Alright... STOP already... I'll get some
post #76 of 3029
1/29/09 at 8:15pm
I just spent 45 minutes walking the pup with the Phonaks on half the time, amped with the E5 on my Touch 2G, and the other half with the W3s unamped (no need), and I am stunned to say I enjoyed listening more with the PFEs. I know, it's nuts. And I know it should not be that way. But as you say, your ears do the reacting. Try as I might to say, well, those $400 IEMs are kicking the $130 IEM's butt, I can't. It is pretty close, but the clarity of the PFEs is the critical differentiator for me. All other factors aside, it comes down to that. Don't know about Deal of the Century, but a very good deal it is. And for the first time, I could actually understand the lyrics in a couple of songs I've been listening to for 30 years!
Again, I am going to keep the W3s. Between the two IEMs, I am as happy as a pig in ____!
Yup these really are a pleasure to put on, have had them on almost to the point of exhaustion! Been using the E5 on occasion too and I'm struggling to fathom if (at least for an IEM) it can get better than this!
Other than the volume deficiency there is very little these do wrong. I would agree that vocals are a dream, so open, natural and buttery smooth. Equally impressive is how busy passages are handled so effortlessly, the same as you would expect from any decent full-sized can.
Just need to buy a stockpile of T130s now though it's a shame no one on ebay seems to have any.