Thankfully high end and low end earphone models take the least work, its the ones in between that require the more razor sharp attention to detail as the problems can be harder to spot.
Luckily for me the JOMO 6R is at the high end of the continuum line.
Coming off the back of the Campfire Audio models that I recently reviewed and enjoyed it did take a while to wash their sound signature out of my ears and to be able to approach the reference JOMO Audio 6R with fresh ears.
In short it was a pleasurable experience.
Thanks again to JOMO Audio for sending and gifting me the 6R.
Lets start with the basics, or you eager beavers can do your usual trick and skip to the sound section.
The JOMO Audio 6R comes in a sturdy internally padded case with a hard plastic outer.
The IEMs lie in wait inside, secure, protected and safe as houses.
The build is hand made, each individual unit crafted and checked for any imperfections.
The JOMO website has multiple drop down menus where you can craft and design your desired IEM to your particular preference. Don`t let the opening pictures on the website initially fool you, click on the customization tab for the many options to style the IEM to your liking.
The unit crafted for me by JOMO Audio is acrylic with an ebony wood inlay, combined with watch parts for a steampunk effect.
Each ear unit has 3 bore holes in the metal nozzle.
The nozzles are quite large in circumference and might not be ideal for small ears.
I am using medium sized tips and they easily slide right in for me, just fitted.
Certainly they are sturdy, they feel solid and light in my hands.
Of course one must always take care of such earphones as the drivers inside are delicate.
The 6R's tuning is linear and balanced with a very smooth presentation.
Bass is quick and controlled that's a bit lacking in energy.
The 6R possesses an impressive sense of resolution in its imaging that feels like a fine-tuned IEM".
I ended up with around 200 hours of playtime/burn in on the Jomo Audio 6R using various genres of music and burn in tracks of different frequencies.
The Shozy Alien Gold Dap, Centrance Hifi-Skyn with ipod touch 6G, 128GB with Flacplayer app and also the OPUS#1 Dap were the sources used.
In the end the synergy I decided was the best was with the OPUS #1 Dap.
The performance of them all were incredibly close yet the OPUS#1 slightly edged them out on micro details, height and width.
Thats a lot of nest egg to drop on a pair of IEMs, is it worth it? As usual price, affordability and value is often a personal thing.
The main accurate question perhaps would be `Is the Jomo 6R in the same league as other IEMs in the same price point?`. From my limited opinion I would say yes.
The JOMO differ in that they are more hand crafted than other more assembly manufactured IEMs.
"The R series monitors aim to have a flat response for reference monitoring.
I tried the JOMO 6R with several quality two pin aftermarket cables without much the success.
The supplied cable was the best match I found.
I do have another cable on the way which I am informed is a good match for the 6R, we will wait and see.
Synergy plays a big part in achieving aural bliss.