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post #136 of 473
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Additions for this week:

Phonak PFE
Head-Direct RE252

I also updated the Meelec M9 review for the new version. I'm pretty surprised by how high up the ranking it has moved but spreadsheets don't lie. Truly an excellent buy.
post #137 of 473
nice update as usual! i have to say, I really enjoy reading your reviews. they give a lot of insight and really help me in deciding what earphones may or may not be right for me.

was really looking forward to your thoughts about the RE252 and PFE and I have to say they helped. i was thinking about potentially trying out the RE252s, but now i think i'll stick with the RE0s since I'm thinking of purchasing an amp.
post #138 of 473
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Build Quality (2/5) – Housings are plastic and feel quite cheap. Left/Right indicators are conspicuously missing.
This is actually untrue concerning the Skullcandy Ink'd. The last time I listened to a pair (borrowing from a friend) I noticed that on the stress relievers (I guess that's what they're called) beneath the actual speakers themselves, is a VERY TINY R and L on the respective sides. You gotta take a good look though
post #139 of 473
you still have "shoddy built quality" among the cons for ai-m9!
post #140 of 473
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Value (8.5/10) (New version: 9.5/10)– At $36, the Ai-M6 is a steal - Techno/Trance and Electronica listeners need not look any further, but nearly everyone is sure to be impressed. Definitely one of my favorites in this class.
This comment on the M6 has allowed me to make my decision. I was about to invest in the Atrio M5 but I feel like I could save a lot of money and definitely get what I'm looking for without having to worry about the money I spent on the headphones. Thank you for you help!
post #141 of 473
Would be cool if you get to the review the Ety HF5s, and possibly the MC5s once they are released.
post #142 of 473
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post
nice update as usual! i have to say, I really enjoy reading your reviews. they give a lot of insight and really help me in deciding what earphones may or may not be right for me.

was really looking forward to your thoughts about the RE252 and PFE and I have to say they helped. i was thinking about potentially trying out the RE252s, but now i think i'll stick with the RE0s since I'm thinking of purchasing an amp.
Thanks

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[...] on the stress relievers (I guess that's what they're called) beneath the actual speakers themselves, is a VERY TINY R and L on the respective sides. You gotta take a good look though
I swear I spent hours looking for them and noone else in my original Ink'd review thread corrected me. I think there may be several revisions of the Ink'd but I am not sure. Regardless, I crossed it out in the post, thanks.

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you still have "shoddy built quality" among the cons for ai-m9!
Fixed with a conditional, thanks. In a few weeks I will remove the old versions of the M9/M6 completely and assume noone buys these used.
post #143 of 473
Thanks for putting up the pfes. In my experience though, I got what I thought was very good isolation with the provided silicones. I remember with no music playing, I could hear some muffled sound but could not make out any words when someone was talking right next to me.
post #144 of 473
Damnit, the comment about dense metal tracks with nice bass for the RE252 got me thinking about them (the initial reviews I had seen made me think I would not like them at all)...

But honestly, if anything, I'll wait until they get to around 100USD . The M9 with mic seems like it could be a nice option beside my NE7.

BTW, thinking of mics, does anyone know where to get an adapter that would split the 4 pin micro plug into each a normal mic and a headphone plug? That would be really handy to hook them up to a laptop...
post #145 of 473
As the originator of the PFE Appreciation thread, I agree with your PFE assessment. While I no longer have my PFEs (I felt it was too much of a loss to hear them without an amp, and I decided an amp was more hassle than it was worth), they are among the most interesting new models in the past 1-2 years. Of course, that is if they fixed their disappointing durability issues.

As always, excellent work.
post #146 of 473
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BTW, thinking of mics, does anyone know where to get an adapter that would split the 4 pin micro plug into each a normal mic and a headphone plug? That would be really handy to hook them up to a laptop...
This is the only such adapter I'm aware of.
post #147 of 473
|Joker|: I really like this set of reviews. They read as very objective, well thought out, and articulate. I often refer to this thread for offering IEM recommendations to my friends, as well as for my own purchases.

In fact, it was this thread that persuaded me to purchase the revision of the MEElectronics AI-M9. I have to say, I am very impressed with the sound for such a competitive price. I also own the Denon C551, and I feel the M9 offers an overall cleaner sound for about half the price. The M9's also provide a far better fit, having a smaller housing, which allows me better isolation and better bass impact.

Initially, I used the M9's with the medium tips, but with the longer housing, they protruded farther from my ears than I would prefer (when wearing them over the ear), or would sound too dark if I shoved them further in the ear canal. I found using the small tips yields an increase in isolation, while brightening up the sound without any decrease in bass impact or quality. I do not consider myself to have small ears and have always used medium tips; however, in this case, since the enclosure is longer, the earphones can sit further in the canal with smaller tips.

For anyone with the M9 revision and accustomed to medium tips, I would recommend giving the smaller tips a try. The signature sounds far cleaner and fairly detailed. I feel these earphones punch far above their price range, with great build quality to boot.

Thank you once again for the detailed reviews.
post #148 of 473
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This is the only such adapter I'm aware of.
Ouch, that makes it 30USD shipped. There's gotta be one on ebay or dealextreme or some such...
post #149 of 473
Wow, the M9s are getting oodles of love from you and Mr. ClieOS. I might have to hold off on headphone pads and give 'em a listen!

Out of curiosity, do you buy all your headphones for review purposes, or do you get review copies?

I ask because if it's the former, I thank you and your courageous wallet for sifting through all of these, so we don't have to!

EDIT: also out of curiosity, any plans to acquire/review CKS70 in the near future? They also seem to be getting lots of love, but I can't tell if it's FOTM syndrome or not.
post #150 of 473
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|Joker|: I really like this set of reviews. They read as very objective, well thought out, and articulate. I often refer to this thread for offering IEM recommendations to my friends, as well as for my own purchases.
Thanks, and thanks for the M9 tip. I'll have to give it a shot when I get my M9s back (currently on loan).

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Originally Posted by iPoodz View Post
Out of curiosity, do you buy all your headphones for review purposes, or do you get review copies?

I ask because if it's the former, I thank you and your courageous wallet for sifting through all of these, so we don't have to!

EDIT: also out of curiosity, any plans to acquire/review CKS70 in the near future? They also seem to be getting lots of love, but I can't tell if it's FOTM syndrome or not.
My wallet is very sorry indeed. A few of the earphones here are samples - off the top of my head the Jlabs, Cyclones, Meelec R1, and iM-390 were samples. But most of the IEMs managed to put the full pain of their street price on my wallet. Still, this is better than my portable review where every headphone was purchased .

CKS70 was in the works at one point but the deal fell through. If I get another shot at one I'll definitely give it a go but bassy sound is not something I'm usually after. I've also picked up another set of Klipsch S4s and plan to give them a second chance to double check myself. Too many people don't share my criticisms of them.
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