Quick Thoughts: Custom Art Music Two, Revisited

Editor’s Note: When shotgunshane reviewed the Music Two last March (read the review), he thought it was incredible value for money. A bit later, Mr. T also took the plunge, this time with removable cables. Mr. T considers Custom Art’s Piotr Granicki a personal friend and thus may be partial to the Polish company’s products, but promises utmost confidence in the firm’s technical capabilities, attention to build, and customer service.

The Music Two is great — it’s got a fun and engaging, U-shaped signature that has not mutinied the HMS Neutral.

The Custom Art Music Two, together with the Custom Art CopperTwo cable (discontinued).
The Custom Art Music Two, together with the Custom Art CopperTwo cable (discontinued).

If you’ve read shotgunshane‘s review of Piotr Granicki’s Music Two, you’re not going to learn too much new. This ship has already sailed.

The Music Two is great — it’s got a fun and engaging, U-shaped signature that has not mutinied the HMS Neutral. Custom Art has a way of making sure of that — enjoyable sound without skimping on accuracy.

With many builds under the belt, Granicki's silicone shells are clean and nearly bubble-free, better than most offerings from other prominent companies such as ACS or Sensaphonics.
With many builds under the belt, Granicki’s silicone shells are clean and nearly bubble-free, better than most offerings from other prominent companies such as ACS or Sensaphonics. Custom Art also offers a “State of Art” option that takes the attention to build quality to a boutique, artisan level, along with fully-customized colors, swirls, faceplates, and various other designs.

For the most part, I too really enjoy the Music Two, but not as much as I hoped — mostly because the Music One is such a great value (see my review on the forum head-fi).

As expected for a more upmarket variant, the Music Two is the better of the two when it comes to bass extension, texture, and soundstage presentation, and ultimately — excitement. But it doesn’t quite have the same “IT” factor as the generously relaxing Music One. For the extra bit of excitement, the Music Two does possess slightly stronger treble peaking, which contributes to the added sense of space, but will ultimately be a little more tiring in the long run.

Overall, for the price, overall sound quality, and available features, the Music Two is a great quality product from Custom Art. Many high-end aficionados have now gone for the upscale Harmony 8 and (treble-boosted) 8 Pro flagship models, but the Music Two is still a very good option as a “midrange” model, though it’s actually priced well under most midrange price tags.

Consider the Music Two for an all-around music listening experience.
Consider the Music Two for an all-around music listening experience.

For more information on Custom Art and the Music Two, please visit: http://thecustomart.com/

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