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How much difference is there between the SM3 amped and unamped? The source would be an iphone 4S, and the amp would be a portable amp.

 

not much, you really don't need one

post #1532 of 1666
I tried a FiiO E5, which actually made them hiss louder and sound worse in general. I have heard a few people say they sound great from the Head stage Arrow 4G though.
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How much difference is there between the SM3 amped and unamped? The source would be an iphone 4S, and the amp would be a portable amp.
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@ Gilly87, my V2s finally arrived and have been surgically attached to my ears. At first I got confused that they sound so different from my V1, then I remembered my V1s were unfiltered. With filters on the V2, high's are less detailed but smoother. Details are also a little bit less pronounced, but are still far better than anything I own at the moment. Maybe one day, I will try removing the filters, I am just too chicken at the moment. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1534 of 1666
Ahhhh, mine should be getting back from France any day now...if you do decide to defilter, buy the etymotic removal tool. Just a few bucks and it takes away 99% of the risk in filter removal.
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@ Gilly87, my V2s finally arrived and have been surgically attached to my ears. At first I got confused that they sound so different from my V1, then I remembered my V1s were unfiltered. With filters on the V2, high's are less detailed but smoother. Details are also a little bit less pronounced, but are still far better than anything I own at the moment. Maybe one day, I will try removing the filters, I am just too chicken at the moment. smily_headphones1.gif
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Ahhhh, mine should be getting back from France any day now...if you do decide to defilter, buy the etymotic removal tool. Just a few bucks and it takes away 99% of the risk in filter removal.

Does it allow for re-attachment?
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I never bothered trying. I liked the unfiltered sound better immediately, so I threw them away and never looked back.

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Does it allow for re-attachment?
post #1537 of 1666
I am with you, did that with my V1's. But on a brand new V2, I just quiver. smily_headphones1.gif
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What full size do you guys think the sm3 sounds like?
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I've heard it compared to the LCD-2 for the thickness of sound, slight warmth, and bass emphasis, but have never heard the Audezes myself. To my ears the unfiltered version sounds reasonably similar to the HD598 with more aggressive mids and punchier bass, but obviously less refined presentation. The filtered version is a little closer to something like my HD439, though with much better detail, and not quite as warm or bassy.

Overall the SM3 is a mostly neutral phone, slightly warm and dark, with very lush and detailed mids, punchy bass, and relaxed but extended treble. Buyer beware, though: build quality is notoriously precarious and the intimate presentation of vocals is not for everyone.
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What full size do you guys think the sm3 sounds like?
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Originally Posted by Gilly87 View Post

I've heard it compared to the LCD-2 for the thickness of sound, slight warmth, and bass emphasis, but have never heard the Audezes myself. To my ears the unfiltered version sounds reasonably similar to the HD598 with more aggressive mids and punchier bass, but obviously less refined presentation. The filtered version is a little closer to something like my HD439, though with much better detail, and not quite as warm or bassy.

Overall the SM3 is a mostly neutral phone, slightly warm and dark, with very lush and detailed mids, punchy bass, and relaxed but extended treble. Buyer beware, though: build quality is notoriously precarious and the intimate presentation of vocals is not for everyone.


Thanks. Anyone know if it sounds like the HD650? It seems they are described similarly.

post #1541 of 1666
I haven't heard the 650 myself but it does seem like a good potential comparison. I do think the SM3 handily outdoes the HD598 in terms of speed; my guess is that would be the biggest difference with the 650 as well, along with presentation obviously.
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Thanks. Anyone know if it sounds like the HD650? It seems they are described similarly.
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Hi, I asked this on the AK100 thread, but didn't get any responses there.   Has anyone tried the SM3 on an unmodded AK100?   I have one and thinking about getting the SM3.  However, the unmodded AK might have problems with balanced armature IEMs because of its high output impedance.   I thought the SM3s "impedance correction" might work with that, but I would like to know if someone has actually tried this pairing.  Thanks.

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Hi, I asked this on the AK100 thread, but didn't get any responses there.   Has anyone tried the SM3 on an unmodded AK100?   I have one and thinking about getting the SM3.  However, the unmodded AK might have problems with balanced armature IEMs because of its high output impedance.   I thought the SM3s "impedance correction" might work with that, but I would like to know if someone has actually tried this pairing.  Thanks.

 

I just got the C&C BH portable headphone amp to day which is $99.99 on ebay and it makes the SM3 sound amazing, it sounds like a true audiophile IEM now.  The highs are crisp and even bright at time but never harsh, the mids have more clarity and don't sound as dark anymore and the bass is very clean and has better sub-bass rumble now along with the soundstage that is even more spacious now.  Its an amazing little amp and for $100 well, well worth it, I think it can compete with amp's that are much more expensive.  One thing the amp does to the SM3 is actually give them more detail which is something I was not expecting.

 

If you get the SM3 I think you should invest in the C&C BH amp because it does make the SM3 sound like a true audiophile IEM but that's not to say the SM3 doesn't sound great without, it just sounds that much better with the BH.

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Does anyone have recommendations for some different tips for the sm3v2? 

 

The stock bi-flange work well, but They are just a TAD too small for my ears, and getting a good seal is rather difficult. I think the sound is great with the stock bi-flanges but I need something with a little bit of a tighter fit, any ideas that won't sacrifice sound quality? I'm not too into foam tips, I messed around with them for awhile but kept coming back to silicon.

 

Regards

 

 

EDIT: On a side note, completely unrelated, but if anyone wants to truly experience the capabilities of the sm3 just turn on some Infected Mushroom...shows the true speed/accuracy/power of this IEM.


Edited by Shevanel - 2/6/13 at 7:40pm
post #1545 of 1666

If you have some new Sony Hybrids that aren't stretched out they work great, that's what I'm using right now.  A brand new set will fit but if you've used them on an IEM like the TF10 or even the GR07 were it stretches them out then they wont fit.

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