Originally Posted by rbui
nice, another 703er
I almost exclusively use IEMs, but unlike most responses i've seen in this thread, I can comfortably wear them for hours on end, up to 5 to 6 hours. Granted, I use super.fi 5 pro's with the mod that switches the left and right earphones, so the foam/silicone tips don't go in as deeply as they normally would. Not to mention the normal, standard usage of these earphones results in having two white things sticking out of your ear wherever you go (somewhat of a concern since I wear these just about everywhere)
Are you going to the meet Saturday? I couldn't wear the Super.fi 3 for more than 15-20 minutes without a lot of pain, even with the FS mod. The nozzles are just too big for my ears.
Originally Posted by *645-k701
I used my cx300's tonight (cleaning up my kitchen at work), I had pantera a little louder than i now know i should of.
My ears are ringing/humming, so there's a frequency i wont be getting back.
Never happened with my cans..
Little pee'd off to say the least.
That's definitely from sound instead of tips. I've owned a couple of canal phones including the cx300 and I can't imagine the tips hurting someone's ears, they just don't go in far enough. For people who do have problems with IEMs, you might want to try the UM1. They don't go in very far.
Originally Posted by cooperpwc
I too worry about tinnitis from IEMs. They make some sense in loud environments but I think that seal againt your eardrum may have some negative effect. Even an hour (not even) of listening to the q-Jays and Westone 3s at the Ontario Meet left my eardrums feeling a bit funny. I think that armeture style IEMs that directly move the eardrum via a vacuum seal are a different ballgame than soundwaves bouncing off the eardrums in a non-sealed environment. I can't prove that it's worse but I have my concerns.
Frankly on a train, I'd rather get a good portable amp and take my Darths which isolate sufficiently. Not necessarily convenient for transit commuting I suppose.
Supposedly, if you lift your ear lobe and open your mouth when inserting them , the pressure is relieved. I have to lift my ear to straighten out my ear canal just to get an IEM in, so I've never had a problem with the pressure.
If I had decent isolating full sized cans, I'd probably use them occasionally. I just have the HD 280 Pro, which don't sound that great, and the DT831, which don't isolate at all and don't sound that great (although better than the 280s). I'm not sure that Darths or 770s would suit me sound wise. I love the "bass light" AKG sound. My HD 580s are as bass heavy as I want.