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Part 2 of my CES 2014 impressions, featuring Audio-Technica, STAX, Beyerdynamic, and Polk Audio, is now posted at http://theheadphonelist.com/ces-2014-headphone-coverage-part-2-audio-technica-stax-beyerdynamic-and-more/

 

TL;DR version

 

*Audio-Technica’s new Sonic Fuel sport earphones fit securely, sound good, and are priced right

*The ATH-W1000X is among the most gorgeous headphones I've ever seen

*The STAX booth provided some much-needed high fidelity after two days of overblown bass. The SR-009 especially blew me away. 

*Beyerdynamic’s Custom One Pro is a solidly-built option for bass fans

*FiiO’s X5 is an impressive piece of kit. E18 “Kunlun” Android DAC wouldn’t work with my Nexus 5

*Polk Audio’s new Heritage Collection features unique aesthetics and the Nue Voe BA earphones sounded promising

 

Full version with pictures and such can be found here.

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   just got my xba-h1 , , and no they are not big , man xb90ex is big , not these , for now , nice isolation , good bass , i can feel the precision of a balanced armature and decay of a dynamic driver , three differences from xba-3 i instantly recognized is better and wider sound-stage , more bass presence but not as deep for now ( got it 30 mins ago ) , mids are more prominent .

 

 

the new harder foam stuffing is really nice , and this time they are glued to the rubber entirely , and man , i love red , they look nice , i havent tried them till now . has a cable adjuster , i dont need it at all , and the new cable clip is far better , way easy to get the wire inside it and is way safer then the last gen cable clip . sony should have supplied it with a better pouch , but its okay . something like xb90ex would have done the trick though .

 

 

  see , they are not huge .


Edited by suman134 - 1/16/14 at 1:23am
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post
 

*Audio-Technica’s new Sonic Fuel sport earphones fit securely, sound good, and are priced right

*The ATH-W1000X is among the most gorgeous headphones I've ever seen


   did you tried the ckx9 ?

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*Audio-Technica’s new Sonic Fuel sport earphones fit securely, sound good, and are priced right

 

Can the cable be worn over the ear?

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*The STAX booth provided some much-needed high fidelity after two days of overblown bass. The SR-009 especially blew me away. 

 

 

Now you see the reasoning behind the last line in my sig. :)

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Spent a lot of time before joining Head fi browsing this comparison. Made many a purchase referencing this.
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       difficult to say . they do look genuine though .

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The H1 looks like it might be pretty comfortable...

 

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   did you tried the ckx9 ?

 

They didn't have one available but I was told that the bass gets increasingly heavy with the higher-end CKX models so I'm not sure I'd like it more than the 5, necessarily. The CKX5 is pretty punchy, probably CX250 or CX300 level.

 

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Can the cable be worn over the ear?

 

Not comfortably, no. 

 

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Now you see the reasoning behind the last line in my sig. :)

 

Lol. Amen to that.

 

 

There have been reports of fake ones in this very thread. I wouldn't risk it, personally.

 

 
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Spent a lot of time before joining Head fi browsing this comparison. Made many a purchase referencing this.

 

 

I'm happy to hear that :beerchug: 

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post
 

The H1 looks like it might be pretty comfortable...

 

They didn't have one available but I was told that the bass gets increasingly heavy with the higher-end CKX models so I'm not sure I'd like it more than the 5, necessarily. The CKX5 is pretty punchy, probably CX250 or CX300 level.

 

     yup , h1 is really comfortable and isolation is really nice , but the bass decay is a problem , had it burning in for last 14 hrs , havent heard them since then , i hope decay time improves . i know it cant be as good as a BA but 30% decrease will do , and the new isolation tips really reduces the booming bass , but im using the usual hybrid tips , after some 80-90 hrs i will switch to the isolation tips .

     and what will you say about the ckx5 , do they have good decay ?

     and i have a small request , and i might have asked for it a few weeks ago , but , do me a fidelio s1 and re-400 comparison , please .

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Well you asked for something with a mic - the JVCs are definitely worth getting if you need a mic. Otherwise, considering you like the AM-800s, might as well just stick with those.

 

Well suddenly my AM800s have gone really quiet in the left ear. Not sure what really happened, I put them in my coat ocket, and cleaned them out and now it's like that.  Considering I got it from ebay, I'm probably gonna have the get the JVCs (and I found an app which will let me use the one button to control my phone nicely)

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I am far from what is considered to be an audiophile. However, I do enjoy the music I listen to to sound the best it can inside of my budget. (don't we all). Also, I am a research-a-holic and am driving myself insane trying to make a decision. I have read much of this thread and many of the reviews by the OP.

My everyday on-ears are V-Moda M80s. I love these things and want to find something as close to the sound stage as these as possible in an IEM.

I recently purchased and received a pair of Denon AH-c300s. I love the sound and the cable. I greatly dislike the size, fit and volume control operation. So, needless to say, they are being returned.

Here are my requirements:
-Price: < $150, but would prefer something under $100
-In-line mic and three-button control for use with iPhone
-A very sturdy/tangle free cable. (the cable on the C300 is probably one of the best I have seen/felt)
-Good bass response (I listen to mostly hip-hop, classic rock and alt-rock)
-something not too bulky and looks good

Those are my main requirements. Would appreciate a well balanced spectrum with clear mids and highs as well as good vocal clarity.

