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post #346 of 428
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
It's funny how we each find something to like with the tips. Personally, I don't enjoy the sound as much with tips, though very low density foams are good. I use them however, only to hold them in place.
Shigzeo, I'm very interested in these low density foams you mention. Could you please tell me more about them? Or maybe post a pic?
post #347 of 428
Ok, here's a biggie: I tested all my DAPs with the 1601s, fumbling with EQ settings, and the one that came out best was cheapo iRiver T7 (custom EQ +4,0,0,0,+3). I haven't been using this DAP for a long time and now it turned out sounding almost as good as the Voyager/Contour with the FADs. These phones have peculiar source synergy to say the least. I'm stumped.
post #348 of 428
^ ...Really surprised...

Everyone has their own role And your T7 serve your FAD well.
post #349 of 428
^ Right!
But TBO the UI and controls on the T7 are a pita.
Now I'm considering to buy a better iRiver model...
When will this ever stop?
post #350 of 428
Umm, so iRiver is a loyal servant to the FAD! Just joking...

I think your FAD is calling for something like the HM-801 Or a home setup?

There is no end in audio equipment investment, as long as Head-Fi exists
post #351 of 428
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I think your FAD is calling for something like the HM-801 Or a home setup?
IMO with a weight of 260g the HM-801 is a home setup.
post #352 of 428
Firoze - the foams I prefer are Shure's old yello ones. The pores are large or I also use regular yellow (really soft and when scrunched, thin earplugs) plugs. (by the way, I am a bit durnks).

The reason I choose them is that they leave very little impact on the sound, but help the FAD stay in the ear.

I really, really want to hear the SB, but the wonderful electronic signature which I love with the SS (amazing cymbals and shimmering chimes - anything with an aftervoice is something I may miss with a flatter FR).

Anyway, that will be said if I can go to Dyna Audio. Care to meet me next Friday? I am free till 2pm - although I understand you may be at work? Work eh?
post #353 of 428
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
Firoze - the foams I prefer are Shure's old yello ones. The pores are large or I also use regular yellow (really soft and when scrunched, thin earplugs) plugs. (by the way, I am a bit durnks).

The reason I choose them is that they leave very little impact on the sound, but help the FAD stay in the ear.

I really, really want to hear the SB, but the wonderful electronic signature which I love with the SS (amazing cymbals and shimmering chimes - anything with an aftervoice is something I may miss with a flatter FR).

Anyway, that will be said if I can go to Dyna Audio. Care to meet me next Friday? I am free till 2pm - although I understand you may be at work? Work eh?
Hello Shig, I would love to meet you but unfortunately I don't live in Tokyo, I was there only for a visit! I travel a lot all over the world, it comes with my job But it would be my pleasure to meet you one day for sure!

You should definitely visit Dyna5555 if you can. As for your preference between the SS & SB, that will depend a lot on your source as well as your own personal preference. But anyway you can't go wrong with either, they both sound great!

I now need to make a trip to Mingo in Hong Kong as soon as possible... they have the most amazing variety of ear-tips of every imaginable type! Am sure to find something there that will make my FAD's sing even more sweetly!

Wish you an enjoyable and fruitful trip to Tokyo!
post #354 of 428
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post
Ok, here's a biggie: I tested all my DAPs with the 1601s, fumbling with EQ settings, and the one that came out best was cheapo iRiver T7 (custom EQ +4,0,0,0,+3). I haven't been using this DAP for a long time and now it turned out sounding almost as good as the Voyager/Contour with the FADs. These phones have peculiar source synergy to say the least. I'm stumped.
James, I'm not familiar with your iRiver but years back I used one of their first models, the one with the triangular shape. It sounded great! Not particularly transparent buy very dynamic and musical! I still fondly remember its sound. Then some time later I heard a very much more expensive iRiver model but that didn't impress me at all. So, I'm not really surprised that your "cheapo" iRiver sounds great. But if you're contemplating getting a higher-end iRiver, do listen to it before buying just to make sure that it does indeed sound better than the one you have.
post #355 of 428
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post
^ Right!
But TBO the UI and controls on the T7 are a pita.
Now I'm considering to buy a better iRiver model...
This is getting more and more strange...
I remembered my wife has an iRiver E10, which is considered one of the best sounding iRiver DAPs. I tried it and it sounds worse with the 1601 than the cheap T7, on flat or EQed, it don't matter. And not by a slight margin.

The T7 + 1601 combo sounds fantastic!
I've never experienced such wild differences between sources with any other phone before.
post #356 of 428
Speaking of Mingo, the WM2 is a great earphone for the cheap. Bad finish quality, but great sound (too much bass maybe, but great).

I'll have a Sony A845 soon to see with the 1601 SS. Dear God, which will suit my tastes more?
post #357 of 428
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Originally Posted by firoze View Post
James, I'm not familiar with your iRiver but years back I used one of their first models, the one with the triangular shape. It sounded great! Not particularly transparent buy very dynamic and musical! I still fondly remember its sound. Then some time later I heard a very much more expensive iRiver model but that didn't impress me at all. So, I'm not really surprised that your "cheapo" iRiver sounds great. But if you're contemplating getting a higher-end iRiver, do listen to it before buying just to make sure that it does indeed sound better than the one you have.
You're absolutely right, see my last post.
post #358 of 428
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
Speaking of Mingo, the WM2 is a great earphone for the cheap. Bad finish quality, but great sound (too much bass maybe, but great).
I'd love to compare these to my Playaz IEMs, but they seem to be hard to find.
post #359 of 428
Honestly, they maybe the most emotional iem I've ever used. It is embarrassing to admit it, but honestly, the Braveheart soundtrack has no equal when played by the WM2 and I mean NO equal. That includes the JH13Pro!
post #360 of 428
There's nothing embarrassing to it. Same feelings here with my Playaz N1 and Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. I think I have to chase down those Mingos!
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