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It has been a while, to be exact almost a year, since I got a TS853 from 千音, Thousand Sound(s), in China. For the folks who have not heard of it, the TS853 is a 5 driver hybrid IEM. Its brief review is available here on my blog if you would care to take a look. 

Speaking of 千音, I have some updates. For a year or so, the TS853 had been his “flagship” model. BUT not any more. The flagship has just been taken over by 千音’s newest model: TS632, a 6 driver model. The TS862 is not a hybrid model. You could say that hybrid is his “cup of tea” like his other models, TS853 and TS842. This time, he has rather chosen an orthodox path for his 6 driver model. The Ts862 is a “pure” 6 BA driver IEM, just like many other 6 driver custom IEMs from other custom IEM makers. As a matter of fact, when he first told me that he was going to release a brand-new 6 BA driver model, I was excited, and yet a bit anxious about how it would turn out. For users like me who love a hybrid IEM, a simple question may come to their mind.

Would the new model be as good a choice as its brother hybrid model TS853?

But when I actually got my own TS862, all my anxiety was gone. It would be absurd to expect the two to be the same, especially on bass quality. Of course, the TS862 does not produce as deep bass as does the TS853. But the new 6 driver model has produced just as excellent sound as its brother TS853, never letting me down in the least.


 


 

Before going any further, I would like to clarify my choice of words when referring to 千音. You might be wondering why I have put the words he or his instead of they or their in the above. Truth be told, 千音 is a one man operation maker unlike many other well-known custom IEM makers around the world. Mr. 千音 takes his own time and makes each every custom IEM all by himself. It may sound somewhat hard to believe, because just one man has been taking care of all these 7 or 8 original custom IEM models as well as re-shelling. Things might be a bit different in the future, but that is what he told me when I asked him some months ago.


 

That being said, I will just get back to 千音's newest model.
 

Specifications:

Starting with the specifications, as the model number shows, the TS862 has a design of 6 balanced armature drivers, 3 ways (for each of which 2 drives are assigned) , 2 sound tubes (one for bass, and the other for both midrange and treble).
 

  Impedance : 29 Ohm

  Sensitivity :118 db (1mw)

  Crossover: 3 way
 

My apologies for those who want to know more about the technical specifications. That is all I have for the moment.
 


 

Build Quality:

As to the built quality of the shells. I really am as much satisfied this time as I have with some other IEMs that I have got over the past few years. I have only placed an order to 4 or 5 custom makers so far, which include 1964 ears. Their shell build quality is said to be one of the best ever. Even in comparison with 1964 ears, 千音's shell built quality is just as good as them, if not better. There is no any defect like bubbles or scratches. When I raise the shell of my TS862 against the light, it feels like some kind of glass. He seems to have perfected the shell producing technique in his own way. The same thing goes with the fit of the shell. The fit of the shell is simply perfect. I could put them on my ears literally for hours without any problem.

 



 

Price:

There are a couple of choices for you. If you want a brand new TS632, built from scratch, the price will be 950 US dollars. The other choice is to have your Westone 3 or UM3 at hand upgraded to a TS632. This way, you can save a couple of hundred dollars. The price will be 557 US dollars. Please note that prices here do not include any cable or shipping.


 

Sound:

And finally I will move on to the sound impression, which I am afraid is going to be the toughest part of all for me. Before I took a shot, I expected that its bass would not be as good as the TS853, a hybrid model. On the contrary to my expectation, it has turned out that the TS862 produces good bass, maybe not as good as a hybrid or dynamic driver model, but pretty good. That is for sure. Its treble and midrange are clean and detailed. It seems to me that the bass, midrange, and treble are quite in harmony with each other.


 

Putting all those details aside, I would say its overall sound quality is definitely fabulous. I would like to listen to the TS632 when I am tired after a long hard day. I am not saying that the sound is boring or anything. It is just that the TS632 produces calming sound to my ears. When compared with the TS853, I believe that the TS632 has more smooth and calming sound, on one hand, and the TS853 has more exciting sound, on the other. If I have to pick one out of the two, I really do not know which to choose. Both of them are simply excellent in their own way.


 

Before closing, I would like to thank 千音 for letting me have a TS632, his latest 6 driver model.

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