Hey Joker! I need some advice! I'm getting a birthday present for a friend, and I've narrowed it down to the Astrotec Am-90, Dunu Trident or GR02. Which one would you recommend? My friend isn't really an audiophile, so she wouldn't be too picky or detailed about the sound. She generally likes night core and pop.
You probably don't want to buy an armature-based earphone, then. As for the other two, the GR02 has that "wow" factor because of its v-shaped signature, with plenty of bass but also very prominent treble that most novice listeners will take for fantastic clarity. The Trident is more on the warm and smooth side, it will probably remind them more of their (older relative's) Bose set. The Trident also wows with its construction and overall presentation - it looks and feels like a higher-end product. If you're not too worried about all that, for pop I would probably go GR02. But really, either would be a great choice.
Interesting question... probably the JVC FXT90 in terms of overall signature and presentation.
I had been to a Shure dealer today in my city for se 215. He told me that he had only 1 in stock . As soon as he gave me the box I noticed that the box had been messed around with. He went ahead to make the bill and immediately I requested that I needed to check those out . I found that the foam tips were deformed and hence requested for a new set of IEM.
I have a few questions in mind..
Does the pack have a seal like the ones found in cell phone box?
Does the connector swivel with ease.. I mean are they that loose?
I read in a head fi post that the connectors are copper plated and oxidise quickly and hence the sound cut.
Although I have booked these I would still love to have all these doubts cleared.
And one important point, these were manufactured in June 2012. So connector problems may have been resolved?
Unfortunately I don't take photos of packaging and I really don't remember what SE215 packaging looked like. June 2012 should be fine, though - supposedly the issues were solved soon after I wrote my review, which was back in 2011.
The connectors do swivel pretty easily so that really doesn't you anything.