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post #1426 of 1669
^^ x2
post #1427 of 1669

Shell repair from Earsonics less than a reshell, harder to resell a custom. I'd keep stock or request some sort of a custom trade in from Earsonics directly. They're really pretty nice to deal with, that said Westone is cheaper and more convenient for obvious reasons.Problem I had were with V1's not V2's. The shells of the V1's were pretty fragile. Cable better on V2 as well.

post #1428 of 1669

Right on. They are amazing phones, nothing I've heard yet touches them, especially in that price range...just be careful :)

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Well if they don't have that same smooth sound that I love than I don't think I'll be re-shelling them anytime soon and thanks for letting me know how they sound with no filters Gilly.  I  love the smooth rich sound of them and if that is lost by taking the filters out or re-shelling them than I would be quite disappointed so I'm glad I know.

post #1429 of 1669

If I could summarize my experience with earsonics, it would be this: I do not regret buying the SM3, because it introduced me to a whole new level of sound quality, and if I could go back to the moment I bought them, I would still do it. But the build is so poor that I would not buy any other products from Earsonics, especially more expensive ones (read: SM64), both out of my own self-interest and because I don't care to support companies that offer half-arsed materials for a top-notch product.

post #1430 of 1669
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If I could summarize my experience with earsonics, it would be this: I do not regret buying the SM3, because it introduced me to a whole new level of sound quality, and if I could go back to the moment I bought them, I would still do it. But the build is so poor that I would not buy any other products from Earsonics, especially more expensive ones (read: SM64), both out of my own self-interest and because I don't care to support companies that offer half-arsed materials for a top-notch product.

 

I understand where your coming from and I hope I don't have the same experience you did with the housing of the IEM.  I'm tempted to take a bit of super glue and do some preventive maintenance around the seams on the housing but I don't see a reason to do so right now.  Even if they last 3 or 4 years before something happens I'd still be mad because an IEM if you take care of them should last a very long time especially $300 and $400 ones.

post #1431 of 1669

Agreed wholeheartedly. I was rather surprised to see that Earsonics believes otherwise.

 

I do hope you don't have any issues. They are awesome sounding phones; knowing how they sound, I would have paid more than the asking price if they were built like Westones. They sound noticeably better than everything I've tried at or near the same price.

 

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I understand where your coming from and I hope I don't have the same experience you did with the housing of the IEM.  I'm tempted to take a bit of super glue and do some preventive maintenance around the seams on the housing but I don't see a reason to do so right now.  Even if they last 3 or 4 years before something happens I'd still be mad because an IEM if you take care of them should last a very long time especially $300 and $400 ones.


Edited by Gilly87 - 12/15/12 at 11:31am
post #1432 of 1669

build quality is crap i've just wrote them an email to told that the shell of mine opens at least each month and i need to stick it with strong glue, they should compensate us because i give them normal use and not more than 2 hours per day. 

post #1433 of 1669
I've read somewhere that the secret to SM3's amazing sound is the crappy build quality. smily_headphones1.gif
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I've read somewhere that the secret to SM3's amazing sound is the crappy build quality. smily_headphones1.gif

 

LOL, I knew there was a reason for it.

post #1435 of 1669

I'm not going to defend these guys, but I do think they've improved greatly over the V1. That said the current Chinese built Westone W series has their fair share of issues with drivers dying, bad sockets, etc. The "epic" cable hardens with usage for me in a few months . Ok if replaceable like the W4R or SM series, they may be in the middle of a changeover hence the new cable son the UM1 and the liquidation at imotion. Also, for what it's worth I look at labor value too. These guys are in France. Expensive place to build stuff. They service stuff, unlike the W series (or Sennheiser etc). That increases value for me knowing I can get them repaired. They like other companies usually update if that's called for too.

 

Now am I going to stick a Shure olive on them again and tempt fate ? No way. Part of why mine never left the house. I could sit on my ie8's . Not my SM3's.

