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post #31 of 313
Probably the E3c. It's not that it's a bad headphone but I found myself at the airport one day and brought along a player and an amp but forgot my headphones. I had recently sold my E2s and thought they were fun, but not very detailed. Plus, I never really got the hang of IEMs.

But there I was at the airport facing a 4 day business trip with tunes but no phones. The only thing decent the Altitudes store had were the Shures. So I plunked down my $180. Yep, I paid full retail. Immediately I was disappointed in both the sound and the fit. When I first tried them out they sounded very thin and although detailed, they were too bright. Besides that I could never get a good seal on them and am still flailing with them.

On top of that, I need to send them back to Shure now because the sound signature has completely changed. They now sound very similar to the E2s, kind of bassy and a bit muddy. They also seem to have lost some of their volume. I think the tubes are all clogged up and I can't seem to clean them out. All in all I don't think they are bad but I paid too much and IEMs just don't seem to be for me.

1st and 2nd runner up would have to be the HD 25-1 and ATH-EW9. The HD 25 never did it for me. It just sounded too congested. I did buy an aftermarket cable which seemed to help but I still don't use them. The EW9 I bought solely on looks and thought they would make good bedroom cans. Actually, the sound is not bad and when played at low volume they have nice detail. Unfortunately, I find them uncomfortable as they seem to irritate my ears after about 45 minutes. Still, both of these cans I bought used for an excellent price, so it's more of a minor disappointment than actual buyer's remorse.
post #32 of 313
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Originally Posted by nsjong
I think the price is outrageous. I haven't even recieved it yet and still, it's crazy.
I saw the 460's on buy.com and with my coupon, they would've been only around 25 dollars including shipping. I hope you didn't overpay way above that. They seem to vary greatly in price from 22 to 50+ USD. I was thinking about using them for my portable but the 460's were too much of an unknown.
post #33 of 313
Thread Starter 
I payed $35 shipped or so. 41 CDN shipped.
I'll do a review or something to tell yo guys how it sounds. Comparing it with PX100's or something.
post #34 of 313
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Originally Posted by Visigodo
Actually, I have to disagree with those who disparage the HD-500. I know the bass is boomy and muddy, but with proper equalization, they are great for watching action movies.
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Its al in taste, I for one like the HD280pro which many here dont seem to like. They are cans that need a good burn in to change their sound to something decent, but once done they are nice analytical cans with superb isolation, which is great for monitoring at live shows (what I use them for) and with a little equalization can be pleasant for home listening as well in my opinion.
But its all in each persons taste.
post #35 of 313
I have enjoyed all the heaphones I've owned to one extent or another, however, one did leave me a bit displeased, the Ultrasone HFI-700. This headphone, and I imagine its' brethren, are remarkably break-prone considering their cost. Between the cracking headband and peeling paint, I found the build quality of these headphones to be quite a joke, especially when compared to LOWER priced alternatives like those of Beyerdynamic. They sounded pretty decent, and served well as portable cans (albeit a bit sweatily), but I have no toleration for shabbiness.
post #36 of 313
Pretty much every headphone I've bought, otherwise I wouldn't still be looking

DT531 - weird soundstage with a hole in the middle
K240s - where do I start... muddy, sluggish, smoothed-over details, distant soundstage
KSC35 - boomy
Portapros - uncomfortable as heck, and boomy
Stock KSC75 - uncomfortable as heck
SA1000 - thin sounding, peircing treble
A900LTD - not really disappointed because I expected it, but the mids were too recessed for my taste

we'll see about the K701...
post #37 of 313
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Originally Posted by erikzen
1st and 2nd runner up would have to be the HD 25-1 and ATH-EW9. The HD 25 never did it for me. It just sounded too congested. I did buy an aftermarket cable which seemed to help but I still don't use them. The EW9 I bought solely on looks and thought they would make good bedroom cans. Actually, the sound is not bad and when played at low volume they have nice detail. Unfortunately, I find them uncomfortable as they seem to irritate my ears after about 45 minutes. Still, both of these cans I bought used for an excellent price, so it's more of a minor disappointment than actual buyer's remorse.
Hehe, don't say I didn't warn you!

Funny, the EW9 and the HD25-1 are prob my two buyers remorse headphones as well. Doesn't mean I don't have seller's remorse from time to time tho.

Best,

-Jason
post #38 of 313
Creative EP-630.
I bought them in order to find out if IEMs might be something for me.
Result: No.
First: I found out that I'm not really willing to stuff something into my ears.
Second: Even if I do it they are very uncomfortable.
Third: Even if I bear the discomfort they sound unbalanced and there is absolutely no soundtsage.

But after all this wasn't a bad purchase. The EP-630 were not really expensive but they helped me to find out if IEMs are for me or not.
If I tried Shure E4s instead of the 630s... well, I guess this would have been a different story.
Maybe I should try custom IEMs, but there are a few other full size phones which are most likely great for my taste. And I can get at least two or three of them for the prize of one pair of custom IEMs...
post #39 of 313
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by spaceconvoy
Pretty much every headphone I've bought, otherwise I wouldn't still be looking

DT531 - weird soundstage with a hole in the middle
K240s - where do I start... muddy, sluggish, smoothed-over details, distant soundstage
KSC35 - boomy
Portapros - uncomfortable as heck, and boomy
Stock KSC75 - uncomfortable as heck
SA1000 - thin sounding, peircing treble
A900LTD - not really disappointed because I expected it, but the mids were too recessed for my taste

we'll see about the K701...
And you haven't tried the PX100's? For shame.
post #40 of 313
The XD400 for me. Plasticky build, recessed mids, and somewhat unnatural sounding bass.
post #41 of 313
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Originally Posted by nsjong
And you haven't tried the PX100's? For shame.
Oh yeah, I have! Completely forgot about those. I tried them very early on, and only with my old X5, so I don't think I gave them a fair shake. I remember them sounding a little thin and bass-less, but that was probably more the X5's fault. The only other ~$100 headphones I still need to try are the MS1 and HD555 - seems kind of strange that I didn't try them first...
post #42 of 313
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Originally Posted by jjcha
Hehe, don't say I didn't warn you!
I know, I know, but the EW-9 are just so purdy! I'll probably never sell them. And I did say I got an excellent price...
post #43 of 313
Sony MDR-V600, only used them a couple times in years of ownership, my Sony streetstyles (and even stock earbuds) got a lot more use. Eventually gave them away. For the money I could have had a nice set of headphones all that time.....

Ant
post #44 of 313
Er4p. I think those types of iems aren't for me. Prefer the cx300 type.
post #45 of 313
Grado RS-1. Spending $650 on a single headphone still seems wrong to me, and I sometimes regret purchasing them. Whenever regret strikes, I just put them on and let the music whisk me away
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