAC 16BIT 44.1k sample tracks)
These impressions are based mostly off the inventory setting on the switches that are all turned off out of the field. I offers you much more element on the change combos in the primary assessment.
The VX tuning is just not that far off from the V6 but on a technical degree sounds much more resolving on initial impressions. The is a really delicate u-shaped natural to neutral response with a tastefully boosted low-end though not fairly as robust in amplitude as the V6 with switches off.
There is a dip nevertheless it starts from the mid-bass right down to the lower-mids around 500-600Hz and peaks from 1-4k so once once more lots of vocals and instrumental presence is forward sounding on the VX. Treble appears to have a contact extra extension and presence than the V6 so the timbre, initially for me, appears slightly cleaner and more precise.
Truthfully, this can be a very accurate tone with a very balanced sound in the switch-off place and nothing in the best way of sharp highs or a muddy sluggish low-end.
One instant factor that stood out on the VX is the superb left-right imaging and basic staging width. With a extremely resolving DAP or one that works wonders on instrumental separation such as the PAW Gold Contact it sounds quite holographic to my ear.
Change one, or bass boosting seems to up the low-end by round 5-6dB. It doesn’t appear so as to add too much slam within the mid-bass to the tuning from what I can hear. Seems extra about physique and sub-bass presence with lower-mids staying relatively clean and nicely separated.
The mids change I fairly like for its further vocal presence. This feature boosts that already elevated midrange 1-4k line by 1-2dB so its not large however you’ll be able to hear the change-up instantly, especially in male vocals sub-1k the place there’s a small increase also.
Treble works as you’d anticipate with a small emphasis it appears on the higher treble so it gets marginally brighter and a bit of airier but nothing extreme. You’ll get a bit extra of an ethereal sound, a slightly leaner timbre and a bit more odd-harmonic emphasis on guitar plucks. It is undoubtedly not harsh sounding but relatively quite tasteful and fascinating to take heed to.
All switches on is a bit OTT for me with quite an enormous emphasis on all the key factors within the FR: sub-bass, 1-4k, and higher treble. It’s huge and fun sounding positive nevertheless it loses slightly little bit of accuracy for me for anything complicated which is the place I feel the VX is going to excel in. This might work properly although for contemporary pop and RnB where not much is admittedly occurring aside from strong bass, vocals, and some hefty sparkle.
The construct quality and design of the VX is as cool but very totally different from the V6. In case you are new to qdc screens you’re in for a treat when it comes to just how nicely they roll-out their ultimate builds. They’re virtually good when it comes to consolation and seal and really ‘purty’ of their designs.
It is clear already from my initial impression that the VX tuning and change system is far more complicated than the V6 with lots extra mixtures to take heed to and work out what they will supply. We at the moment are stocked with small qdc cable adapters so we will converse extra about cable rolling in the primary evaluation and the way it further affects the ultimate presentation of the VX. Keep Tuned!
qdc Anole VX-S Technical Specifications
- Sensitivity : 110-113dB SPL/mW
- Frequency response :10Hz-20000Hz
- Armature models: 10 micro balanced armature
- Noise isolation: 26dB
- Monitor plug: Three.5mm(1/eight″) connector
- Cable: optionally available
- Technical function:Three sound channels, Three-way crossover, natural restoring, excellent music quality
- Frequency response varieties: 8 Varieties
- Classification: Normal VX-S
- Advocate: monitor and music enthusiast