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Given positive past experience with JVC headphones and IEMs, I bravely ignored the dearth of information about the JVC HA-DX3 and bought a set for $99 shipped via ebay. These are supposedly top of the JVC line, surpassed only by a Victor model which I'm not familiar with.
Though it was well packed, the original box appeared shelfworn, and had been opened. There was no printed material but the threaded 1/4" adapter was there. Made In Japan. The box itself provided the specs to my satisfaction. 90 ohms/98db/4-30,000hz is all I need to know.
The phone comes with a 13' cord, and features adjustable arms on the earcups that adjust headstrap tension too... I think. In any case the middle position is where i like it so far. Very comfy, but ranking below D1001s and JVC HARX700 and 900.
I'm just getting a feel for the sound with only a few hours on them, but the bass can be startling. It's very present and forward yet tight. No obvious faults as yet. These seem to be the most detailed phones I have. Listening to Opeth's Deliverance, the bass lines were much more distinct than with any other gear I have. I guess the serious burn now begins....
post #2 of 110
i love my dx1, they blow away the rx700 and rx900. been thinking about getting the dx3. post up pics and more impressions along with any comparisons to other cans
post #3 of 110
Thread Starter 
Here's a pic:

Amazon.com: JVC HADX3 Digital Reference Stereo Headphones

These are giving up detail like crazy. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is almost unlistenable with all the background noises. Alan Parsons, Yes, Vangelis, and Tangerine Dream are amazing with these. For $99 I feel like I got way more than I paid for.
post #4 of 110
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I agree that these phones are definitely a step up from the RX series. The DX3 certainly is and I take you at your word for the DX1. The only burn effect so far is that some of the roughness in the low mids and transients went away. The more I use them, the more I like them.

Having the D1001, HA RX900 and RX700, I've been shopping around for something better and not really finding it. The DX3 is better. I find them to be Infinity-like in detail and overall profile.

I'm liking the build. JVC uses a firm rubber button/grommet of sorts where the arm meets the earcup. The arm angling scheme to adjust tension is strange, but it works. I like the way the headband auto-adjusts. It actually makes it easier to precisely place the cups on your ears. I have my doubts on how long this tensioning mechanism will last though.

Playback!!
Using only an iPod 5.5, the DX3 is powered adequately. That was my main concern. Sticking a FiiO E3 in there filled out the sound but made the bass a little less tight. Whatever, this isn't a portable headphone but plays just fine without amping.
Moving to a Kenwood KA-3500 integrated with a Denon DCD-1520 as the source, audio nirvana was unleashed. Very very smooth and detailed no matter what I was listening to. Vocals have more character, and lyrics are more understandable. The difference between 128k files and 256k is quite clear with these phones. A/ B-C-D' ing with my other phones show all the others to be much more forgiving. Between 256k and the CD track, The CD seemed a little better no matter what phones I was using. For very loud music, these seem to wake-up at lower volume.

I'm fairly new to headphonia, and my experience has been with budget phones for the most part. These DX3s are about the best sounding headphones I've tried so far.
post #5 of 110
Looks like either the DX3s or the DX1s are going to be my next endeavour.
post #6 of 110
dx3 on the way!
post #7 of 110
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
Looks like either the DX3s or the DX1s are going to be my next endeavour.
FYI, eBay currently has a DX1 for $40.
post #8 of 110
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Originally Posted by ourfpshero View Post
dx3 on the way!
Now there's a coincidence. I just saw a set of these up for auction on eBay yesterday. I'm willing to guess that they went to a good home. Let us know how they perform, please!

BTW, about equalizing the DH1. I found that I was able to get satisfying results by overcoming my purist tendencies: I plugged them directly into my iPod and used the Bass Boost eq.
post #9 of 110
Did you think that the RX700 was better than the D1001?

There are a few people who think that the RX700 is better than the D1001. I respectively disagree, and it would be good to know your opinion, so I can judge your opinion of the DX3's
post #10 of 110
i think the d1001 and rx700 fill different niches. the 1001 is more balanced and tighter sounding. the rx700 is a bigger sound, colored in that it emphasizes mid bass and mid highs, larger soundstage. i prefer the rx700 but like both

the dx1 blows both of them away, especially when amped. i am hoping the dx3 is even better
post #11 of 110
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Originally Posted by 1Time View Post
FYI, eBay currently has a DX1 for $40.
Very sad considering I just paid $125CAN for my pair from Overstock to Canada . But the sound of the phones makes up for it .
post #12 of 110
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Originally Posted by 1Time View Post
FYI, eBay currently has a DX1 for $40.
Well shoot, my uncle just bought me the Sennheiser HD595 for my planning and setting up his business partner's personal computer and three computers for the top three at their company. Would you say it's still worth buying the DX3 if I already have the HD595? I know the two cans are very different but I'll be bringing back two full sized headphones on the plane ride back to the States and they'll all be joining my dormant RX900 at home. I tried to obtain some JVC cans here in China but no JVC retailers exist here in Shanghai so it was either Sennheiser or bust. However, I'm strangely satisfied with my HD595 because I didn't like the HD555 at all.

I guess the real question is: Is the DX3/DX1 still worth getting if the HD595 becomes my primary headphone?

Oh yeah moontan13, could you possibly post a pic of the DX3 that you have? I'm still really interested in how it looks (in an image that's not provided by the manufacturer).
post #13 of 110
Ourfpshero can you post your experience after you get your DX3 phones. I am curious if the bass is significantly improved or not over the DX1's and if so if that then impact the mids, highs, and details which are so nice on the DX1.

Thanks
post #14 of 110
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
I guess the real question is: Is the DX3/DX1 still worth getting if the HD595 becomes my primary headphone?

Oh yeah moontan13, could you possibly post a pic of the DX3 that you have? I'm still really interested in how it looks (in an image that's not provided by the manufacturer).
From here:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/unk...3/#post3919613
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post
The drivers on the DX-1 and DX-3 are different from one another and older. They have very little relation to the newer 50mm driver/s. The DX-3 is slightly below a HD595 in SQ and near the DT770 in bass amount. The DX-1 has pleather pads opposed to the DX-3's velour yet manages to have ER4 amounts of bass with way less detail. When paired with a warm source it is maybe slightly better than an SR60. I had the DX-1 since Amazon had them for $39 shipped. I also have the S900 and it is much better than the DX1.

I didn't think much of the DX1 drivers and removed them and replaced them with KSC 75's a long time ago.
The bass quantity being very close to the DT770 interests me

JVC HA-DX1 & DX3 in order:


Both the DX1 and DX3 were first announced around 2000, and listed at $149 and $249 respectively.

Edit: Whoops, you meant more detailed other than manuf.

post #15 of 110
Wow, thanks for those images! Those certainly look nice. Is the golden ring made of brushed metal?

Certainly piques my interest now considering the one major downside to having an open can would be the inevitable lack of bass.
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