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post #211 of 751
So am I reading this right, Shure olives fit on these?
post #212 of 751
yes, average_joe wrestled them on. The ADDIEM sound tube is not as thick as other canal phones (like Sony), more like the PFEs, which also will accept the olives. Might try it myself.

Update: Wow, they went on pretty easily. Never thought to try them. Nice. Using the mediums.

Moved back to the Sony hybrids, and they sound much better to me, olives not the right tips for these phones. Just my view, of course. Using medium Sony hybrids, the orange stems. Bass is much more pronounced, more soundstage, depth, something. They sound better.
post #213 of 751
So how do these compare to NE-7ms?
post #214 of 751

Short NE-7 comparison

NE-7M: Bassier, colored midrange with weird cupped sound, treble peak
Addiems- less bass, smooth mids, slight treble peak, more balanced and detailed, tip experimentation encouraged

Both good phones
post #215 of 751
Apple In-Ear Headphones aslo work with Apple iPhone 3G - eBay (item 270376242274 end time May-17-09 18:25:38 PDT)

Thinking about purchasing some of these....hmmm. I've definitely not been happy with the NE-7m's. Alright sound, bad fit, and my replacement pair is crapping out on me.
post #216 of 751
Quote:
Originally Posted by bixby View Post
NE-7M: Bassier, colored midrange with weird cupped sound, treble peak
Addiems- less bass, smooth mids, slight treble peak, more balanced and detailed, tip experimentation encouraged

Both good phones
Matches my impression. The Ne-7m's colored mid range and weird imaging made me send them back. The treble was also a little too hot for me.

The ADDIEMs I liked better. Better clarity but I thought the SCL4 at $80 were better so returned them.

Both good at their price points.
post #217 of 751
Just got them today in the mail.

Initial impressions, pre burn-in, out-of-the-box, with default tips:

1) Same old bad to open, good looking packaging that makes me feel like they don't want me to get into their earphones like other makers

* The cord is quite microphonic as others have stated and even still a tad microphonic if worn around-the-ear. 2nd/3rd most microphonic cord I've heard behind the microphonic king, the Sennheiser CX300 and the iM716.

* Laid-back sound signature, however not as laid back as the Jays s-Jays. The s-Jays are about 6 rows back, the ADDIEM 4 1/2 rows back, the NE-7M about 3 1/2 rows back, the Denon C751 about 1 1/2 rows back. I prefer my sound signature not as forward as the NE-7M but not as laid back as the ADDIEM so I still haven't found the perfect earphone in this aspect :P

* Focused on the mids but surprisingly good tight bass, particularly considering it's pre burn-in. At least it was much tighter than the s-Jays at the same stage of burn-in, which suffered from uncontrolled bass pre burn-in (tightens up with it).

* Clarity is the best of any sub $100 IEM i've heard (And I've heard lots, see my sig). Sure, the Head-Direct RE-2 could be argued against this, but I feel the RE-2 is significantly more coloured sounding than the ADDIEM.

* ADDIEM + well recorded music (e.g. old Rush, Porcupine Tree) = makes the earphone really shine. Detail in the mids = the best out of any sub $100 earphone.

The ADDIEM isn't super detailed however it is no slouch either on this aspect.

Soundstage and instrument separation: I'm mixed about this. However, thing is with good sub $100 earphones, all have their unique soundstages. the ADDIEM's soundstage is still 'in-your-head' (the NE-7M is the only earphone that has a feeling of 'outside-the-head' soundstage under US$100 I've heard). What unique about the ADDIEM is that the 'behind the head' aspect of the soundstage is more evident than other IEM's. It's not as wide as the RE2 but in terms of overall 'rounded' '3D' soundstage, the ADDIEM is best in this aspect under US$100.
Instrument separation is interesting as I find this is a weak aspect of the ADDIEM. it just doesn't do instrument separation well. Apart from the drums, which are recessed at times, the rest of the instruments are to either side about 20-30 degrees from one another.

Otherwise, yet, the ADDIEM are worth the price of admission.

Let's see what happens with a bit of burn-in over the next few days.
post #218 of 751
You are convinced that BA drivers benefit from burn-in? Some say it's only important for dynamic IEMs. Others feel there could be something called "brain burn in" for all phones.

Also, I agree with much of your assessment, and did a comparison with the RE2 as well, and especially agree on the differences. Nice quickie review. Funniest thing is average_joe earlier posted that the instrument separation was way wide, in fact maybe even too wide for him. Goes to show you how different ears hear different things.
post #219 of 751
Good observations Chinesekiwi!
post #220 of 751
tstarn06,

Do you remember how the Custom 3 sound compare to the ADDIEM? I used to own the ADDIEM before the Custom 3. I have to admit that when I upgraded to the Custom3 I kinda missed the treble peak on the ADDIEM, the remote too.
post #221 of 751
Can't say I do. I only owned the Custom 3 like two weeks and didn't listen much. I do remember thinking they were worth the $150 I paid for them (Klipsch half price sale) but not more. I had (still have) the X10s and favored their sound sig. So I sold the C3s.
post #222 of 751
Anyone using Complys with these?
post #223 of 751
Over 200 post already!

At this rate this thread will soon have to be renamed "Apple IEM's - the most highly regarded IEM's in Head-fi, overtaking W3 & UM3X, IE8, ATH-CK100, SE530 & Triple fi10"
post #224 of 751
The main thing, to me, is the discounted price. Not saying they are not worth $79, because they are (with the right tips). But for $35, they really are an amazing deal. Doubtful that price will continue, but they are out there for $50 new, still a bargain.

As for using Complys (or olives for that matter), I have tried the T130 (made for the PFEs) and I feel they really muffle/veil the ADDIEM sound sig. Same with olives. Mute the mids and highs to me, and I have tried them 3-4 times, to convince myself. As soon as I switch back to the Sony hybrid silicones, ahhhh! For me, fit is perfect with the darker green Sony tips (not the orange as I mistakenly said somewhere else). The light green that look like blue (largest) also work for me.
post #225 of 751
Medium PFE Complys steal the life, small PFE Complys are perfect for my ears. Waiting for some Sony hybrids to try.
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