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Triple.Fi 10 Impressions

post #1 of 10
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Now that the Triple.fi is a more established earphone, I want to know what people think about it now. I think many people were not that pleased with them at first(me included), but after about 50-100 hours of listening, when they finally fully burned-in, many started to change there view on these earphones. Personally, I love my TF10's, but I just want to see how they stack up Now against the others like the E500 and the ue-10.
post #2 of 10
Any updates? I can't really compare my Triple.Fi's with anything else... I seem to be the only IEM-happy person in British Columbia, and the rest are either Stax fans or Sennheiser people.
post #3 of 10
I think they are the best sounding universal IEM along with E500 (E530) but not that many people have them just yet.

Do a search on "Triple Fi Pro" and you will find several direct comparisons to the E500.
post #4 of 10
I listened to these at HeadFest, along with SE530, Westone 3, and the LiveWires universal-fit demo.

Notification of bias: I am an Ety person, through and through. What I personally would seek from IEMs like these would be clarity, range and neutrality that are like an Ety only more so.

By that standard, which I know is being far from everybody's, the Triple.Fi was my least favorite of the IEMs mentioned above. I would describe it as having very extended range, with powerful and for me overprominent bass, and treble that was not only extended, but extremely prominent at the top end as if to hammer home a point about just how high the treble goes. It was the sort of thing where you feel you hear every tine of the drummer's brushes as each impacts a cymbal one by one. If you've ever heard an Ety ER-4B, it was a little like that. In comparison the mids were much too far down in the mix for me.

My test track was vocalist accompanied by piano, acoustic bass, and drum, in a live venue. With the Triple.Fi it was more like bass, cymbal and snare accompanied by, in descending order, pianist's right hand, vocalist, and pianist's left hand. I'm not trying to be mean here, I'm just saying it really was a shift in perspective from what I hear with Etys.

The Triple.Fi seems like it would be great for types of music where groove and tizz matter more than mids and vocals, but that's too far from my own listening for me to comment on it critically for that purpose.

Of the others I liked the SE530 the best, the Westone close behind, and the LiveWires pretty well but for me a very clear third behind the others two. None pleased me enough to displace my Etys, but that's much more a matter of my tastes than of any real quality problem with them. I think many people will love any of these, and I think the Triple.Fi simply tries to go a somewhat different sonic direction from the others, one for which there probably is a market.
post #5 of 10
^^I am actually pretty surprised at your comments. As the current owner of both the triple.fi's and the e500's and a former owner of the er4-p (which I loved but were unfortunately stolen) I would say that the triple.fi's are the most like the ety's of the two. The midrange awesomeness of the e500's are not to be disputed, but their treble roll off always bothers me. They improve with amping, but the roll off is still there.

The triple.fi's definitely do have a different sound from the e500's. They have much more treble extension, and in my opinion more refined bass giving them resolving power that (at least from my memory of the ety's) equals the er4's, if not surpasses them. The midrange is much less forward than on the e500's (and less forward that the er4's though not as markedly) so that the feeling is that the band is almost in a semi circle around you with the instruments starting off to your sides and the vocalist about 10 to 15 feet in front of you. People have described it as more enveloping or laid back and I would agree. Instead of the band seeming to be all in front of you on a stage you feel that you are the microphone in the center of the recording studio with the band situated around you. With proper amping the mids do come forward a bit more so that the singer becomes more prominent (or if we are going back to the image of the recording studio, closer to the microphone). I have found this to be amp dependent. With my go-vibe 6, which is a bit laid back itself, the mids remain more or less in the same location as unamped (the sound is improved with the amp, but the presentation remains similar). With my TTVJ Millet Portable the triple.fi's sound absolutely f-ing amazing with the mids coming forward a bit more, and the soundstage (which is already quite large for IEMs) widening to unbelievable levels.

As people have said in the past, I don't know if one can say definitively which is better, the e500 or the triple.fi's. I personally prefer the triple.fi's but basically what it comes down to is whether you like the shure presentation or the triple.fi presentation. They are both fantastic in their own right but they are different enough in how they present the music that the definitive factor is not which is better (they are both really really excellent) but which sound you like better. As the triple.fi's become more available, you will be able to audition the two side by side in retailers and answer the question of personal preference for yourselves.
post #6 of 10
Yikes! As an Ety owner who is looking for an IEM with a bit more "punch" (but still lively detailed treble), reading the above two posts makes me all the more confused.

I still think I might like the TFP10 more, given a choice between a overly warm or bright headphone, the brighter headphone would win out with me. There is a limit to high bright I can take, but I'd rather err on the side of brightness.
post #7 of 10
I did a head to head review with the E500's back awhile, it's on www.earphonesolutions.com. I still have the TF's, and will hopefully be able to take them head-to-head against the 3's soon, but in the meanwhile, they are still my favourite sounding universal IEM. I do wish, however, they could be made to seal better. I've never liked that part about them.
post #8 of 10
^^I have modded a pair of the shure olive foamies by stretching out the inner plastic tube on them with a pair of needlenose pliers to fit my triple.fi's. They seal much better than the UE silicone tips and are more comfortable as well. Check out my previous thread on the mod for more info: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...mies+triple.fiI think the tips help the sound too (probably due to improved isolation).
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by sorrick View Post
The midrange is much less forward than on the e500's (and less forward that the er4's though not as markedly) so that the feeling is that the band is almost in a semi circle around you with the instruments starting off to your sides and the vocalist about 10 to 15 feet in front of you. People have described it as more enveloping or laid back and I would agree. Instead of the band seeming to be all in front of you on a stage you feel that you are the microphone in the center of the recording studio with the band situated around you.
I would whole-heartedly agree with this and also that it is a different sound...not really a variation of anything versus the E530 being a variation of E4.

I would also say the Shure is a more agressive and forward sound where the TFP is more beautiful, symphonic and layered sound. The Shure soundstage compartmentalizes each instrument into a SPECIFIC area around your head whereas the TFP's soundstage ha sthe instruments layered on top of each other into a general region around your head. It's hard to explain but sounds very nice. Very good for multi intrumental music/symphony/bigband type stuff.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by omendelovitz View Post
I did a head to head review with the E500's back awhile, it's on www.earphonesolutions.com. I still have the TF's, and will hopefully be able to take them head-to-head against the 3's soon, but in the meanwhile, they are still my favourite sounding universal IEM. I do wish, however, they could be made to seal better. I've never liked that part about them.
I find the seal quite easy with my TFPs and oddly better isloated than the E500s. Perhaps I have weird ears! I was going to suggest trying the Shure Olive foamies but Sorrick beat me to it.
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