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post #3871 of 3897

Which portable amps have you found to be hiss-free with your Livewires or Westones?

post #3872 of 3897

I know you weren't asking me, but I'll pitch in my experience since I have LiveWires and ES3X as well. I've been using the Vivid Technologies V1 a lot recently and it is pretty much hiss free. The only quieter unit I can recall using was the iQube which I've sold so I can't compare directly. I'm sure there are plently of other options too.

 

I agree though, LiveWires duals or triples straight from the Sansa Fuze/Clip/Clip+ is very very good.

 

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Originally Posted by AmanGeorge View Post

Which portable amps have you found to be hiss-free with your Livewires or Westones?

post #3873 of 3897

I would have to look at my big DAC/amp review thread to be sure I am answering this right, but I recall that found the following to be hiss free - Predator, P-51, Protector, Pico and Pico Slim, 3MOVE, Most iBasso amps, Vivid V1, uDAC, and DACport.  I think I got a little with my iBasso D1, slightly more with my iPod 5.5G and Macbook, but a noticeable amount with Amphora and Fiio E3, and a large amount with my AMP3.  I can't recall what I thought about the Tomahawk, Lyrix, Nuforce Icon Mobile, or Fiio E5.

post #3874 of 3897

Interesting, thanks for the recommendations. I tested my uDAC and actually still got some hiss (a little more than the TTVJ Slim). But, a Mini3 I bought off the FS forums came in and actually has zero hiss (and sounds outstanding), so I think this will be my permanent solution (and I'll have a TTVJ Slim for sale on the boards soon...)


Edited by AmanGeorge - 5/21/10 at 10:24am
post #3875 of 3897

Enjoying these Trips more and more as time wears on. Although I complained a little bit earlier about rolloff in the deepest bass, it's a little bit of a nit because the rolloff is slight (I'm actually not even consistently noticing it anymore - I wonder if it was related to the track I was listening to at the time), and there is still incredibly deep bass presence that isn't replicated by a lot of headphones. The frequency response overall is extremely balanced - reminds me a little bit of the Shure SRH840 or maybe an HD600 in terms of its balance. The deep bass makes this a great set of rock and roll cans as well. Will probably post some more structured thoughts this weekend, and compare to my Image X10 (and maybe some full-size cans if I get a chance).


Edited by AmanGeorge - 5/21/10 at 11:38am
post #3876 of 3897

A brief read-through seems to be telling me that the Fidelity Audio, even though they are the original designers of the Livewires, seem not able to reproduce what they have started.

 

My Livewire Trips have not many of the problems mu-tron-kid has stated : such as bad seal (I ever tried running with them once), bad sound (they were better sounding than my ESW9 straight out of the package). They are as sensitive as customs go though, my Voyager volume knob has to be at the minimum w/o getting the left/right imbalance, and that is still a little loud.

 

Every now and then their seal isn't the best, especially when I just woke up (ouch with the fitting), but not so bad until they drop out with small movements.

 

Unfortunately Livewire's notorious long-waiting time means it's better off to get something else...maybe a JH5?

post #3877 of 3897

Does anyone have a cable they can sell me? I was finally sent my duals, but the cables wont be ready until...I have no idea. The fitting is perfect however. I now own $300 ear plugs :)

post #3878 of 3897

Similar question.  Is anyone other than the two Livewires shops making cables these days?  I see a lot of UE aftermarket cables being talked about, but is there anything similar for the Livewires that would upgrade the sound and or be a better overall cable?

 

jerry

post #3879 of 3897
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Originally Posted by lostboy View Post

Similar question.  Is anyone other than the two Livewires shops making cables these days?  I see a lot of UE aftermarket cables being talked about, but is there anything similar for the Livewires that would upgrade the sound and or be a better overall cable?

 

jerry



All you are really asking is if any of those cable manufacturers will terminate their cable with MCX plugs (i.e. the Livewires style connector) rather than the dual pin approach of UE, etc.  I'm sure a number will do that for you.  I'd recommend stevenkelby as one cost effective option.

post #3880 of 3897

Hey Folks - I know I was interested in the LiveWire Trips forever but I decided to go with Fidelity Triples in the end. 

 

It was a total of 1 month between sending impressions and receiving the Triples. Fit is great, finish is great.

