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The God of Sony Earphones Has Arrived!!! Behold the MDR-E484(B)

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yes, finally!!! After the tough five-week long wait of my package to float across the Atlantic Ocean, it has finally arrived today! The magnificantly crafted Sony NUDE cela MDR-E484(B) in black with silver trim is going to subject to my week long test with various machines and media. After an hour long refurbishing of the earphone (don't want to describe the sickening process), here is an initial impression of this overhyped cult-following earphone god, to see if it really can stand against its well known myth...

Machine: Sony Discman D-777 (Mega Bass Level 1)
Media: New Order Retro - FAN Disc

The bass is absolutely stunning even at level 1, I tried level 2 for a short while and I thought everything's gonna blow... It's that good! Really solid BOOM BOOM BOOM deep bass, even a tad deeper and smoother than my MDR-E472 (sister model, lower end)... The 484 is just overwhelming with its bass reproduction... never heard anything like it before... The 484 also is very very detailed, thanks to its LC-OFC cord I guess... The soundstage is just superwide and sound much more airy than the 888, even under the exact same specs... It is just a totally different beast! But the highs are just not as crisp as the 888 I gotta admit... The highs is where the Aiwa HP-D9 is king, but the loose fitting leaks all the bass away unless I use foamies with it which would kill the details a bit, but the Aiwa just cannot reproduce the thunderous yet zero distortion bass of the 484... The fitting of the 484 is also much better than the 472 for some reason, my 484 is just as comfy as my 888... and the wire outer insulation is exactly the same as the nice rubbery 888 cord, with the addition of a screw-on unimatch plug... The silver trim of the 484 is just right, not like the 888 where there is too much chrome to make it look like a pair of ear rings.

I guess my vocabulary is just lacking, and is still very shocked at how the 484 can deliver... It is like the Aiwa HP-D9 on steroids This is no hype, it's the real McCoy!

I gotta thank the headwize board and various members here for getting me into this pursuit and not giving up on the 484 right from the start! I gotta stress that the 484 is probably nothing compare to the Ety's or Shure's... but to me it is pretty good already really! I like it more than my V7!

Okay Purk, gimme a week of use to see if my D9 would finally admit defeat... hehe

By the way, it's exactly the same as the black one in my pic gallery... I won't post any pics of it as of yet... need to borrow a digicam from my friend first...
post #2 of 14
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Nice to know they've been worth the wait.
post #3 of 14
as i remembered,the cord of 484 seems to be more glossy and durable then the cord of 888. And the plug is much better quality.
NEO
post #4 of 14

Re: The God of Sony Earphones Has Arrived!!! Behold the MDR-E484(B)

So, where do you get these?

Quote:
Originally posted by krayzie
Yes, finally!!! After the tough five-week long wait of my package to float across the Atlantic Ocean, it has finally arrived today! The magnificantly crafted Sony NUDE cela MDR-E484(B) in black with silver trim is going to subject to my week long test with various machines and media. After an hour long refurbishing of the earphone (don't want to describe the sickening process), here is an initial impression of this overhyped cult-following earphone god, to see if it really can stand against its well known myth...

Machine: Sony Discman D-777 (Mega Bass Level 1)
Media: New Order Retro - FAN Disc

The bass is absolutely stunning even at level 1, I tried level 2 for a short while and I thought everything's gonna blow... It's that good! Really solid BOOM BOOM BOOM deep bass, even a tad deeper and smoother than my MDR-E472 (sister model, lower end)... The 484 is just overwhelming with its bass reproduction... never heard anything like it before... The 484 also is very very detailed, thanks to its LC-OFC cord I guess... The soundstage is just superwide and sound much more airy than the 888, even under the exact same specs... It is just a totally different beast! But the highs are just not as crisp as the 888 I gotta admit... The highs is where the Aiwa HP-D9 is king, but the loose fitting leaks all the bass away unless I use foamies with it which would kill the details a bit, but the Aiwa just cannot reproduce the thunderous yet zero distortion bass of the 484... The fitting of the 484 is also much better than the 472 for some reason, my 484 is just as comfy as my 888... and the wire outer insulation is exactly the same as the nice rubbery 888 cord, with the addition of a screw-on unimatch plug... The silver trim of the 484 is just right, not like the 888 where there is too much chrome to make it look like a pair of ear rings.

I guess my vocabulary is just lacking, and is still very shocked at how the 484 can deliver... It is like the Aiwa HP-D9 on steroids This is no hype, it's the real McCoy!

