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post #13231 of 14624
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I haven't tried the IM02 so I'm not sure what it sounds like. What are you looking for in comparison to the BA200?

 

From reading your description it sounds like a Sony EX1000 but the fit on those doesn't work for everyone and they might be hard to find these days.

 

 

Either I guess. The SD-2 is definitely a little warm of neutral but I like it quite a bit. 

 

 

Dunu earphones tend to be pretty tough and the DN1000 sounds very good. It's at the upper end of your price range though. 

 

The JVC FXT90 was pretty well-made and reminds me of the Silver Bullet in some ways, but sounds better overall. It's $100-ish. 

 

The Shure SE215 is not really an upgrade in sound quality compared to the Silver Bullet but it's well-made and has detachable cables so if something goes wrong with the cord (as it often does) you just replace the cord. Lastly, the ATH-CKM500 is comparable in sound (albeit quite a bit bassier than the Silver Bullet), cheaper, and should be pretty durable as well. 

 

P.S. keep in mind that it might be more cost effective to replace a $60 IEM every year than to buy a $200 one and replace it after two years. 

 

Thanks so much for the help. After looking around a bit I decided to order the Dunu dn1000 from mp4nation. I read there were reviews going both ways about them (mp4nation) but I took the chance (I live in Sweden and it's difficult to find any site that ship them here). I hope they dn1000's will be more resilient and durable and also looking forward to an upgrade in sound quality as well! Thanks, Peace


Edited by opis - 3/14/14 at 11:32am
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Hey all, I have been searching the web (and Head-Fi) for days, and cannot seem to find an answer to my question.  I was hoping someone here may be able to help.  I am no basshead, but I am looking into getting a pair of Etymotic HF-5s, and wanted to know how their bass response compared to that of a Grado can?  I know it is an apples-to-oranges question, as one is a set of IEMs and the other a full-sized headphone, but I would appreciate any help!  I have a set of SR225s that i love, and if the HF-5 can come close to even that level of bass, I will be happy. :)  Thanks in advance!

post #13233 of 14624
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Originally Posted by westinlennox View Post
 

Hey all, I have been searching the web (and Head-Fi) for days, and cannot seem to find an answer to my question.  I was hoping someone here may be able to help.  I am no basshead, but I am looking into getting a pair of Etymotic HF-5s, and wanted to know how their bass response compared to that of a Grado can?  I know it is an apples-to-oranges question, as one is a set of IEMs and the other a full-sized headphone, but I would appreciate any help!  I have a set of SR225s that i love, and if the HF-5 can come close to even that level of bass, I will be happy. :)  Thanks in advance!

Take with a grain of salt - I find that SR80i have slightly more mid-bass punch and Ety have bit more low-bass presence (looking at the Golden Ears measurments it shouldn't be the case really, but I'll pick HF5 over any day for something like this https://soundcloud.com/deorro/deorro-dechorro-original-mix)

They are quite the same in terms of the low end, both lacking authority for certain genres ;)


Edited by lesslikeme - 3/14/14 at 8:53pm
post #13234 of 14624
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Originally Posted by higbvuyb View Post
 

Drivers only accept analog input, so somewhere along the chain, you need to convert it back to analog.

 
If the earphones accepted a digital input, they'd require a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) plus an amplifier built into the earphones. They would require a power input (to power the DAC and amp). That would add a lot to the bulk and expense of earphones.

 

An earphone cable is not very long as cables go. So the potential for signal degradation is very low.


Thank you!!

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has anyone here heard about the "Pono" thing going on?

lots of fuss for it being an mp3 player that plays hi-res files (even though it's nothing new)

i was wondering, my Samsung galaxy 1 plays 96khz/24bit flac files without any problem,

does it mean i already have a hi-res player? :P

perhaps it can play the file but doesnt deliver the full sound range?


Edited by Amitl - 3/15/14 at 2:04am
post #13236 of 14624
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Originally Posted by Amitl View Post
 

has anyone here heard about the "Pono" thing going on?

lots of fuss for it being an mp3 player that plays hi-res files (even though it's nothing new)

i was wondering, my Samsung galaxy 1 plays 96khz/24bit flac files without any problem,

does it mean i already have a hi-res player? :P

perhaps it can play the file but doesnt deliver the full sound range?

