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Originally Posted by Pastapipo View Post
 

Wow, 8.1.

I tried them myself and found them to be too U shaped. Mids were totally recessed to my ears.

The highs of the Pistons are natural and the best I've heard in a long time. The bass was to mid-bassy for me.

 

All true for the mids and bass, but still so very far ahead of average among sub-$50 IEMs (except maybe the bass bloat)

 

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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post
 

I'm not really surprised by that Piston score. I expected it to score somewhere circa mh1 though to put things into perspective my first pairs of mh1c cost me $15 and the mh1 I got months into the hype still cost me like $25, so I can't just say "WOW, I have never heard anything like this for only 20 bucks".

Of course, the Piston's hype got a little bit out of hand with stuff like being the best sub-$100 iem, being better than all vsonics and that probably raised some expectations a bit too high. 

I personally wasn't too impressed but I acknowledged that I can imagine someone liking them a lot if that's the type of sound he's looking for. My main issue with them was the bass. which is exactly the opposite of what I like - slow, lacking control and proper attack.

 

When writing the review that was pretty much my line of thinking - if only the sub-$25 MH1C supply on ebay hadn't run out, I would have been less impressed with the Pistons. I still prefer the MH1C, personally, but I think the Piston has more of a "wow" factor for the average listener.

 

BTW, the DN-2000 comparison was actually prompted by someone sending a PM asking whether the Piston is better :o

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

When writing the review that was pretty much my line of thinking - if only the sub-$25 MH1C supply on ebay hadn't run out, I would have been less impressed with the Pistons. I still prefer the MH1C, personally, but I think the Piston has more of a "wow" factor for the average listener.

 

BTW, the DN-2000 comparison was actually prompted by someone sending a PM asking whether the Piston is better :o

Well, the thing is that here in Europe one can still get the sony for around $20 on amazon uk coming with the tips in two colors like the retail package. 

And now after all that hype and the Pistons selling for circa 30 I can't really be that impressed with them while the mh1 is still available and especially given that a month ago I got my vsd3s for $37. 

And yeah, as I said the hype got crazy with claims the Pistons were better than dn1k and other more expensive stuff and that's why I said some people have unrealistic expectations. Now, for someone who hasn't heard anything better they will be very impressive. And it will save them a lot of money in the long run coz I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who have the Pistons and now due to the hype think they can only upgrade them if they spend north of 200 bucks, so they'll stick to them :bigsmile_face: 


Edited by kova4a - 7/14/14 at 9:47pm
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Hi joker, did you try the Xiaomi Pistons with Dirac HD on a Xiaomi phone?
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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post
 

Well, the thing is that here in Europe one can still get the sony for around $20 on amazon uk coming with the tips in two colors like the retail package. 

And now after all that hype and the Pistons selling for circa 30 I can't really be that impressed with them while the mh1 is still available and especially given that a month ago I got my vsd3s for $37. 

And yeah, as I said the hype got crazy with claims the Pistons were better than dn1k and other more expensive stuff and that's why I said some people have unrealistic expectations. Now, for someone who hasn't heard anything better they will be very impressive. And it will save them a lot of money in the long run coz I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who have the Pistons and now due to the hype think they can only upgrade them if they spend north of 200 bucks, so they'll stick to them :bigsmile_face: 

 

Doesn't seem to be limiting the number of higher-end options hitting the market, so that's fine by me. I see myself recommending the Pistons quite often though, especially as the PM I receive most often these days is "Recommend me a ($25/$30/$40/$50) earphone for EDM with lots of bass and crystal clear treble... bro"

 

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Originally Posted by Joe Bloggs View Post

Hi joker, did you try the Xiaomi Pistons with Dirac HD on a Xiaomi phone?

 

Nope, sorry. 

post #14060 of 14628
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Originally Posted by Pastapipo View Post
 

Wow, 8.1.

I tried them myself and found them to be too U shaped. Mids were totally recessed to my ears.

The highs of the Pistons are natural and the best I've heard in a long time. The bass was to mid-bassy for me.

 

I wouldn't give them a 8.1, but then again, I haven't heard anything near a percentage of iems joker has. He is the sole reason I started this hobby anyway. 

 

BTW I tried the Ivery IS1 clearhead was hyping a while ago. There nothing special. Fine for the price paid, but far to bassy and veiled over the rest of the spectrum.

Did you remove the filters?  If not, give it a try.

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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post
 

Did you remove the filters?  If not, give it a try.

If you're referring to the Pistons' foam I personally strongly advise against it. 

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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post
 

If you're referring to the Pistons' foam I personally strongly advise against it. 

Most people have said that it's better without the foam.  It extends the treble and makes it more balanced.

