As an avid listener of music, I am always on the lookout for the best gear to experience my favourite tracks. When it comes to listening to Electronic genre music (EDM), IEMs play a crucial role in delivering the best possible sound quality, even though I am normally not listening to this genre. Roeyksopp’s “Oh, Lover” is a great example of the genre and provides a good challenge for headphones and IEMs to accurately reproduce its combination of synth and sub-bass elements.
“Oh, Lover” by Roeyksopp is a prime example of the Electronic genre, showcasing the innovative sounds and beats that have come to define the style.
The Challenges in This Song:
From my perspective, this song has a combination of synth and sub-bass elements, which can be challenging for headphones and IEMs to accurately reproduce. The basslines in this song are deep and powerful, so a headphone or IEM’s ability to handle low-frequency sounds will be put to the test. The synth elements are also complex, with multiple overlapping parts, so the headphone or IEM’s ability to handle high-frequency sounds and provide clarity will also be tested. This song is a good choice for testing the overall sound quality of headphones and IEMs, as well as their ability to handle different frequencies and produce a balanced sound.
The source chain used for comparing the song ‘Oh, Lover‘ by Roeyksopp was a MacBook Air M1 with Apple Music Lossless as the music source, paired with the Topping E70 DAC, and the Topping L70 amplifier. This setup ensured that the music was played back in high-quality lossless format, and was powered by a reliable and high-performance DAC and amplifier combination.
When comparing the sound quality of the 7Hz Timeless, IKKO Obsidian OH10, IKKO Asgard OH5, and AudioSense DT600 IEMs with the song ‘Oh, Lover’ by Roeyksopp, it’s clear that each IEM offers unique sound characteristics that cater to different preferences.
1st place: 7Hz Timeless IEM:
- 7Hz Timeless IEM comes out on top in this comparison with its punchy sound that fits perfectly with the sub-bass line in the song ‘Oh, Lover’ by Roeyksopp.
- The female vocals are presented on a very wide and spacious stage, making the sound feel immersive and engaging.
- The ‘synthetic’ sound of the 7Hz Timeless IEM enhances the overall experience, making it a great fit for this particular song.
- The 7Hz Timeless IEM offers a unique sound signature that works well with the genre of this song and provides an enjoyable listening experience.
2nd place: IKKO Obsidian OH10 IEM:
- The IKKO Obsidian OH10 IEM comes in second place in this comparison.
- The smooth bass extension and spacious front presentation of the female vocals make the sound signature very enjoyable.
- The Obsidian OH10 offers a lovely spacious sound, with more details compared to the 7Hz Timeless IEM, however, it may not be as engaging as the 7Hz.
- The IKKO Obsidian OH10 is a great option for those who prefer a smooth and detailed sound, however, if you are looking for the most engaging IEM for this type of music the 7Hz might be a better choice.
3rd place: IKKO Asgard OH5 IEM:
- The IKKO Asgard OH5 IEM comes in third place in this comparison.
- The OH5 has too much low frequency for this song, leading to a loss of treble impact and making the sound signature-less balanced.
- On the other hand, the OH5 plays a lot of layers, making the soundstage feel full and rich.
- The IKKO Asgard OH5 may not be the best fit for this particular song, however, it may offer an enjoyable experience for other genres or tracks.
4th place: AudioSense DT600 IEM:
- The AudioSense DT600 IEM comes in fourth place in this comparison.
- The DT600 sounds muffled compared to the 7Hz Timeless IEM, with less punch and less overall engagement.
- However, the DT600 still offers detailed sound with a great upper mid-presentation.
- The AudioSense DT600 may not be the best fit for this particular song, however, it may offer a great experience for other genres or tracks that prioritize detail and upper mid-presentation.
In conclusion, the 7Hz Timeless IEM offers the best sound experience for the song ‘Oh, Lover’ by Roeyksopp, due to its punchy sound that perfectly complements the sub-bass line and synthetic sound. The other IEMs also offer their own unique sound signatures, which may provide an enjoyable experience for different genres or tracks. It is recommended to check out other track and genre comparisons to find the best fit for your personal taste.
More of my Heavy Test Songs for Headphones and IEMs you can find here on Apple Music.
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