That was certainly the impression I got.
For me, it was exactly what made it appealing over the MkII. I wanted something as close as possible to the technical performance of my Empire Ears Odin, but with a bit more bass/sub-bass presence (but not as much as Raven or Legend) and a bit more top-end energy (my ears aren’t getting any younger).
That was partly just for a more “fun” or less “neutral” tuning, but also because there are times (or more accurately, places) I don’t want to carry a $3,300 IEM around.
I saw headphones.com had restocked a few days ago (specifically I wanted the A5 “Disco” model), and Taron was kind enough to expedite an order for me, so I’ve had them for a few days now.
I’ll write more, and more coherently, as I can … but for now, I’d say they’re fantastic.
Tuning aside, they surprisingly close to the technical performance of my Odin. I was expecting them to be good … but was still surprised at how close they come.
For some reason, the Monarch MkIII is more comfortable than the Odin … which seems odd as I think the nozzle on the MkIII is larger (I’ll have to get out the calipers to check). But, they sit in my ears better and I’m less aware they are there after 5 minutes, and 2 hours, than is the case with the EE pair.
I’d been using an IE600 in this role.
They’re not a million miles away in terms of tonal profile (some bass emphasis, slightly spicy treble), and are super comfortable and very listenable, but the Monarch MkIII jacks the technical abilities up significantly, and pretty much across the board vs. the Sennheisers (and I prefer the IE600 to the IE900 here).
A few non-audio things I appreciate … the packaging … tasteful, simple, inexpensive. Enough to protect them, without going over the top on unnecessary fanciness. Basically the way 64 Audio does it (or, at least, did it when I bought my original tia Fourté).
Not that I don’t appreciate a nicely packaged product. But there’s a tradeoff, especially around the $1,000 and under spot, where it doesn’t make as much sense. And no IEM, to date, has gotten close to the presentation/packaging of the AAW Canary … which was really nicely done.
The modular cable is nice, as well. While I use 4.4mm output on my DAP or my W4, from my laptop or iPhone it’s a 3.5mm connector, and from a Bluetooth DAC/Amp usually 2.5mm so it covers all bases.
Anyway, more specifics on the sound as I get time … but very impressed and engrossed so far … especially listening via the N30LE.