 

I can honestly say they sound amazing now. I do have a small amount of hiss with the uDac as well as my Zero but not noticeable enough at normal volumes. I can even hear it with my iPhone. 

 

I've noticed a few things though:

1) They sound better with better sources - sounds obvious I know. It means the Triples are a transparent window in to what you're listening. 

2) They are track dependent. Along with the transparency thing means that if a track lacks bass then it simply isn't there. Listen to tracks that are well known for their distinctive features, e.g. good sub-zero bass, wide soundstage, realistic recording of acoustic instruments etc. I always used to use Bjork's Hyperballad to test bass response and evenness across the spectrum which was good but then I played some Amon Tobin and it went even lower. 
3) They need burn-in. They now have about 320 hours on them and they sound great. It was sketchy in the first 100 or so. They sounded terrible - really bad. 

 

All that to say if you're finding things a little shaky/long with LiveWres maybe try Fidelity? 

 

Oh and I didn't have to pay customs!!!

 

James

post #3881 of 3897

^That's a surprise. Plenty of people here have had negative feedback with the Fidelity Trips. They said compared to the Livewires, it sounds muddy, weird, etc. Anyway, it's good there's nothing wrong with yours. Maybe they perfected the technology.

post #3882 of 3897

Yeah it does seem that all is sweetness and light with my pair. No mud, nice soundstage and sound great out of the iPhone 3G - though a tiny bit shrill at times and slightly lacking in bass authority. iPhone 4 fixes this...but more on that soon i hope. 

 

post #3883 of 3897

Have had my LW Trips since Nov (early Christmas present) and honestly it took me a few days to get used to them and the fit.  Now that I know what the "perfect" fit feels like AND sounds like, they are sweet.  My only complaint has been the cable.  I ordered clear cables but they sent me 2 black cables instead.  No big deal, but I am getting some cutting in and out when I move certain ways and am almost 100% sure that it is the cable connector and not the internals of the IEM itself.  I have tried to contact them via email and phone and left messages.  I got one call back and a vmx, but know solution left in the message, just a request to call them to discuss the issue.

 

Other than the cable issue (which I can see as the weak link in their product) I LOVE them.  I may research a new cable from a different manufacturer to see if I can get clear and better quality cable to solve all the issues.

 

Love the sound of these things though...for me and my listening and my previous experiences (limited) they are amazing.

 

I use the iBasso T3 amp and it is NOT hiss free, but it TOTALLY drives these things the way they are meant to be driven.  I have listened to them without the amp and they are still good, but the iPod just doesn't have the umph to drive them the way they want to be driven.

 

Sproles

post #3884 of 3897

So I posted back in post number 3860 (previous page I believe) about the catastrophe that happened when I tried ordering cables from Jon Diles and the former (?) EarPiece Technologies. Not user what the deal is right now with the company name, but I do know that the Tennessee branch is the one that has taken over. Anyway, I ordered some cables from the Tennessee folks, I think they call themselves Fidelity now, or some such. I received my cables in a timely manner, though they didn't have the "rugged", thick cables that I had tried ordering from Jon Diles.

 

What's more, I sent my earphones in for repair, as I was experiencing decreased highs in the left ear, and they fixed it for free! No charge! I am very happy that Fidelity has taken on the LiveWire brand and continues to add support where EarPiece and Jon Diles have now failed.

post #3885 of 3897
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Originally Posted by ezzieyguywuf View Post

So I posted back in post number 3860 (previous page I believe) about the catastrophe that happened when I tried ordering cables from Jon Diles and the former (?) EarPiece Technologies. Not user what the deal is right now with the company name, but I do know that the Tennessee branch is the one that has taken over. Anyway, I ordered some cables from the Tennessee folks, I think they call themselves Fidelity now, or some such. I received my cables in a timely manner, though they didn't have the "rugged", thick cables that I had tried ordering from Jon Diles.

 

What's more, I sent my earphones in for repair, as I was experiencing decreased highs in the left ear, and they fixed it for free! No charge! I am very happy that Fidelity has taken on the LiveWire brand and continues to add support where EarPiece and Jon Diles have now failed.


I still haven't gotten the cable that I ordered on March 29th.  John Diles replied to one email after that, but the email that I sent in June hasn't been replied to.  I almost forgot about it till i read your post today.

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