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post #1276 of 2252
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Don't think so.  I prefer the intimate and balanced SS and depth of the MD to wide SS.  If you wanted SS width you should have checked out the SB's or just about any other phone.  If I want to play w/ EQ I could probably faceroll a majority of IEMs using the M1 or Pro alpha.  The only phones that can compare signature wise that I've heard are the DDMs and SM3 but they have their own pluses and minuses that make them un-MD like which some may prefer.

 

Aren't Sony X's usually rather warm for phones like the MD?  Have you heard them amped yet?

 


Ah okay, well I just really enjoyed listening to them last night. and yes I forgot what the first amp was but the second one was I borrowed my uncles Meier Audio Stepdance and to be used with my iPhone 4 via Twag LOD and it definitely improved the sound though for the price he paid for the stepdance it's not something I'd be willing to dish out for just an amp rather get a new pair of IEM's ;)
 

 

post #1277 of 2252

I'd love to hear the Stepdance w/ a number of my phones.  I hear it does very well w/ the MDs.

post #1278 of 2252
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I'd love to hear the Stepdance w/ a number of my phones.  I hear it does very well w/ the MDs.


Oh I just remembered the other amp I tried was something RSA, yeah it did actually but I was expecting a little to much when I decided to play a parkway drive song LOL, though when I listened to jamiroquai the bass seemed to be much cleaner? as in not boomy at all and seperation was much better imo. Hence why I tried to play a parkway drive song.. lol

 

I also tried them with the Um3x but can't comment since I only played a song with them.

 

In regards to MD's I'll be shipping them back off to sound earphones to get me some Sm3 v.2 :D
 

 

post #1279 of 2252

Hi All,

I've been lurking for the past few days (long enough to've read this entire thread) and just wanted to say hi and thanks for the info on the Miles Davis Tributes (MDTs). Your (collective) comments contributed to my purchasing a set earlier today. After finding a couple of stores that allowed me to demo a number of high-end 'phones (I had to provide my own 'tips'), I was able to narrow the field down to 3 final contestants: the MDTs, SE535s & IE 8s -- any of which I'd be happy with as they're all great transducers. But, in the end, a lifetime replacement warranty (which is important as I tend to keep 'phones for a long time -- I still have my Koss Pro/4AA 'vice grips' from the 1970s :good: ) & slightly warmer/more transparent sound tipped the hat in favor of the MDTs, which I should have on Monday. So I just wanted to thank everyone in this thread for their contributions.

 

By the way, I was classically trained (guitar) and spent many years playing in rock bands; recorded a bit as well. Additionally, I sold high-end (home) hi-fi in the 80s and still have a respectable home system. Although I do plan to use them for semi-serious listening, my primary use for the MDTs is to provide music (via an early iPod) and noise-isolation while motorcycling. So I needed something with good sound (better than my previous $40 Skullcandy or $80 Klipschs) that fits under a helmet, which the MDTs should do.

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Hi All,

I've been lurking for the past few days (long enough to've read this entire thread) and just wanted to say hi and thanks for the info on the Miles Davis Tributes (MDTs). Your (collective) comments contributed to my purchasing a set earlier today. After finding a couple of stores that allowed me to demo a number of high-end 'phones (I had to provide my own 'tips'), I was able to narrow the field down to 3 final contestants: the MDTs, SE535s & IE 8s -- any of which I'd be happy with as they're all great transducers. But, in the end, a lifetime replacement warranty (which is important as I tend to keep 'phones for a long time -- I still have my Koss Pro/4AA 'vice grips' from the 1970s :good: ) & slightly warmer/more transparent sound tipped the hat in favor of the MDTs, which I should have on Monday. So I just wanted to thank everyone in this thread for their contributions.

 

By the way, I was classically trained (guitar) and spent many years playing in rock bands; recorded a bit as well. Additionally, I sold high-end (home) hi-fi in the 80s and still have a respectable home system. Although I do plan to use them for semi-serious listening, my primary use for the MDTs is to provide music (via an early iPod) and noise-isolation while motorcycling. So I needed something with good sound (better than my previous $40 Skullcandy or $80 Klipschs) that fits under a helmet, which the MDTs should do.


Hi there, welcome.  You should grab some ear guides if you are going to ride w/ them.  

 

http://store.audeoworld.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=audeoworld&StoreType=BtoC&Count1=154842555&Count2=71982979

 

This is handy as well.

 

http://www.meelec.com/MEElectronics_Original_Eartips_for_M11_Earphones_p/tipset10-m11+cl-mee.htm

 

 

 


Edited by Anaxilus - 5/13/11 at 3:02pm
post #1281 of 2252

I did read about those and thanks. I'm not sure I need the ear guides (I'm used to riding without them), but I just ordered the ear tips.


