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post #31 of 754
Oh Hai !.Shint silver eq7's are here, too busy to even dive into them I actually have on open can's pretty rare for me. But it's kind of hectic. Lrt's make this thread fun. Take what i'm about to type for what it is.......comic relief. all in good fun.

Ok, as a new member of the eq7 club, and not even opened the box yet, I realized sometihng. If you own red or black eq7's......mine are better since I just gotta believe the black sound too dark, and the red too bright. ok...maybe it's not that funny, just tired of some of crap that get's thrown around. Let's keep this an appreciation thread, and ignore the haters. Unless of course I hate them Bwahahahahahaha Ken, at ALO is a really nice guy btw.
post #32 of 754
Time to haze search into the e-Q7 once I can think of some appropriate hazing technique for him...lol. Hmmmmm? Too bad I'm not near him to trade out those e-Q7s for some fancy looking SkullCandies...lmao. Would love for search to put them in his ears and count down how long it takes him to scream out WTF!!!???? lol
post #33 of 754
^^^ ow! that is harsh.....and I don't think I'd like my (ortos) if you did that.
OK.......tracking all purchases of silver paint. From the looks of them I think if you could get skullcandies to look that well made, I'd have to give you props. Wait.... Where do they sell iem alarms?
post #34 of 754
Thread Starter 
Here are my brief impressions of e-Q7 vs. UM3X on a couple of tracks which I posted in a different thread:

"Ok, I just traded my e-Q7 temporarily for a UM3X with a fellow head-fi'er about an hour ago. We decided to do this as a one day trade, but I think we will be trading back today. I listened to UM3X for just a few minutes and that was enough for me to know that the e-Q7 is a much more musical, enjoyable IEM. I tried Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" (80s pop). Through the e-Q7 it sounds just wonderful. His voice is natural, the bass is impactful and very detailed and neutral in the mix while the treble is nice and relaxed, but always lively and never dull. Sounds great at low volumes too. I also listened to some Chicane "Offshore" (trance/ambient). Again, through the e-Q7 the mix sounds great - lively with excellent sense of space, very good separation, clarity and balance between frequencies. Listening to the same tracks through UM3X is a completely different experience and not in a good way. At low volumes both songs are unlistenable to my ears. There seems to be some dullness/dip in the low treble. At high volumes, it sounds better, but I feel that the bass and low midrange is too dominant. Bill's voice still sounds great, but the bassline is a bit bloated compared to how it sounds on the e-Q7. The treble is recessed and the lively feel that I get with the e-Q7 is just not there on the UM3X. Detial is great, separation is great, but the sound is not anywhere near as coherent and musical as it is with the e-Q7. Same with the Chicane mix - UM3X is able to portray all the instruments with good sense of space, precision and great separation, but I find that the bass and midrange dominate, while the rest of the spectrum is pushed to the background, and also that the separation is too apparent so there is not enough coherency between individual sounds. I've tried all kinds of tips with no luck. The bass sounds surprisingly slow and bloated on the UM3X compared to e-Q7, even though it has a separate extra driver for low frequencies and I find the lack of treble energy unacceptable for a triple-driver IEM."

Anyway, I decided to keep the UM3X for tonight and I will give them a more critical listen with different sources and more music to better assess their strengths and weaknesses.
post #35 of 754
@ pianist....Nice description of the um3x, since it mirrors what I thought of it after a couple months of trying to learn it. I really was not able to enjoy it, I thought it was (in my opinion) a poor attempt at copying the shure se530's sound sig at best. I can't wait to have a few full days to dig in to my orto's.... carefully read all the orto fans posts to see if we had any common ground as far as hearing, I have a very strong feeling I will be very pleased that I chose against rather than for a shot with the W3's seeing how many W3's have been let go for cheap. Thanks for sharing your impressions.
post #36 of 754
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by the search never ends View Post
@ pianist....Nice description of the um3x, since it mirrors what I thought of it after a couple months of trying to learn it. I really was not able to enjoy it, I thought it was (in my opinion) a poor attempt at copying the shure se530's sound sig at best. I can't wait to have a few full days to dig in to my orto's.... carefully read all the orto fans posts to see if we had any common ground as far as hearing, I have a very strong feeling I will be very pleased that I chose against rather than for a shot with the W3's seeing how many W3's have been let go for cheap. Thanks for sharing your impressions.
So far, I definitely prefer SE530 as well as Westone 3 to UM3X, simply because both of those sound more enjoyable to my ears. that being said, UM3X is probably more technically capable than any other IEM I've heard so far in some ways, like separation, midrange smoothness, and tonal balance, but that all doesn't matter of course if I can't enjoy music through them. Perhaps my hearing is just not quite good enough for these IEMs I don't know - I do have some loss in my left ear.
post #37 of 754
No surprise but not really a fair comparison. Let us not forget that UM3X was made as a stage monitor, not for pleasure listening. It just so happens that some people like that kind of presentation to their listening experience as well.
post #38 of 754
Does anyone who has heard the Westone 3 knows what the soundstage and isolation is like compare with the Eq-7 ? Also which one of the two has better bass?
post #39 of 754
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Burma Jones View Post
Does anyone who has heard the Westone 3 knows what the soundstage and isolation is like compare with the Eq-7 ? Also which one of the two has better bass?
Westone 3 has better isolation than the e-Q7. With a poor fit, it may also have a lot more upper bass (too much) and upper treble. With a proper fit it has a very slightly V-shaped frequency response with a bit of emphasis on bass and treble and a slightly laid back mids, but nothing major. The sound is laid back, smooth, detailed, well extended high and low and with good separation.

e-Q7 has a generally flat response with a moderate peak around 5-6 kHz which gives it a tendency to rock (in a good way). Music sounds very lively, very clear, forward and fast with the e-Q7.

Bass is tighter, faster and more dynamic with the e-Q7. It is heavier, sloppier and less dynamic with the W3, but still well above average for an IEM.

Soundstage is wider with the e-Q7 with a more dynamic instrument placement. W3 soundsage has a bit more depth and instrument placement is a bit more precise - e-Q7 can sound slightly blurry by comparison (only slightly). Both have excellent height to the soundstage, but e-Q7 sounds fuller/richer, while W3 can sound a bit thin at times.
post #40 of 754
Hi Pianist, Thanks for the reply, your insight has been extremely useful . I'm currently using the Triple.fi 10 pro and happy with the fit and sq. Between the Eq-7 and the W3 which one would you think will be a better compliment to my Triple.fi 10 pro (the more contast of the sound sig. the better) ? Thanks in advance.
post #41 of 754
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
No surprise but not really a fair comparison. Let us not forget that UM3X was made as a stage monitor, not for pleasure listening. It just so happens that some people like that kind of presentation to their listening experience as well.
It is a fair comparison because it's apparent that the majority of Head-Fiers who are extolling the virtues of this phone didn't buy it for stage monitoring.
post #42 of 754
@ Pianist, nice comparison between the UM3X and e-Q7. e-Q7 is definitely a no-slouch even comparing to other top-tiers (based on what I read of course)
post #43 of 754
Trying to get everything done so I can start off my Sunday, with nothing to do, save for listening to the orto's
post #44 of 754
i ordered one of these today. i should get it in a week and a half. now the wait and the hope that it fits (well im pretty sure it should fit as i had the tf10 :P)
post #45 of 754
^ So at long last you have decided on a pair of these! Congratulations!
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