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post #76 of 142

A head fier at Jaben store the other day let me try his pair of ER4s with the tri tips, I'm shipping those Ety's PT set by this year end.

post #77 of 142
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Originally Posted by Vaipec View Post

well, my girlfriend pull the trigger on ety for my birthday, I'm hoping that like them as I like the lush sound of my LCD - 2 with ortho bass and lust, but I also like the treble 'oriented'  hd- 800 as well, it depends a lot of the kind of music and above all my mood. unfortunately never heard grado sound.

I think the ety will grow on me. 

 

 


Give us a short review/comparison when you get them. popcorn.gif

post #78 of 142
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Originally Posted by Vaipec View Post

well, my girlfriend pull the trigger on ety for my birthday, I'm hoping that like them as I like the lush sound of my LCD - 2 with ortho bass and lust, but I also like the treble 'oriented'  hd- 800 as well, it depends a lot of the kind of music and above all my mood. unfortunately never heard grado sound.

I think the ety will grow on me. 

 

 

I am in a similar position in that I have bassy lush or smooth headphones and now these offer an alternative to them depending on my mood. These are the nicest BA based IEM I have owned so far. The SM3 sound veiled in comparison to these.
post #79 of 142

OK so I took the HF5 back today....

 

 

 

OK OK I took them back so i could get the HF3 L3000.gif. I figured I liked them enough I wanted the controls for the iPhone so I wouldn't have to take them off when talking to someone.

 

I also picked up a package of brand new Shure Olive Tips since the old Olives I had worked really well but were getting a bit long in the tooth. I think I am set until I can afford to go to the audiologist and get the custom tips made.

 

One downside to the HF3 is the cables have to be worn down due to the position of the microphone and controls, but for some reason the cable seems a lot less microphonic (maybe the mic itself helps in that area), so I will be OK wearing them down.

 

I started a thread asking what to go to if I had more comfort issues. But I think I have this solved enough I won't be bothering to try something else (unless I find a heck of a bargain on a pair of GR10 or W4 wink_face.gif but even then I don't think these are going anywhere).

 

Simply unbelievable that I almost missed these through bias and ignorance.

 

NEVER NEVER NEVER let anyone tell you that a single BA is insufficient! If nothing else find a store with a good return policy and give these things a try. No they won't satisfy bass heads (but wasn't that what I thought I was??) and if your allergic to to much treble they might be to shrill for some (but again I have posted often about ear fatigue because of treble??).

 

Here is the funny thing, the box says they are 20-15KHz which is 5KHz less than almost any headphone I have owned, yet I don't think I am missing anything is the treble. Could that extra 5KHz have been causing shrillness and fatigue with some of the other IEM's I have owned?

post #80 of 142

Just got my HF3s today (my first Ety!) and couldn't agree more with you guys. I am in awe with the amount of detail and isolation. A real solid buy. Between these and my beloved HJE900s, I feel like I have the best of both worlds.

 

The weird thing is it's making me enjoy my other cans more because now I don't feel like I'm struggling to get the 'best sound' anymore. Sometimes I would worry if my cans were kind of lacking something here or there, or maybe they're too colored, and maybe I should've upgraded to something else, etc. Now I don't care because I have all the detail and neutrality I'll ever need until I get something higher-end. I'm just damn happy.  

post #81 of 142

which tips are you using roma101? I can use the tri flanges and get the absolute best sound using them but I prefer using Shure Olives for comfort.

post #82 of 142

Hey dweaver, I'm using the triflanges so far, and somehow I find them just fine (never considered myself much of an iem person before either so the fact they go so deep and I'm ok with that stuns me a bit haha). Never tried the Shure olives before though. Is isolation as adequate with them? If isolation witht he Shure olives is just as on par as with the triflanges + more comfort I may have to try them. 

post #83 of 142

I would say the isolation is as good or maybe even slightly better (at least for me, but I do struggle a bit with triflange tips). They may take away from the treble a bit though. I like them both sound wise and much prefer the comfort of the Olive.

post #84 of 142
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

I would say the isolation is as good or maybe even slightly better (at least for me, but I do struggle a bit with triflange tips). They may take away from the treble a bit though. I like them both sound wise and much prefer the comfort of the Olive.



The triflanges take away from treble?  That's weird...  They add a little treble extension and bass extension for me (as well as slightly better punch). 

post #85 of 142

I doubt this thread will ever have the amount of posts as the FOTM threads or other big name brands do. But I hope it get's a bit of viewing as I suspect there are a lot of posters who are like me and think the HF series is to technical sounding and not enjoyable, and thereby are missing something quite special.

 

I ended up talking with the guy I sold my SE215 (which I have to take back because the damn sound cut out of the left housing all of a sudden!) and when I told him how excited I was about the HF series and the price I paid. He went out and bought a pair of the HF3 (which he had owned and had taken back due to comfort issues) along with a pack of Shure Olives and he was ecstatic about his purchace afterwards and like me was sure he wanted a more bass oriented sound.

 

I think many of us think we want bass because it tricks us into thinking we are getting more when what we really want is all the detail the music has to offer so we can hear the emotion and strain in the music we love. It's kinda like white bread, we feel full but vagely feel like we are missing something... and ALWAYS WANT MORE!. versus a complete balanced meal where you walk away feeling satisfied.

post #86 of 142

NO NO the tri flanges have more detail, the Olives take away a bit of the detail and treble (but may give a slight boost to the bass)

 

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The triflanges take away from treble?  That's weird...  They add a little treble extension and bass extension for me (as well as slightly better punch). 



 

post #87 of 142
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

NO NO the tri flanges have more detail, the Olives take away a bit of the detail and treble (but may give a slight boost to the bass)

 



 

 

Oh, OK, gotcha now...  I sounded like you were talking about Triflanges :p  Yes, I'd assume that the olives boost a little more bass quantity but sacrifice treble quantity.  I normally prefer silicone tips to anything though. 

post #88 of 142

I also prefer silicone buy not at the rape me depth level I get from tri-flanges (great way to get at that wax in the ol canal though LOL).

 

I think I will shell out the bucks and get the ACS custom tips through an Etymotic approved Audiologist though.

 

How do you like your Ety's BTW?

post #89 of 142

Bi-flanges work best for me. Tri-flanges are just scary. I don't know about anyone else, but I didn't find the HF5 too bass light. 

post #90 of 142
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Originally Posted by Blue Boat View Post

Bi-flanges work best for me. Tri-flanges are just scary. I don't know about anyone else, but I didn't find the HF5 too bass light. 



What bi-flanges do you use?

 

My HF3s arrived today! I've been waiting for them for so long, and indeed, they are just awesome. I remember when I went down to a store and decided to try them, I was pretty sure I wouldn't like them because they were supposedly "analytical" like the RE0s, and I really didn't like the RE0s (I'm not a basshead, but the bass on those... just too anemic for me). So glad I gave them a shot, because they sound fantastic. And so much cheaper than the other earphones (the GR07s) I was considering too!

 

How do the shure olives compare with the ety foam tips that come in the box? I've tested all the tips (except the large triflanges, because I'm pretty sure those things hurt my ears...), and find the stock foam tips do a pretty pleasant job of giving the bass slightly more kick while cutting some of the sibilance I hear on some tracks. But they're quite a pain to insert, with all the squeezing and holding, and I dunno where to buy more once the foam tips give out. I've heard that shure olives are comfortable, easy to insert, and extremely durable, so I might give those a shot with the HF3s. But otherwise, the small triflanges do a beautiful job too (and oh! the isolation! bliss :D)

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