Letshouer S12 ortho iem These are ortho iems with a different form factor and slightly lower price than the Timeless. And a different tuning. This will be a brief introduction to their sound to be followed up by better impressions by all of you on the loaner tour Build Solid aluminum shell, feels very good. Feels more sturdy than the Timeless if anything. Normal iem shape too, so it will fit more people better . Stock cable is much better than the Timeless, its a pretty nice braided OCC silver plated copper cable. Looks I don't give a shit, but I like the simple, logo-less industrial design Sound They are just as resolving as the Timeless, but I can see how people would say they are more resolving. They have sharper transients, but I don't think they are actually more resolving of information. They are also tuned higher, with less bass and more treble for a much brighter, airer sound. I find them too bright for me unfortunately, but I think with tight sealing tips some will like this presentation. It woks well for acoustic, jazzz and classical. They seem kind of like the HD800 of iems to me. They are in fact quite resolving. When there are no cymbals to be splashy in classical or instrumental music, I really like them, they sound spacious and airy for an iem. I could actually see people listening to classical music on these and really enjoying it due to the extra presence in the air region and spacious soundstage. Bass is tighter than the Timeless with more texture and definition but there is also less bass than I would like, and less quantity than the Timeless by quite a bit. This is kind of a typical thing that happens with orthos when you damp them harder. The S12 is damped harder than the Timelsss, and this can even be seen on the housing, which has only one hole vent while the Timeless has 4 of the same sized vents. These vents let out air pressure that the diaphragm creates when it moves back and forth in the sealed enclosure. When there are less vents, air pressure cannot escape the sealed chamber as fast, and this damps the driver harder, giving it less excursion, and faster movement. And also less bass quantity and more treble (bass requires excursion), but tighter bass as it is moving faster. It's a balancing act to find the right damping where the diaphragm is moving fast enough to give you it's full resolution but also have good tone and FR. I would call the S12 over damped. But again, some will like this tuning as a lot of orthos are under damped. They sound fine out of my iPod touch, but they do scale with better amping, though the signature doesn't change much, you're not going to fix the upward tilting FR with a certain amp. The good thing about the tuning is that they are linear until the treble, I don't hear peaks other than in the treble, I mostly just hear an upward tilting FR. Vocals aren't recessed. The other downside is a slightly stealy timbre in the lower treble that can be heard in vocals sometimes or cymbals or anything in that FR range. Instruments that shouldn't sound metallic take on a metallic sheen. I'm guessing there is some resonance causing this. But these are cheap ass iems, and more resolving than most anything else out there at any price with a tuning that I think a lot of people will like. Maybe og Andromeda lovers? I'm curious if a pure copper cable would warm them up a bit but I don't think it would do enough. So they are not perfect for me, but I think a lot of people will like them and they're priced very well. If you find the Timeless too warm or bassy or dull and want a leaner, brighter, zippier sound, the S12 would be a great bet. It's nice seeing different sounding ortho iems emerge, I hope this trend continues. And at this price bracket! Tips: They were way too bright for me with my regular Penon tips, but with Azla Crystal tops which fit really well on these and seal really well with these, it was a bit better.