PP Mixtapes is a collection of playlists curated on Spotify, made to bring out the best in a certain earphone. Created for owners and non-owners alike, the PP Mixtapes are also a nifty snapshot for the deliberating hobbyist with a budget. Does that earphone you're looking at jive with your musical tastes? Dive in to find out!
The first earphone created for the B Series' lineup, the B1 houses 2 drivers, a Dynamic Driver and a Balanced Armature driver, with no crossover between both. final Audio’s 2019 flagship owes airiness and bass to its dynamic driver, while the balanced armature driver gives the B1 its smooth but resolved mids and highs.
The B1 works best with a powerful rig, so go right ahead and bust out the favourite DAC-Amps in your collection, we used theChord Mojo in the creation of this playlist, but anything else might suit the B1 just as well, depending on your own musical preferences.
Characteristics: Natural, lifelike, spacious and sparkly.
This mixtape aims to highlight the B1’s appropriate bass, instrumental presentation and the sense of space and immersion it brings to a listening session.
Tracklist and Tasting Notes
The Vision, Victor Wooten
A maestro of the electric bass, Victor Wooten has carved out his niche in virtuoso bass playing. The B1’s lows sweeten the bass in this rhythmic, relaxed piece, allowing the listener to feel the impact of each note while also taking in the details in the higher frequencies.
Way Down Deep, Jennifer Warnes
This track’s unique introduction allows the B1’s impactful bass to shine through. This and the micro-nuances peeking through in Warne’s vocals make for a very appealing listen.
The Look of Love, Diana Krall
The B1 builds this song up from its rumbly, moody bassline, notice the natural way the sound expands, creating a comfortable, loungelike atmosphere.
Always on my Mind, Inger Marie Gundersen
Organic, airy piano notes give this track a sense of space, further grounded by Gundersen’s soothing vocals, their micro nuances on full display, making this an overall intimate listen.
The texture and clarity in Dido’s voice is accentuated by the B1, which also lets the vocals sit forward on the soundstage, appropriately full and detailed. The dynamic driver shows off this track’s textured bassline, which adds an atmospheric layer to the song. Never overpowering its impactful midrange.
You And Your Friend, Dire Straits
Detailed, textured natural bass paired with a charming midrange filled with slick, country-style guitar riffs, the B1 is a natural at handling the instrumentals of this track from Dire Straits, presenting the song’s grit and realism in a refined manner that’s not at all out of place.
Somewhere, Somebody, Jennifer Warnes
Warnes’ album, The Hunter, is an extremely well-recorded album. Allowing the B1 to show off this track’s details with its controlled, detailed and harmonious presentation, giving the listener a fun, immersive listen.
What a Wonderful World, Stacey Kent
Stacey Kent lends her soulful voice to this rendition of What a Wonderful World. The B1’s staging lends the recording a live-recorded quality, bringing to mind small, cosy jazz clubs with good tipple and good acoustics. What a Wonderful World is intimacy and lifelikeness, wrapped in a pleasantly hopeful timbre.
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