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Most people have said that it's better without the foam.  It extends the treble and makes it more balanced.

Nah, it opens up slightly the sound and ruins the bass impact and the treble response. I guarantee you that if Tyll had measured the Pistons with the foams removed it would measure very bad in the 300Hz square wave and the impulse response graph.

I also have to admit that while I assume why joker decided to go for the m6's tips for the Pistons aside from the better fit, I kinda question his choice coz the choice of tips for the Pistons is kinda hard and can change the final review in several places. For instance the M6's tips give probably the most acceptable bass for me from the Pistons - less boomy and out of control but they reduce the treble, especially the top extension, while using wider bore tips opens up the sound but make the bass softer and boomier but then you can't say the vsd1s sounds more spacious. Overall my personal choice will be the meelec rx12's tips or the brainwavz Delta's ones coz they are exactly the same.

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

post #14064 of 14628
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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post
 

Nah, it opens up slightly the sound and ruins the bass impact and the treble response. I guarantee you that if Tyll had measured the Pistons with the foams removed it would measure very bad in the 300Hz square wave and the impulse response graph.

I also have to admit that while I assume why joker decided to go for the m6's tips for the Pistons aside from the better fit, I kinda question his choice coz the choice of tips for the Pistons is kinda hard and can change the final review in several places. For instance the M6's tips give probably the most acceptable bass for me from the Pistons - less boomy and out of control but they reduce the treble, especially the top extension, while using wider bore tips opens up the sound but make the bass softer and boomier but then you can't say the vsd1s sounds more spacious. Overall my personal choice will be the meelec rx12's tips or the brainwavz Delta's ones coz they are exactly the same.

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

 

Right, with the tubby housings of the Pistons I was just happy to find a single-flange that was both comfortable/secure and not terribly boomy. 

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So, how much approximately does vsd3s score sound quality wise? My guess is 8.4

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Hi ljokerl,

 

I read your review of the Xiaomi Piston 2 and am very interested in it.

 

I'm wondering how it compares to the Fidue A63 overall.  I note that you said that it is not mid-forward like the Fidue nor as forgiving in the top-end, and that it doesn't lag behind the Fidue in terms of clarity.

 

Compared to the Fidue, are the mids any more veiled in the Xiaomi?  Which is more detailed?  Which is more dynamic?  I assume the Xiaomi is warmer than the Fidue, but does that warmth make it a less quality performer in the midrange compared to the Fidue, or does it simply take the midrange clarity of the Fidue and add a bit of warmth and weight to the low-end without sacrificing any of the midrange clarity and detail of the Fidue?

 

I like the Fidue, but I could use a bit more presence/weight in the bottom-end, as long as it doesn't sacrifice the midrange clarity and detail of the Fidue (which is the best part of the Fidue, in my opinion) and as long as the bass isn't too boomy.

 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts that you have on the matter.

post #14067 of 14628
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Originally Posted by danikus View Post
 

So, how much approximately does vsd3s score sound quality wise? My guess is 8.4

 

Haven't received it yet :/

 

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Originally Posted by steelglam View Post
 

Hi ljokerl,

 

I read your review of the Xiaomi Piston 2 and am very interested in it.

 

I'm wondering how it compares to the Fidue A63 overall.  I note that you said that it is not mid-forward like the Fidue nor as forgiving in the top-end, and that it doesn't lag behind the Fidue in terms of clarity.

 

Compared to the Fidue, are the mids any more veiled in the Xiaomi?  Which is more detailed?  Which is more dynamic?  I assume the Xiaomi is warmer than the Fidue, but does that warmth make it a less quality performer in the midrange compared to the Fidue, or does it simply take the midrange clarity of the Fidue and add a bit of warmth and weight to the low-end without sacrificing any of the midrange clarity and detail of the Fidue?

 

I like the Fidue, but I could use a bit more presence/weight in the bottom-end, as long as it doesn't sacrifice the midrange clarity and detail of the Fidue (which is the best part of the Fidue, in my opinion) and as long as the bass isn't too boomy.

 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts that you have on the matter.

 

Yeah, it's as you would expect - the A63 has tighter bass but also less of it, more forward mids, and smoother treble. The Piston sounds boomy in comparison but has better bass extension also. It's warmer and more full-bodied. A little more veiled, but not as much as you might expect from such a bassy earphone.

 

Except for the bass, where the Piston loses a bit of refinement/control, I didn't think either had an advantage in detail, etc. 

post #14068 of 14628
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Haven't received it yet :/

 

 

   then what about vsd1 ?

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Sooo....Pistons over SHE3580?

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Sooo....Pistons over SHE3580?

 

  simple ans short , if you leave the bass , yes .

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