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Originally Posted by tstarn06 View Post
Well, all I can say is Joker, you da man. These are a fantastic pair of IEMs for $45 ($33 plus $12 shipping via ebay), without a doubt. I never heard the REOs, but out of the box, I am impressed. I have them hooked up to my S9, with BBE Viva 2 (which has a little more bass than the usual Viva) and they are really, really detailed little buggers. At first, they sounded a little weak, but I realized I needed to push them in a little deeper (using standard clear silicone sleeves that came on them). Went to 2-3 of my favorite audition tracks (Hotel Califiornia live, New Kind in Town, Patricia Barber's Ode to Billy Joe, The Roots' Dynomite, etc.), and I am very impressed. They are not the same sig as the S4s, which I still like very much, for I was going to sell them out of hand because of that TF10 frenzy yesterday. But now, I am definitely keeping them as part of the low-budget, hifi corral (im616, ADDIEM, PR1, S4). Thanks for the review. I sure am glad I didn't succumb to the RE0 allure.

It really is amazing what these companies can make for squat these days, really.

Do they improve with some burn-in? I will have to go back and reread you initial review.

Thanks again. I can second Joker's recommendation on these phones (and jant71 too), they are fantastic for the price, based on my limited experience listening to them so far. I am going to stick them back in and keep listening for now. I want to find out if they hiss with the Amp3s I have. Hope not.
Haha, glad you're liking them. They really are fantastic for the price - probably beat out the Ai-M9 and PL50s as my favorite sub-$50 IEM. I really found a good sound with the black biflanges but they do go in rather deep. You're right - they are pretty much on the other end of the sound spectrum from the S4 but I really like this particular sig. It's also a small taste of what the RE252 sounds like .

I'd be interested to hear your impressions with the Amp3. I don't recommend buying an amp just for these because it really drops the price/performance ratio, but if you already have one around these play very well with some added juice. They aren't nearly as efficient as a lot of similarly-priced dynamics. They do benefit from burn-in, but not as much as, say, the S4 or the Im-590s.
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Small taste of the 252s? Interesting, if my pair ever shows up. I am going to let them cook for 2 days, then pull them off for more listening. I may pull them off later and plug them into the Amp3, or amp them via the Amp3 with the S9 or X. I don't have any LOD players any longer, just via HP out.

Haven't tried them amped yet, but after 6-7 hours of pink noise, have them in now with the Sony X, no EQ (off). Wow, almost makes you laugh how amazing a $33 phone can sound, with a great source, decent bit rates, etc. Also makes you wonder why we all chase these $300+ phones, because the gap is not 10x and higher, not even close. Having said that, I am looking forward to trying the $99 UE TF10 when it eventually shows up.

But these are the best under $50 MSRP phones I have ever heard, not even close to me, but my experience is not as deep as yours, and many sub-$50 phones I have heard were discounted phones that were MSRP at $79+

Do I like them more than the S4s? I would not say that, but if these were the only phones I had as a busted college student, I would not be unhappy. The detail is most impressive, but I would not call them laid back at all. Just no unhappy listening, all good stuff.

Insertion depth is critical, but when you get them right, your review is right on the money. Soundstage is also amazing for such a low-priced phone. I am hooked on these, they will be staying put here in Philly.
post #93 of 244
Well, I got my pr1 pros and am burning them in right now but wow, these things are amazing, especially for symphonic music. My peeve with them is that as mentioned, they need to go deep to reach full potential and I can't really stand deep insertions.. I found a nice fit with the black biflanges but it'll take awhile to get used to them =/
I haven't really listened to them much with my amp3 but it hisses really badly. So badly that I went out and bought a volume attenuator for them. With not that much listening done, I can't really tell if the quality has dropped but the hiss was definitely unbearable for me.
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Well, I got my pr1 pros and am burning them in right now but wow, these things are amazing, especially for symphonic music. My peeve with them is that as mentioned, they need to go deep to reach full potential and I can't really stand deep insertions.. I found a nice fit with the black biflanges but it'll take awhile to get used to them =/
I haven't really listened to them much with my amp3 but it hisses really badly. So badly that I went out and bought a volume attenuator for them. With not that much listening done, I can't really tell if the quality has dropped but the hiss was definitely unbearable for me.
Where did you get them?
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Where did you get them?
I got them $33+12 from the ebay seller in the first post. It was just too good to pass up =/
The listing is gone now but I don't know why.. last time I checked the ebay seller had like 10 left.
post #96 of 244
I think they're probably sold out based on ljokerl's recommendation.
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What IEM would you compare these with in sound?
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Ho HO HO a White Cyclone Christmas

I have the pleasure of listening to the Cyclone PR1 Pros. Merry Christmas to me.

This takes me back to a Midwestern basement with the kid whose much older brother had far too much money for a sound system, surrounded by speakers, listening to albums (Genesis, Police, Santana, Led Zepplin...) too loud to hear your own coughing and so mellow....

Yes these have phenomenal soundstage and full-body, and oh so acoustic sounding. So sweet, great detail and great energy. And you can really crank it up, it's not too loud, besides noone can hear!

These are the kind of IEM's that can make me stop coming to this forum. What more need I?

I've been wanting to get back to that basement for 30 years. It wasn't the youth, or the company, or the "atmosphere" it was the sound.

I can't imagine anything toping these. I've listened to the soundtrack from Almost Famous two times in a row now. Pass the chips....

And I thought the MEElectronic M6 were great. And they ARE great. It is just that these are GREATER!

The perfect gift for the middle age album lover.
post #99 of 244
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^ Great impressions and pretty similar to my initial reaction. Really glad that the Cyclones are to the liking of so many people. Maybe their sound sig is more mainstream than I thought

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I think they're probably sold out based on ljokerl's recommendation.
Hah, that tends to happen here. I remember when the JVC HA-RX700 were sold out everywhere after the initial impressions, and those are respectable brand-name phones. Same happened to the Denon C710s.

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What IEM would you compare these with in sound?
I compared them to the RE0 and PL50 a few pages back in the thread. I also think they sound somewhat like the Hifiman RE252. You can see how they compare to some other earphones in my review thread (link in sig).
post #100 of 244
Back up on eBay, different seller.

Storm Cyclone PR1 PRO Professional HEADPHONE - eBay (item 170424174746 end time Jan-24-10 09:50:37 PST)
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Stellar deal. Too bad I already have one spare set or I'd pick up another one . Original post amended.
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Is this the same product with that you reviewed? I mean didn't they produce the Chinese copy of Chinese IEM, right? :P Can you confirm this? I'm thinking to buy this IEM. The seller looks trusted, but i'm not sure.
post #104 of 244
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Is this the same product with that you reviewed? I mean didn't they produce the Chinese copy of Chinese IEM, right? :P Can you confirm this? I'm thinking to buy this IEM. The seller looks trusted, but i'm not sure.
It looks like the same product. Fakes of a reasonably-priced Chinese IEM don't make any sense.
post #105 of 244
The listing I posted has ended now. Good thing too, came very close to buying them for absolutely no reason. Probably because my PL-50s still haven't arrived. Come on, MP4Nation...
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