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post #31 of 52
As some of you may have seen - making the same decision myself.

Would it be fair to say that the X10s are the more consumer version - while the C3s are a little more professional targeted?
I've seen a few reviews where people seem to think that the Custom 3s sound better (with the extra money for the Images largely going to style/compactness/comfort). On the flip side I certainly have seen reviews bashing the C3s and vs X10s...

Related question to those above - how would you guys compare the sound signatures of the C3s and X10s? i.e C3 closer to Shure, X10 to UE?
post #32 of 52
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Originally Posted by schneller View Post
tstarn06: Thank you for your replies. You are being so helpful!

For trance music: Custom 3 or X10?

Build quality/durability: Custom 3 or X10?

At $150 and $175, respectively, would you say that the Custom 3 and X10 are the best values on the market at the moment?

Trance music sample: YouTube - Imogen Heap - Hide & Seek (Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise 6)
Don't listen to much trance, but I have heard Imogen Heap. I'd say X10s.

Durability? Only owned them for less than a month, so can't help you there.

#3 is a definite yes. I know other Head Fi'ers have not been too hyped by the Custom 3s, but if you can get a good fit, they sound smooth and warm, with lots of detail, good bass response, but highs are a little rolled off. Warmer than the X10s, but that isn't anything new, based on previous posts. The key is fit. The chances of the X10s fitting comfortably are very high. If the Custom 3s fit, they are definitely superior to other $150 IEMs, such as the US SF5 v2s, which I sent back within a week. There is a thread from Headphoneaddict that says a model from NuForce are nearly as good as the X10s, honest, and they are $49 on Amazon. Check that out too.

But if the Custom 3s fit, I think they are a very good value, as are the X10s. Again, as someone noted, they are very different animals, based on style, usage, etc.
post #33 of 52
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Originally Posted by schneller View Post
tstarn06: Thank you for your replies. You are being so helpful!

For trance music: Custom 3 or X10?

Build quality/durability: Custom 3 or X10?

At $150 and $175, respectively, would you say that the Custom 3 and X10 are the best values on the market at the moment?

Trance music sample: YouTube - Imogen Heap - Hide & Seek (Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise 6)

Trance: X10 (definitely!)
Durability: C3's (definitely!)
I can't tell you if these are the best value, but definitely take advantage of this half-off opportunity!! Remember these phones are actually worth $350... so it's like the compactness comes free with the same sound (better!) than mid-end phones :P

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Originally Posted by the_dong146 View Post
As some of you may have seen - making the same decision myself.

Would it be fair to say that the X10s are the more consumer version - while the C3s are a little more professional targeted?
I've seen a few reviews where people seem to think that the Custom 3s sound better (with the extra money for the Images largely going to style/compactness/comfort). On the flip side I certainly have seen reviews bashing the C3s and vs X10s...

Related question to those above - how would you guys compare the sound signatures of the C3s and X10s? i.e C3 closer to Shure, X10 to UE?
I would definitely agree the X10's are a more consumer-type version -> remember this isn't necessarily a downside: with the C3's you will get a flat, analytical sound with less bass, definitely more proffesional but not as "fun" if you're catching on to what i'm saying here (to some this may be less enjoyable (don't get me wrong I'm sure you'd love these anyway!)). That's why the site claims it's for musicians.
The sound signature of the X10's will give them a "Warmer" sound with A LOT of bass response.

I also don't like the fact that youre paying for compactness; but what can you do... The sound on the X10's must be worth it.
post #34 of 52
How about this...

Which would be better un-amped? X10 or C3?

(Which drivers are more efficient?)
post #35 of 52
It's a tie.
post #36 of 52
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
It's a tie.
Yeah, maybe the X10's are a bit more efficient because they only use a single driver. Let's put it this way: Custom's would have more improved sound with an amp then X10's with an amp.
post #37 of 52
Again you guys have been great - looking to pull the trigger very soon. Would it be fair to say the C3 sound signature is closer to Shure, while the X10 is closer to UE?

Given that I mainly listen to rock, with top bands being Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton etc. - thoughts on which would perform better? The X10s?
post #38 of 52
I have been reading a lot, and I don't think I like what people are saying about the X10s have recessed mids (along with strong bass and crisp highs, etc.) I tend to be someone who likes a strong mid-range but also does not lack bass or highs.

I wonder if this means I would prefer the C3s or X5s?
post #39 of 52
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Yeah, maybe the X10's are a bit more efficient because they only use a single driver. Let's put it this way: Custom's would have more improved sound with an amp then X10's with an amp.
I can't speak to the Custom 3s, but can say that the X10s sound great with my iPhone 3G and iPod 5.5g. And whereas adding the Supermacro really improves the UEs, it does less to the X10s.

Overall, I think the X10s work really well unamped due to the punchy bass, and overall smooth sound. They are not fatiguing, but still have plenty of detail in the highs for me. I've listened to the Shure E5c and vModa vibe, and those were too bassy with rolled off highs. The X10s really sound nothing like those, and to my ears, are nearly perfect sounding for portable sources.
post #40 of 52
Agree. An amp is nice, but not necessary (and delivers very little incremental improvement).
post #41 of 52
How about Hip Hop & R&B, how does these 2 phones compare, which of them would you guys recommend? but actually i'm leaning towards the Custom 3's for its low profile design.
post #42 of 52
Custom 3s are no more low profile than the X10s, just a different style. The X10s are as low a profile as you will find, the "netbook" of IEMs. The X10s seem more suited to Hip/Hop and R&B (big Roots fan here).
post #43 of 52
How about for the rock genre (bands for me again are Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton).

To note - I much prefer(red) the sound signature of my Shure SCL4s compared to my MS1s - though those of course are very, very different beasts...
post #44 of 52
After much reading - starting to lean towards the X10s - any final thoughts?

Only things really holding me back is the slight (at this point) concern they might be a little too bassy and the durability/microphonics issue... Ordering soon!
post #45 of 52
again, C3's were originally designed for analytical musicians.
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