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Originally Posted by Poetik View Post

YES FINALLY THE SM3!!!

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Great review as usual!  I agree with pretty much everything you said.  I also found the lows to be a bit shy at the lowest limits and was less appreciative of the treble than yourself.  I was one who fell into the unrealistic soundstage camp you mentioned, just couldn't do it.  Otherwise I'm in sonic agreement.  They reminded me of a BA version of the MD focused more on the technicalities while the MD was more about being fun.  Kinda soulless by comparison, sort of like listening to Andreas Bocelli versus Carreras.  I just never got engaged to the same level.  The lack of that 'wow' factor made it a sort of Jack of all trades, master of none sort of sound to me.  I do have to raise some questions on the scoring though.  Build quality seems rather high IMO.  I've honestly never used an IEM I was more worried about breaking in my life.  From the barely attached housings to the unreinforced nozzles that could snap like a twig.  In fact of all the IEMs I've ever had in my sig, they have to be the most poorly designed housings and nozzles I've ever experienced.  I did LUV the cable though!  Least microphonic in my experince.  I also wonder about the value score too considering they cost near $400 w/ respect to some of the competition.  I will say this, I certainly hold the SM3 in higher regard than the 530 and much higher than the TF10 granted I'm not a fan of it at all.  


Edited by Anaxilus - 12/21/10 at 4:12am
post #1548 of 16803

10/10 for the SM3 ?

 

 

i think this may be too much - then again we should wait until you grade the GR-10

post #1549 of 16803

Finally, the SM3 smile.gif

 

Earlier, I was confused over how the new rating system would be. Would I see scores of 9.875? But this makes better sense, even though I hate to see my beloved DBA-02 drop to 9.75.

 

I agree with Anaxilus about the build quality of SM3. Even though I have it in my possession only for a couple of days, every time I handle them, I am worried about breaking them. None of my other IEMs make me feel this way. May be I'll get used to it, may be not.

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Looks like the SM3 pushed everything down in the sound ranking :P Nice review of them and I enjoyed reading it but it doesn't look like it is for me and I probably won't be able to hear them anyway.

 

Just curious but do you ever plan on having your customs make an appearance in this thread over time?

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4/5 on build quality for the SM3 was a surprise. Many people have had theirs snap, crack or pop apart.

post #1552 of 16803

Thanks, always like the balance of these.

post #1553 of 16803

It is "in progress".
 

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Looks like the SM3 pushed everything down in the sound ranking :P Nice review of them and I enjoyed reading it but it doesn't look like it is for me and I probably won't be able to hear them anyway.

 

Just curious but do you ever plan on having your customs make an appearance in this thread over time?

post #1554 of 16803

Ah I did not see that so I guess my question has been answered

post #1555 of 16803

ljokerl, exactly the same with your experience, now i hardly skip any songs.

It may just be end of the road for me.

Hopefully there is no sorry anymore for my wallet. :)

Thanks for the all fantastic words in SM3 review.

post #1556 of 16803

Perfect description and review of the SM3!  It was worth the wait!  Thanks ljokerl

post #1557 of 16803

Good review on the SM3, very similar to what I thought about them.  I found them to be a bit too thick for my taste, but overall the SM3 are pretty good.

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Thank you for the reviews and help, I think I know what my next purchase is now. 

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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

Great review as usual!  I agree with pretty much everything you said.  I also found the lows to be a bit shy at the lowest limits and was less appreciative of the treble than yourself.  I was one who fell into the unrealistic soundstage camp you mentioned, just couldn't do it.  Otherwise I'm in sonic agreement.  They reminded me of a BA version of the MD focused more on the technicalities while the MD was more about being fun.  Kinda soulless by comparison, sort of like listening to Andreas Bocelli versus Carreras.  I just never got engaged to the same level.  The lack of that 'wow' factor made it a sort of Jack of all trades, master of none sort of sound to me.  I do have to raise some questions on the scoring though.  Build quality seems rather high IMO.  I've honestly never used an IEM I was more worried about breaking in my life.  From the barely attached housings to the unreinforced nozzles that could snap like a twig.  In fact of all the IEMs I've ever had in my sig, they have to be the most poorly designed housings and nozzles I've ever experienced.  I did LUV the cable though!  Least microphonic in my experince.  I also wonder about the value score too considering they cost near $400 w/ respect to some of the competition.  I will say this, I certainly hold the SM3 in higher regard than the 530 and much higher than the TF10 granted I'm not a fan of it at all.  

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Originally Posted by Kunlun View Post

4/5 on build quality for the SM3 was a surprise. Many people have had theirs snap, crack or pop apart.

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Originally Posted by esanthosh View Post

Finally, the SM3 smile.gif

 

Earlier, I was confused over how the new rating system would be. Would I see scores of 9.875? But this makes better sense, even though I hate to see my beloved DBA-02 drop to 9.75.

 

I agree with Anaxilus about the build quality of SM3. Even though I have it in my possession only for a couple of days, every time I handle them, I am worried about breaking them. None of my other IEMs make me feel this way. May be I'll get used to it, may be not.

Sorry, I haven't read anything about others' experience with the build of the SM3. If I'd gone through the appreciation thread this review would never have seen the light of day. Sadly I don't have the time nor the resources to stress test each one of these earphones so I can only rate them on initial build quality. The inclusion of much of the <$30 junk in the review really skews the scales, too, so pretty much anything with a strong cable and proper strain reliefs will get a 3.5/5 or higher. I'll add a note about durability but I can't back it with experience - I didn't feel they were any less durable than my W1/W2.

 


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Originally Posted by proedros View Post

10/10 for the SM3 ?

 

 

i think this may be too much - then again we should wait until you grade the GR-10


It's a relative scale. Not saying that the SM3 is perfect - just that I put it a bit above the CK10/CK100/DBA-02 (which aren't perfect either)

 


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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Looks like the SM3 pushed everything down in the sound ranking :P Nice review of them and I enjoyed reading it but it doesn't look like it is for me and I probably won't be able to hear them anyway.

 

Just curious but do you ever plan on having your customs make an appearance in this thread over time?

 

Eh, you probably wouldn't like them too much. And yes, the 1964-T will be added to this thread but I'm probably going to start with a separate review for it.
 

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Originally Posted by izaku View Post

ljokerl, exactly the same with your experience, now i hardly skip any songs.

It may just be end of the road for me.

Hopefully there is no sorry anymore for my wallet. :)

Thanks for the all fantastic words in SM3 review.

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Originally Posted by sdhobbs View Post

Perfect description and review of the SM3!  It was worth the wait!  Thanks ljokerl

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Originally Posted by mythless View Post

Good review on the SM3, very similar to what I thought about them.  I found them to be a bit too thick for my taste, but overall the SM3 are pretty good.



Ha, agreement seems to be split ~50/50. A little worse  than I expected but not too bad. Thanks, everyone!

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Haha, what did you expect?

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