I enjoyed the Legend R from the first time I listened to it. George was right, they do sound very good. While the Legend R doesn’t have the widest sound stage on the market it is quite wide and deep, and I never got the impression it was too small. Sound is never inside your head either.
There’s always sufficient air between the instruments, especially in the mids and everything simply flows smooth and effortless. It isn’t an overly warm sounding monitor but it is on the warmer side of neutral and plays music with a lot of timbre and musicality. De LR displays a good amount of detail and clarity but the Harmony 8 Pro is a bit stronger in this regard, especially in the higher regions.
Depending on the cable and source used you will get bigger bass but on average the LR’s bass is great. I really like my bass and perhaps I even want more but the lower regions sound pretty damn good on the LR. Bass has good depth, is well layered and shows beautiful timbre. When called upon bass will be there and I’ve found it to suit every type of music I threw at it. Even better than the bass are the mids on the Legend R. This is where the LR really shines and they will “wow” you most. The LR has smooth, clear and musical mids and the balance between detail, clarity and musicality is oh so right. The mids just sound natural and have a lot of timbre and feeling to them. Of all the monitors I have these mids to me sound the best. The CE6 also has great mids but the Legend’s just are that bit more seductive.
Treble on the other hand isn’t the most extended or airy. You get a softer, smoother and earlier rolled off treble but it still fits in with the style of the monitor. You won’t get the level of detail of the H8P or even the CE6E’s treble. If you’re really looking for that, you might not find that here. I’m not sure it would fit in with the musical style/presentation of the Legend R either.
8. Competitors & Comparisons
The Legend R is the second 8-driver monitor I have; the first was the Custom Art Harmony 8Pro. Both monitors are very different yet great at the same time. The H8P seems more detailed as it has a tighter sound where the LR is more smooth and musical. The LR to me is the warmer sounding of both and its musicality vs a more analytic sound. The H8P is faster too. The LR’s bass impact is bigger and the mids have more feeling and timbre. Of course treble on the H8P is more extended and sparkling.
The other monitor that comes close to the LR is the Cosmic Ears CE6. My E version of the CE6 has a bit more bass but it’s the same kind of bass. The mids are also the strong point of the CE6 but the LR’s mids to me are still a bit more detailed and flowing, that just show you that extra bit of timbre. Treble on the CE6 is a bit more extended as the LR’s treble.
The Stage 5 from Rhines is completely different sounding, bigger looser bass and where the mids are the strength of the LR, they are the weak spot of the Stage 5. The 1964Ears V6s is more V curved than the R is. Treble is further extended, bass is tighter with less body and the mids are more in the back. I am expecting a few more monitors for a new comparison soon, and I will be adding them in to the mix when they get here somewhere in May. Of course Nathan also reviewed a whole bunch of customs but as he doesn’t have the Legend R, it is kind of hard to compare them to each other.
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows
“Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel when we’re together”. Oh yes, I love the legend R’s sound and it definitely is in my top 3 of Custom Inear Monitors together with the Harmony 8 Pro and the Cosmic Ears CE6E. Depending on my mood, musical style and gear used these 3 monitors tend to switch position all the time, but the LR is right in there.
I really didn’t expect the Legend R to sound this good, I have to admit that George was right all along. If you’re looking for a TOTL affordable custom inear monitor, do put the Legend R on your to demo list. Earwerkz went international a few weeks ago, and a lot of their distributors now have demo units available.
If you prefer a highly musical monitor with good bass and great mids, the legend R might just be the one for you. At the same time you, until Jack lowers the sensitivity of the LR, will have to take into account they are prone to pick up hiss on certain devices, but for a lot of people it won’t even be audible.