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post #2656 of 14110

Sounds like the 530 has done little if anything to change your mind about that Shure signature.  wink_face.gif  I still can't believe I was a Shure user exclusively for about 4 years.  Thank goodness for Head-fi.

post #2657 of 14110

Your wallet may disagree with you :P

 

I liked the Shure E4 the year or so I had them but the signature didnt suit me as well as what I have now. I'm happy with the W4 as my universal and the Brainwavz M2 as a backup universal with 2 customs. I need a higher disposable income so I can buy the rest of the customs :p

post #2658 of 14110

Can anyone compare the a151 to an er6i/hf5/er4? I jumped on the $50 price now that it's sold directly through amazon (easy return if it's not to my liking). I wasn't buying into the se215 hype, so this seemed like a good option for a pair to kick-around.

 

And then there's Meelectronics excellent CS. I've had them replace defective m series pairs multiple times, and each time it was pain-free.

post #2659 of 14110

Any other Iems you can think of or remember that sound as airy and open as the Yuin Ok1?  I've been trying to rebuy them for weeks.  

post #2660 of 14110
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Originally Posted by Majin View Post

If you compare the X1 to the Ety ER6, then from what i recall the Ety ER6 has nearly no bass at all.


I've never actually heard the Er6. I had an Er6i a long time ago, which supposedly had improved bass over the Er6. It wasn't lacking mid-bass for my tastes but it did lean out severely at the very bottom. The X1 doesn't do that - it retains decent (for a high-end single BA) detail, texture, and impact pretty far down but the 'enhanced bass' label definitely does not apply here.

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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

Sounds like the 530 has done little if anything to change your mind about that Shure signature.  wink_face.gif  I still can't believe I was a Shure user exclusively for about 4 years.  Thank goodness for Head-fi.


It's not that the SE530 is poor - it does some things very well - but it just isn't keeping my attention the way most $200+ earphones do. if I wanted a slightly dark armature-based earphone with heavy bass and smooth, forward mids, I would take the cheaper Earsonics SM2 any day. And I don't even like the SM2.

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Your wallet may disagree with you :P

 

I liked the Shure E4 the year or so I had them but the signature didnt suit me as well as what I have now. I'm happy with the W4 as my universal and the Brainwavz M2 as a backup universal with 2 customs. I need a higher disposable income so I can buy the rest of the customs :p


The E4 was in my stable as well but I never considered it a great performer for the asking price. I guess it was already outdated by the time I got my hands on it because there was simply no contest between the $299 Shure and the RE0, which was still $169 at the time...

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Originally Posted by lazuline View Post

Can anyone compare the a151 to an er6i/hf5/er4? I jumped on the $50 price now that it's sold directly through amazon (easy return if it's not to my liking). I wasn't buying into the se215 hype, so this seemed like a good option for a pair to kick-around.

 

And then there's Meelectronics excellent CS. I've had them replace defective m series pairs multiple times, and each time it was pain-free.


Er6i and HF5 are on the bright side of things, ER4S is pretty neutral, A151 is dark. Expect a bit more bass impact out of the Meelecs than any of the Etys but don't expect the same levels of microdetail and texture - the A151 favors smoothness and coherency. The A151 really should be compared to consumer-class single armatures such as the PL50, Westone 1, UE SF4/SF5, Fischer SBA-01, s-JAYS, etc., and not Etys.

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Originally Posted by swbf2cheater View Post

Any other Iems you can think of or remember that sound as airy and open as the Yuin Ok1?  I've been trying to rebuy them for weeks.  


HA-FX700
post #2661 of 14110
500Man,

You gave me a moment of pure non-sibilant self-chuckle, on a night when I needed it most. Ultra thanks....
post #2662 of 14110
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Originally Posted by swbf2cheater View Post

Any other Iems you can think of or remember that sound as airy and open as the Yuin Ok1?  I've been trying to rebuy them for weeks. 


HA-FX700

 

In fact the early vented Playaz (aka Xears) models N1 and Sonia II sounded very airy and open with a huge soundstage and I loved them for that, even though you had to EQ down the bass because it was just too much. There are still a few open models in the current Xears lineup and the CP100 looks a lot like the old Sonia II. Haven't heard them though.