I gotta thank the headwize board and various members here for getting me into this pursuit and not giving up on the 484 right from the start! I gotta stress that the 484 is probably nothing compare to the Ety's or Shure's... but to me it is pretty good already really! I like it more than my V7!

Okay Purk, gimme a week of use to see if my D9 would finally admit defeat... hehe

By the way, it's exactly the same as the black one in my pic gallery... I won't post any pics of it as of yet... need to borrow a digicam from my friend first...
post #5 of 14
congrats on your new toy, hopefully your E484 will live a long productive life E888s do really have weak bass... I remember my friend, who is used to E888s, saying "Holy, that's a lot more bass than I expected!" when he first heard ER4Ps. You don't hear that often with a person trying Etys for the first time
post #6 of 14
Woow, it sounds interesting, where I can find it?

would you show me the link of the earphone?

Thanks
post #7 of 14
Krayzie,
Congratulations. In my book, E484 is second only to the ETY-4s in earbuds/canal phones (I never did try the ER6). I believe that E484 sounds smoother and less grainy than its sister model, the E472. Bass has good definition, but greatly improved w/ a high quality headphone out. Don't forget to give us a good review. Thanks.



Purk
post #8 of 14
How about a pic?
post #9 of 14
Uncledan,

Sony MDR-E484 was the best earphones ever created from Sony. It has been long long discontinued from the early 1990's. If you send me your e-mail, I can send you a picture of it. E484 is very very rare and equips w/ LC-OFC copper wire, and ceramic housing. It sister model, E472, was a standard earphones for a highend Sony Discman (D-303, D-35, and D-9).


Purk
post #10 of 14
Sure, this is my e-mail: danielmokca@yahoo.com

(That is why I can not find any pic of E484 in internet)
post #11 of 14
Ive got a pair but one channel has cracks at high freqs

Deff better than the 888s.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I bought the 484 on eBay out of pure luck and faith... since it came with some old ass Sony Walkman and the picture of the earphone was so tiny to begin with...

If you click on the link of my signature, you'll find a lot of pics of the 484...

Kind of off topic, but I just got my Aiwa PX-1000 this morning... the thing looks so minty, but yet it didn't work at first on the contrary to the eBay auction description as it couldn't even start the tape, just auto-reversing like mad... so I opened it up, lubed everything with Teflon grease (which is a much harder task than with a Sony... Aiwa is pretty stupid on repair friendly designs), and now it works perfectly thank goodness... Paired it with my 484 for the whole day today while outside... Sounds good so far, but the BBE setting completely neutralized the heavy bass of the 484... more testing is needed...
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally posted by krayzie
Kind of off topic, but I just got my Aiwa PX-1000 this morning... the thing looks so minty
i HAVE to see the PX1000!!! *drool* i'm so jealous right now (the E484's factor in it as well).

krayzie, congrats on your new toys. you'll have to let me know what you think of the PX1000 once you got all the kinks worked out.

cheers.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Oh man, just paired the PX1000 with the Aiwa HP-D9... my goodness, I'm having second thoughts about the 484... maybe this is a brand thing... same brand products work better among themselves...

Like with this all Aiwa setup now, the amount of detail that I can hear is just tremendous! I admit, the D9 is more on the cold side when it comes to music, but it's really true... I can hear more things with the D9 than with the 484 (no, I don't mean the tape hiss LOL!)... seems as if the presence is just that much more... not that the 484 suck in anywayz, of course not! I have yet to pair the 484 with a Sony tape player... need to do that by the end of the week to compare... it's like the war of the brands now! Sony VS. Aiwa in Porta-Mania 2003! hehe

The mids of both the 484 and D9 are comparable, but the 484 is better with the lows and the D9 is better with the highs... the BBE effect could be really brought out by the D9 than the 484... The same with the 484 which brings out the bass capability of my Sony D-777... The D9 makes the D-777's Mega Bass useless even at level 2...

BTW, with the all Aiwa setup, I can't use BBE Sound level 2 as the sound would be overly bright... same thing as I can't use Mega Bass level 2 with 484 as it would sound like a nuclear explosion!

Edit: Hey an interesting find... Yang told me that Sony use a different color at this spot of the driver for different earphone models... and yet the 472 and 484 both have the pink color... so both models look identical in terms of their drivers... another evidence that they share the same drivers...
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