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Originally Posted by swbf2cheater View Post

I am a huge fan of his, I idolize him for his work as he guides me to most of my high end purchases often...however in this case he is very wrong.  The mx980 sounds nothing like the Pk1 and they are not on the same level, not even close.  The Mx980 is neutral, powerful, smooth and has a load more bass with a massive soundstage.  The pk1 is snappy, colored, bass light and has an average earbud soundstage.  

 

 


Great! I'll try to get a pair of the Sennheiser MX980s. Do you know where I can get them cheapest?

 

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Ebay.  Razordogdeals2008 has them for $160 which is a GREAT deal for them.  If you happen to miss the auction, dont worry more are always listed 

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sennheiser-MX-980-Rotating-Earbud-Headphones-NEW-/200639688757?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item2eb70eb035#ht_2154wt_932

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Originally Posted by swbf2cheater View Post

Ebay.  Razordogdeals2008 has them for $160 which is a GREAT deal for them.  If you happen to miss the auction, dont worry more are always listed 

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/Sennheiser-MX-980-Rotating-Earbud-Headphones-NEW-/200639688757?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item2eb70eb035#ht_2154wt_932


Woot! Here comes my new Sennheiser MX 980. Can't wait!

 

post #289 of 586

Received my MX 580 today. All I can say is WOW! They are so much better than the AKG. Fit is perfect for my ears, better highs, much much better mids, the K317 sound so veiled in comparison. Bass needs some EQ'ing, but is quite alright for me. These are not for bassheads, but I'm very happy. Let's see what the BEB can do, but I think I found my buds for more than just daily bike rides. :-)

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Received my MX 580 today. All I can say is WOW! They are so much better than the AKG. Fit is perfect for my ears, better highs, much much better mids, the K317 sound so veiled in comparison. Bass needs some EQ'ing, but is quite alright for me. These are not for bassheads, but I'm very happy. Let's see what the BEB can do, but I think I found my buds for more than just daily bike rides. :-)



i'll be interested in how they compare to the beb's.. I have a pair of those and the PK3's atm. 

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I think the mx580 is noticeably better in every way than the BeBs, but thats just me what do i know :P

 

glad you enjoy them!

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I think the mx580 is noticeably better in every way than the BeBs, but thats just me what do i know :P

 

glad you enjoy them!



welp, I just deduced that I do find the BeB's slightly better than the PK3's. Kind of alarming given the price difference.. I wish I could find a pair that sounded this good or better (ala mx580) with better build quality.. Can you think of a earbud that is on par with these, but actually built in a way that I'm not nervous to use them? I don't like the idea of the thin cable or in line volume control on the mx580's.. But, I will pick up a pair once one of these breaks (bound to happen with this build quality).

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cant think of any iem with a good cable except the mx980

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cant think of any iem with a good cable except the mx980



that is a shame.. and I assume you meant bud and not IEM. There are plenty of IEM's with nice cables..and a few buds too.. Like the MX471, that cable looks pretty nice. 

post #295 of 586
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me what do i know :P

Yeah! :-D

No, I really do like them. And without having heard any of the PK-line buds, I can say that they are defintely also better in every way than the OK3, which I quite liked.

And actually, also compared to Yuin, I think the cable and especially the plug are really quite alright.

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Thats great, nothing makes me more happy than to know I've helped at least 1 person :)

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I just received my Sennheiser MX980s. I turned the Senn's included foam pads into Yuin style donut pads. Very immediate impression is extremely positive. It's less congested than the Yuin PK1s and has much stronger bass. Putting on the Yuin PK1s, I just nod my head in disappointment for having paid so much for it. The MX980s sounds closer to a bigger headphone while the Yuins just sound tiny. I also find them very comfortable. I guess my ears are just meant for earbuds.

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So I decided to try to compare the PK1s to the MX980s on my Anedio D1 DAC. Both earbuds sound a bit congested on my Cowon J3 but the Anedio helps relieve most of it. Separation, bass response, treble extension, and neutrality are all areas the MX980s trump the PK1s. The Yuins go for $155 on Head-direct and Senns are $159.99 on RazorDog on Ebay. Wow, I can't believe I didn't hear the Sennheisers first. Neither of the earbuds reach the level of detail the full-sized headphones I use for reference, ATH W11R and Stax O2 mk1, but they're not that far. Only the most subtle details can be differentiated and not substantially enough to make any difference to enjoyment unless you like to split hairs.

 

Swbf2cheater has an excellent review and conclusion for sure!

 

However, I have to say the Yuin PK1s are pretty durable. I've thrown them around, stepped on them, sat on them, tugged them, spun the drivers around when I think, and hit the drivers on concrete, yet they have survived for 3 years. Two PK3s broke within a week under my abuse though. I hope the Sennheisers are just as durable as they look.

 

FWIW, I'll rate my ear buds as:

Sennheiser MX980 >>>>> Yuin PK1=Yuin OK1 > Sony Extra Bass ear buds=Yuin PK3

 

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Thanks again for the review! Maybe I might pick up an ATH CM707 if I get bored or something.

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Thanks, that means a lot.  I need to hear things like that more often hehe :)

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Helpful.

 

Here is another link to IEM reviews just in case you really wanted to stick with ear buds here:

 

190 IEM's Reviewed

http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-190-iems-compared-sony-mdr-ex1000-audio-technica-ckm99-added-8-16

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