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post #10756 of 14412
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

My ears were too small for the SE 5-way Reference. As for the rest, no plans yet but they might happen in the future. 

 

 

 

 

I'm not a big fan of the S4i and I'm not familiar with acoustic research. My recommendations for mainstream-sounding smartphone headsets around $100 would be the Velodyne vPulse (big, deep bass but mostly clear and smooth otherwise), Audio Technica ATH-CKM500i (lots of mid-bass and prominent but not overly harsh treble), or Ultimate Ears 500vi (again solid bass and slightly v-shaped overall).

 

 

 

The HD381 has always looked interesting but not something I've had a chance to try yet.

 

 

 

The link you have provided talkes about the New Tears 6, or the NT 6, which is the exact model I reviewed. I have the latest version. The NT 6-Pro is a different model that is said to provide more bass with an extra crossover at the bottom end. 

 

The NT 6 is a great compliment to the 8.A because it's so vastly different. The JH13 is somewhere between, though still closer to the more neutral Hidition than to the warmer 8.A. Both work well for rock but if you're looking for a contrast to the 8.A, go for the NT 6.

 

 

The VC02 won't do it - it's got punchy mid-bass but the deep bass is not on-level with the GR99. I would go for the Sony MH1C or maybe Philips SHE3850. The SHE3580 isn't really better than the GR99 overall but it has a small clarity advantage.

Thanks ljokerl.

post #10757 of 14412

Hi ljoker, I have Brainwavz M2, alpha, and GR06, now even though after various A-B's i am not liking the GR06, i feel it very congested and usually get fatigued pretty easily. I then just picked up the alpha and found it pretty easy to listen and not sure if this is what is called "airy"!! I find even M2 much easy going than gr06. vsonics are sometimes too sibilant on top, and i find mids pretty congested. Now i want an earphone which should be easy to listen, airy, can do with low bass but not entirely missing, but mids and highs should be clear with enough instrument seperation... I know its a lot... But i am looking at something in the range of $40-$50 but if re-400 is something you think i am looking at, i dont mind spending $100 for once... biggrin.gif

 

Thanks again for the thread!! Great Work!!
 

post #10758 of 14412

Hmm, UE500 or Vsonic VSD1 for this month's second purchase... decisions decisions.

post #10759 of 14412
I'll get the UE500's tomorrow so I'll let you know. The vsd1s should be shipping next week too hopefully.
post #10760 of 14412
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

I'll get the UE500's tomorrow so I'll let you know. The vsd1s should be shipping next week too hopefully.

Ah nice one, it seems from joker's description that UE500 might be good for trance. Plus they are way cheaper at the moment.

On the other hand, I've been planning to get VSD1 for over a month now and people have already reported that they are good with trance.

Like I say, decisions lol
post #10761 of 14412
Can't go wrong with the vsd1. Very good with your mixes.
post #10762 of 14412
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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post


Ah nice one, it seems from joker's description that UE500 might be good for trance. Plus they are way cheaper at the moment.

On the other hand, I've been planning to get VSD1 for over a month now and people have already reported that they are good with trance.

Like I say, decisions lol

Nah, you know it - you should get the VSD1. I knew it was going to be good when I saw the $37 launch price, which for some weird coincidence is exactly how much my s500 cost me.

post #10763 of 14412

Please ... someone pinch me!  I've been following this thread for a while in a desire to move ahead with purchasing some better IEMs for work use.  As with most articles and reviews on this site, I always try to read through it with a bit of an objective viewpoint.  If there's too much hype, then I'll step back and give it some thought in the event I might be overlooking something. 

 

During this past week, I was seriously frustrated with my current IEMs (Skullcandy Titan, TDK 300, Sennheiser (very anemic model)).  I had some IEMs on order (Vsonic GR02, GR06) as well was a few pair of MEElectronics that I found on the forum here.  I was getting impatient and thought I could just pull the plug on the Shure SE215 for $99 or so locally.  Yet, the reviews of the SE215 didn't fully grab me and pull me in.  So, I waited patiently.  Today, the Vsonics arrived and my family delivered them to me at work.  Wow ... Just, Wow.  I'm pushing them with an iPod Nano and the Fiio E12 / Monte Blanc amp.  I believe when I placed the order at Lendmeurears, the GR02 and GR06 were priced as a bundle special for about $68.00.  In the U.S., Lendmeurears has a distribution center so you don't have to wait to get them from China.  My order was placed on last Friday evening and I received them today (Thursday) as they ship from Illinois.