Edited by james444 - 4/19/11 at 5:15am
post #2663 of 14110

 I'm looking for earphones that have deep bass that actually goes below 30 Hz, nice mid-range, very good treble and for the price of $60-80.

 

I'm also a basshead that wants some clarity and I find that the Meelectronics SP51 isn't pleasing me enough, but it's doing pretty good for its' price range. I just want to find those things I just mentioned above.....and.....GO!

post #2664 of 14110
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Originally Posted by Niyologist View Post

 I'm looking for earphones that have deep bass that actually goes below 30 Hz, nice mid-range, very good treble and for the price of $60-80.

 

I'm also a basshead that wants some clarity and I find that the Meelectronics SP51 isn't pleasing me enough, but it's doing pretty good for its' price range. I just want to find those things I just mentioned above.....and.....GO!


You've basically described the hippo VB. They have some of the biggest sub-bass I've seen. Additionally, the quality of the bass is superb as well. And unlike so many other basshead phones the VB are not a giant fart canon. The bass stays where it's supposed to, it doesn't bleed into the midrange and isn't present unless called for - when it then appears in spades and rattles your head. Moreover clarity is also quite impressive considering the price and the massive amount of sub-bass they're capable of putting out. Highly recommended.

 


Edited by JxK - 4/19/11 at 5:48pm
post #2665 of 14110
Thread Starter 
Sounds like the VB to me as well, though it seems to be getting more difficult to find. Failing that there's Eternas and refurb'd Turbines once in a while.
post #2666 of 14110
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Sounds like the VB to me as well, though it seems to be getting more difficult to find. Failing that there's Eternas and refurb'd Turbines once in a while.


What about the pr401? From what I've read it doesn't strike me as a default basshead phone, but perhaps with a little EQ?

 

And now that you mention it, the VB does seem to be sold out everywhere? Was the model unpopular, or did hippo end up releasing so many models that they cannibalized their own market share?

post #2667 of 14110
Thread Starter 
PR401 isn't really that bass-heavy, certainly not as bassy as SP51 with the bass port installed. I don't know how it responds to EQ since I like its balance as-is.

Also don't know what's going on with Hippo. IMO they did release too many models and ended up devaluing their best new earphone (the Hippo 10EB) with those ES8 cable sales. They also discontinued their only good sub-$50 earphone (the Pearl) and kept the mediocre Boom and Epic for reasons I don't understand.
post #2668 of 14110

Hey guys, was wondering if you could give me a bit of advice. I'm really stumped as to what I should do. See my post here: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/548861/upgrades-from-ue-sf5pros-250-300-recommendations#post_7417444

 

Basically, my UE SF5pros just failed, and so i'm looking at upgrading. Something in the area of ~$200-400. Like I said in my post, I don't know if I should get a UM reshell of the UEs (~$450), go for the UM Aero (~$500) or just get a universal kit, somewhere in the area of ~$200-400 and try and sell my semi broken UEs to someone or maybe eventually down the road getting them reshelled. I think i'm leaning towards the universal route just because its quicker and easier and cheaper.... but I will look at going customs at some point (maybe a good reason to keep my UEs).

 

So, in the case of going universals, what should I look at? I'm really confused.... reading through this thread, kinda makes me want to go for the Westone 4, but I know people have issues with comfort/fit so I dunno.. What else should I be looking at? Or are there any cheaper ones that will give me similar sorts of results?
 

Really what i'm looking for is: excellend sound quality, good build quality, good isolation, good bass, low microphonics, good fit and a good level of comfort.

 

Mainly for listening to music, mostly trance/house but also a little bit of pop/rock, and maybe even for a bit of movies/tv shows/gaming. For use at home/travelling/out and about at uni and what not.

 

If anyone could help me wade it all out, that would be amazing. I'm so confused, especially reading this thread, reading the other threads in this forum, looking at earphonesolutions recommendations etc etc. Thanks guys :)

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post #2670 of 14110
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

Also don't know what's going on with Hippo. IMO they did release too many models and ended up devaluing their best new earphone (the Hippo 10EB) with those ES8 cable sales. They also discontinued their only good sub-$50 earphone (the Pearl) and kept the mediocre Boom and Epic for reasons I don't understand.


After hearing input from Sunrise it could be that Hippo was in a similar position and wanted to cater to a more profitable market that had greater demand in that niche.

 

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