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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

The e-Q7 are great with female vocals, but fit is a bit risky for very small ears. In that case I recommend the Final Audio heaven A (FI-BA-A1). These cost about the same and are easier to fit. I'd rate their sound quality even slightly higher, though build quality is not quite up to the e-Q7's. The CK100 aren't bad either, but I don't think they're worth their asking price.


Thanks. Which one do you think is better for Japanese female vocals the e-q7's or Final Audio heaven A (FI-BA-A1). I listen to a lot of Japanese female voclists old and new but mostly older ones like Zard. what are there sound signatures?

 

Thanks for your reply. 
 

 

post #872 of 881
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Both are great with female vocals, the e-Q7 are a bit more mid-forward, but the heaven A are slightly smoother. I'm afraid I can't say anything specific regarding Japanese female vocals, since I have no experience with them. Just click the links in my signature for more detailed info.

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

Both are great with female vocals, the e-Q7 are a bit more mid-forward, but the heaven A are slightly smoother. I'm afraid I can't say anything specific regarding Japanese female vocals, since I have no experience with them. Just click the links in my signature for more detailed info.


Thank you. I will have a look at the links etysmile.gif
 

 

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

Both are great with female vocals, the e-Q7 are a bit more mid-forward, but the heaven A are slightly smoother. I'm afraid I can't say anything specific regarding Japanese female vocals, since I have no experience with them. Just click the links in my signature for more detailed info.


Hi,

 

I read the review between the heaven A and e-q7's. I also want to know which one is better the Heaven SB and e-q7's. In your opinion which is better for female vocals the Heaven SB or the e-q7's? Especially with emotional love songs by female vocals like Mariah Carey's Without you.

 

Thanks.

 

Thanks for your help.
 

 


Edited by Love Music - 9/11/11 at 2:23am
post #875 of 881
Thread Starter 

The heaven S (FI-BA-SB) have the liveliest highs compared to the A1, e-Q7 and e-Q5. For my taste it's a bit too much with emotional female vocals, since I prefer a more relaxed sound. But if you like it very intense, the SBs might just be the ticket.

 

Take a look at these pictures below (from my other review), they should help you to get an idea of the sound signatures.

 

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

e-Q7:

MA shootout e-Q7 sound characteristics.jpg


The e-Q7 have good contrast and paint a vivid picture, but they have the least treble of all contenders, so the pic looks a bit dark.

 

FI-BA-A1:

MA shootout A1 sound characteristics.jpg
 

The A1 are more restrained, so the picture looks less vivid, but their better highs make it lighter. Detail also seems a bit better, but it's in fact due to better lighting (treble).

 

FI-BA-SB:

MA shootout SB sound characteristics.jpg

 

The SB have contrast and saturation, they paint the most vivid picture. Sharpness (detail) is about the same as with the others.

 

FI-BA-SS:

MA shootout SS sound characteristics.jpg

 

At last the SS have noticably better detail. They are almost as vivid as the SBs with high contrast and brightness.

post #876 of 881
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

The heaven S (FI-BA-SB) have the liveliest highs compared to the A1, e-Q7 and e-Q5. For my taste it's a bit too much with emotional female vocals, since I prefer a more relaxed sound. But if you like it very intense, the SBs might just be the ticket.

 

Take a look at these pictures below (from my other review), they should help you to get an idea of the sound signatures.

 



Thanks. I have just ordered the e-q7 and it should arrive next week. Can't wait. darthsmile.gif

 

post #877 of 881

Bump. No more love for e-Q7? Has anyone tried for a custom reshell of the e-Q7?

post #878 of 881

No. But I have mine since a month and I love every bit of it, especially with contemporary music (Messiaen comes to mind).

I returned the IE80 I had bought in comparison : they looked much blockier, without that airiness I love in the EQ7. Granted, 

soundstage of the IE80 is wider, but tones are flatter.

post #879 of 881

Bump. Can someone compare these to the Earsonics SM3 for me? I am debating which one to get and it is a hard choice.

Cheers

post #880 of 881
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Bump. Can someone compare these to the Earsonics SM3 for me? I am debating which one to get and it is a hard choice.

Cheers

 

Very brief conparison from memory, both are balanced sounding IEMs with slightly forward mids and laid-back treble, but the SM3 are overal darker and lusher with weightier notes. The e-Q7 sound thinner, clearer and more transparent, but detail is actually a tad better on the Earsonics, it just gets somewhat buried in their darkish thick presentation. Dynamics are very good on both, but the SM3 scale slightly better if you like to listen very loud, whereas the e-Q7 start sounding a bit strained at high volume.

 

Soundstage is quite odd on the SM3, they have zero forward projection and you feel like being on stage with sounds coming from all sides. The Ortofons have a more "normal" soundstage with medium forward projection, like sitting in the front rows of a concert hall.

 

Hope this helps. smile_phones.gif

post #881 of 881
Wow thanks, couldn't have asked for any better. I think I am going to go with the sm3 because I listen to heavier rock like led zeppelin, velvet underground etc.
Thank you so much
Cheers
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