 

I truly never thought I could get a very nice IEM unless I was willing to drop $300, or more.  However, Vsonic changed all that.  Their cables are pretty nice compared to some of my previous cable experiences with the Klipsch S4 and others.  About 10 pair of tips are in the package for each set of earphones, too.  Double flange, single flange, etc. really makes it easy to find a pair that will fit nicely for comfort and sound purposes.

 

In conclusion, I'm really impressed on where the market has gotten with respect to the $35.00 IEM market (mail order, that is).  Nothing short of amazing.  Also, a big Shout Out to ljokerl for being so committed to keep on testing so many IEMs and keeping this thread all nice and fresh.  Bravo !!

post #10764 of 14412
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

In conclusion, I'm really impressed on where the market has gotten with respect to the $35.00 IEM market (mail order, that is).  Nothing short of amazing.  Also, a big Shout Out to ljokerl for being so committed to keep on testing so many IEMs and keeping this thread all nice and fresh.  Bravo !!

Yeah, vsonic is one of the manufacturers that really changed the sub-$100 range of iems. You should try all of them biggrin.gif

post #10765 of 14412
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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post

Nah, you know it - you should get the VSD1. I knew it was going to be good when I saw the $37 launch price, which for some weird coincidence is exactly how much my s500 cost me.

 

Yeah I'm gonna see if the LMUE keep their promise and let me have the VDS1 at that price still.

post #10766 of 14412
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Originally Posted by zubin111 View Post

Hi ljoker, I have Brainwavz M2, alpha, and GR06, now even though after various A-B's i am not liking the GR06, i feel it very congested and usually get fatigued pretty easily. I then just picked up the alpha and found it pretty easy to listen and not sure if this is what is called "airy"!! I find even M2 much easy going than gr06. vsonics are sometimes too sibilant on top, and i find mids pretty congested. Now i want an earphone which should be easy to listen, airy, can do with low bass but not entirely missing, but mids and highs should be clear with enough instrument seperation... I know its a lot... But i am looking at something in the range of $40-$50 but if re-400 is something you think i am looking at, i dont mind spending $100 for once... biggrin.gif

 

Thanks again for the thread!! Great Work!!
 

 

Yeah, it seems to be the forward mids of the GR06 that cause problems for some listeners, combined with the top end issue that the GR07 also has. I am not familiar with the Alpha unless you mean the proalpha. 

 

I think you would enjoy the LG Quadbeat - it's well within your price range, bass is not lacking (more impact than with the RE-400, for example), and has a wide and open sound to it. It's different from the M2 and ProAlpha, which are both warmer, but seems like something you would like. If you want to stay safe and stick to a warmer sound like the M2 and ProAlpha, the Sony MH1C would be a good one to pick up.

 

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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post

Hmm, UE500 or Vsonic VSD1 for this month's second purchase... decisions decisions.

 

One more vote for the VSD1. I like the UE 500 but I like the VSonics better.

 

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Originally Posted by wje View Post

Please ... someone pinch me!  I've been following this thread for a while in a desire to move ahead with purchasing some better IEMs for work use.  As with most articles and reviews on this site, I always try to read through it with a bit of an objective viewpoint.  If there's too much hype, then I'll step back and give it some thought in the event I might be overlooking something. 

 

During this past week, I was seriously frustrated with my current IEMs (Skullcandy Titan, TDK 300, Sennheiser (very anemic model)).  I had some IEMs on order (Vsonic GR02, GR06) as well was a few pair of MEElectronics that I found on the forum here.  I was getting impatient and thought I could just pull the plug on the Shure SE215 for $99 or so locally.  Yet, the reviews of the SE215 didn't fully grab me and pull me in.  So, I waited patiently.  Today, the Vsonics arrived and my family delivered them to me at work.  Wow ... Just, Wow.  I'm pushing them with an iPod Nano and the Fiio E12 / Monte Blanc amp.  I believe when I placed the order at Lendmeurears, the GR02 and GR06 were priced as a bundle special for about $68.00.  In the U.S., Lendmeurears has a distribution center so you don't have to wait to get them from China.  My order was placed on last Friday evening and I received them today (Thursday) as they ship from Illinois.

