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Compact Monitors Stage 3 Impressions

post #1 of 51
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Ahoi,

I already posted something here: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/c...ml#post5941814
I thought it would be better to start a new thread so that more people get to know about the existence of these fine IEMs.

Here are some pictures of the final product. I chose the color transparent green which didn't add any cost for me...
I really love the embedded part with my nick name on it













The photos are a little bit too dark but it shouldn't matter since the lighting is always different. For more pictures, visit the gallery: Compact Monitors Gallery

The seem to be pretty good at artwork!

music_4321 already asked some questions and I answered them!

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Funny, just yesterday I was wondering if there was a German company that made customs and today I come across your post. Can you give us a little more information on these?
Let me split this up!

--What made you decide to get them?

Well, some people over at HIFI-FORUM were talking about them and compared them to some other top tier IEMs like ES3x, JH13, UE11 and quite a few universal IEMs and some customs I don't remember since I was looking at the top range. The conclusion was that all customs sound very good while the JH13 might be the best but each IEM has its own sound signature and quite a few felt the Stage 3 sounded more neutral or just liked them better. And if you read quite a lot from those people within several years, you get to know their taste and this led to ordering the demo versions of the Stage 2 and 3.
After a few days of happy listening I was pretty sure that the Stage 3 was enough for my needs.

--Number of drivers?

Three drivers, two ways with a passive crossover.

--Any more information on their sound signature?

Rather neutral, never lacking bass. They don't sound harsh or shrill but just the way I think the recording should sound like. It's rather difficult to describe the sound...

--How did you hear about them?

The before mentioned forum...

--How do they compare to your UM3X or some of your full-sized headphones?

They are better in every way than the UM3x. The don't lack deep bass and the highs are not as rolled off. More neutral and more extended to both extremes.
As you can see, I owned quite a few headphones and all of those big headphones sounded strange at times for me. E.g. the Stax SR-303 sounded rather shrill and was lacking bass, the DX1000 has way too much bass and rolled off highs, HD650 too dark, DT880 too much highs and slow bass... Well, I could go on like that
The HD600 was nice but still a bit too dark and the bass was a bit too much and after all, the resolution is not top notch.

--Price?

930 euro. The JH13 would cost 1085, ESX3x 1089 and the UE11 1098 euro. You might get them here or there for a little bit less.

--Have you got a link?

COMPACT MONITORS
I must add that sound quality was not the only reason why I chose Compact Monitors. At first, they are based here in Germany and in case of emergency, they can react rather quick. They are a little bit cheaper than the competitors but that might vary for you. Money was not so important in this case.

Well, their service is exceptional and I phoned a few times with them. When I ordered the demos, they arrived the very next day. I could have kept them for a week or so. But i settled my decision in less than one week anyway...
If you don't buy anything, you'd have to pay 15 euro which would be ok for me.

When I tried to call them on a saturday, I reached noone but got called back a few hours later. You don't get this kind of service everywhere

When they received my ear impressions, they immediately called back and told me that the impressions were not good. Well, back to the audiologist and I asked the audiologist to call Compact Monitors (they had this idea in the first place) in order to prevent another mistake. Well, everything went fine from then on.
They told me a date when the final product would arrive. It took about two weeks and everything went as expected. The IEMs fitted perfect but one side was way too quiet. I knew then why I had ordered from a German company
They were rather embarrassed about this and promised that they would repair my IEM so that it could it be sent back to me on the same or the next day. Within one week everything was settled. Something went wrong when the IEMs were getting sealed btw.

From then on I'm quite impressed by the quality and fit of the product. These IEMs are something to think about for everyone considering one of the top products, especially if you live in Germany!

Edit: For those who are interested. Impedance measurements: http://s3.directupload.net/images/090807/c8virieg.jpg

They go well below 8 ohms...

Edit2: Here are two pictures of the case!


post #2 of 51
15 euro is fine)so maybe i try)They send demos outside the Germany too??..im from Slovakia?)
post #3 of 51
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Originally Posted by Tidus View Post
15 euro is fine)so maybe i try)They send you demos outside the Germany too??..im from Slovakia?)
I'm not sure actually... You could send an email and ask! info@compact-monitors.de

Please report back!
post #4 of 51
their artwork is second to none and i have heard only good things from them. actually, came across their site while just surfing a couple of months ago. i have emailed and not received response though...
post #5 of 51
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I always got someone on the phone...
post #6 of 51
right... then phone time it is! cheers.
post #7 of 51
they give me a very durable look. german products meant for.

sound ports look kinda big. are there filters?
post #8 of 51
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As far as I know, there are filters inside which can be changed but not by the user!

I might add a photo of the accessoires later on...
post #9 of 51
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I'm not sure actually... You could send an email and ask! info@compact-monitors.de

Please report back!
i sended mail)so i will see...
post #10 of 51
i dont see anything on tier site about having a demo version available
post #11 of 51
maybe you have to ring them up... no idea. anyway, such lovely artwork. i did talk with their staff - everyone should be able to speak with this company. so prompt and kind on the telephone even to my quite obvious english accent.
post #12 of 51
So they sned a mail:

absolutely no problem, we just would like to charge you the shipping costs and 10€ for handling... When we send it to someone in Germany we normally charge 15€ including shipping costs, but in your case we need a little bit more due to the fact that you live in Slovakia. I checked shipping costs: via UPS it would cost 25€ (delivery within 2 or 3 days) and via Deutsche Post it would cost 10€ (delivery within approx. 1 -2 weeks) Just let me know what you prefer.

For surety we need your credit card details - hope this is o.k. for you...?

You can test the demos for one week and then you should send them back to us - but please make sure that you send them insured.

Thats all!
post #13 of 51
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Originally Posted by mark2410 View Post
i dont see anything on tier site about having a demo version available
Every manufacturer of IEMs should have those... How would you try their sound after all?

For me the demo version was actually very close to the real thing!
post #14 of 51
Some manufacturers, Sensaphonics for instance even make up versions if there isn't one available. That is how I decided on the 2X-S. Great earphone by the way.
post #15 of 51
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Originally Posted by Zuglufttier View Post
Every manufacturer of IEMs should have those... How would you try their sound after all?
my thoughts exactly, its why ive rather ignored customs
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