I've been listening to the S:Flo 2 with a newly purchased set of Sony MDR-EX500LP's for the past four days; a random purchase. And I've got to admit, they are pretty damn good together. Seriously, the Sony EX500's are bad ass. Colored, sure. But so damn silky and smooth. Best bass I've ever heard in an IEM (I actually had to take the low end down to "-2" on the S:Flo 2); Color me a convert.
I'm taking them back to Fry's and ordering the EX700's online.
(I still love my Shure SE530's but they really are more clinically accurate than just about anything I've heard; and this is not a bad thing; I won't ever get rid of them; more detailed than the Sony's, way better mid range ... but for fun? Listening at work or while driving around? The Sony's win. No contest.)
Also, another interesting bit? The S:Flo 2, while sounding stellar with the Sony's, cant' really power them adequately from the headphone output (at max volume on the wheel, it's still not that loud); also, listening to the "Line Out" is not loud at all ... way lower than the max on the Headphone Out and zero distortion ... sort of an "agreeable and friendly" listening volume, actually; but then again, my ears are sort of blown from playing in rock bands back in the day.
More later re: Sflo: 2 and Sony MDR-eX700.
WOW... for using the SE530's you are stepping down quite alot... Is this where it is at? I have done this with "low-end" IE but that was because of reviews and I could afford the lower price to purchase them. I guess you have to really search out and find the "sound" you are looking for to reach the perfect match with your DAP.
With my Cowon and the 3 custom settings I do enjoy the different phones and setups available.
Now I guess... here is my question... and maybe it is already been answered as I have seen this in previous posts... The J3... or the Sflo2 ? if you were independent and had the choice.. not taking in consideration of cost... which one would you purchase?