 

I truly never thought I could get a very nice IEM unless I was willing to drop $300, or more.  However, Vsonic changed all that.  Their cables are pretty nice compared to some of my previous cable experiences with the Klipsch S4 and others.  About 10 pair of tips are in the package for each set of earphones, too.  Double flange, single flange, etc. really makes it easy to find a pair that will fit nicely for comfort and sound purposes.

 

In conclusion, I'm really impressed on where the market has gotten with respect to the $35.00 IEM market (mail order, that is).  Nothing short of amazing.  Also, a big Shout Out to ljokerl for being so committed to keep on testing so many IEMs and keeping this thread all nice and fresh.  Bravo !!

 

Thanks, I am glad the thread has been useful. Good to hear you like your VSonics! Their new releases have been consistently impressive, one after the other, and are making it more difficult to give good 'value' scores to pricy IEMs redface.gif

post #10767 of 14412
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

It really does sound like the K3003 is the way to go. Personally, I don't think the PFE 232 will cut it for you. It's similar enough the GR07, especially on the soundstage front, where it is still more like the GR07 than the K3003, that you may well be left wondering where the extra $300 went. 

Well i was able to scrounge up the extra cash and managed to pick up the k3003. Ive had the past few days to spend with them. So far i am very impressed. Blown away, not so much, but very impressed. I think the law of diminishing returns takes effect here. I have had the privilege of hearing the W4 recently. While not my cup of tea, I have had a few moments here and there since then where I have had to ask myself if the k3003 is really worth the price tag or if would have been just as pleased with something a bit cheaper like the IE800s. I do have a couple of weeks left to decide before I am outside of the return policy, so I'll see how much I grow to like them.

Since Ive primarily been using the GR07 for such a long time and still own them I was able to A/B them. There is certainly a difference in overall clarity and quality, especially with the mids it seems. I will likely hold onto them to use when I jog since they still impress when I use them. I did, however, sell my EPH-100 to a co-worker.
post #10768 of 14412
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

Yeah, it seems to be the forward mids of the GR06 that cause problems for some listeners, combined with the top end issue that the GR07 also has. I am not familiar with the Alpha unless you mean the proalpha. 

 

I think you would enjoy the LG Quadbeat - it's well within your price range, bass is not lacking (more impact than with the RE-400, for example), and has a wide and open sound to it. It's different from the M2 and ProAlpha, which are both warmer, but seems like something you would like. If you want to stay safe and stick to a warmer sound like the M2 and ProAlpha, the Sony MH1C would be a good one to pick up.

 


Okay i have ordered the quadbeat based on your recommendation... lets see hows that one... How much is mh1c different from the quadbeat? Is it technically better? or would it be better for EDM, trance etc? I havent heard something like RE0 or Re-400, how different would that be from these mainstream? I am just curious why would something be superior if it is not say 'enjoyable'? I know its a noobish cliche, just was wondering.... wink_face.gif

post #10769 of 14412
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Originally Posted by Y2HBK View Post

Well i was able to scrounge up the extra cash and managed to pick up the k3003. Ive had the past few days to spend with them. So far i am very impressed. Blown away, not so much, but very impressed. I think the law of diminishing returns takes effect here. I have had the privilege of hearing the W4 recently. While not my cup of tea, I have had a few moments here and there since then where I have had to ask myself if the k3003 is really worth the price tag or if would have been just as pleased with something a bit cheaper like the IE800s. I do have a couple of weeks left to decide before I am outside of the return policy, so I'll see how much I grow to like them.

Since Ive primarily been using the GR07 for such a long time and still own them I was able to A/B them. There is certainly a difference in overall clarity and quality, especially with the mids it seems. I will likely hold onto them to use when I jog since they still impress when I use them. I did, however, sell my EPH-100 to a co-worker.

yeah the whole diminishing returns thang kicks in when you're paying that kind of money for an earphone. I've been trying high-end universals over the last few months including the ie800 and the k3003 wowed me because it got the balance most right IMO. it's not a "fun" phone but that's not what I'm after in high-end audio.
post #10770 of 14412
@joker Cheers for the input on UE500 vs VSD1.

Think that's put the final nail in my decision.

Btw you gonna be trying the VSD1S when LMUE get the stock?
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