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post #16 of 44

I have a question before jumping to the SM3 (I love my MD at the moment)

 

Is the bass on SM3 dynamic ? Does it still sound like BA or it sound like dynamic iem ? 

Thanks :D

post #17 of 44
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Originally Posted by vernicex View Post

I have a question before jumping to the SM3 (I love my MD at the moment)

 

Is the bass on SM3 dynamic ? Does it still sound like BA or it sound like dynamic iem ? 

Thanks :D


I'm looking forward to Cn11's feelings on the matter as he likes to feel and hear what dynamic iems do with bass. I think he said he is receiving the sm3 soon.
 

post #18 of 44

To the OP- if you're desiring more bass than the FX700's, don't go with the SM3's. They're most definitely leaner. That said, the bass is really nice, detailed, and resolving. Think on par with the Triple.Fi 10's. Being a self admitted basshead, I am really enjoying these phones. They do everything else magnificently- air, space, separation, layering, mids... all with the most supreme smoothness and lack of fatigue. I can't take these things out of my ears. 

 

vernicex-

The bass is not up to that of the current top end dynamic phones like the FX700 or Radius DDM. I just don't think there's any way BA earphones can move air like that. But these do have darn good bass for a BA earphone. 

post #19 of 44
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Originally Posted by mark2410 View Post

just poped in the 8 and for bass i dont think they can be beat, its pretty awesome



x2. Almost too much at times.

post #20 of 44

x2, too much sometimes.

post #21 of 44



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Originally Posted by BNHabs View Post

Which are better for bass?


I listen to Techno/R&B/Rap/Electric Music.


Do the SM3's have a detachable cord (I can change the cord connecting to the IEM's).



When I want a Techno/house music fix (David Guetta-Tiesto-Carl Cox-Deadmau5)  I pop in my IE8's..    The thump is addicting/intoxicating.  I just started using Comply tips with my 8's and that has helped with isolation, it's not like my ER-4P's, but it's better.

post #22 of 44

IE8 has too much bass with a good fit IMO. With a poor seal, the low end evens out nicely, but you loose most isolation, so the phones become unsuitable for use in public transport and other noisy environments. SM3 is much better IMO - good isolation and excellent, accurate bass without excessive emphasis.

post #23 of 44
Thread Starter 

That's where I disagree lol.


I think the IE8's are one of the only IEM's that have the appropriate amount of bass.
 

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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post

IE8 has too much bass with a good fit IMO. With a poor seal, the low end evens out nicely, but you loose most isolation, so the phones become unsuitable for use in public transport and other noisy environments. SM3 is much better IMO - good isolation and excellent, accurate bass without excessive emphasis.

post #24 of 44
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Originally Posted by BNHabs View Post

That's where I disagree lol.


I think the IE8's are one of the only IEM's that have the appropriate amount of bass.
 


 

 

You are certainly on a tear w/ your universal claims today.  The ONLY IEM huh.  I guess you've heard them all.  Makes you wonder why Sennheiser even put in an adjustable bass screw since they nailed it so perfectly.
 

post #25 of 44

Even though the I never heard the IE8 if the bass hump is centered around the sub-bass than that is actually not a bad thing if it is controlled and detailed. If the hump is centered around the mid-bass then I wouldn't want that in my ears.


Edited by Sonic 748i - 6/9/10 at 4:25pm
post #26 of 44
Thread Starter 


Actually, I said, "ONE OF THE ONLY".

 

And the reason I said so is because of the "adjustable bass" tool.


Nice try ;)

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by BNHabs
 
I think the IE8's are one of the only IEM's that have the appropriate amount of bass.

 

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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post



 

You are certainly on a tear w/ your universal claims today.  The ONLY IEM huh.  I guess you've heard them all.  Makes you wonder why Sennheiser even put in an adjustable bass screw since they nailed it so perfectly.
 


Edited by BNHabs - 6/9/10 at 4:24pm
post #27 of 44

Well, even w/ the tool some have described the bass as less controlled and detailed than some of the other 'one of the only' IEM's.  What source are you using??  Maybe you have some miracle synergy or something.

post #28 of 44
Thread Starter 

I hate to say this and sound like an idiot but my laptop LOL
 

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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

Well, even w/ the tool some have described the bass as less controlled and detailed than some of the other 'one of the only' IEM's.  What source are you using??  Maybe you have some miracle synergy or something.

post #29 of 44
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Originally Posted by BNHabs View Post

I hate to say this and sound like an idiot but my laptop LOL
 


 

 

No wonder.
 

post #30 of 44
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Originally Posted by Sonic 748i View Post

Even though the I never heard the IE8 if the bass hump is centered around the sub-bass than that is actually not a bad thing if it is controlled and detailed. If the hump is centered around the mid-bass then I wouldn't want that in my ears.


I agree. The human ear is much less sensitive in the sub bass than in the mid upper bass, so the boost in the sub bass is not a bad thing, but the IE8 has a pretty large boost in the upper bass and that's the issue. The hump in the upper bass intrudes into the midrange and makes the sound quite unnatural to my ears. With a bad fit, the bass becomes quite nice actually - still a little over the top, but not overwhelming. But what's the point of an IEM, when the isolation is so poor.

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