Originally Posted by HPM
1) How Are They Compared to Super.fi 5 EB/Pro(I have both)
2)Is if so is it worth selling those two to get the livewires?
3)do i need a amp to fully appreciate them?(source is to be decided, but i just sold my ipod)
4)if i do need a amp, any cheap recommendations?
5) does any one know if they have the clear cables in yet or custom shell colors?
1) I have the SF5EB as well. The Livewires are significantly more detailed, has equal bass extension but not as much bass boom. The Livewire's detail is better than the SF5 if I can remember correctly (did not A/B both). Between the SF5EB and Livewires sound-wise, I prefer the Livewires.
However, the Livewires really make crappy sources (low bitrate files, iPods) sound pretty crappy.
2) Depending on your budget, I'd keep one of the SF5's. The sound signatures are different, and it's nice to have something different from time to time. I'd sell one of the SF5's to buy a Sansa Clip.
I found that the Livewires sound fantastic on the Sansa Clip, a very cheap but highly regarded MP3 player. You won't need an amp for this. In the metal carrying case that came with your SF5, you could fit the Livewires and a 4GB Sansa Clip - an ultraportable solution.
3) An amp would be nice but not necessary. It totally depends on the source. For iPods, I find it hard to listen to without a decent amp as the headphone amp stage on the iPod is not perfect. On players with noisy headphone outs, the Livewires will pick all that noise up.