Hopefully that isn't too much to ask! wink.gif

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated and respected!!
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Originally Posted by suman134 View Post
 

 

     yup , h1 is really comfortable and isolation is really nice , but the bass decay is a problem , had it burning in for last 14 hrs , havent heard them since then , i hope decay time improves . i know it cant be as good as a BA but 30% decrease will do , and the new isolation tips really reduces the booming bass , but im using the usual hybrid tips , after some 80-90 hrs i will switch to the isolation tips .

     and what will you say about the ckx5 , do they have good decay ?

     and i have a small request , and i might have asked for it a few weeks ago , but , do me a fidelio s1 and re-400 comparison , please .

 

The CKX5 is pretty good, I wouldn't call it high end by any means but $40 for a sweat-resistant earphone with an engaging 

 

S1 vs RE-400 comparison was a few pages back: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-308-iems-compared-ces-impressions-part-2-added-01-15-14-p-844/12600#post_10145763 

 

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Well suddenly my AM800s have gone really quiet in the left ear. Not sure what really happened, I put them in my coat ocket, and cleaned them out and now it's like that.  Considering I got it from ebay, I'm probably gonna have the get the JVCs (and I found an app which will let me use the one button to control my phone nicely)

 

There's a number of Android apps that will do that. I use the JAYS headset controller.

 

 

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Originally Posted by hwkaholic View Post

I am far from what is considered to be an audiophile. However, I do enjoy the music I listen to to sound the best it can inside of my budget. (don't we all). Also, I am a research-a-holic and am driving myself insane trying to make a decision. I have read much of this thread and many of the reviews by the OP.

My everyday on-ears are V-Moda M80s. I love these things and want to find something as close to the sound stage as these as possible in an IEM.

I recently purchased and received a pair of Denon AH-c300s. I love the sound and the cable. I greatly dislike the size, fit and volume control operation. So, needless to say, they are being returned.

Here are my requirements:
-Price: < $150, but would prefer something under $100
-In-line mic and three-button control for use with iPhone
-A very sturdy/tangle free cable. (the cable on the C300 is probably one of the best I have seen/felt)
-Good bass response (I listen to mostly hip-hop, classic rock and alt-rock)
-something not too bulky and looks good

Those are my main requirements. Would appreciate a well balanced spectrum with clear mids and highs as well as good vocal clarity.

Hopefully that isn't too much to ask! wink.gif

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated and respected!!


I haven't tried the C300 but it looks pretty huge. I've recommended the Yamaha EPH-100 to fans of the M-80 in the past but it doesn't have controls. With controls it would probably have to be the RHA MA750i (it's a little heavy but not too bad thanks to over-the-ear fit). Next best thing would be the Shure SE215 + 3-button mic cable, which will also run over $100. Under $100 I'd go for the Velodyne vPulse. Not the most high-grade construction (especially compared to the RHA and Shure) but not bad for under $100 and it's comfortable in the ear. 

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Originally Posted by hwkaholic View Post

I am far from what is considered to be an audiophile. However, I do enjoy the music I listen to to sound the best it can inside of my budget. (don't we all). Also, I am a research-a-holic and am driving myself insane trying to make a decision. I have read much of this thread and many of the reviews by the OP.

My everyday on-ears are V-Moda M80s. I love these things and want to find something as close to the sound stage as these as possible in an IEM.

I recently purchased and received a pair of Denon AH-c300s. I love the sound and the cable. I greatly dislike the size, fit and volume control operation. So, needless to say, they are being returned.

Here are my requirements:
-Price: < $150, but would prefer something under $100
-In-line mic and three-button control for use with iPhone
-A very sturdy/tangle free cable. (the cable on the C300 is probably one of the best I have seen/felt)
-Good bass response (I listen to mostly hip-hop, classic rock and alt-rock)
-something not too bulky and looks good

Those are my main requirements. Would appreciate a well balanced spectrum with clear mids and highs as well as good vocal clarity.

Hopefully that isn't too much to ask! wink.gif

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated and respected!!

 

  image x7i and ue600vi ( my fav under $100 ) , cuz i cant see anything else with 3 button controller and have a good sq .

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Thanks joker!!! I had not seen the RHA MA750i before nor even heard of the brand. (And I even lived in the UK for a while). Showing my noobness there I suppose.

Those might be exactly what I am looking for! I had a pair of Phillips a while back that looked very very similar in appearance and enjoyed their styling.

After reading reviews and doing some research on them, seems like the way to go. They look amazing!! If they sound half as good as they look...I'm sure I will really enjoy them!

As far as the C300 goes, they sound amazing, at least to my ears. The bass is tight and not overwhelming. The highs and mids are well defined and clear. There is a bit of a muffling of the vocals in some songs, but not enough to be annoying. I just can't get over the size and the operation of the volume rocker. I knew when I ordered them that they were big, but they are bigger than I expected. There is nothing low profile about them, which in my opinion is why people go with and IEM in the first place. If I wanted something that large on my ears, I'd just stick to my m80.
Edited by hwkaholic - 1/18/14 at 5:44am
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