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post #16 of 622
As my S4 is settling in after a week of listening, I'm finding that the treble is smoothing out some. Compared to the RE0, it's still not quite as refined, but enough to be very satisfying. I'm keeping the EQ almost flat on it (had to boost the RE0 significantly in the bass regions) with just a touch in the upper trebles (12+K) and dialing down the mid trebles (8K or so) just a touch -- my preference.

Bass is settling some as well -- it still has great impact and punch with drums and bass instruments, but pleasantly smooth on more acoustic, jazz, pop stuff.

It reminds me of a refined, better defined NE-6/7M.
post #17 of 622
glad you liked them.
post #18 of 622
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Originally Posted by kmhaynes View Post
As my S4 is settling in after a week of listening, I'm finding that the treble is smoothing out some. Compared to the RE0, it's still not quite as refined, but enough to be very satisfying. I'm keeping the EQ almost flat on it (had to boost the RE0 significantly in the bass regions) with just a touch in the upper trebles (12+K) and dialing down the mid trebles (8K or so) just a touch -- my preference.

Bass is settling some as well -- it still has great impact and punch with drums and bass instruments, but pleasantly smooth on more acoustic, jazz, pop stuff.

It reminds me of a refined, better defined NE-6/7M.
Perfect.....this is exactly what I wanted to know.

Some people call me cheap, but I'm just frugal. I want quality for the money I'm going to spend.

I purchased the Ne-7's almost a year ago and the dreaded 'one ear malfunction' has destroyed what was a nice set of IEM's for the small price I payed for them.

I have a best buy gift card, and I'm off to make the purchase. lol
post #19 of 622
I am also getting more and more pleased with theses phones after 100+ hours of burn-in/use. Excellent value, the S4s can compete with much higher priced phones. I even favor them over the X10s that I sold once the sibilance issue disappeared with burn-in. So you are making a good move, I'd say.
post #20 of 622
how do you guys feel about the s2
also do these have better isolation compared to the ue superfi3
post #21 of 622
Never heard the S2, and never owned the Superfi 3, but I did own the AL 336s, which are rebranded SF3s I believe, and no comparison comfort wise. The SF3s are big, no? Iso is very good on the S4s with either the gels or the modded flanges.
post #22 of 622
I love my s4's as well though I do eq them a little bit to get the warmness down a little bit and get some more detail out of them. I enjoy them much more than my shure se 310's except for in isolation but the s4's are good enough for me in that department. Also I have had no problems with microphonics at the gym which is a huge plus for me as I like to be in my own little world with nothing but music, weights and that little voice saying one more rep and the sound of the cable brushing up against something was always quite annoying.
post #23 of 622
I just received a pair of S4s and so far i think i that i like them. They have a very bassy sound sig which i happen to like. It is very different to listen to music on IEM than on a regular headphone. But they have a good soundstage, and luckily for me it doesnt sound like music is coming out of two small dots in your ears. They are detailed in a weird way like its almost like i can hear the detail because i am closer to the music. I will have to let them burn in a little more but at this point i like the PK1s more and it is close with the SR-80

But it is nice not having to hear anything else the isolation really is amazing...I use the large tips cos they seem to give the best sound and best bass.
post #24 of 622
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Originally Posted by abellaw View Post
I just received a pair of S4s and so far i think i that i like them. They have a very bassy sound sig which i happen to like. It is very different to listen to music on IEM than on a regular headphone. But they have a good soundstage, and luckily for me it doesnt sound like music is coming out of two small dots in your ears. They are detailed in a weird way like its almost like i can hear the detail because i am closer to the music. I will have to let them burn in a little more but at this point i like the PK1s more and it is close with the SR-80

But it is nice not having to hear anything else the isolation really is amazing...I use the large tips cos they seem to give the best sound and best bass.
You enjoying your first pair of IEMs?
post #25 of 622
I think it is very different from listening to music on regular headphones. It feels almost like listening on earbuds, but a little more intrusive. However they aren't uncomfortable per se just different. I definitely noticed the importance in getting a good seal, as they sound very different when they aren't sealed.

But the soundstage is good and the music sounds really good and you really can listen at quieter volumes so that is nice. But i don't think i like them more than earbud or full size headphones from home listening. I am sure for portable use they are much better. At first i felt they were very bass strong and not very detailed. But as i listened to more music its just like the details are presented in a different way and the s4s are very warm.

