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post #106 of 1668
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Originally Posted by KLS View Post

 


I agree with you smily_headphones1.gif

 

I bought a pair of UM3X last month, since then I have been using the UM3X daily. I prefer UM3X to SM3, for its more present high mids, consistent perfomance on all type music, and the friendly Y-split of UM3X ^^

 

What meurglys0 said seems to make sense to me. The lower midrange bump and the dip in the high mids are, in my opinion the reason of inconsistent performance of SM3. Like you have stated, in some tracks the SM3 does infact can sound too thick and warm in the mids, and I also find that sometimes vocal doesn't sound as forward. So does SM3 actually able to present music in the way they are recorded, without adding any colour, or is it just simply because there is a graph behind to tell her to do so? Just some of my silly thoughts tongue.gif

 

However when I switch from UM3X to SM3, I appreciate the airiness. I think I should try photofan's mod.

 

 


I had similar problem. I sent my SM3 to EarSonics and they found that there was some problem in the drivers. I think you should try other sources to see if the same thing happens, and sent a mail to EarSonics, or the shop you bought your SM3.


Now if only we can find an IEM that has the best of both worlds: SM3s soundstage and a tamer midrange.

post #107 of 1668

Interested in how these sound with lossless files and a good DAC. I don't understand people dumping $$$ into uber expensive IEMs for a portable source such as an iPod.

 

I'm looking at the new Bel Canto DACs 1.5/2.5 with the headphone output. I'd love to splurge and get a Chord QBD76 DAC or a Playback Designs MPS-5 player, but I think I'm just going to tip toe my way back into audiophile land. 

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Interested in how these sound with lossless files and a good DAC. I don't understand people dumping $$$ into uber expensive IEMs for a portable source such as an iPod.

 

I'm looking at the new Bel Canto DACs 1.5/2.5 with the headphone output. I'd love to splurge and get a Chord QBD76 DAC or a Playback Designs MPS-5 player, but I think I'm just going to tip toe my way back into audiophile land. 


What I don't understand is you not understanding that IEMs are designed for portable use. So they should be paired be with portable players. IPods are portable media players and a good one at that.

post #109 of 1668
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Originally Posted by vert View Post

Interested in how these sound with lossless files and a good DAC. I don't understand people dumping $$$ into uber expensive IEMs for a portable source such as an iPod.

 

I'm looking at the new Bel Canto DACs 1.5/2.5 with the headphone output. I'd love to splurge and get a Chord QBD76 DAC or a Playback Designs MPS-5 player, but I think I'm just going to tip toe my way back into audiophile land. 


Someone got lost on the way to desktop components.

 

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What I don't understand is you not understanding that IEMs are designed for portable use. So they should be paired be with portable players. IPods are portable media players and a good one at that.

post #110 of 1668

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post #111 of 1668

 

 

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Someone got lost on the way to desktop components.
 

I guess I have!  These are my first foray into headphones. Sorry for the confusion, I don't have a problem with spending $300 on these to use as a portable rig.

 

Just wanted to see what these are truly capable of with a good source before I move on to another headphone. I wouldn't spend $1000 on an IEM to play mp3s on an ipod though. Call me an old school audiophile, but it starts at the source.


Edited by vert - 10/26/10 at 11:42am
post #112 of 1668

I personally agree and don't find iPods that well as a source. I've heard many MP3 Players that sound much better than an iPod. But the iPod's popularity somehow leads people to believe that they are the be-all-end-all of MP3 players.

post #113 of 1668
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Originally Posted by vert View Post

 

 

I guess I have!  These are my first foray into headphones.

 

Just wanted to see what these are truly capable of with a good source before I move on to another headphone. I just wouldn't spend $1000 on an IEM to play mp3s on an ipod. Call me an old school audiophile, but it starts at the source.


Why can't you play flac through a Rockboxed iPod LO --> Arrow/Slim/Stepdance to go w/ the IEMs?  The portable world is rather capable even if not ideal.  Or just get a JH3A and find something to feed it and call it a day.  I guess for my thinking when someone says they use an iPod I don't think of a stock or unmodded one, lol.  


Edited by Anaxilus - 10/26/10 at 11:47am
post #114 of 1668

And I would say that a 30$ Sansa Clip can make the SM3 sing quite well! The sound is certainly leaps and bounds ahead of even the best player with some lesser iems plugged in. A very good source is able to extract the very best from a great IEM but a simply good source may sound very good too.

post #115 of 1668

gel supertips sound great on the sm3 i have discovered,got me rocking along to steppenwolf. 

post #116 of 1668

I'm very happy with my diyMod's LO with LD MKI+. They are fine. But iPhone 3Gs HP out is not bad at all because SM3s is not changing with amping..

 

An iPod via Fiio E1 will also good and economical choice...


Edited by hasanyuceer - 10/26/10 at 2:01pm
post #117 of 1668

I'm still very happy with my sm3's. I'm done with portable audio for now..

post #118 of 1668

Sigh it will be a while before an universal iem beats out the sm3

post #119 of 1668

it's been 3-4 months and over 100 hours of burn-in , the sm3 still amaze .. over 100hr and i hear more detail than before and the bass is more round and punchy, even the bad quality songs sound more refine

 

it's took a while to get used to tham but now everything is perfect


Edited by Juiced - 10/27/10 at 7:51am
post #120 of 1668
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it's been 3-4 months and over 100 hours of burn-in , the sm3 still amaze .. over 100hr and i hear more detail than before and the bass is more round and punchy, even the bad quality songs sound more refine

 

it's took a while to get used to tham but now everything is perfect



Why what was wrong with them at first?

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