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Phonak Audeo - Grey or Black Filters?

post #1 of 58
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Which do you prefer...
post #2 of 58
Tried them without filters? Just watch the volume, they get loud....
post #3 of 58
So there should be a "no filters" option also? Too bright for me with the grey filters.
post #4 of 58
I like the grey filters with shure olives.
post #5 of 58
Maybe I'll try them again when my olives get here eventually.
post #6 of 58
I am using black filters with Shure Olives.
post #7 of 58
Black here too.
post #8 of 58
Just got them and tried both of 'em. I now have to say I prefer the black but haven't really compared that much.
post #9 of 58
I mostly use the black filters. Kind of depends on my mood, what I'm listening to, and how lazy I am about changing them. I love the option though.
post #10 of 58
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Originally Posted by wbrownie View Post
Tried them without filters? Just watch the volume, they get loud....
Do these things cut off at a certain volume or something? Or do they just not get loud without an amp?
post #11 of 58
Depends. For me, they do not deliver enough volume with a specific DAP, the Sansa Clip, and sometimes have trouble on the same front with the Zune80. But, as someone else mentioned, it can also be dependent on tracks themselves. As you know, many of today's producers master tracks loudly, compared to say old Zep or 70s tracks. Those newer tracks come through loud and clear with the PFEs, while others need to be cranked to max. And I am not talking about eardrum shattering sound, either. I am 56 years old, so I do try to protect my hearing.

Anyway, I am starting to really love the sound that the amped PFEs can deliver, moreso than any other IEM I've owned. So for me, it's a no brainer, hook up either the Minibox E+ or even the E5 and problem solved without any sound degradation (using the E5, that is).

So not sure that answers your questions.

Other PFE owners say they never have any issues with volume, which is good for them.

Also, the stock silicone sleeves seem to be a bit louder, as the Compys may absorb a little sound, though I prefer the foamies for fit/isolation. Again, I am willing to give up some volume since I prefer using an amp. If the PFEs were as efficient as the W3s, they would be perfect in my view. But that's just my view.

I know it sounds nuts that these phones are getting such good feedback, but I don't believe its a FOTM situation, I really don't. Only one way to find out, since you are a veteran head-fi'er. And with the 14-day MBG, where's the risk?
post #12 of 58
This graph from Phonak was discussed in another thread.



It does seem that from user comments that the Black filters require more power. I've not tested this theory. I have compared the Black to Grey 3 times and prefer Grey only for personal preference.
post #13 of 58
I prefer the Grey filters as well. The blacks make them too dark for me.
post #14 of 58
Yea I'm thinking now I like both, its going to be hard for me to decide which I like better Depends on the music for me.
post #15 of 58
I use no filters more detail it's bright but not fatiguing. But I prefer the grey ones.
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