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post #7936 of 16802
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

It depends on your preferences, what you listen to, and your favorite full-sized.

My favorite full sized is the SR-202.

Heh. Now that I think about it that's almost the opposite sound signature. The SR-202 is very trebly.
post #7937 of 16802
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Originally Posted by Tilpo View Post


My favorite full sized is the SR-202.
Heh. Now that I think about it that's almost the opposite sound signature. The SR-202 is very trebly.

 

I haven't heard the 202 (prob never will), but from what I've heard I think you should ease into the IEM game with the JVC FX40. It's a ridiculous bang-for-buck phone that will surprise you. If you want to jump in deeper, check out the Sony EX600. I found it better than the IE80 in most areas (including soundstage). I still say go for the FX40 first though. Another option would be the UE TF10. If you want to jump all the way in, there's the FX700 that has effortlessly extended treble, and an audiophile type basshead sound. The mids are a bit laid back though.

 

Then there's the GR07 MKII, which I'll have tomorrow. I'll put some impressions on the diary thread for you.

post #7938 of 16802
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

I haven't heard the 202 (prob never will), but from what I've heard I think you should ease into the IEM game with the JVC FX40. It's a ridiculous bang-for-buck phone that will surprise you. If you want to jump in deeper, check out the Sony EX600. I found it better than the IE80 in most areas (including soundstage). I still say go for the FX40 first though. Another option would be the UE TF10. If you want to jump all the way in, there's the FX700 that has effortlessly extended treble, and an audiophile type basshead sound. The mids are a bit laid back though.

Then there's the GR07 MKII, which I'll have tomorrow. I'll put some impressions on the diary thread for you.

I don't know about the FX40's. They seem a little TOO cheap. rolleyes.gif

The thing is, I want this to be an upgrade over my HD 25-1 II's too. I know myself well enough that if they aren't, that they won't be getting any head time.
But seriously, it's really not what I'm looking for. It may be stupid snobism, but I don't care. That's just how I am.

I want to jump in deeper than that. I had a look at the EX600's and they cost the same as the IE80's. I'd have to look into them a bit more.
The TF10's are actually more expensive than the IE80's, and truth be told I like the look of the IE80's better from the research I've done. I couldn't find any local prices on the GR07 or FX700's, so I'd have to decline.

I could order internationally, but then I'd have to add 19% tax (not the case if it's within Europe). The Dutch customs are evil. They WILL find out what the item is really worth, even if the value on the box is set really low. Trust me, it happened multiple times that they somehow figured out the real value of the item, even though there wasn't even the slightest notice of it on the packaging documents.
post #7939 of 16802
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Originally Posted by Tilpo View Post


I don't know about the FX40's. They seem a little TOO cheap. rolleyes.gif
The thing is, I want this to be an upgrade over my HD 25-1 II's too. I know myself well enough that if they aren't, that they won't be getting any head time.
But seriously, it's really not what I'm looking for. It may be stupid snobism, but I don't care. That's just how I am.
I want to jump in deeper than that. I had a look at the EX600's and they cost the same as the IE80's. I'd have to look into them a bit more.
The TF10's are actually more expensive than the IE80's, and truth be told I like the look of the IE80's better from the research I've done. I couldn't find any local prices on the GR07 or FX700's, so I'd have to decline.
I could order internationally, but then I'd have to add 19% tax (not the case if it's within Europe). The Dutch customs are evil. They WILL find out what the item is really worth, even if the value on the box is set really low. Trust me, it happened multiple times that they somehow figured out the real value of the item, even though there wasn't even the slightest notice of it on the packaging documents.

 

The thing about the FX40 is that they're on the same tier as the FXT90 (in my book, at least). I could send you my pair to have a listen, and decide where to go from there. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

post #7940 of 16802
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

The thing about the FX40 is that they're on the same tier as the FXT90 (in my book, at least). I could send you my pair to have a listen, and decide where to go from there. Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

I'm just extremely skeptic, that's all.

I just want to shoot straight for mid-fi. That's what I planned to do initially, and that's what I'll really do. Still, hearing them could be fun. But seeing that the purchase costs of a new unit will be more or less equal to the shipping costs of one, I'd think it necessary for you to send on to me.
New they cost €30.
post #7941 of 16802
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Originally Posted by Tilpo View Post


I'm just extremely skeptic, that's all.
I just want to shoot straight for mid-fi. That's what I planned to do initially, and that's what I'll really do. Still, hearing them could be fun. But seeing that the purchase costs of a new unit will be more or less equal to the shipping costs of one, I'd think it necessary for you to send on to me.
New they cost €30.

 

 

PM sent

post #7942 of 16802
Thread Starter 

Added Ultimate Ears 100. The downloadable chart has also been updated and now includes the 'i' column, as requested. It can be downloaded here. All work on the chart is done by carfentanil.

 

 

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

(3C22) Ultimate Ears 100



 

Added Aug 2012

Details: UE’s entry-level set available in several striking color schemes
Current Price: $14 from amazon.com (MSRP: $19.99)
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 16Ω | Sens: 105 dB | Freq: 20-20k Hz | Cable: 3.8' L-plug
Nozzle Size: 4mm | Preferred tips: stock single-flanges
Wear Style: Straight down or over-the-ear

Accessories (1/5) - Single-flange silicone tips (4 sizes)
Build Quality (2.5/5) – Plastic housings and plastic cabling are typical of UE’s entry-level models. The 3.5mm L-plug lacks strain relief and driver flex is a major annoyance
Isolation (3.5/5) – Long, angled nozzles and sealed housings provide good isolation
Microphonics (4/5) – Very low
Comfort (4/5) – The rectangular housings are small and quite ergonomic, with long angled nozzles and rounded edges. They should fit all but the smallest ears when worn cable-down and can be worn cord-up fairly easily as well.

