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post #451 of 3897
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Originally Posted by fatman711 View Post
so how do these sound compared to let's say the e500s or the se530?
I think that comparison comes out mixed. I believe one early reviewer felt that the E500/SE530 sounded better to their ears than their LiveWires, but HeadphoneAddict, someone who has owned both, prefers the LiveWires.

I'm guessing like most of the IEMs in the upper range, it all comes down to preference/priorities, like what music you listen to and how you like your sound shaped.

Deciding on priorities might bring up the discussion of LiveWires being custom instead of universal, comfort, less microphonic cable, etc.
post #452 of 3897
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Originally Posted by fatman711 View Post
so how do these sound compared to let's say the e500s or the se530?
SEE POST BELOW - a post for the Denon C700 thread ended up here by accident.
post #453 of 3897
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Originally Posted by PeterDLai View Post
I think that comparison comes out mixed. I believe one early reviewer felt that the E500/SE530 sounded better to their ears than their LiveWires, but HeadphoneAddict, someone who has owned both, prefers the LiveWires.

I'm guessing like most of the IEMs in the upper range, it all comes down to preference/priorities, like what music you listen to and how you like your sound shaped.

Deciding on priorities might bring up the discussion of LiveWires being custom instead of universal, comfort, less microphonic cable, etc.
The Livewires are closer to an Etymotic in detail, but with more bass than an Etymotic, combined with more midrange warmth like the SE530. Or, they could be said to be like Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro without the midrange suckout, and more warmth without being too bright. In other words, nothing like the Etymotic or Ultimate Ears.

The SE530 are more mellow than most balanced armatures, and with the right tips can be more balanced. They don't seem to add unfortunate coloration to the music, and the Denon and Livewires similarly just reproduce the music so that you can hear past the earphones and get right to the instruments and voices.

But, the highs are more etched with the Livewires than SE530 or Denon, and some people want the more mellow sound. Then you get reports that the person likes the SE530 better. I think there is a right time for either kind of sound. The Denon are a middle ground, and I think are a bridge between the mellow SE530 and the more detailed full range Livewires.
post #454 of 3897
I am getting my SE530s in a couple days... I will compare and offer my two cents when I get a listen! Sometimes the livewires fatigue my ears. I want to see if that just happens with the in your face sound of IEMs or whether its the livewires themselves. I am a grado, indie rock kind of girl and prefer "fun" cans...but sometimes you just want to mellow out. Therefore, headphoneaddict is right...there is a right time for each sound... I am hoping that the SE530s will be a good middle ground.

With customs its a toss up. You can't really grasp the sound until you have the IEMs in your ears for examination and that goes for any headphone...but with customs there is an extra risk. Hopefully I can offer some of my own tidbits in this much asked for comparison.
post #455 of 3897
for the real fast music which sounds better or more fun??? se530 or livewire.
post #456 of 3897
how are these impacted by rain? and sweat in teh ears?
post #457 of 3897
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Originally Posted by FeedMeTrance View Post
how are these impacted by rain? and sweat in teh ears?
I always cover my head in serious rain (umbrella) so I can't comment on that.

Sweat is dependent on the individual and the weather. I experience it more on humid days (here in FeedMeTrance's Australia ).

For me two hours of Livewires generally leads to a sweat related itchiness that I can quickly address by having a brief Livewires-free period (for the ears to dry out a bit) during which time I clean the Livewires with an Alcohol Swab - you can get these in a bulk pack from a chemist, FeedMeTrance - I've always cleaned my IEMs with them after use so I've got a clean set of IEMs ready the next time I need 'em - they're also handy for cleaning tips when sharing other IEMs at meets ).
post #458 of 3897
How to these compare to the UE Triple.fi 10's?

I though I read in the forums that somebody sold their Triple.fi once they got the Livewires, but I can't find the post.
post #459 of 3897
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Originally Posted by wquiles View Post
How to these compare to the UE Triple.fi 10's?

I though I read in the forums that somebody sold their Triple.fi once they got the Livewires, but I can't find the post.
Is this what you are looking for?

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/my-...ml#post3601397

I actually had the LW first, and decided I had to try the Triple.fi 10 Pro just in case I was missing something. They went away as partial trade plus my ER6i and cash for some vintage STAX Lambda Signature headphones.

If I didn't already have Livewires, SE530, Denon C700, and Altec IM716 I would have kept both the Triple.fi and ER6i, but such is life. I actually haven't listened to my SE530 since 11/05/07, but that is another story for another time...
post #460 of 3897
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Is this what you are looking for?

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/my-...ml#post3601397

I actually had the LW first, and decided I had to try the Triple.fi 10 Pro just in case I was missing something. They went away as partial trade plus my ER6i and cash for some vintage STAX Lambda Signature headphones.

If I didn't already have Livewires, SE530, Denon C700, and Altec IM716 I would have kept both the Triple.fi and ER6i, but such is life. I actually haven't listened to my SE530 since 11/05/07, but that is another story for another time...
Yes, I think that was the one - thanks much!

I really, really like the sound from my Triple 10's, but have not been able to find happiness with any of the universal tips, so as my last resort I am trying custom tips from AverySound:
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/cus...1/#post3684189

If this "fails", I am MOST definitely going for a true custom IEM, either the Livewires (2-driver) or the fairly new FreQ (3-driver), both which cost even less than my Triple 10's. In fact, I can sell my Triple 10's and have enough money left over to buy either one of those two!

Will
post #461 of 3897
Is there any consensus on the best way to take the mold impressions? Closed mouth or open mouth, or occasionally opening your mouth as recommended by Live Wire? I'm probably going to get mine done this week, and I'm confused as to what to tell the audiologist.
post #462 of 3897
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Originally Posted by lindakoy View Post
Is there any consensus on the best way to take the mold impressions? Closed mouth or open mouth, or occasionally opening your mouth as recommended by Live Wire? I'm probably going to get mine done this week, and I'm confused as to what to tell the audiologist.
Molds and and impressions are two different things. You only need the impressions, not molds which are expensive. Make sure you explain to the audiologist you only need the impressions. My audiologist did them for free, so they shouldn't cost you much to have impressions made.

I had my impressions done with my mouth in a relaxed position, but it seems the consensus is that open mouthed impressions have been yielding a better fit.
post #463 of 3897
I had my impressions done open mouthed using a bite block and never had any fit issues with mine.
post #464 of 3897
^ I did mine like that as well, I hope I get a nice snug fit
post #465 of 3897
open mouth, with a bite block and a wad of paper towel for the drooling.
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