>> The BLUES comes with an unexpectedly neutral signature and thus forms the counterpart to CORA. This may not fascinate everyone, but it is a pleasing budget alternative for more demanding music lovers who are looking for a balanced and brighter tuning with very good technical characteristics.
The bass clearly focuses on the mid-bass and dives down quite quickly in the sub-bass. Nevertheless, it can still contribute enough impact so that even electronic music or hip-hop is not an anemic listening experience. It acts fast, is quite punchy and linear towards the midrange, apart from the sub-bass drop. If you like smooth, fast and precise bass, you will enjoy the BLUES. Sometimes it's a bit too light for me, but the BLUES won't fail because of the bass quality.
Where the OXYGEN dips in the frequency response, the BLUES positions itself with clear peaks (2-3 kHz and around 6 kHz). This can also be heard, but the presumed negative side effects are largely absent. The OXYGEN appears more balanced and softer in the midrange, but the BLUES also has the TANCHJIM gene. The mids are a bit more demanding and biting, but they don't cross any boundaries, so that they don't cause any problems for me even on longer listening periods. They also sound a bit brighter than in OXYGEN, but without slipping into the unnatural. I find the mids very spatial and even though the bass is not very authoritative, they still have enough body and warmth for me, so it doesn't get sterile. But if you're looking for powerful, thick and warm mids you won't find them in the BLUES. Here one is rather presented with clarity and transparency. But sometimes it is a bit too thin for me, which can cause emotions to get lost.
The highs are quite similar to OXYGEN, despite the 6 kHz peak. Also here you notice the company affiliation. They are rich in details, open and also have a slight brilliance in the high frequencies, but without putting absolute friends of the highest frequencies into hot flashes. They are a bit more accentuated in the sibilants and in the rarest cases a bit hotter than in the OXYGEN, but for me still absolutely tolerable. They sound a bit more technical and not so organic, but that is constructive criticism on a high level. I can understand if the BLUES seems a bit too bright and less musical to some people, but for some genres this can be exactly the kick you are looking for, generally if you like it a bit more analytical, but without wanting to write a thesis about it directly.
Also with BLUES, as with OXYGEN before, the stage convinces me. Since a brighter signature generally makes the stage mostly appear spatial, separated and wide, these characteristics also apply to the BLUES due to the technically potent driver. In the depth the OXYGEN is better positioned, but in the panorama picture and on the Y-axis, they don't take too much <<
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