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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I hate IEMs. They hurt my ears, have horrible soundstage next to full size, and can get tangled, etc.
Honestly, I'd look into the MMX300. Basically a DT770 with a mic. Hard to beat that, though bass may not be powerful.

 

Maybe try the custom IEM's then? LOL, the K3003 is the best universal, but it's $1000. Overpriced honestly. I never was a fan of custom molds. They still need to advance a bit. At least they wouldn't hurt your ears. The thing that I LOVE about them is that I want a mobile headphone. Not a full-size with a portable amp, but something that can stay on my head when working out or something of the like. Do they seriously have that bad of a soundstage though?

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Koss KSC35 or 75. Best mobile headphones with actual soundstage. I just wish they were prettier.
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LOL, the K3003 is the best universal, but it's $1000.

The thing that I LOVE about them is that I want a mobile headphone. Not a full-size with a portable amp, but something that can stay on my head when working out or something of the like.


Stax makes the best headphones for working out.

 

Also look into the AKG K1000.

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Maybe try the custom IEM's then? LOL, the K3003 is the best universal, but it's $1000. Overpriced honestly. I never was a fan of custom molds. They still need to advance a bit. At least they wouldn't hurt your ears. The thing that I LOVE about them is that I want a mobile headphone. Not a full-size with a portable amp, but something that can stay on my head when working out or something of the like. Do they seriously have that bad of a soundstage though?
Wait, have you tried custom molds? What's not to like?
The main thing IMO about IEMs is how fiddly fit can be and the drastic effect the quality of your seal affects the sound. My Etymotic came with 3 sizes of silicone and 2 foam sizes, I've found I'm most comfortable with the large silicone or the small foam. Custom eartips really take out a lot of the guesswork for comfort and seal, though you still have to maintain discipline with cleaning your ears.

My ears are little ear-wax factories to be honest (and maybe gross). I don't know why, they actually test to have little hearing damage for my age (one factor that causes ears to produce more wax) and I don't get ear infections often (maybe two or three in my whole life since I can remember), but starting about 6 years ago my right ear will occasionally completely seal itself up with wax. Sounds like when you get water in your ears. All I have to do is use a special syringe to flush the wax out (it sprays sideways instead of directly at the eardrum), so it's easy to fix, but still seems weird. Happens like once every 2 years. Even so, my Ety's are my first choice when on public transport.

I think I've only gamed once on my Ety's — I hadn't figured out the best eartip yet and I tend to play for several hours at a time, then I got the AD700 which are more comfortable and less of a hassle to prepare for — but the detail and positioning were very tight. I remember specifically testing them for depth in classical and holographic recordings, and I was able to tell when things sounded close or far away from the microphone(s). I'll have to do a "Crazy Comparisons" review sometime, since I can.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Koss KSC35 or 75. Best mobile headphones with actual soundstage. I just wish they were prettier.

 

Forreal? No way.

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Wait, have you tried custom molds? What's not to like?
The main thing IMO about IEMs is how fiddly fit can be and the drastic effect the quality of your seal affects the sound. My Etymotic came with 3 sizes of silicone and 2 foam sizes, I've found I'm most comfortable with the large silicone or the small foam. Custom eartips really take out a lot of the guesswork for comfort and seal, though you still have to maintain discipline with cleaning your ears.
My ears are little ear-wax factories to be honest (and maybe gross). I don't know why, they actually test to have little hearing damage for my age (one factor that causes ears to produce more wax) and I don't get ear infections often (maybe two or three in my whole life since I can remember), but starting about 6 years ago my right ear will occasionally completely seal itself up with wax. Sounds like when you get water in your ears. All I have to do is use a special syringe to flush the wax out (it sprays sideways instead of directly at the eardrum), so it's easy to fix, but still seems weird. Happens like once every 2 years. Even so, my Ety's are my first choice when on public transport.
I think I've only gamed once on my Ety's — I hadn't figured out the best eartip yet and I tend to play for several hours at a time, then I got the AD700 which are more comfortable and less of a hassle to prepare for — but the detail and positioning were very tight. I remember specifically testing them for depth in classical and holographic recordings, and I was able to tell when things sounded close or far away from the microphone(s). I'll have to do a "Crazy Comparisons" review sometime, since I can.

They're custom. That's what, lol. I knew about the flanges (think that's what they're called). Interesting though. Yeah, I had a listen to the "matches" recording. I think I may suffer from hearing damage. :(

 

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Stax makes the best headphones for working out.

 

Also look into the AKG K1000.

 

Kidding me? Do they even come with a headphone jack? I will check them out though.

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I mean that they are all I need for portability. They never move around, are open so you can hear around you, and aren't uncomfortable.

