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post #136 of 266

Boycotting all earphones that carry heavy and useless volume controls that just dangle and tangle and drag your ears to the floor. 

 

 

post #137 of 266

Meh, if you ask me, the sound is worth the pain.

post #138 of 266
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Originally Posted by Yggdrassilious View Post

Boycotting all earphones that carry heavy and useless volume controls that just dangle and tangle and drag your ears to the floor. 

 

 

 

The Mx980 is poorly designed, whoever designed them never once put them in their ears or really thought it out.  The housing size is the only acceptable and understandable evil of the mx980.  If it weren't so big, it wouldn't sound that amazing.  So the fit issues are something I can understand.  However, the elongated coat hanger design of the tail pieces of the buds is just awful, even though they do a great job in what they were designed to do, which is making sure the cord stays off your face.  But its damned ugly and annoying and adds weight for no reason but to "help out" in an area not many people have trouble with.

 

 

The volume control is also really dumb.  A set like the mx980 needs a good source and amplification anyway, you really would most likely use a portable amp on a $200+ set of earbuds.  So...again the designer didn't think ahead and was just tossing random ideas and design features into it.  A lot of them should have never been included.  

 

despite all of that, the mx980 is a beast, anyone who says different is def or had a busted set.  I recently just read the mx980 review on headphonia and he said he thought the pk1 had a better stage depth...SIGNIFICANTLY better depth? and that the Mx980 had a soundstage only slightly bigger than the pk1...LOL WHAT!?!?!  Seriously...I haven't read such nonsense in a long time.

 

for shame...

post #139 of 266

lol that plug isn't the best either, given that even when folded the plug is still longer than a normal straight normal plug rolleyes.gif Maybe when the warranty runs out I'll get someone to recable them, nothing fancy but just get rid of the volume control and give it normal plug, or maybe a fancy Viablue while I'm asking heh.

 

I would think the OMX helps with the weight issues a bit, at the cost of bulk.


Edited by Ypoknons - 4/23/11 at 8:58pm
post #140 of 266

I think the plug was awesome and a fantastic idea, just poorly implemented.  It was too big, and when it is set in the L style, its at a weird 7 angle instead of a n L.  

 

Again, whoever designed it needs to be fired immediately and replaced with me.   

post #141 of 266

I may just wait for the MX 990 then :p

post #142 of 266

ive owned the 0MX 980's for months now.  i've only just skimmed the last few posts here, but here are some of my thoughts.

 

the plug is definately a good idea gone sour.  its way too long even when its angled.  it bugs me, and when i learn to diy I am getting rid of it.

the buds themselves are definitely too big for normal sized ears.

i honestly dont know how these things would even attempt to stay in my ears if it werent for the hooks.  The hooks themselves are Really great.  best ever implementation of hook on earpieces ive ever used.  you really dont know they are there accept when they stop your buds from falling out.

the volume control piece is so light i dont even notice it.  Tough i rarely use it and probably would prefer it not being there, i have to admit the few times i have used it, I appreciated it being there.

 

 

 

post #143 of 266

I've got the mx880, and they are surprisingly good.The best price:SQ ratio i've experienced.

Anyway, I'm thinking about the mx980, but one or two questions:

 

 

- What's the maximum diameter size of the circular front of the earbud (without the foam on)?

 

For the mx880, its 15-16 mm. (I assume the mx980 is circular). This makes it borderline comfortable for me. And speaking on comfort: 

 

-How does the physical size of the earbud body compare to the mx880?

 

 

 

post #144 of 266

the mx980 is bigger than mx880, but it fits me better than mx880. I only sold the mx880 because I couldn't bear the pain.
 

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Originally Posted by CantScareMe View Post

I've got the mx880, and they are surprisingly good.The best price:SQ ratio i've experienced.

Anyway, I'm thinking about the mx980, but one or two questions:

 

 

- What's the maximum diameter size of the circular front of the earbud (without the foam on)?

