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post #1 of 10
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Hi,

 

I bought a pair of Q-Jays last year and the left headphone is starting to crap out.  Unfortunately, I bought them off eBay from a private seller and have no receipt so I can't really follow up on the warranty.  They were only £60 so I don't feel that bad.

 

So, I'm looking for something new.  From reviews and posts on this site, I am thinking of going with the Audeo Phonak PFE or the Ultimate Ears 700.  I would really like to check out the Kilpsch Image X10 but they are just too expensive.

 

I really like the Q-Jays.  I think they are great value for money (even at their regular price of £100).  I love their sound, could maybe could be a little better on bass, but it's not bad.

 

Between the PFE and UE 700, which would you recommend coming from Q-Jays?

 

Thanks for any input.

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Originally Posted by Carefree View Post

Hi,

 

I bought a pair of Q-Jays last year and the left headphone is starting to crap out.  Unfortunately, I bought them off eBay from a private seller and have no receipt so I can't really follow up on the warranty.  They were only £60 so I don't feel that bad.

 

So, I'm looking for something new.  From reviews and posts on this site, I am thinking of going with the Audeo Phonak PFE or the Ultimate Ears 700.  I would really like to check out the Kilpsch Image X10 but they are just too expensive.

 

I really like the Q-Jays.  I think they are great value for money (even at their regular price of £100).  I love their sound, could maybe could be a little better on bass, but it's not bad.

 

Between the PFE and UE 700, which would you recommend coming from Q-Jays?

 

Thanks for any input.

 

Both are a downgrade from the q-jays IMO, especially the PFE. I am not sure what to recommend. Maybe CK10 will be an upgrade, but I am not sure. Did you find the treble on the q-jays at all fatiguing? If you could live with less treble, I also recommend Hifiman RE252, or waiting for the upcoming RE262.

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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post


 

 

Both are a downgrade from the q-jays IMO, especially the PFE. I am not sure what to recommend. Maybe CK10 will be an upgrade, but I am not sure. Did you find the treble on the q-jays at all fatiguing? If you could live with less treble, I also recommend Hifiman RE252, or waiting for the upcoming RE262.


Both are downgrades? I'm pretty sure almost every review out there would disagree with you on that. I have had the q-jays and currently own PFE and to my ear they share the same sound signature and would rather say that PFE is a sidegrade if not an upgrade. I might be wrong because i never had both IEMs at the same time so haven't A/B'ed them.

Anyway, accoring to reviews both are an upgrade over the q-jays (little info about the UE 700 though), but I do think that they are a small upgrade.

 

Also, this wasn't post to offend or anything...

post #4 of 10
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I was always under the impression that the PFE was a slight upgrade to the Q-Jays.  From what I've read, they have all of the good characteristics of the Q-Jays sound signature but with a touch more bass.

 

The reason I'm not totally jumping on the PFE bandwagon is that I prefer IEMs that hang down instead of over the ears.

 

I didn't find the treble fatiguing, I didn't think they were overly bright.  Maybe at first, but I got used to it I suppose.

post #5 of 10

be careful with the ue700, there aren't a lot of good reviews on them, but I'm still gonna get them when I get home from vacation. The X10s are very very nice, very impressive bass, good mids, and smooth highs, they just look ugly when you wear them ( the stick out of your ear)

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Both are downgrades? I'm pretty sure almost every review out there would disagree with you on that. I have had the q-jays and currently own PFE and to my ear they share the same sound signature and would rather say that PFE is a sidegrade if not an upgrade. I might be wrong because i never had both IEMs at the same time so haven't A/B'ed them.

Anyway, accoring to reviews both are an upgrade over the q-jays (little info about the UE 700 though), but I do think that they are a small upgrade.

 

Also, this wasn't post to offend or anything...


I think PFE is leaner and less detailed than the q-jays. With Q-jays I could hear many micro details in my music which were simply not there with the PFE. That being said, the treble on the q-jays is a bit harsh and sibilant - a problem which PFE does not suffer from at all. I also found the bass to be more powerful and realistic sounding on the q-jays and the lower mids to be richer and more involving vs. the PFE.

 


 

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Originally Posted by Carefree View Post

I was always under the impression that the PFE was a slight upgrade to the Q-Jays.  From what I've read, they have all of the good characteristics of the Q-Jays sound signature but with a touch more bass.

 

The reason I'm not totally jumping on the PFE bandwagon is that I prefer IEMs that hang down instead of over the ears.

 

I didn't find the treble fatiguing, I didn't think they were overly bright.  Maybe at first, but I got used to it I suppose.

That's not true IMO. Exactly the other way around to my ears actually - q-jays are the ones that have bigger, more present low end. PFE sound anemic by comparison.


Edited by Pianist - 7/23/10 at 6:24pm
post #7 of 10
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Well, I always really wanted the Klipsch X10 but thought they were too expensive.

 

I found them on sale on amazon.co.uk (the X10, not the X10i), on sale for £126.

 

So I went with those.  Thanks for your feedback everyone.

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I think PFE is leaner and less detailed than the q-jays. With Q-jays I could hear many micro details in my music which were simply not there with the PFE. That being said, the treble on the q-jays is a bit harsh and sibilant - a problem which PFE does not suffer from at all. I also found the bass to be more powerful and realistic sounding on the q-jays and the lower mids to be richer and more involving vs. the PFE.

 


Yea, I've heard people who thinks that Q-jays is better than PFE too. But i honestly can't say what i think 'cus I don't have the Q-jays anymore and it's a long time since i heard 'em now - I was just pointing out that according to reviews, q-jays, PFE and UE700 for that matter is very close all around. Which is better? often depends on the reviewer.

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Carefree View Post

Well, I always really wanted the Klipsch X10 but thought they were too expensive.

 

I found them on sale on amazon.co.uk (the X10, not the X10i), on sale for £126.

 

So I went with those.  Thanks for your feedback everyone.


You will enjoy them:) but be careful with them, cuz they are fragile!

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Right, thanks.  The wire does feel a little fragile.

 

I'm super pleased so far.  Very warm, great detail, good for all kinds of music.

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