Sound (4.9/10) – Clearly oriented at the consumer market, the UE100 is nevertheless a fairly well-balanced earphone with good bass and midrange presence. The low end has good extension and decent impact, though it is not as voluminous as that of the pricier UE350. It lacks crispness, detail, and texture but sounds much less boomy compared to a MEElectronics M2 or Skullcandy Smokin’. The bass-midrange balance is good, with the mids prominent enough even on bass-heavy tracks.

The midrange tends to lack crispness and clarity next to higher-end sets such as the Brainwavz Beta but for the price the UE100 has nothing to be ashamed of – it is fuller, warmer, and smoother than the similarly-priced Section 8 earbuds and far clearer than the Skullcandy Smokin’. The treble has decent extension and rolls off rather gently at the top. For the most part the top end is smooth, albeit lacking in detail. The presentation is farther back compared to most entry-level sets but has decent air. Next to higher-end IEMs it lacks depth and separation but does give a sense of space that differentiates it from the in-the-head presentation achieved by most cheap earphones. All in all, while the UE100 can hardly be called Hi-Fi, for $10 one could do much worse.

Value (7.5/10) – The UE100 is a cheap-and-cheerful set with an unusual but very user-friendly form factor, low cable noise, good isolation, and sound that - for the asking price – is decently balanced and surprisingly competent all around. It’s a good backup set or kid earphone to pick up for $10-12 but do make sure the warranty is intact as the driver flex on some pairs can utterly ruin the experience.

Pros: Consumer-friendly sound with good clarity; comfortable form factor; low cable noise
Cons: Significant driver flex

 
 
post #7943 of 16802

arghhhh, you tricked me with the new title.

I thought it was going to be UE TP10.

post #7944 of 16802

Would love to read your opinion on the CK100pro if by any chance you get to review it.

post #7945 of 16802

Congrats on #250 j-man

post #7946 of 16802
So with my UE500, I figured out the best tips for my ears.

Stock tips: Smallest tips in the UE500 pack

Sony Hybrids: Orange/Small

Comply tips: The comply tips pdf on amazon states that the UE500 uses the T200 comply tips. I had the T400/medium from when I bought the Turbines, and I found them to actually sound the best, though they wrap around the thicker part of the UE500 shell, and not where the tips are supposed to end.

I ordered a pack of SMALL T200 Comply tips, to see if it's as good. The stock Comply tips (I assume they're medium size, though fatter than the T400) that came in the UE500 box sounds good, but not as good as the T400...

Nothing beats that Comply comfort, but the T400 tips weren't made for them and are a pain in the ass to remove, lol. I accidentally ripped one. Good thing I have one more pair.

The small stock and hybrids sound great, but I don't see them staying on my ear all too well. The larger tips didn't sit well, caused driver flex, and ruined the balance of the sound. I guess I have small ear canals.
post #7947 of 16802

Hi joker. Back again with another intention for some recommendations. I see that you referenced the MDR-7550 three times, and once on its soundstage, and you're planning to review it. So I was wondering if you have anything in mind that has a soundstage like the Sony (or close to it) with the sound signature of the JVC FXT90, with a little bit more bass extension and/or less harsh highs. Budget not more than $200 if it can be helped.

 

EDIT: clarification.


Edited by jgray91 - 8/21/12 at 11:14pm
post #7948 of 16802
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

So with my UE500, I figured out the best tips for my ears.
Stock tips: Smallest tips in the UE500 pack
Sony Hybrids: Orange/Small
Comply tips: The comply tips pdf on amazon states that the UE500 uses the T200 comply tips. I had the T400/medium from when I bought the Turbines, and I found them to actually sound the best, though they wrap around the thicker part of the UE500 shell, and not where the tips are supposed to end.
I ordered a pack of SMALL T200 Comply tips, to see if it's as good. The stock Comply tips (I assume they're medium size, though fatter than the T400) that came in the UE500 box sounds good, but not as good as the T400...
Nothing beats that Comply comfort, but the T400 tips weren't made for them and are a pain in the ass to remove, lol. I accidentally ripped one. Good thing I have one more pair.
The small stock and hybrids sound great, but I don't see them staying on my ear all too well. The larger tips didn't sit well, caused driver flex, and ruined the balance of the sound. I guess I have small ear canals.

 

      yup , for two things , you may have a small ear canal and comply are really weak , you cant put any stress on them , this tip thing is really a pain for those who dont get what they want , not to mention im one of them , why dont you try out the monster super tips , its cheap for starter pack , but then gets expensive like 6 pairs of one size can set you back by $35 , at least here . i have the sony white ( clear ) tips on my ue 500/400 , its best for now till i find something else .

       

 

i think something was written on them , but not anymore .

post #7949 of 16802
Oh, I'm too happy with the comply sound and comfort to get silicone tips. I just want the T200/small to see if they are as good as the T400, but with the proper seating on the shell.

I noticed that the comply tips make the UE500 seem harder to drive than the silicones, probably due to the distance between the driver and the ear.
post #7950 of 16802

How is driver flex "good" or "bad"?  From my limited experience it seems to be either present or not present.  The stock Philips SHE3580 do not have driver flex because of the vent in front of the driver.  After I tried sealing a pair with superglue I get driver flex whenever I achieve an airtight seal with the tips; I need to pull on the ear with one hand while inserting with the other to avoid flex on insertion and after insertion, I know I have a tight seal if I get flex by pressing slightly the bud slightly in.  I assume this is a "bad" case of flex?  What would a "good" (but not nonexistent) case of flex be like?
 

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