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post #16 of 864

Just got these this morn and oh my do they sound good!.... amazingly textured and layered sound, kind of warm and wonderfully organic yet highly detailed. 

Oh and I must have weird ears cos I find them very comfortable and got a perfect fit and seal straight away!

post #17 of 864

Been absorbed in music with these all day and one quality that really stands out with these phones ( apart from their strange rubbery smell) is their bass detail. Ive never really thought that much about bass detail before but comparing them with my HJE900's on a dub reggae album the difference is striking, the HJE900's have great bass but the radius is on another level, the bass is weighty and organic and textured in a way the Panasonics cant match. Astonishing.

post #18 of 864

Oh, will my Radius DDM ever get to me!!?? lol... Nice first impression @ pinkmoon1972. I can't wait to hear for myself.

post #19 of 864

heh well if you look at it another way this prolonged wait only brings more anticipation and excitement for a phone that you will enjoy much more because you had to 'suffer' for it.

post #20 of 864

They better @ rawrster. But what if I get them and absolutely hate them?lol...Well, based on the first impressions of others here - whose opinions I respect - the chances are slim that will happen...lol.

post #21 of 864

If you hate them then you can let me try them out for a while :) Although all indications leads to them being pretty good so the only way you would hate them is if they have a signature that you hate.

post #22 of 864

If I hate them, I will send them to you @ rawrster. That's a deal! And if I like them (and can pull them from my ear), I will probably lend them to you, if you don't purchase them before then base on mine and others' impressions. 

post #23 of 864

haha nice :)

 

Typically when new phones come out I hope too many people don't get them or one person loves them and the rest hate them. I can much easily ignore one person than multiple people (like in this case). There are a couple things preventing me from purchasing them really. One is the build issue. I really don't like having phones that have bad cables or are uncomfortable since the CK10 have spoiled me. The other is the fact that an updated version is supposed to be out sometime later this year. Lastly I don't like having multiple phones in transit or waiting for another phone since that's too much cash to be in the air if you get what I mean.

post #24 of 864

I perfectly understand. And if these are great, I may get the other version too. But only if the bass quantity is still there since my understanding is that the newer ones will expand on the treble. I have to have my bass and mids man! I am appreciating treble more thanks to the MDs and FX700, but I can still do without it if I had to lose one of the three sound spectrums. By the way rawrster, have you heard the FX700 at all? These IEMs are really amazing man!! And yes, I do like them better than the Miles Davis and (hold onto your seat) the Ortos. That's not to say they do everything better than the Orto or MD, but the overall sound signature is just incredible to me. They have really opened up for my ears, and I have not heard ANY IEM that sound this natural and akin to large  cans. The Monsters come quite close, but the FX700 has it beat. Well, the Playaz N1 and N3 have the cans-like weight, but nowhere near the details of the FX700. You really need to hear these if you can borrow from someone @ rawrster. Like I've said elswhere, these are like a mixture of the best traits from other IEMs such as the Orto, MD, TF10 and ES530 - to my ears anyway.

post #25 of 864

The FX700 is something I've never heard and not sure if I ever will. They sound like it's up there for dynamic universals. The thing that kills it for me is the lack of isolation which means I can listen them when I am at home at the end of the day so 2 hour max listening session. I'm not sure I can justify 300+ for that purpose but half of that is something I can put down. Another thing is that the descriptions of it doesn't really interest me like some other phones. I'm sure they are great but doesn't sound like something I would want to own as a main pair of phones. You know what the worst part is? They are only in Japan which pisses me off since just about everyday I pass by this huge ass JVC store in Manhattan near midtown.

 

I do look forward to when you get the radius however :)

post #26 of 864
Thread Starter 

I agree with the comments here: the DDM is simply high-end despite its asking price. It does smell a bit like rubber, but oh well. The cable is rubbish if you've used better cables, and the fit isn't good. But sound alone is heavenly - pure heaven. The width is maybe unparalleled; the texture in mids and lows unstoppable, and treble, which doesn't take a back seat, but is slightly less impressive beats most other earphones out there. Simply phenomenal.

post #27 of 864
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The FX700 is something I've never heard and not sure if I ever will. They sound like it's up there for dynamic universals. The thing that kills it for me is the lack of isolation which means I can listen them when I am at home at the end of the day so 2 hour max listening session. I'm not sure I can justify 300+ for that purpose but half of that is something I can put down. Another thing is that the descriptions of it doesn't really interest me like some other phones. I'm sure they are great but doesn't sound like something I would want to own as a main pair of phones. You know what the worst part is? They are only in Japan which pisses me off since just about everyday I pass by this huge ass JVC store in Manhattan near midtown.

