Here is how I hear Eletech Ode to Laura pair up with different IEMs in comparison to their stock cables. In this test I was using LPGT and N8ii as my main sources, volume matched, and playing the selection of my usual test tracks, such as Agnes Obel “The curse”, Sandro Cavazza “So much better” (Avicii remix), C-Bool “Never go away”, Ed Sheeran “Shape of you”, Counting Crows “Big yellow taxi”, Galantis “Hunter”, Alan Walker “Darkside”, Iggy Azalea “Black widow”, Indila “Boite en argent”, Robin Schultz “Oh child”, Dua Lipa “Love again”, David Elias “Vision of her”, and Michael Jackson “Dirty Diana”.
Eletech “Luxe” Companion Leather Case (Patina Moss Green finish)
Please keep in mind, I’m describing the sound of IEM paired with a specific cable, driven from a specific source. I don’t want to imply that cable will have a drastic EQ-like effect on the sound of IEM with night’n’day change. Based on what I’m hearing, cable can finetune the sound, but if you find the original signature of IEM to be not your cup of tea, no cable alone will fix that.
Stock (SPC or GPS?) to L – I hear a deeper sub-bass rumble, which is quite noticeable in this comparison. Also, fuller body more textured smoother mids without sacrificing retrieval of details. The tonality of changes in mids is quite noticeable as well. The soundstage width and depth are a step up in expansion. As many already know, I’m not a big fan of Jewel stock microphonic cable and its cheap hardware, so going to L is a big step up in every aspect.
stock 1960 4W to L – right away I noticed a deeper sub-bass rumble and stronger mid-bass punch. Traillii bass goes deep, but with stock cable and some other cables, mid-bass could be a bit laidback, slower. Here it was faster, more impactful, and more articulate. Also, mids have a lusher tonality, more musical, more organic, while still quite detailed. Soundstage was just a touch narrower, still wide but a bit narrower and more focused in comparison to stock cable with Traillii. But overall, a very good pair up synergy with the Bird.
Empire Ears Odin
stock 1960 2W to L – this cable switch definitely elevates the performance of Odin. With a stock cable, Odin’s bass is more polite in presentation. Switching to L scales it up, both in the weight of sub-bass rumble and with a noticeably stronger mid-bass impact. Bass transformation was impressive in this pair up. Also, lower mids get a little more body which improves overall mids/vocals with a more organic natural tonality. Soundstage expansion was similar.
Stock Scorpion-C (copper) to L – I was very curious about this comparison because XE6 is a basshead level IEM and L is great when it comes to low end improvement. Here, I hear the bass to be more solid since I find stock cable to give XE6 a bit hollower mid-bass impact. But the biggest improvement is in mids, being more forward and more detailed which actually brings XE6 sound sig to W-shaped instead of L-shaped. I’m using uni XE6 and switching from stock cable to L transformed uni XE6 into what I hear with custom XE6 CIEM. Soundstage got a little more depth, with improvements in 3D imaging.
Vision Ears Phoenix
Stock 4wire (silver/gold alloy & copper) to L – In this cable comparison relative to Phoenix, the main difference I hear is around the bass, giving the sound a deeper sub-bass rumble and a faster and tighter mid-bass punch. To my surprise, I also found mids of Phoenix to sound a little more revealing with L cable. As a result of that, I hear the improvement in retrieval of details. The soundstage presentation was similar, but I do hear an improvement in the depth of the imaging, giving it a better 3D placement of sounds in front of you.