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post #16 of 35
I just bought a HeadRoom Total Bithead and am using it as a USB DAC / Headphone amp. My new SE530's revealed a lot of noise in my MBP's headphone jack that I hadn't heard before.

I'm finding the Total Bithead is a tremendous improvement over the built-in headphone jack.

However I wasn't nearly as impressed with it when attached to my iPod 5G (80GB Video) and used simply as an analog headphone amp. It is probably a better match for full-size headphones that like more power.
post #17 of 35
I know what you mean about finding new detail in music. I lost some low-end Sonys, which allowed me to get my E4cs a few years ago. Wow, night and day difference, all my music was new again. Enjoy!
post #18 of 35
Hi everyone,
Its my first post I found out about the screaming deal on scl4's and just HAD to get them, even though there is a moratorium on the purchase of new headphones/iem in this household. I just couldn't pass the deal up! I also helped a friend in Canada get a pair bcz apparently MF wouldn't ship them to Canada, so the cost was even less for me bcz he kicked in $20 for my effort.
When they first got here, I was pretty sure I liked the bass in my Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 EB more but didnt pass judgement bcz I wanted them to burn in a bit- if that even makes a difference. I also thought the tips that came on the monitors were fine and didn't really mess around with other tips. I let them burn in for a few days and decided that my UE's were still my favs but I would leave these hooked up to my computer so I wouldn't have to wear my Ultrasone DJ1 Pro's when other people were around or if I just wanted a quick listen I could pop them in. Bcz I only spent $50 I was very happy. Yesterday, they kept falling out and I decided to mess with the tips and I liked the flanged tips but cut the third flange off and they fit awesome and sound INCREDIBLE! I was happy with them before, but I am thrilled with them now I think they have replaced the UE's. I have a new cable coming for the UE's so we will see if they take control again but for now, the SCL4's are the winners. I should know by now that these need a good seal.

I spent ll day here browsing and becoming sucked into the world of $150 cables and sexy rigs and am super glad to be here.
post #19 of 35
Thread Starter 
nice collection of phones lol.

i tried the triple flanges as well, couldn't get them in deep enough to sound good. maybe i'll try cutting the 3rd flange off
post #20 of 35
Jealous~~ I went to a near-by guitar center. Their computer showed that they had one pair in stock, but it was nowhere to be found :-(...
post #21 of 35
Did anyone you listened to both, the Shure SLC4 and the UE super.fi 5 pro and could compare them?

And: can you advise any shop sells the SLC4 and ships to Germany?
(At music123.com the SLC is out.)
If anyone likes to sell his used SLC4, I enjoy your PM.

Thanks.
post #22 of 35
The E4/SCL4 have a very clear, pronounced midrange (the "Shure house sound"), with less emphasis on very deep bass and upper treble.

To me the Super.fi 5 Pros have deeper bass and a more delicate extended high-end, and sound great over extended listening sessions (such as very long flights where I have used them). The UE mids are not as strong, which some may find objectionable compared to Shures, and others have compared the UE bass as somewhat bloated or loose. I don't have a problem with the UE sound, and prefer it over the Shures for many genres. I also have been lucky in not having fit problems with UEs, or any of my IEMs.

I still listen to all my Shures, but bring my UEs on my trips (the UE replaceable cable is another plus when traveling).

One of Head-Fi's sponsors, earphonesolutions.com, has SCL4s in stock and they ship internationally. I have used them for US shipments and they have been a great online vendor.
post #23 of 35
@Dobber65
Thanks for your hints
post #24 of 35
Do the scl4 benefit from burn in?
post #25 of 35
i wish i coulda got in on the $80 scl4 deal a few months ago... they sold out fast
post #26 of 35
Just got some today. If I can't adjust to the sound soon, they'll be up for sale. I bought them as a backup to my ie8 for exercise yard work etc. But they sound so thin compared to ie8. Yes I have a good seal. Mids are so harsh as others have said, bass is too weak for me. I know they are a way different animal than ie8 and don't expect that kind of bass..just expected some at least. Maybe I will get used to them. Was so excited when my local Guitar center still had some for $80 today!
post #27 of 35
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Originally Posted by Del Griffith View Post
Just got some today. If I can't adjust to the sound soon, they'll be up for sale. I bought them as a backup to my ie8 for exercise yard work etc. But they sound so thin compared to ie8. Yes I have a good seal. Mids are so harsh as others have said, bass is too weak for me. I know they are a way different animal than ie8 and don't expect that kind of bass..just expected some at least. Maybe I will get used to them. Was so excited when my local Guitar center still had some for $80 today!
If you look at the freq. response chart for the IE8 and SE310 (Closest to SCL4)

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You will see that the IE8 is quite hot in the mid bass - bass frequencies.
post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Del Griffith View Post
Just got some today. If I can't adjust to the sound soon, they'll be up for sale. I bought them as a backup to my ie8 for exercise yard work etc. But they sound so thin compared to ie8. Yes I have a good seal. Mids are so harsh as others have said, bass is too weak for me. I know they are a way different animal than ie8 and don't expect that kind of bass..just expected some at least. Maybe I will get used to them. Was so excited when my local Guitar center still had some for $80 today!
try different tips! coming from super bassy IEM such as the mdr-ex71 I find the scl4 almost perfect as far as bass is concerned (and I like my bass - two JL audio subs in my car)

they do sound thin every once in awhile, depending on the song/etc..
post #29 of 35
Yeah...I'm sure it's just such a huge difference after bass of ie8. I haven't had much time with them yet. I did notice the drums on Rush's live snakes & arrows sound very natural..more of every little detail on Neals drum solo. I will spend alot of time listening tmorow. I sure notice the vocals being more up front on these...probably love it after some more time. Thanks for the advice..
post #30 of 35
Yea. They are completely different beasts.
I don't think they benefit from burn in, but you do get used to the sound. I personally like the lower bass. It makes the mids and highs show.
Though I personally love the Shure Olives. Great seal, and comfortable too.
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