 

I do look forward to when you get the radius however :)


MMMM?? Well buddy, isolation and whether you can listen to them outside of the house are two different things. Yes, they have big parts in the back of the phones that allow outside sounds to come in, but it doesn't diminish the sound quality of the music at all. I actually wear them on the bus to work, and although some outside sounds slip in, it doesn't stop the music from being highly enjoyable. And I recently wore them in an office environment and asked a co-worker if she could hear them (I didn't have them blasting, but they weren't at low volume either). She said she could hear them at all. So I think someone has to be right up under you to really hear anything. And I can hear people talking but not what they're saying with the sound on. So I think the isolation may be better than you think. I understand your concerns though. I hope you get a chance to listen to them these IEMs someday. I think they're just incredible. But not being moved by them is kind of how I feel about the SM3 despite all of the glowing reviews.

post #28 of 864
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NICE follow-up review @ a_recording. Man, I have the worst luck with shipping usually. At this rate everyone will have the DDM and I might see it next year....lol. Even someone I told about where I ordered mine from, ordered his after me and has received it already. But hey that's life. Really, I'm hoping I see it by next Monday at least. We'll see. But great impressions buddy. Thanks again. 

 

Oh, someone said the DDMs doesn't sound good with classical and jazz. Are you finding that to be true too?



Mingus's 'Black saint and the sinner lady' is a revelation with these, at least in terms of what Im used to.

post #29 of 864
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MMMM?? Well buddy, isolation and whether you can listen to them outside of the house are two different things. Yes, they have big parts in the back of the phones that allow outside sounds to come in, but it doesn't diminish the sound quality of the music at all. I actually wear them on the bus to work, and although some outside sounds slip in, it doesn't stop the music from being highly enjoyable. And I recently wore them in an office environment and asked a co-worker if she could hear them (I didn't have them blasting, but they weren't at low volume either). She said she could hear them at all. So I think someone has to be right up under you to really hear anything. And I can hear people talking but not what they're saying with the sound on. So I think the isolation may be better than you think. I understand your concerns though. I hope you get a chance to listen to them these IEMs someday. I think they're just incredible. But not being moved by them is kind of how I feel about the SM3 despite all of the glowing reviews.

 

Methinks you're just a 'dynamics' (i.e. not BA) type o' guy.   Like me. I am rather unmotivated to try out the SM3's too now when I've been enjoying these so much. They are very moving earphones. I think it's pretty incredible that a little IEM can be so involving. The only ones which have come close were the IE8's when I was still getting used to them. Still haven't heard a BA universal which can approach the level of dynamics and frequency extension that these offer up.

 

Glad you're enjoying them so much. And I'm glad to hear that real world isolation situations have proven out to be not as bad as anticipated. 

 

Edit- Oops, sorry... went a bit O.T. Thought this was in the FX700 thread for some reason. Oh well. 

 

Hopefully you'll get the Radius soon... shame that shipping has gotten so fouled up. If they are somehow more involving than the FX's, then they'll be something truly special, and at a lower price. Hope they work out buddy, and let me know how they compare.


Edited by cn11 - 5/16/10 at 11:14am
post #30 of 864
Thread Starter 

In my possession  are both the Radius and the SM3. The latter is the smoother (slightly), more laid back, earphone. The former is one of the most dynamic listening experiences I've had in my life. If the DDM had the same hell yeah! fit the SM3 has, I'd be hard pressed to use any other earphone. The SM3 may be a best of in the BA kingdom, but compared to great dynamics like the DDM, it is up against a lot! That isn't to say that I really really prefer one to the other, but the mid and low range resolution and texture is unbeaten by anything (am I saying too much?). Both are great and both stand at the top of their fields, but which is for you is the question. 

 

If you've shied away from dynamics till now because of unbearable bass, the DDM will probably work for you since they aren't too boomy. But I understand if the opposite is true.

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