Originally Posted by pila405
HPA - I have few question after reading the review:
Which IEM is the most neutral, the ES3X or JH13?
Which one have more bass? Cause you said the JH13 have more impact, but does it say more bass?
Which one has more open sound? [More airy, with better feel of space]
Which one is warmer?
1. JH13Pro, although the ES3X is pretty close
2. JH13pro, although the ES3X is pretty close
Originally Posted by tigon_ridge
You are the man, Larry! Thanks for all your hard work (although I'm sure you had a load of fun, too). That review is very well structured and concise. I really like that you listed what desktop and portable amps you enjoyed most in order of how much you like them with each custom IEM. I think for my musical taste and wallet size, I will go for the ES3X. While not being the only factor, your work was essential in my making this decision. I choose it over the JH10x3, simply because I like the closeness of soundstage and the rich mids you described in the ES3X. Btw, although the review isn't supposed to include impressions of the balanced ES3X that you heard with the balanced cable and apache, it would have been a very nice side note. Can you follow up with that impression?
The balanced ES3X off the Apache at CanJam had a soundstage that expanded in all directions, and the separation of the sounds seemed to put more space between the different instruments, with a little more bass impact.
Originally Posted by 3X0
This makes me want the ES3X, observing how well it competed given its bargain price relative to the other two.
The ES3X is a fantastic performer for it's price. I'm sorry I can't compare it to a 10x3 or an 11Pro or a UE10Pro, but there is only so much one man can do. My wallet is frozen in a block of ice right now.
Originally Posted by LFC_SL
Awesome review, which I will spend many hours more re-reading
Just thought I would mention that the 4G Nano SQ is 7/10 at best. Sansa Clip is a much better very portable DAP. Just keeping it short because I want to watch the 100m heats before I miss the Bolt of lightning
Larry, I note that you previously had the E4C in the past. I went from E4G (gaming edition) to UM2. I am toying with the idea of an upgrade. I am done with portable amps - no apologies, they just do not go well with jeans. In my position would you push me towards top end universal or bottom end custom for use with a headphone out only? Generalist as the question is
I agree about the 4G Nano - for me the main reason to have one is to have 16gb of music, TV and movies in a tiny package, loaded from itunes where other DAP wont play purchased TV and movies, and so it can save my iPhone battery when I don't need the better sound of the iPhone 3G/GS. I've been using an iBasso T4 to mellow the Nano sound while still being able to slip it in a pants pocket - but it is still not as good as the iPhone 3G/GS so I'm waiting for Pico Slim (or Shadow) to come out.
The UE4Pro universal demo at CanJam reminded me a lot of the UM3X with UM56 tips, in the limited amount of time I spent with either. The W3 and UM3X still sound their best with the UM-56 custom tips - so you could get one of those sets and be able to sell it for funds later when you get closer to affording a flagship custom IEM. On the other hand, the $400 customs like UE4Pro and JH5Pro might be good enough to keep you away from the flagship custom IEMs later.