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post #10066 of 15046

I think I know why you haven't reviewed the Earsonics SM1 - you didn't want to describe the type of driver it has - lol.

post #10067 of 15046
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Originally Posted by Deviltooth View Post

I'm drooling over the picture of all those customs.  In the past 3 years would you say universal IEMs are closing on the sonic quality of customs or that customs continue to improve at an equal pace?


I didn't have any customs that far back so I don't think I can give anything near a fair assessment of the market then vs now. There were definitely far fewer high-end universals than there are today and no hyper-expensive ones like the MH334 and K3003. I'm just not sure how much better (if at all) today's customs are compared to what was around then (JH13 was just released IIRC and the UE10 was still popular in 2009). 

post #10068 of 15046
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Anyone remember the pic that started my original IEM review thread?
 

 

Had the chance to take a few photos this week and tried to re-capture the magic:

 

 

 

I can summarize 3.5 years thusly: much better earphones, much better camera, no improvement in photography skills biggrin.gif

nice pics! (where's the TF10?? ... cough...cough...cool.gif. oh, i'm sorry was that a Taboo in this thread rolleyes.gif?

post #10069 of 15046

Have you ever just stopped and thought to yourself one day "hmmm maybe I have enough IEM's now" hahah etysmile.gif

 

Na keep up the good work it is an amazing resource probably the best on head-fi and I have used it for all my recent IEM purchases, I think you are pretty much spot on with the reviews and I like the way that they are presented.

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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post

I think I know why you haven't reviewed the Earsonics SM1 - you didn't want to describe the type of driver it has - lol.

Awesome ! That was quite funny

post #10071 of 15046

say, Joker, would the Philips tread deserve a 5.5/5 or 6/5 in Build Quality ? i mean compared to the others that gor 5/5 

post #10072 of 15046
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Have you ever just stopped and thought to yourself one day "hmmm maybe I have enough IEM's now" hahah etysmile.gif

That statement is fallacious in and of itself. One can never have enough wink.gif

post #10073 of 15046
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nice pics! (where's the TF10?? ... cough...cough...cool.gif. oh, i'm sorry was that a Taboo in this thread rolleyes.gif?

 

The it-which-must-not-be-named.

 

Doesn't belong in the picture with the customs. Unless I drop it in the center just to confuse anyone who stumbles on the pic evil_smiley.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

Have you ever just stopped and thought to yourself one day "hmmm maybe I have enough IEM's now" hahah etysmile.gif

 

Na keep up the good work it is an amazing resource probably the best on head-fi and I have used it for all my recent IEM purchases, I think you are pretty much spot on with the reviews and I like the way that they are presented.

 

I don't pick up headphones because I need more - it's more the pursuit of getting the most sound quality per dollar that's exciting. My favorite IEMs from the past year are probably a few top-tier ones, a few in the $100-150 range, and a bunch below $45. Those are the magic price ranges where the big shifts are happening as far as I am concerned.  

 

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Awesome ! That was quite funny

 

Is there some controversy on the SM1 driver? I always assumed it was a single BA. I believe it was advertised as such on release.

 

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say, Joker, would the Philips tread deserve a 5.5/5 or 6/5 in Build Quality ? i mean compared to the others that gor 5/5 


Maybe, but it's not like there's lots of other earphones in that price range with a 5/5 so I think that score gets the point across. I am not sure they will actually last longer than something with detachable cables or something like a Dunu Crater, they just look more impressive out of the box. If anything were to get a 5.5/5 it would probably be the FitEar MH334. But again, not necessary, IMO. 

post #10074 of 15046

I'll gladly take some good iem's off your hands :)

 

The crazy part about that picture is with all those customs how much have you paid for ear impressions and do you get a discount after your 2nd or 3rd or 8th impression :P

post #10075 of 15046
Is there some controversy on the SM1 driver? I always assumed it was a single BA. I believe it was advertised as such on release.

Yes. Unknown design and origin. Advertised as a dual input single armature with crossover. Confusing terminology. Good vibes thinks its a dual armature single output and not actually a single armature. An " off the shelf" design.

It was getting a little heated. Apologies to the administrator. We were on the deals thread
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I'll gladly take some good iem's off your hands :)

 

The crazy part about that picture is with all those customs how much have you paid for ear impressions and do you get a discount after your 2nd or 3rd or 8th impression :P

 

I do my own impressions now. All it takes is two tubs of impression goo, some dams, and a syringe. Cost per impression is probably $2 or so. I screw up sometimes but it takes maybe 5-10 mins to do one so they're easy to re-do.


Better pic:

 

 

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Originally Posted by TheMarkRemains View Post

Yes. Unknown design and origin. Advertised as a dual input single armature with crossover. Confusing terminology. Good vibes thinks its a dual armature single output and not actually a single armature. An " off the shelf" design.

It was getting a little heated. Apologies to the administrator. We were on the deals thread


Hmm... that sounds very odd to me. Not sure how it would work and even if it did what the benefit would be in crossing over a signal before feeding it to the (single) driver.

 

Sounds like it might be a case of "lost in translation" like Fischer Audio advertising their SBA-03 as "dual armature" at first before elaborating that it's actually 1 per side / 2 total.

post #10077 of 15046
Hmm... that sounds very odd to me. Not sure how it would work and even if it did what the benefit would be in crossing over a signal before feeding it to the (single) driver.

Sounds like it might be a case of "lost in translation" like Fischer Audio advertising their SBA-03 as "dual armature" at first before elaborating that it's actually 1 per side / 2 total.
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My thoughts exactly. I pictured it as a dual voice coil speaker. Why bother with a crossover then ?

I think you'd enjoy the sound, but it doesn't explain the cryptic description.
post #10078 of 15046

What a coincidence. I started off with the Sansa Fuze and I now have the Cowon J3. tongue_smile.gif

post #10079 of 15046
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

I do my own impressions now. All it takes is two tubs of impression goo, some dams, and a syringe. Cost per impression is probably $2 or so. I screw up sometimes but it takes maybe 5-10 mins to do one so they're easy to re-do.


Better pic:

 

 

 

you should start a new photography style, "CIEM art"

post #10080 of 15046
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

I do my own impressions now. All it takes is two tubs of impression goo, some dams, and a syringe. Cost per impression is probably $2 or so. I screw up sometimes but it takes maybe 5-10 mins to do one so they're easy to re-do.


Better pic:

 

This is just beautiful

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