 

Skinny nozzles with soft plastic isn't exactly a good recipe.

post #1436 of 1669
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LOL, I knew there was a reason for it.

wait to see how yours opens then LOL

post #1437 of 1669
Been doing most of my listening with the SM3 and I have to say I am giving up on the waiting for GR08 or looking for any other upgrade (at least for 2012 )
Why:

1. I used the money I have been saving for the GR08 to buy the SM3.
2. I am happy about these and I think I have found what I have been looking for.
3. Over the past 3 months I have purchased quite a few IEMs but all of these have left me wanting. (See my profile if you would like to know my IEM history)
4. My urge to "upgrade" has been impeded by the fact that the only way up from the SM3 (with significant improvement) would cost upwards of $500. Which as of the moment, I am not too eager to spend.
5. I am happy about these and I think I have found what I have been looking for.
6. Because a few tracks that I could not listen to before are now listenable. The SM3 adds certain color to the track that either works well, or destroys a few recordings.
7. I find the SM3 to be a combination of my 2 favorite IEMs, the GR07 and the Ba200.
8. I am happy about these and I think I have found what I have been looking. So I will stop spending too much on IeMs.

I am done searching. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1438 of 1669
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Originally Posted by Annafrancesca View Post

Been doing most of my listening with the SM3 and I have to say I am giving up on the waiting for GR08 or looking for any other upgrade (at least for 2012 )
Why:
1. I used the money I have been saving for the GR08 to buy the SM3.
2. I am happy about these and I think I have found what I have been looking for.
3. Over the past 3 months I have purchased quite a few IEMs but all of these have left me wanting. (See my profile if you would like to know my IEM history)
4. My urge to "upgrade" has been impeded by the fact that the only way up from the SM3 (with significant improvement) would cost upwards of $500. Which as of the moment, I am not too eager to spend.
5. I am happy about these and I think I have found what I have been looking for.
6. Because a few tracks that I could not listen to before are now listenable. The SM3 adds certain color to the track that either works well, or destroys a few recordings.
7. I find the SM3 to be a combination of my 2 favorite IEMs, the GR07 and the Ba200.
8. I am happy about these and I think I have found what I have been looking. So I will stop spending too much on IeMs.
I am done searching. smily_headphones1.gif

 

You and me both.  The one IEM I might spend a bunch of money on someday would be the TG334 but other than that I'm very happy with my SM3.  Now after some impressions of the SM64 come out and when the price goes down I may look at those but if there a lot like the SM3 then there's not point.

 

Do you find the mids to be dark at all.  I read where people say that but I'm not hearing a dark mid or a dark IEM, laid back and smooth but not dark.  I think the BA200 is the over all smoother sounding IEM of the 2, I think the SM3 has a bit more sparkle and detail in the highs and I'm done talking about how good the soundstage is.

post #1439 of 1669
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Originally Posted by Techno Kid View Post

You and me both.  The one IEM I might spend a bunch of money on someday would be the TG334 but other than that I'm very happy with my SM3.  Now after some impressions of the SM64 come out and when the price goes down I may look at those but if there a lot like the SM3 then there's not point.

Do you find the mids to be dark at all.  I read where people say that but I'm not hearing a dark mid or a dark IEM, laid back and smooth but not dark.  I think the BA200 is the over all smoother sounding IEM of the 2, I think the SM3 has a bit more sparkle and detail in the highs and I'm done talking about how good the soundstage is.

I don't find them dark at all. I find the UM3X to be darker than both the SM3 and the BA200. To my ears, the UM3X have mids and midbass similar to my GR07 bass edition, which sounds dark when compared to the SM3. The Gr07 has a bit more pronounced treble and I find it hard to believe that it has darker mids than the SM3. Seems illogical, but that's how I hear it. The BA200 does sound softer and it does give a feeling that it is smoother. The edgy-ness of the SM3 is probably due to its detail retrieval. If details are peaks and valleys, the SM3 have them higher and deeper than the BA200, thus sounding less smooth.
post #1440 of 1669

Let me clarify that when I said "built like Westones" I was mostly referring to the UM3x, which seemed very sturdy to me. The W3s did feel a little precarious, esp. being $300+ with non-RC.

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Originally Posted by TheMarkRemains View Post

I'm not going to defend these guys, but I do think they've improved greatly over the V1. That said the current Chinese built Westone W series has their fair share of issues with drivers dying, bad sockets, etc. The "epic" cable hardens with usage for me in a few months . Ok if replaceable like the W4R or SM series, they may be in the middle of a changeover hence the new cable son the UM1 and the liquidation at imotion. Also, for what it's worth I look at labor value too. These guys are in France. Expensive place to build stuff. They service stuff, unlike the W series (or Sennheiser etc). That increases value for me knowing I can get them repaired. They like other companies usually update if that's called for too.

 

Now am I going to stick a Shure olive on them again and tempt fate ? No way. Part of why mine never left the house. I could sit on my ie8's . Not my SM3's.

 

Skinny nozzles with soft plastic isn't exactly a good recipe.

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