 

For the mx880, its 15-16 mm. (I assume the mx980 is circular). This makes it borderline comfortable for me. And speaking on comfort: 

 

-How does the physical size of the earbud body compare to the mx880?

 

 

 



 

post #145 of 266

Someone tell Sennheiser to hire me.  :)

post #146 of 266
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Originally Posted by mcnoiserdc View Post

the mx980 is bigger than mx880, but it fits me better than mx880. I only sold the mx880 because I couldn't bear the pain.
 



 



Wow, more comfortable than the uncomfortable mx880!

 

That's good news, and so I soon should have some mx980's...

 

 

 

 

 

post #147 of 266

I have a question about "bass."

 

I'm new to earbuds / IEM phones - long time audiophile, lots of headphones over the years, currently using HD600.  Wanted something I could wear while working, big Sennheiser's are a bit too much to wear around all day.  Tried various IEM, ultimately wound up with Monster Coppers.  Thought they sounded *GREAT* but simply couldn't wear them.  Could not get good fit with any of the (many) supplied tips.  Tried S4, IE8, ER-4, few other cheaper ones.  Could not get decent fit with any of them.  Actually damaged my left ear screwing around with the coppers - constant "popping" of vacuum seal when I jammed different tips in and out, combined with all the pushing / twisting / poking / prodding trying to get a decent seal did something, couldn't hear properly out of that ear for two days.  Finally gave up and sent them back.  Unfortunately, as I *LOVED* the sound.  Think they may have been the best phones I've ever used.  Sigh.  Anyway, I've decided I'm just not an IEM guy, and am going to purchase a pair of decent buds.

 

Most important thing to me is bass - real bass, not lower middle or upper bass.  I listen to a lot of organ music, and some of it has content that goes down to 16Hz at times.  The coppers let me feel this even better than the HD600 do.  Tonality of very deepest bass, and clarity of sound, was better with them than anything I've tried.  Felt like they were rattling my teeth.  I know I'm not going to get that with *ANY* earbuds, but I am wondering how close they can come.  If I got the MX980, would I get *ANY* deep bass at all, or is it totally missing?

 

I tried to attach a short FLAC sample to show you what I mean, but can't figure out how to attach anything other than an image to a post.  If anyone's interested, I'm email it to you.  Anyway, if I'm listening to something with deep organ tones (think opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra with organ underpinning horns, although that doesn't really go so deep, think maybe 32HZ?) will I hear any sound at all with the MX980?  If so, will it have any tone or timbre, or just be a low rumbling noise?  Or will I just hear chuffing?

 

 

post #148 of 266

I haven't really checked for deep bass on the MX980, its open design makes me unoptimistic. I'll see what I can do later in the day. Right now I'm majorly impressed with the EX1000's deep bass, that really does deep, but if you have fit issues with IEMs then not so good... or else you can try custom tips or custom IEMs.

post #149 of 266

Its open air dynamic, that doesnt mean its open back.  It doesn't leak sound like open backs do, even though it does of course leak some sound.  As for bass?  Nothing comes close for hanging style.  Its basically a similar sound to the ie7 which some good bass.  The ie7 was bass light, the mx980 has more bass while retaining massive soundstage and an aired out feel.  

 


Edited by swbf2cheater - 4/27/11 at 1:48am
post #150 of 266
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Originally Posted by Ypoknons View Post

I haven't really checked for deep bass on the MX980, its open design makes me unoptimistic. I'll see what I can do later in the day. Right now I'm majorly impressed with the EX1000's deep bass, that really does deep, but if you have fit issues with IEMs then not so good... or else you can try custom tips or custom IEMs.



Thanks for the reply.  If my new business takes off, I intend to buy myself a present for all the hard work and get a pair of JH16's or other custom molded thingie.  Until then, I'm going to give up on IEM's before I permanently break something in one of my ears with all the push / pull / prod / twist / shove / wince aggravation.  Hoping MX980 or something (anything?  Hopefully?) will tide me over.

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