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post #5506 of 16802

I take back what I said about no driver flex with my FXT90's as I do have a it happen only on the left ear piece and only when I insert them but it doesn't always do it.  They still sound great, I haven't heard any popping or crackling so it hasn't hurt the performance at all.

 

Man I love the way these sound even more than my beloved TF10's and thats hard to do if you knew how much I like my 10's. They just sound more open and I'm really surprised how good the depth and separation are on them.


Edited by jiff - 1/9/12 at 3:34pm
post #5507 of 16802
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Upgraditis and my pay check isn't helping either.

I have an EX600 and an hf5 and I would like something that is a significant upgrade but I'm ruling out the EX1000 and ER-4.

I'm kinda leaning to something neutral or close to neutral, and I think I prefer the fast, hi-res sound of the hf5 to the EX600. Works great for power/speed metal.

Any suggestions?



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post #5508 of 16802
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Let's start a FOTM... 4 years(?) after it's release. ^^

 

FOTM it is! Have you ordered yours yet?


Not yet still thinking.

 

 

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Thanks, and I agree. The EX600 is a strange beast, like the EX1000, because it lacks the centered stage of the FXT90 and many other in-ears and sounds more like a headphone when it comes to imaging, etc. 


Yup, the EX600 is decidedly detached which results in lacking intimacy and immersion at times, also due to it's very neutral tone.  
 

 

 

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Originally Posted by staxxx View Post

I'm kinda leaning to something neutral or close to neutral, and I think I prefer the fast, hi-res sound of the hf5 to the EX600. Works great for power/speed metal.

Any suggestions?


Turn them into a custom IEM, EX600 lo-driver HF5 hi-driver and you will create a MONSTER
 

 

post #5509 of 16802

Nice reviews on the two JVC's.  I find your thoughts on the FXT90 pretty much mirror mine.  They battle the RE262 for ear time and both are easily my favorite universals.

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post #5511 of 16802

Only the brave ones stay glued to head-fi wink.gif
 

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post #5512 of 16802
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Originally Posted by staxxx View Post

Upgraditis and my pay check isn't helping either.

I have an EX600 and an hf5 and I would like something that is a significant upgrade but I'm ruling out the EX1000 and ER-4.

I'm kinda leaning to something neutral or close to neutral, and I think I prefer the fast, hi-res sound of the hf5 to the EX600. Works great for power/speed metal.

Any suggestions?

 

Get an armature-based custom with a flat signature, e.g. CTM-200. Doubt you'll get a significant upgrade otherwise unless you find a signature that suits you better.
 

 



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Nice reviews on the two JVC's.  I find your thoughts on the FXT90 pretty much mirror mine.  They battle the RE262 for ear time and both are easily my favorite universals.


Thanks! I do personally like the FXT90 and would pick it any day over almost all similarly-priced and many pricier earphones.

 



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post #5513 of 16802

Custom seems like the only option left for me. Thanks.

post #5514 of 16802
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Custom seems like the only option left for me. Thanks.


So you have EX600 and HF5 and you've declared you're finished with universals?  Lol bravo.

post #5515 of 16802

I know there's better universals, I've heard the EX1000 at my local Sony dealer. And it's only slightly better than the EX600. As someone said on another thread, the differences are so minor, you can only tell them with A/B testing, same with the HF5 + ER-4 variants. I'm trying to get the impedance adapter borrowed from a friend who owns an ER-4P. I actually heard that long time ago before i was an audiophile, but my friend freaked out when he saw me wearing them because he doesn't share his IEMs due to his fear of earwax infections.

The hf5 and ex600 are pretty flat and detailed, yet both sound so different. I think if I'm purchasing another universal, it may have to be a different sound signature. I don't mind v shaped like the FXC51 but I absolutely hated the TF10.


Edited by staxxx - 1/9/12 at 7:17pm
post #5516 of 16802

I thought the EX600 and EX1000 had a very clear difference without direct A/B, I'd only call it a difference though, not necessarily a three-fold improvement or anything to that effect.

 

If you want to depart from EX600 and HF5 you should get a 3 or 4 driver universal/custom, or a significantly different sounding dynamic driver.  Ljokerl said the FX500 has much better timbre and realism than IE7 and IE8 so I'd skip Sennheiser.

 

post #5517 of 16802

I was planning on jumping straight to the 700, but the 500 seems a wiser choice for me. I've read that the timbre of the 700 is untouched.

I've heard the IE8 (from that same friend), even on the lowest setting, it's too bassy, don't really care for it much. Very well, I shall purchase the FX500, I still have that Thermaltake IEM to test, too rolleyes.gif. How is your FXC51, btw? I think the more I climb up the ladder, I'm beginning to appreciate them more, they're quite fast too.

post #5518 of 16802

I can hear a difference without A/Bing as well. I was drunk one night, thought I had grabbed the EX1000s, and only noticed they were the 600s when I picked up on some slight lack of resolution.


Edited by Selenium - 1/9/12 at 7:52pm
post #5519 of 16802

Yeah, that's the major difference IMO, the resolution. The EX1000 is better, but the sound signature is the same.

The hf5 has superior resolution to the EX600, but I wonder if it's close or better to the EX1000. I haven't heard it for many months.

post #5520 of 16802
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Originally Posted by staxxx View Post

Upgraditis and my pay check isn't helping either.

I have an EX600 and an hf5 and I would like something that is a significant upgrade but I'm ruling out the EX1000 and ER-4.

I'm kinda leaning to something neutral or close to neutral, and I think I prefer the fast, hi-res sound of the hf5 to the EX600. Works great for power/speed metal.

Any suggestions?


Maybe the PFE232, but the term "significant" is open to interpretation.
 

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

Get an armature-based custom with a flat signature, e.g. CTM-200. Doubt you'll get a significant upgrade otherwise unless you find a signature that suits you better.


See above regarding "significant". I've only heard the JH13 demos, UE11 and UERM, but I don't consider any of them a significant upgrade to my favorite universals.

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