Edited by dynhm6 - 5/13/11 at 3:31pm
post #1282 of 2252

Not to hijack this appreciation thread, but I am not appreciating the mdt's I just received.  One driver seems to exhibit higher dBs than the other, and the mid's sound murky.  Took a pic of the drivers, could the experts chime in here, genuine or fake?

 

mmd_drivers.jpg

 

fake right?

post #1283 of 2252

fake as fake can be.

post #1284 of 2252

I thought so - hopefully, the ebay seller will take these back.  They weren't a steal either at $120.

post #1285 of 2252
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They weren't a steal either at $120.



Unless they were very used, that sounds like a steal to me. I just paid $299 for them from Crutchfield.

post #1286 of 2252
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Originally Posted by dynhm6 View Post

Unless they were very used, that sounds like a steal to me. I just paid $299 for them from Crutchfield.


Try reading a few posts up.  It was a steal but not how you mean.  

 

post #1287 of 2252

Maybe I misread the original quote and I know they're fakes, but I thought he purchased them in the belief they were genuine. It was in that context ($120 for a set of new/genuine MDTs) that my comment was made. But I am new around here, so I might've gotten that wrong.

post #1288 of 2252

A steal would be the priced I paid for mine -- $225 after taxes.

 

The most telltale sign of fakes is the mesh on the ends being recessed versus being flush with the ends.

post #1289 of 2252

I received the Tributes early Monday afternoon and spent the rest of the day testing all of the tips they came with as well as the 10 sets of tips from MEElectronics, as recommended by Anaxilus above. Based on the position of their speaker grills, these (purchased from Crutchfield) appear to be the real McCoy:

tributes0012__-2_tonemapped.jpg

 

 

Out of 17 or 18 pairs of tips, only two pair (from the MEE set) actually fit my ears and provide a useable seal. One pair (at left, below) will seal, intermittently, after a bit of coaxing; and the other pair (at right, below) fits perfectly, providing a perfect seal every time and without any effort at all! In fact, this latter pair are so comfortable that I'd easily forget I'm wearing them were it not for the BOOMING....and I mean BOOMING sound they produce no matter what I send through them. Remember how the loudspeaker sounded in the on-the-air orgasm scene in the Howard Stern movie? That's pretty much what I'm getting outta the Tributes....well, minus the orgasm...

tributes2002.jpg

 

 

As it is, for the first time, I'm having to boost the treble EQ in the iPod just to balance out the sound; and it's still not really balanced. So there's gotta be something amiss here somewhere. Defective Tributes, perhaps???

 

With the first pair of tips standing between me and the 'Tributes, they sound a bit less boomy, but only a bit. And I'm guessing that slight improvement is really only due to the less-than-perfect seal the tips on the left provide. Is it the treble end of the frequency spectrum that opens up (to a great degree!) with burning-in? Because I can't believe this's the way these things're supposed to sound?!

 

I also compared the Tributes (via my 2nd-gen iPod's mostly 320khz .mp3 recordings of jazz, pop, classics and some original recordings, whose sound I'm intimately familiar with) to two other in-ear 'phones (Klipsch Image s4is, Skullcandy Titans) as well as two old, over-the-ear Koss 'phones (Koss Pro/4AAs, Koss KSC35 Sportclips). While each of these other 'phones have their own unique signature, their overall sound, at least relative to the BOOMING Tributes, is balanced. So the problem isn't the iPod or recordings.

 

But, just to be sure, I've been swapping tips back-and-forth all night, going through the entire assortment again and again, but I can't get any of the other tips to even seal in my ears. And the tips that don't seal, leave everything sounding, not surprisingly, like a transistor radio (for those of you who're old enough to know what that sounds like).

 

As I mentioned previously, I've been through this entire thread, as well as through a number of others here and I haven't found much about these 'phones being bass-heavy. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?


Edited by dynhm6 - 5/18/11 at 3:37pm
post #1290 of 2252

A bit of an update to my previous post:

 

First, I only received 1 pair of SuperTips in the Tribute's (sealed) packaging and no foam tips! I seem to recall that others received 3-4 SuperTips as well as foam tips with their Tributes? Unfortunately, the single pair of SuperTips I received is too small to seal in my ears. I wonder if the remedy lies in those missing components???

 

Anyway, I've found that the frequency response can be modified, to some degree, by inserting the best-sealing pair of MEE tips (the ones on the right in the photo above) just barely into my ear canal. I mean, to the point where they're barely staying in my ears. In this position, the frequency response is about where it outta be; I could even live with it. Trouble is, this magical position only occurs once every several attempts and, then, only after a great deal (5+ minutes) of repeated insertion/testing/removal, insertion/testing/removal, insertion/testing/removal....well, you get the idea. So that's probably not really a solution.

Hopefully, someone else here has had a similar experience and can offer some guidance?


Edited by dynhm6 - 5/17/11 at 12:32pm
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