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post #1336 of 1380

Sent my SM3s back to Franck for repair due to some channel imbalance and just got them back last night. The Sensorcom tips arrived as well and i never knew tips would have to much impact on IEMs.

 

I didn't have to trim the stalk off the Sensorcoms and they're way more convenient to use and offer more clarity than the comply's i bought. It's a brand new IEM experience for me!

post #1337 of 1380

Did you have to pay for repair?

post #1338 of 1380
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Originally Posted by average_joe View Post

I was thinking the IE8 also, but it does lack the definition and the natural warmth gives it a veil, however I did think it had very nice timbre accuracy!  The FX700 might be a good bet with a more laid back sound and V shape frequency response.  Just EQ the bass and treble down a bit and you might be in business.  It does offer nice detail, but again, not as much as the SM3.  The SM3 is hard to match without going to a custom.
 


In my view the UM3X, CK100, UM2, IE8, SE535, & W3 are better sounding IEMs than the SM3 and none of them are customs.

post #1339 of 1380

The SM3 has now made me think seriously about getting a custom iem. The problem is there are too many choices.

post #1340 of 1380
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In my view the UM3X, CK100, UM2, IE8, SE535, & W3 are better sounding IEMs than the SM3 and none of them are customs.


That's really a matter of personal preference at this stage.From those, I have only heard the IE8 (which I have and still like) but they cannot touch, even remotely, the SM3, IN MY OPINION.

 

post #1341 of 1380

I've heard both the UM3X and the IE8 as well. And IMO, the UM3X and the SM3 are better than the IE8. While the SM3 is better than the UM3X. All personal preference of course.

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That's really a matter of personal preference at this stage.From those, I have only heard the IE8 (which I have and still like) but they cannot touch, even remotely, the SM3, IN MY OPINION.

 

 

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I've heard both the UM3X and the IE8 as well. And IMO, the UM3X and the SM3 are better than the IE8. While the SM3 is better than the UM3X. All personal preference of course.

 

I often - though not always - find the phrase "it's a matter of personal preference" somewhat suspect. Basically, I don't always think it's really a matter of preference and in the case of the SM3 I am convinced it's quite a flawed IEM (unlike the SE535 which seems to be intended to sound the way it does), but I've given my views already and won't rehash them now.

 

Still surprised to see how everybody tries to change the sound of their SM3s via different tips, modding, filters out, foam, EQ, prayer, and so on, and there are people - though not many these days, it seems - still believing, or wanting to believe, that the SM3s are the best thing since sliced bread.


Edited by music_4321 - 10/12/10 at 2:19am
post #1343 of 1380

I believe that the mods and tips are not reason to say that the SM3s are flawed. What it does is improve the sound of the SM3. The SM3 are already incredible for what they are. But if you can't get a good fit with a tip, then you'll be missing a lot. The filter mod was more of an experiment to bring out the treble a little more, not that the SM3 treble is bad. I think that they are good even with the stock tips, no filter mod, and no EQ. All other things are mere improvements to the sound. smily_headphones1.gif

post #1344 of 1380

Of course its down to personal preference - to suggest otherwise is rank arrogance.
 

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I often - though not always - find the phrase "it's a matter of personal preference" somewhat suspect. Basically, I don't always think it's really a matter of preference and in the case of the SM3 I am convinced it's quite a flawed IEM (unlike the SE535 which seems to be intended to sound the way it does), but I've given my views already and won't rehash them now.

 

Still surprised to see how everybody tries to change the sound of their SM3s via different tips, modding, filters out, foam, EQ, prayer, and so on, and there are people - though not many these days, it seems - still believing, or wanting to believe, that the SM3s are the best thing since sliced bread.

post #1345 of 1380
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Of course its down to personal preference - to suggest otherwise is rank arrogance.
 


Actually, I'm not suggesting, I am stating. So, I guess that makes me, in your view, even more arrogant. Seeing all your previous posts on the SM3s on this and the older thread, I'll take your view as a compliment.


Edited by music_4321 - 10/12/10 at 4:16am
post #1346 of 1380

Ha.  Well, yes, you're arrogant. But then so am I.  But which of us is correct?

 

Let's have a poll!
 

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Actually, I'm not suggesting, I am stating. So, I guess that makes me, in your view, even more arrogant. Seeing all your previous posts on the SM3s on this and the older thread, I'll take your view as a compliment.

post #1347 of 1380

#1 Ben! 

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Ha.  Well, yes, you're arrogant. But then so am I.  But which of us is correct?

 

Let's have a poll!



A poll? Well, I guess I haven't got that many fans on both the SM3 or SE535 threads, for obvious reasons. I see someone's already voted for Bennyboy71; didn't know polling stations were open already -- hurray!! Oh boy, am I surprised.


Edited by music_4321 - 10/12/10 at 5:11am
post #1349 of 1380

To quantify the issue of personal preference, how about we all do this hearing test in http://www.digital-recordings.com/.  Do their "professional test" which is still free.  Try different earphones.  The results are very interesting.  You can hear things better on one earphone than another.  I am pretty sure that affects how you perceive the quality and preference.  This may not explain it all, but at least is an quantitative analysis on what people are hearing.  Not everyone have the same ears.  Here are my results

 

This one is for the SM3

SM3 hearing results.JPG

 

This one is for CX300

cx300 hearing results.JPG

post #1350 of 1380

Does that show your left ear is better than your right, particularly with the SM3?

 

I might give that thing a try.  Does it go high enough to attract dogs and cats?
 

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Originally Posted by vechung View Post

To quantify the issue of personal preference, how about we all do this hearing test in http://www.digital-recordings.com/.  Do their "professional test" which is still free.  Try different earphones.  The results are very interesting.  You can hear things better on one earphone than another.  I am pretty sure that affects how you perceive the quality and preference.  This may not explain it all, but at least is an quantitative analysis on what people are hearing.  Not everyone have the same ears.  Here are my results

 

This one is for the SM3

SM3 hearing results.JPG

 

This one is for CX300

cx300 hearing results.JPG

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