Franck told me the Shure triple flange fold in the ears and compress the sound, and another owner I know agrees. The Shure triple flange tips I have don't seal well for me.
I have to agree one have to take extra care with the comply tips if you want them to last longer. I clean my ear canals with wet q-tips before I insert the foam tips into my ears. So even though I am using mine for 2 months and they are becoming soft now, they are still as clean as new
For the sake of your wallet, I suggest at least wait until the x-jays to be released Though I am very satisfied with my SM3 now, I couldn't help but have my eyes on the x-jays.
And there are the Radius and Fischer Audio...
And that same person also has the DBA-02, which he says is extremely good, especially for the price. However, the SM3 (which he received Saturday) is a clear step up from the DBA-02. I am still contemplating getting the DBA-02, but I am selling everything else as I don't want to go down, so why?
Oh, and Comply foam lasts me a month tops and I keep my ears clean. No comment on the x-Jays :)
You too! Some day we will both be listening to our S:flo2 and Pico Slim.
All is cool, much ado about nothing :)
@ search, yes, you nailed it (like usual). I have my thoughts on the MDs v the SM3, but have not A/Bed the Copper, CK90Pro, or RE252 vs. the SM3 (at least more than 5 minutes each). To be honest, I am not so sure how much I want to compare anymore since I have come to the realization that the SM3 is the most accurate reproduction of the music I have heard. To my ears, preference for how I want to hear the music, and how technically excellent the SM3 is the comparison is hard to do and not really fair.
Now, I have done a comparison of the Copper and FX700. To my ears, the Copper is better in the upper half of the spectrum, so some male vocals and female vocals sound better on the Copper to me, and the FX700 lower half is better, tighter bass with more detail and better speed. The FX700 soundstage width is nice and much bigger with the FX700, but the Copper is more 3D (and with the HUD-MX1 to Rx the Copper space does increase a lot).
If people remember the confusion from the top-tier thread as to how I was describing the SM3 soundstage, I am not hearing it like my other IEMs. My thoughts have gone from what top-tier IEM do I want to listen to today so I can hear their specialty to how fast will I be able to get my SM3s repaired/replaced should something happen to them.
Edited by average_joe - 5/10/10 at 3:36am