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post #12991 of 14059

The SE215's sound quality is quite bad for the price IMO. It has awesome isolation though. 

 

and Joker, if you get the chance do try out the Astrotec AX35. They sound awesome and are only around $80. I think they are better than the MA750 and DN-900 overall. 

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The sound in the left ear of my Vsonic GR06 have stopped working(took more than a year for that to happen, which is a record), so I'm looking for a replacement/upgrade.

 

Having had them for more than a year, I'm pretty sure I'm not an audiophile, as I still have no idea what any of the sound signatures(highs, mids, lows, balanced, warm and sweet, neutral, v-shaped etc.) mean, even after reading on it. I'm using the IEMs that came with my Galaxy S3(maybe you can review them as well) while I wait, and I don't think the GR06 sounds all that "better". I remember that was also my first impression of the GR06, I had been using earbuds(like the older Apple ones) before it, and I didn't really notice that much of a difference in sound quality. So am I not an audiophile, or were they not supposed to sound all that different, or am I deaf?

 

One thing I DID like/notice about the GR06 was the isolation, which I liked, but sometimes still isn't enough. Since it got a 3.5/5, I'm looking for 4+/5.

 

http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone-list/?model_search=&headphone_price1=&headphone_price2=200&average_rating1=0&average_rating2=10&sound_rating1=0&sound_rating2=10&build_rating1=0&build_rating2=5&isolation_rating1=4&isolation_rating2=5&comfort_rating1=0&comfort_rating2=5&microphone_rating1=0&microphone_rating2=5&accessibility_rating1=0&accessibility_rating2=5

 

With a budget of $200(although I'd obviously prefer to spend less), what do you recommend? To me, I'm leaning towards the RE-400. How does it compare to the GR06? Would you say it's a worthy upgrade?

 

Also, a lot of your reviews aren't appearing on the first page, like GR06 and some of 2C, all of 1A, most of 1B.

 

On a side note, I've been here since early 2011, and the TF10s have been in the "Upcoming Reviews" the entire time. But I guess people have lost interest since it's been discontinued and replaced by the UE 900s.

 

Hmm... not sure what's going on there with the reviews not showing up. Good thing there's the offsite backup.

 

The RE-400 might not have enough bass coming from the GR06 but otherwise is definitely better - clearer and more balanced, with more natural tone and less congestion. Not the option I would pick if you aren't noticing the difference between the GR06 and stock buds as it's an accuracy-oriented earphone. You might actually enjoy a bassier set - at the very least you'll definitely notice a difference between that and the Apple stock buds. The Klipsch X10 and Yamaha EPH-100 would be two I would recommend for the safe (bassy/warm) sound signature with great isolation and under $150. 

 

 

 

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This really narrows it down for me. A local store has the re-400 and hf5 for demo so I'm going to give them a listen after work. If I don't like them(I'm pretty sure I would though) I'll order the vc1000 off of ebay.

 

Thanks again!

 

Always a good idea to demo stuff. Etys can be tough to get a seal with if you're not used to them - hopefully they'll provide you with some deep-sealing tips to demo them,

 

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What are some good sites to buy earsonics from the USA? It seems like its overpriced directly from the earsonics website since it's in euros. I'm specifically looking at the sm64. What price should i expect to pay for them? The review says 399, but i cant find any at that price. Theyre all 499+

 

Earphone solutions used to carry them at $399 but they seem to be gone now. The prices from EarSonics' website probably includes VAT (unless they have two sets of prices listed) which you wouldn't need to pay if you're in the US. Might want to shoot them an email to see what they have to say about that.

 

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Hey, yesterday I bought the SteelSeries Flux In-ear (non-pro) after reading the review here. After some extensive listening I think I will return them.

Coming from a stolen and discontinued Sennheiser model (CX870) the Sound quality is great. But I do not like the comfort.

These buds only rely on suction/isolation: That means if I won't keep jamming my left piece into my ear canal it falls out. My older IEMs won't do this.

I blame this on the microphone/button-combination hanging from your left-ear making the cable heavier (this really sucks) and on my seemingly different left ear canal.

Also the 3-pole connector won't work on all devices. Maybe only phones support these connectors. But the Electronic Engineer who designed my abandoned Creative Zen wasn't prepared for this abomination of a connector. It won't even play music :(

 

Image for better explanation: 

http://i.imgur.com/kkHdEgv.png

 

So I'm thinking about a more expensive IEM: the Shure SE215. It's big, it will probably stay in my ears. And to wear this over-ear you won't have to turn your flimsy IEMs awkwardly upwards. 

Now my question is how the sound quality matches up?