I like the S4s they remind me of ultrasone headphones which i really like!

oakleyguy have you had a chance to listen to full size headphones and if so do you prefer IEMs??
post #26 of 622
I also find that the S4s, after burn-in, are a fantastic match with the Amp3, which really helps because I was only using the Amp3 at home due to the fact that my UM3X have too much hiss with that DAP/Amp. But once the S4s were "cooked' properly, I noticed how well they sound with the Amp3, and at least for me, no hiss whatsoever. Now, they are almost permanently plugged into my Amp3 for on the go listening with that DAP. I use the UM3X with my Zune/Clip+ and Sony A818, because they are the better IEM, but for $300 more they should be (esp with the UM56).
post #27 of 622
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
I also find that the S4s, after burn-in, are a fantastic match with the Amp3, which really helps because I was only using the Amp3 at home due to the fact that my UM3X have too much hiss with that DAP/Amp. But once the S4s were "cooked' properly, I noticed how well they sound with the Amp3, and at least for me, no hiss whatsoever. Now, they are almost permanently plugged into my Amp3 for on the go listening with that DAP. I use the UM3X with my Zune/Clip+ and Sony A818, because they are the better IEM, but for $300 more they should be (esp with the UM56).
I've been using tips from my W3 and I'm wondering if you have used the UM56 with the S4? If so, how do they sound?
post #28 of 622
I think I disgust myself! I've bought the S4 as a possible bassier replacement for my RE0, and have been burning in the S4, hoping to tame it down some, but definitely on the S4 bandwagon here on head-fi.

So after about 60 hours of "cooking" the S4 the past several days, I had an extended S4 vs RE0 session last night, having not spent much time with the RE0 the past week. The RE0 sounds sooooo smooth compared to the S4. The S4 is just too hot for me, both in bass and treble, that I have to EQ it way down, esp about 10K range -- it just sizzles there. Reminds me of the AT-CK7 with warmer mids.

So, I think I've about settled that I would rather EQ the RE0 up just a bit in the bass and enjoy all it's glorious details, rather than EQ down the highs and 100K bass region of the S4. Using my older Shure E2c tips on both, there is no comfort difference between the two. And I feel like the cord of the RE0 is more substantial.
post #29 of 622
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Originally Posted by Rip N' Burn View Post
I've been using tips from my W3 and I'm wondering if you have used the UM56 with the S4? If so, how do they sound?
Never thought to use them before. Thanks for the suggestion. The bass needs to be toned down a bit via EQ, but overall, fantastic. Believe it or not though, the comfort is just a little better with the gels or tri-flanges, as customs create a little more pressure in the ear canals than do the silicone sleeves. Not saying it is a problem, but it's just a little more obvious you have tips in your ears with customs.

SQ-wise, it's excellent. Of course, I would not recommend spending $100+ on UM56s for the S4s, but since I have them anyway for the UM3X, why not? I only wish I still had my W3s for a listen with the UM56s, but could not keep both expensive Westones models.

I understand KMhaynes' detail preference with the RE0, and I have never tried the RE0 (though I do have the RE3, which sound very good), but I already have the UM3X for my "detail" phones and the S4 for my fun phones. And since both improve with the UM56, it's a perfect combo. I am down to two IEMs (as keepers), which I thought would never happen. Happy with that.
post #30 of 622
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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
Never thought to use them before. Thanks for the suggestion. The bass needs to be toned down a bit via EQ, but overall, fantastic. Believe it or not though, the comfort is just a little better with the gels or tri-flanges, as customs create a little more pressure in the ear canals than do the silicone sleeves. Not saying it is a problem, but it's just a little more obvious you have tips in your ears with customs.

SQ-wise, it's excellent. Of course, I would not recommend spending $100+ on UM56s for the S4s, but since I have them anyway for the UM3X, why not? I only wish I still had my W3s for a listen with the UM56s, but could not keep both expensive Westones models.

I understand KMhaynes' detail preference with the RE0, and I have never tried the RE0 (though I do have the RE3, which sound very good), but I already have the UM3X for my "detail" phones and the S4 for my fun phones. And since both improve with the UM56, it's a perfect combo. I am down to two IEMs (as keepers), which I thought would never happen. Happy with that.
That's good to hear. Since I have the W3 and the S4, I think I will be purchasing the UM56 in the near future.
I listened to the S4 then I switched over to the RE0. The RE0 is more detailed but sounds lifeless as compared to the S4. The S4 has more energy and impact. Which is something I prefer because I can really get into the music without being distracted by details.
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