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post #721 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Hero Kid View Post

Any plans to add the Etymotics HF5 to the list? They certainly are getting some good praise around here recently.


Do you mean the new MC5? The HF5 has been around for a while I think. Either way I've got an MC5 and an HF3 sitting on my shelf but probably won't get to them for a little while with all the UEs on my plate.

post #722 of 16803

Joker.  Whats your thoughts on the HJE900 versus the Q-Jays not considering price in the equation.  Also, which phones rules the Piano?


Edited by Anaxilus - 9/6/10 at 11:59pm
post #723 of 16803

The Sony is the inventor of portable audio, and they researched this heavily. They have really great headphones.

Why do you people omit them? Is it on purpose?

post #724 of 16803
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Originally Posted by ketan7s View Post

The Sony is the inventor of portable audio, and they researched this heavily. They have really great headphones.

Why do you people omit them? Is it on purpose?


Their DAPs are good, but expensive and their headphones aren't as good as the competition.

post #725 of 16803

from reading your review on the monster pro turbine coppers and golds, am I right to interpret that the phones need an amp? or are they fine unamped but the volume needs to be turned higher than other IEMs?

 

thanks in advance

 

James

post #726 of 16803

They don't necessarily need an amp. It could help depending on your listening volume and what dap you use. They do like more power however although it also depends on if you want to carry around an extra cable and amp.

post #727 of 16803
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Originally Posted by ketan7s View Post

The Sony is the inventor of portable audio, and they researched this heavily. They have really great headphones.

Why do you people omit them? Is it on purpose?


Thats what happens when you rest on your laurels.  You realize what you are referring to took place 30-40 years ago.  They have some new flagship phones and IEMs coming out, we shall see then.  I'm sure Sony had to take a respite on audio engineering w/ all the money they were losing making PS3s, unprofitable movies, marketing BluRay and fighting that format war w/ HD-DVD.  They do not have infinite resources to make upgrades to the R10 every year. 

post #728 of 16803

Well many years ago Sony overplayed their hand and paid the price. Although it was more with dap's. They had the most on the market and even more than what apple had now but they charged even more ridiculous prices than they do now. Then someone took their market away by providing products at much less price.

 

A good number of their earphones are still overpriced for what it is although their lower offerings aren't bad but more marketed towards those who like Skullcandy, Bose, etc.

post #729 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

Joker.  Whats your thoughts on the HJE900 versus the Q-Jays not considering price in the equation.  Also, which phones rules the Piano?


Well, that's a tough one. Despite both being heavy on the bass, heavy on the treble earphones they sound quite different. The HJE900 is a quintessential dynamic and compared to the q-JAYS it is a brute. It hits harder, sparkles more, and just generally follows the Texas approach to everything. Now, I don't usually like that sort of thing (see MTPC) but the HJE900 is just so honest about it (plus we can't just take price out of the equation) that I liked it anyway. The off-neutral balance gives the sound a certain lushness that many other phones lack (Other examples of this: ViSang R03, Xears TD100, IE8). Plus it's a very enveloping sort of earphone - not the biggest-sounding but it gives a good sense of space.

 

The q-JAYS, on the other hand, are more technical. They have plenty of bass as far as armature-based phones go, which is a different measuring stick. Compared to the HJE900 they sound rather modest. They're much drier overall, almost terse. If I was forced to pick a single IEM to live with in the long run, it would be the q-JAYS. As a second to my CK10s or other high-end BAs I would definitely buy the Panasonics.

 

As for Piano, the HJE900 has a very unique timbral character to it that sounds quite natural but I like my piano very crisp and the q-JAYS win out on that front.



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Originally Posted by ketan7s View Post

The Sony is the inventor of portable audio, and they researched this heavily. They have really great headphones.

Why do you people omit them? Is it on purpose?


 Lol @ 'you people'. 

 

But yeah, what rawrster & Anaxilus said. Instead of being at the forefront of the IEM revolution Sony has taken the passive approach and being the follower rarely works here at head-fi unless you're doing something better than the competition.

 


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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post

from reading your review on the monster pro turbine coppers and golds, am I right to interpret that the phones need an amp? or are they fine unamped but the volume needs to be turned higher than other IEMs?

 

thanks in advance


They are fine unamped in the sense that everything I said about their sound still applies when used straight off of a portable player. They do seem to like added power but don't change radically with it. Whether you want to bother with the extra cost & bulk of a portable amp is up to you.

post #730 of 16803

Just want to show appreciation for this amazing thread.  I'm now deciding between the iM-590's or the visang R02s

post #731 of 16803
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Do you mean the new MC5? The HF5 has been around for a while I think.


Yeah I probably do :D

post #732 of 16803

Where did you get the ATH-CK100 from?  Im on their site and can't seem to find them....=(

post #733 of 16803
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Originally Posted by cdp7 View Post

Just want to show appreciation for this amazing thread.  I'm now deciding between the iM-590's or the visang R02s


Thanks and congrats on your future earphones 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Hawaiiancerveza View Post

Where did you get the ATH-CK100 from?  Im on their site and can't seem to find them....=(


The CK100 has never been officially sold in the US and therefore you won't be able to find them on Audio-Technica's USA site. You can of course find them at audio-technica.co.jp (google cache) here or at one of the other non-US pages such as the audio-technica.com.sg.

post #734 of 16803

You can also try accessory jack or price japan. If you don't mind using mail forwarding you can buy off amazon japan and use a forwarding service such as tenso.

post #735 of 16803
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post


 Lol @ 'you people'. 

 

But yeah, what rawrster & Anaxilus said. Instead of being at the forefront of the IEM revolution Sony has taken the passive approach and being the follower rarely works here at head-fi unless you're doing something better than the competition.


See here: Head Direct, FiiO, other Chinese companies. They're not exactly breaking any ground that the West hasn't already covered, but the sheer value and pace of their development means that the only thing holding them back is that people don't know about them.

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