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What about Etymotics?  They look pretty small.
 


Ahh, the Etys... I was always impressed with their sound every time I tried them, but for some reason I never actually bought a pair for myself. I've been thinking of getting an ER4p or ER4s for a long time now, but I always end up with another IEM or headphone for whatever reason. I guess it's because the Etys are old and are kind of unexciting. lol But the sound was... hmmm... very, very nice. When I tried the HF2, they instantly reminded me of SE530 - similar quality mids, similar non-fatiguing, but detailed highs, fantastic precision. I was really impressed. Thanks for reminding me of these IEMs, because I totally forgot. I definitely need to get a pair, just need to find a good deal.

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Sent you a PM :D

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Would be interesting to see how Joker stacks SM3 against W2/3. I'm after UE 5Pro warm signature, wide soundstage and overall fun. HJE-900 come close except for distant mids that disappoint especially for rock vocals. So I'm eyeing W2 but not sure.

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Interestingly enough, I find the EX1000's slightly weak at the higher frequencies, it just isn't as detailed as the ER4S, but still very, very good. As you said, once the price has come down to a sanity level, then I think the EX1000 will be a very interesting competitor in the $250 - $400 range. It is quite good.


That's quite a price drop - Sony really aren't known for doing that, are they...

 

 

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Hey Joker, I wonder what you think of SE530/535? Ever heard them? I think they deserve to be reviewed. If you rate Q-jays at 9.25/10, the Shures should be well over 10+. I think that they even beat the SM3, especially in the mids department, providing a lusher, more dynamic sound.frown.gif


Never heard the SE530. I really didn't like the SE115, SE310, or  the E4c and my ventures into Shure earphones stopped there. 

 


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@Pianist: I will assume that's the reason why you go out and try different IEMs? 

 

All this talk about the SM3 is piquing my interest in it again, but Joker, what do you mean by "capable?"  Oh and between the SM3 and RE262 which one do you prefer?


I've said 'capable' quite a few times. Which occasion do you mean? If it's about the RE262 driver, I feel that it is extremely capable in the sense that there's a lot of output headroom - it EQs better than the RE252 driver, handles loud volumes better, and sounds more effortless at the extremes of the output range (or, rather, my hearing). 

 

 

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Would be interesting to see how Joker stacks SM3 against W2/3. I'm after UE 5Pro warm signature, wide soundstage and overall fun. HJE-900 come close except for distant mids that disappoint especially for rock vocals. So I'm eyeing W2 but not sure.

 

I think the W3 is a better upgrade from the UE5Pro than the W2 or SM3. It's brighter than the UE5 but has a similar sense of space and bass intensity. Unless your goal is to have more forward mids than the 5Pro gives you, in which case the W3 is not the right choice.

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Originally Posted by MaxwellDemon View Post

Interestingly enough, I find the EX1000's slightly weak at the higher frequencies, it just isn't as detailed as the ER4S, but still very, very good. As you said, once the price has come down to a sanity level, then I think the EX1000 will be a very interesting competitor in the $250 - $400 range. It is quite good.


That's quite a price drop - Sony really aren't known for doing that, are they...

 


 

No, unfortunately, they don't. rolleyes.gif

 

I guess they could be a competitor to the 400+ category along with CK100, would still be nice to see a bit more of a drop. tongue.gif

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Any reason why i didnt see many people be interest about the M what deal from meelectronics? Maybe because you want to know exactly what you pay for?

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I need to unsubscribe from this thread otherwise I am going broke, LOL!! I just bought the RE-262 from a forum member. I have now bought the Senn IE8, FA DBA-02 and now RE-262 all in the past 10 days based on the review here looking for that one IEM that will end my search. The only IEM I will buy going forward will be the Earsonics SM3. Awaiting your review on that one, ljokerl.

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I need to unsubscribe from this thread otherwise I am going broke, LOL!! I just bought the RE-262 from a forum member. I have now bought the Senn IE8, FA DBA-02 and now RE-262 all in the past 10 days based on the review here looking for that one IEM that will end my search. The only IEM I will buy going forward will be the Earsonics SM3. Awaiting your review on that one, ljokerl.



You can always resell what you don't like and put those funds to buy the SM3 etysmile.gif

 

I too wouldn't mind seeing another SM3 review.  I just realized I only had 1 BA IEMs and I sold it a while back.  I think I need to branch out to other driver types. 

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I need to unsubscribe from this thread otherwise I am going broke, LOL!! I just bought the RE-262 from a forum member. I have now bought the Senn IE8, FA DBA-02 and now RE-262 all in the past 10 days based on the review here looking for that one IEM that will end my search. The only IEM I will buy going forward will be the Earsonics SM3. Awaiting your review on that one, ljokerl.



You can always resell what you don't like and put those funds to buy the SM3 etysmile.gif

 

I too wouldn't mind seeing another SM3 review.  I just realized I only had 1 BA IEMs and I sold it a while back.  I think I need to branch out to other driver types. 


That is the plan now. I have a S:flo2 on order. I will keep only one or two that has good synergy with S:flo2 and  sell the rest.  I will start with Tf10 Pro and RE0 very soon.
 

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Good luck with that, that's a lot of different flavored IEMs you got there.

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That's a good thing :) I've come to enjoy many different flavors as long as they aren't too different. The Eterna v1 was the only earphone that I had to sell. It was too different than everything else that I had.

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@ljokerl how do the re262's compare to the MD tributes? which did you prefer?

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@ljokerl how do the re262's compare to the MD tributes? which did you prefer?



Despite being high-end dynamics they are pretty different earphones. Compared to the RE262 the MD is a real bass monster with more weight and rumble at the low end. The 262 drops off at the lowest of lows and generally sounds softer and more relaxed. I'd say the MDs are a tiny bit more dry and textured overall while the RE262 is cleaner and clearer. The mids are more forward on the RE262, maybe even too forward for some tracks, and more smooth and attention-grabbing at the same time. Treble quantity is similar between the two but the RE262 seems to extend a bit more effortlessly despite again sounding softer. Presentation-wise the RE262 has a larger stage and better separation while the MD sounds more cohesive. I'd say that the soundstage of the MD is more spherical while the 262 extends farther outward at the sides but these things are quite subjective.

 

Personally I prefer the technical capability of the RE262 but I like the tuning of the MD better - despite being the inferior earphone (to my ears) from an 'objective' point of view the MD is just lots of fun to listen to when taken for what it is. It also offers the better overall package IMO, especially the warranty, but then that's where the price difference comes in. If it were my money I'd still buy the RE262 but it's definitely a close call.

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thanks for the reply! I think i'll go for the RE262s.

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Compared to just about every other earphone the MD is a bass monster in comparison :P

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