The DAC in the phone probably doesn't work at 96/24. It's probably limited to something like 44.1/16. However, unless you are a bat, you won't hear a difference.

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joker , would you rate xba-1 close to vsd1/s , how much will you give it for sound quality .

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post
 

 

I haven't tried it. 

will you try it?

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by westinlennox View Post
 

Hey all, I have been searching the web (and Head-Fi) for days, and cannot seem to find an answer to my question.  I was hoping someone here may be able to help.  I am no basshead, but I am looking into getting a pair of Etymotic HF-5s, and wanted to know how their bass response compared to that of a Grado can?  I know it is an apples-to-oranges question, as one is a set of IEMs and the other a full-sized headphone, but I would appreciate any help!  I have a set of SR225s that i love, and if the HF-5 can come close to even that level of bass, I will be happy. :)  Thanks in advance!

 

The 40+ mm drivers in the Grados can move a whole lot more air so it will have an advantage in visceral "impact" even if on paper they are evenly matched in bass quantity. Only way to know for sure whether flat bass from an IEM will do it for you is to try one. 

 
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joker , would you rate xba-1 close to vsd1/s , how much will you give it for sound quality .

 

I really didn't spend enough time with it to say. 

 

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will you try it?

 

I doubt it.

post #13240 of 14624
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post
 

Posted a short introduction to Bluetooth audio technology here: http://theheadphonelist.com/wireless-fidelity-making-sense-bluetooth-headphone-technology/

 

I tried doing a bit of research on Bluetooth headphones last week and couldn't find what I needed in one place. I spent a few days piecing it all together from various sources and eventually decided to pool all the info in what I hope is a digestible format. Perhaps it will help those who are as clueless as I was get up to speed on the technologies, challenges, and limitations of Bluetooth audio :o 

 

Great informative writeup, thanks! Hope that Sead Smailagic took the opportunity to send you a Sony SBH80. ;) 

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Originally Posted by higbvuyb View Post
 

The DAC in the phone probably doesn't work at 96/24. It's probably limited to something like 44.1/16. However, unless you are a bat, you won't hear a difference.


Thanks for commenting

post #13242 of 14624
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

 

That works for me to but not really better than the singles. I think the nozzle ending being so near the outlet of the bi-flanges doesn't work well with my ear canals. Maybe I'm trying to insert them too far..

 

 

Mine must be longer. I definitely agree about having some tip beyond the opening. Didn't like the tips that ended near the outlet either.

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post
 

 

Great informative writeup, thanks! Hope that Sead Smailagic took the opportunity to send you a Sony SBH80. ;) 

 

Thanks :beerchug:

 

Indeed he did: http://theheadphonelist.com/sony-sbh80-review-mh1c-goes-wireless/

 

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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post
 

Mine must be longer. I definitely agree about having some tip beyond the opening. Didn't like the tips that ended near the outlet either.

 

In playing with the nozzles I managed to rip one off :/ . A dab of superglue and its back to normal. 

post #13244 of 14624
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Thanks :beerchug:

 

Indeed he did: http://theheadphonelist.com/sony-sbh80-review-mh1c-goes-wireless/

 

Awesome! Having only used the SBH80 myself for a few days, I'm honestly impressed. Everything about it seems very well thought out. Except maybe for the travel case, that is. ;)

 

Oh, and I had to smile about this one:

 

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 More generally, I’m convinced that wireless is the future of portable audio ...
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Mark my words, the future of portable audio is wireless.

:beerchug: 

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post
 

 

Awesome! Having only used the SBH80 myself for a few days, I'm honestly impressed. Everything about it seems very well thought out. Except maybe for the travel case, that is. ;)

 

Oh, and I had to smile about this one:

 

Nice foresight there :beerchug:. I realize now that my first Bluetooth set, the Sennheiser MM400, was a little early and the state of the technology back then resulted in a headphone that just couldn't justify its price. Things have definitely changed, especially on the pricing side.   

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