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koonhua, upon some more expriementing, I'm finding the SM3 mids to be not as forward, and the highs to further upfront when I use the foams - olives or especially the modded Monster hybrid foam tips. So a good seal makes a difference, of course. And it's been said many times over here that the SM3 is probably the most right-tip dependent universal on the market. Still enjoying the FX700 a little more, but the SM3 is closer again.

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Getting closer and closer to cancelling my SM3 order......

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You ordered the 13s? I am not sure what I will get yet, but probably either the 13s or the less expensive 10X3 Pro.


I got the 16, this afternoon I received an email saying that it's in the lab now. 

 

 


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koonhua, upon some more expriementing, I'm finding the SM3 mids to be not as forward, and the highs to further upfront when I use the foams - olives or especially the modded Monster hybrid foam tips. So a good seal makes a difference, of course. And it's been said many times over here that the SM3 is probably the most right-tip dependent universal on the market. Still enjoying the FX700 a little more, but the SM3 is closer again.

 

Since I got the custom tips, I have not been using any universal tips anymore. They are just not that comfortable, and besides my ears get itchy using those.


Edited by koonhua90 - 7/26/10 at 3:04pm
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Not so much love for the SM3 these days. I guess it's not the fotm anymore. I ended up getting them and my first impressions are that they are what the SE530 should have been. Similar sounding mids (warm, up-front, and smooth) but with much better highs, better bass, and a larger soundstage.

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Not so much love for the SM3 these days. I guess it's not the fotm anymore. I ended up getting them and my first impressions are that they are what the SE530 should have been. Similar sounding mids (warm, up-front, and smooth) but with much better highs, better bass, and a larger soundstage.


Yeah, I've noticed that too...

 

As for "...much better highs", I sure hope I have the same impression.

 

shane
 

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Your SM3 order... or the post?
 

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Your SM3 order... or the post?
 


Twas a double post.  Odd happenings on Headfi atm.  

 

I'm seriously wondering whether the SM3 of DBA02 would be a better potential custom remold candidate.  I have some reservations about the SM3 signature.  The DBA concern would be bass presentation.  Do people prefer the DBA over the SM3 for Metal, Hard rock, Alternative?

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I can't confirm since I haven't heard the GR8 but I would suspect if they sound anything like the e-Q7's bass presentation the impact will be around there. It is less than the MD and M6 for sure. It's closer to analytical than fun. It gives around the same amount of the CK10 and e-Q7.It has more than the CK10 but should be a bit less than the e-Q7 but I don't have them both to compare. I'm not sure if something like the DBA-02 would be for you.

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My two cents @ Anaxilus: I wasn't impressed with the DBA02 at all except the treble was nice (and I'm not really a treble guy). The DBA doesn't touch the SM3. I never said the SM3 was the best universal IEM period, so no bandwagon for me to jump off. I did say they're the best IEMs I've heard from a technical standpoint. I think that holds true, although other I own in the dynamic driver area have stepped up - particularly the FX700. I also said that the SM3 is the best balanced armature I have ever heard. That still stands (unless when I get the SM2 and like it better than it's big brother). Neither of those qualities make it the best IEM. Again, and I keep saying this, no matter how good an IEM is, if it doesn't meet your sound sig. requirements, it won't and can't be your favorite. So Anaxilus, you ordered, go ahead and get it. You may hear it and think it's the best thing you ever heard and meets your sound sig. If not, send it back or sell it. I really have no plans to sell my SM3, but I want to hear the SE535. Now, if the SE535 sounds better than the SM3 to me, I will get rid of the SM3. The SE530, however, falls quite short to the SM3. And I hear the SE535 basically sounds like the SE530 except for better highs. I doubt that would be enough for me to think the Shure's are better.
 

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Twas a double post.  Odd happenings on Headfi atm.  

 

I'm seriously wondering whether the SM3 of DBA02 would be a better potential custom remold candidate.  I have some reservations about the SM3 signature.  The DBA concern would be bass presentation.  Do people prefer the DBA over the SM3 for Metal, Hard rock, Alternative?

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eric I think that new thread about the se535 will interest you whenever the conclusions of that thread shows up in a couple weeks :) It may turn out to be the first direct A/B comparison.

 

It's a shame about the DBA-02 as I am quite impressed and not sure how it get betters from a bang for your buck category but one day I'll hear the DDM which is supposed to be a big bang for your buck as well. One earphone can't satisfy everyone so that's fine with me. It's probably has something to due with sound signature however :)

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eric I think that new thread about the se535 will interest you whenever the conclusions of that thread shows up in a couple weeks :) It may turn out to be the first direct A/B comparison.

 

It's a shame about the DBA-02 as I am quite impressed and not sure how it get betters from a bang for your buck category but one day I'll hear the DDM which is supposed to be a big bang for your buck as well. One earphone can't satisfy everyone so that's fine with me. It's probably has something to due with sound signature however :)


DDM is a close second in favorites status behind the SM3 for me, and definitely a huge bang for the buck. Even though the SM3 & DDM are rather different, the SM3 is still far and away the closest BA I've heard to what dynamics do in conveying music with soul, naturalness, and pace. The Earsonics definitely do that in spades too. I couldn't get on board with the DBA's if they didn't have that quality as well, no matter how good a value. 


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Not so much love for the SM3 these days. I guess it's not the fotm anymore. I ended up getting them and my first impressions are that they are what the SE530 should have been. Similar sounding mids (warm, up-front, and smooth) but with much better highs, better bass, and a larger soundstage.


Apparently the 535's have better sound stage, and better highs so the 535's might be comprable to the SM3s. 

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^In one of the threads concerning the SE535 that I have read, someone emailed Shure and asked about the differences. The first person to reply from Shure said they sounded identical. Then someone else from Shure said there were some noticeable differences, which were the highs and the soundstage. For the better of course. I'll be keeping my eye out for an direct comparison between the two from headfiers.

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Apparently the 535's have better sound stage, and better highs so the 535's might be comprable to the SM3s. 


Soundstage and highs are not what interests the dynamic driver converts to the SM3 sound.  At least I don't think so.

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