And lol@Chico.
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Chico,
If you are looking for the headphone that makes you look good with Any situation (and apparently, increases the confidence of everyone around you), we need not look any further than these:
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I caved, and finally bought a pair of these sex machines, and OMG these are so end-game my heart skipped like a giddy school girl and probably end my life for a moment every time a song starts. The bass is amazing, somehow both heavy and elephantine-bodied while remaining tight and catholic-controlled – I guess the bass is best likened to a dense, sharp-edged solid brick of lead that kicks me in the arse (and head too, at the same time. They both hear it). The mids are, well, perfectly balanced inbetween forward and laid-back, liquid and dry, meteoric impact and dancer-dexterous. The highs are so sweet and pure, absolutely pure, it's like cherub angels are secreting their essence directly into my ears. Soundstage and refined detail are also godly, I'm hearing sounds even the musicians couldn't have heard, and with Dolby Headphone I can not only hear the direction of enemies in MW2, but I swear I can even hear if the player's thumbs are sweaty. I have never heard sounds from the rear this piquant. And so comfortable too: no headband bumps! The look is so sexy that my girlfriend admitted that she is no longer woman enough for me, and I can go date as many women as I want! I'll be hitting up the gym, swimming pool, the grocery store, and all manner of public places to see and be seen as da new hotness – tomorrow. Because now, it's too dark. So here's a pic of me in my black beauties, as my comparatively dirty, traintrack-spike-to-my-ear sounding Q701s sit dejected and defeated without competition:page22_blog_entry16_3.jpg
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And Mad, you should just give in to reality. You'll never be truly happy until you are the proud owner of these:
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Looks like he's kicking butt in Halo:CE. Your favorite Xbox game.
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Chico,
If you are looking for the headphone that makes you look good with Any situation (and apparently, increases the confidence of everyone around you), we need not look any further than these:
I caved, and finally bought a pair of these sex machines, and OMG these are so end-game my heart skipped like a giddy school girl and probably end my life for a moment every time a song starts. The bass is amazing, somehow both heavy and elephantine-bodied while remaining tight and catholic-controlled – I guess the bass is best likened to a dense, sharp-edged solid brick of lead that kicks me in the arse (and head too, at the same time. They both hear it). The mids are, well, perfectly balanced inbetween forward and laid-back, liquid and dry, meteoric impact and dancer-dexterous. The highs are so sweet and pure, absolutely pure, it's like cherub angels are secreting their essence directly into my ears. Soundstage and refined detail are also godly, I'm hearing sounds even the musicians couldn't have heard, and with Dolby Headphone I can not only hear the direction of enemies in MW2, but I swear I can even hear if the player's thumbs are sweaty. I have never heard sounds from the rear this piquant. And so comfortable too: no headband bumps! The look is so sexy that my girlfriend admitted that she is no longer woman enough for me, and I can go date as many women as I want! I'll be hitting up the gym, swimming pool, the grocery store, and all manner of public places to see and be seen as da new hotness – tomorrow. Because now, it's too dark. So here's a pic of me in my black beauties, as my comparatively dirty, traintrack-spike-to-my-ear sounding Q701s sit dejected and defeated without competition

 

Lol

 

Reminds me of this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/571326/meet-typical-headfier-andy

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Haven't been on that thread in ages. I missed it. Hahahaha.
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Lol

Reminds me of this thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/571326/meet-typical-headfier-andy

Hahaha, wow... So many of the posters are banned.
/me gets nervous.

Loved the pic featuring "You want IEMs? Get M50s."
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Those M50 haters frown.gif

I love those cans. Even now. I go listen to my brother's M50 or my stepfather's M50LE, and there isn't much to dislike about them, other than the fact it's closed and doesn't have an appreciable soundstage. Even the pleather pads don't bother me, which is rare.

And lol, Evs. I so wanna try that shoulder mounted speaker setup. XD
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Can I point out the irony of this 2 year old pic?
http://cdn.head-fi.org/8/8c/8c3a3f36_11228086.jpeg

Wish I hadn't started reading that thread. People try to tell me sleep is a good thing.
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Thread Starter 
Hahaha, it's funny and somewhat true..

Still though, when you guys hear the Annie, you will be converted to true believers. I personally guarantee it. Much more than a recolor. I'd say Recolor in the sense that the tonal balance is recolored for more musicality. biggrin.gif

I'm here listening to both the HE-400 and the Annie, and I don't see how in ANY way the HE-400 beats the Annie other than bass, and even that is debateable on certain tracks.

Another surprise... the Annie needs around the same on the volume pot and possibly less than the HE-400!



^You know you all want to. wink.gif
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