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^ Yep, I thought so when I read your post. Did you try the 1601 FADs too?



I wish I had a chance to, but unfortunately no. By the time I got there it was already mid afternoon. Then I had to get my stuff set up. After that I did some rounds of full sized headphone listening before returning to the IEM table. I only got to try out the W4's, and Justin's amp while there before it was winding down already (between chatting with members who I only knew as screen names until that point)! Time definitely slipped away a lot quicker than I thought.

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Finally got my own set of EX1000s this morning - Wow, these sound as wonderful as I remembered them when I had a loaner pair 2 weeks ago.

 

Got the ATH-CKM99s two days ago so I did a quick 5-minute A/B (99s vs 1000s) with short bits from 4 pieces of music as I've been enjoying the 99s quite a bit the last couple of days.

 

Out of the box the Sonys sound better, more textured & refined, smoother, both share a similar sound sig, so I wasn't wrong when I felt the 99s reminded me of the Sonys. The 99s, however, are VERY good and to me most definitely worth $200. Are the Sonys worth $300 more? Most likely not to the vast majority of people, I guess, but to me they are as the difference in refinement is definitely there, specially in bass & treble, mids seem pretty similar so far (after only 5 mins' testing both). Will listen to the Sonys a little more now, then will go to work and will leave the Sonys burning in with pink noise. So, will report on any changes or lack thereof after a few hrs' burn in.

 

In the meantime, here's a few pics:

 

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Edited by music_4321 - 5/11/11 at 5:23am
post #333 of 3000

That white lettering 'Japan / MDR-EX1000' will be rubbed off before you know it. 

post #334 of 3000
congratulations on your purchase! great photos too! just be careful not to touch the white labels on the Sony. they are prone to wear :/
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I think those white lettering areas actually touch some part of my ears, so there's nothing I could have done about it unfortunately.  mad.gif

post #336 of 3000

A good thing that my ears don't rub that part at all. The white part is still as good as ever for me.

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Hmm... I can afford these Sonys now, if I sell my e-Q5. But I am not sure if it will be worth it, since I love the e-Q5. Does EX1000 have more treble presence than SM3? I might save up a bit more so I can afford the Sony and keep my e-Q5 as well, but that may take another month or so - I am just a poor student with part time job. lol

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That white lettering 'Japan / MDR-EX1000' will be rubbed off before you know it. 



Yeah, heard (read) about that - hope it doesn't happen too soon and if it does, they'll become 'vintage' EX1000s in no time, I guess. 



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congratulations on your purchase! great photos too! just be careful not to touch the white labels on the Sony. they are prone to wear :/


Thanks! Yes, some of those photos came out quite nice, didn't they? Now, I wonder if I should wear gloves after two consecutive warnings!  :)

 

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Right - further impressions:
 
Unlike the CKM99s, which did change (to my surprise) after some burn-in, I don't really notice a change in SQ on the EX100s after 2 hrs of music & 6 hrs with pink noise.
 
The bass on the EX1000s is just sublime, the texture is just stunning, possibly the best bass I've heard to date, and I think, on the whole, I may prefer it over my custom ES3X's bass - haven't A/B'd both yet, though, but will do so at some point. 
 
Mids are so smooth, I seem to be enjoying them more than the loaner pair I had a couple of weeks back. They sound so 'right' for a lack of a better term - don't know how describe them, honestly. I consider myself to be more a 'mids-head' and today the mids on these Sonys are just briliant. I obviously need to do a lot more listening to give a really fair assessment, but I'm almost perplexed by how much I'm enjoying the mids just now. Perhaps, as I've said a number of times, it is one of those moments when we are more receptive to some frequencies or music in general. But perhaps not. The mids right now are simply superb!
 
The treble seems a little smoother than I remember. But, in all honesty, I'm fairly convinced this is more a result of spending 2 days with the CKM99s, which have a more boosted treble response. I know that at louder volumes the Sony's treble is definitely more controlled & accurate, and very lifelike. I also know I 'learnt' to appreciate the Sony's treble with the loaner pair I had, specially on the 3rd & 4th days with them.
 
The EX1000s are VERY expensive, but they're bloody worth it in my book! I honestly doubt I would find some of those very expensive customs - hey, mine cost $850! - more enjoyable. My ES3X are fantastic, absolutely no question about that, but a good universal IEM - and the Sony MDR-EX 1000 is a mighty, MIGHTY fine top-tier IEM - can very seriously compete with the best of the best. True, I haven't listened to the ES5s, JH13, JH16, UE18, Miracle/ Merlin and other more expensive customs, but my experience already tells me that if there may be such an improvement, it'd be...

Edited by music_4321 - 5/11/11 at 2:14pm
post #340 of 3000
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Does EX1000 have more treble presence than SM3?


Oh yeah.  Honestly not much of a resemblance between the two at all IMO.

 

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Yep, the EX1000 has a lot more treble presence than the SM3 and yes the bass texture of the EX1000 is simply a class above the rest. It really makes other IEMs seem so inferior in that aspect (comparing with my UM3x and even the e-Q7 is no match). I hear how people talk about "microdetail" and how we need to listen carefully on certain IEMs to reveal the detail but on the EX1000 everything is just there. As someone said (on another equipment, amp I think) "There is no detail. Everything is revealed". At least that's what I think of the Sonys. What makes it so good is that I can just lie down and enjoy my music, knowing that I'm hearing everything in the recording and don't have to put any effort in listening. Just pure enjoyment. etysmile.gif

 

Only reason I can see why someone may dislike the EX1000 (apart from price and fit) is they simply don't like the signature. 


Edited by tuahogary - 5/11/11 at 4:55pm
post #342 of 3000
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What makes it so good is that I can just lie down and enjoy my music



You can lie down with them in your ears? ;)

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Only reason I can see why someone may dislike the EX1000 (apart from price and fit) is they simply don't like the signature. 

 

Hi!  tongue.gif

 

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You can lie down with them in your ears? ;)



Actually, you can lie down with the EX1000s as long as you don't lie down on your side. As a matter of fact, of all IEMs I've owned (see my prifile), the only ones I've really been able to lie on my side with, and NOT feel a thing, were the once-very-popular Sony MDR-EX71s -- but that was maaany moons ago.


Edited by music_4321 - 5/11/11 at 5:27pm
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Actually, you can lie down with the EX1000s as long as you don't lie down on your side. As a matter of fact, of all IEMs I've owned (see my prifile), the only ones I've really been able to lie on my side with, and NOT feel a thing, were the once-very-popular Sony MDR-EX71s -- but that was maaany moons ago.



You say you consider yourself a midshead. I guess I consider myself one too and I'm interested in the EX1000s now. I have the CKM99s right now and I'm unsatisfied with it's sound signature. Too much sibilance, too much bass, too much treble. Would the EX1000 be the answer to my prayers? =)  From impressions, the EX1000 seems to lack any isolation which worries me.

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