The Flux = (8.2/10 Sound) v.s The Shure (7.9/10 Sound)

And because the Shure is 2x the price of the Flux: are these scores given with also taking the price in account? It seems weird to me that a respectable audio company like Shure makes soundquality-wise worse IEMs than a Gamer peripheral companies first IEM. 

 

Sound scores are not weighted by price. The Flux sounds better to me, mostly having better treble energy and extension. It's a small difference, though.

 

A couple of people have reported that the stock Flux tips gave them problems but the issue was resolved either with Comply foam or the Klipsch Oval Gel tips. Won't solve the issue with the connector, though - you'd need a TRRS adapter for that. 

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I use the Flux with Sony hybrid tips, does the trick.

post #12994 of 14059
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I use the Flux with Sony hybrid tips, does the trick.
+1 I use medium (green base) and love it.
Seals better than stock tips. The stock large was too big and uncomfortable and the medium was too small and would easily slide off.
post #12995 of 14059
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Hi Joker,

 

First off I'd like to thank you for this thread. It's been a great help when I was shopping for IEM's (decided on the GR07BE's). With your recent review of the DN-1000 I'm wondering if you'd consider the Dunu's to be a big upgrade on the GR's?

 

Thanks :smile_phones:

 

Not a big upgrade, no, but a good alternative with a slightly different signature. There's a full GR07 BE - DN1k comparison in the review: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/dunu-dn-1000/ 

post #12996 of 14059

Deciding between B2's, VC1000's (~125) and a used pair of ER4S (~190) or similar. Anybody have thoughts? Comfort is huge, and I like to wear over ear... Not mandatory though. I had R-50's and want something similar, but a little smoother, just a touch. (maybe a slight bass quantity bump just a liiittleeeeee)

post #12997 of 14059
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Deciding between B2's, VC1000's (~125) and a used pair of ER4S (~190) or similar. Anybody have thoughts? Comfort is huge, and I like to wear over ear... Not mandatory though. I had R-50's and want something similar, but a little smoother, just a touch. (maybe a slight bass quantity bump just a liiittleeeeee)

I think the DBA-02 MKII would be worth looking into also

post #12998 of 14059
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I think the DBA-02 MKII would be worth looking into also

As I understand the B2 is remarkably similar but at a different price?

post #12999 of 14059
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As I understand the B2 is remarkably similar but at a different price?

 

I only own the B2 so all I can do is speculate. The B2s, R-50, and MK II all use TWFK drivers, so keep that in mind too.

post #13000 of 14059
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Deciding between B2's, VC1000's (~125) and a used pair of ER4S (~190) or similar. Anybody have thoughts? Comfort is huge, and I like to wear over ear... Not mandatory though. I had R-50's and want something similar, but a little smoother, just a touch. (maybe a slight bass quantity bump just a liiittleeeeee)

I would go for the er4s coz for me it sounds better than any twfk-based iem I've tried. It does require deep insertion, so depending on your ears that can affect the comfort but something like the B2 with it's too angled nozzle is more uncomfortable IMO. The VC1000 and dba02 mk2 will probably be your best bet comfort-wise. As far as the sound, the dba02 mk2 and VC1000 should fit your requirements for slightly smoother and bassier sound than R50 coz neither the B2 nor er4s are more forgiving or have more bass than r-50

post #13001 of 14059
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I only own the B2 so all I can do is speculate. The B2s, R-50, and MK II all use TWFK drivers, so keep that in mind too.

I know, and I like it, just looking for a different tuning I think.

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I only own the B2 so all I can do is speculate. The B2s, R-50, and MK II all use TWFK drivers, so keep that in mind too.
I know, and I like it, just looking for a different tuning I think.

Have you tried using an impedance adapter? Anything between 25-100 Ohms seems to work. Will give you slightly different results. Also try tip rolling a bit as R-50 stock tips are kind of a pain. I really enjoyed comply Ts-series with the R-50. I kind of miss them.
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Have you tried using an impedance adapter? Anything between 25-100 Ohms seems to work. Will give you slightly different results. Also try tip rolling a bit as R-50 stock tips are kind of a pain. I really enjoyed comply Ts-series with the R-50. I kind of miss them.

That's exactly what I used. I never did use an adapter, but I did use them with my C&C BH2. Where can I acquire an impedance adapter? It's also worth noting that my R-50's look like this:

 

At the moment. Got washered and Dryered. Never done that before, it was a bad move.

 

I liked the R-50's a lot, but again, that harshness was there, I want something a little smoother and weightier. I don't want to lose out on accuracy/technical proficiency though.

post #13004 of 14059

@ljokerl: I don't know how you keep up! With the number of times I have referred new users to this thread, perhaps it should be required reading for joining:wink_face:

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Edit: nevermind.
Edited by vaed - 2/20/14 at 5:02am
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