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post #556 of 4815

Waiting for this chief :)

 

dogears: ave_joe's 5driver DRM Earz is the most affordable right now (?). I'm waiting for his review on that one. That could upset my stance if ever biggrin.gif

post #557 of 4815
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Whew! Upgrade to: EM3 Pro biggrin.gif

Many thanks for another wonderful/great review/read/effort.


Very good way to help people decide.

I do see the IE8 being mentioned a lot.
What are your favorite universal IEMs?

 

post #558 of 4815

uIEMs? Hmn, I like the jphonics k2 SP. Recently wishing to hear the Shure SE535.

post #559 of 4815
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Mmmm..EM4.  It sure sounds good from the description, we shall see.

 

And any SA-43 owners care to add any more comments about the SA-43?  One of the weaknesses of the SA-43 IMO (if you can call it a weakness) is it needs a good amp to really show what it can do.  Hemshemems, are your ears better?

 

And if you want to spend less throw the i9pro (review this week) and aud-5X into the mix...



Hey

 

Im still sick, and it comes and goes and been so the last weeks, i really want to help with my views but stupid to say anything before my gear is decent and ready..

 

I just put in a order for the AHA-120, and i'll have it at hand next week..

 

The SA-43 is dependant on either a high q dap with a decent amp section, or a stand alone amp as u stated and if one is planning on using a Ipod/touch or simular, your better of going for another Brand, the 50ohm Impedance/Sensitivity 104db they have makes my Itouch amp USELESS right now..

 

My initial thoughts and experiences (or lack there off) tells me that the SA-43 for my use could have been done differently, as the SA-33 could have been considered too, but one seem to forget the rest of the lineup, that there also other Starkeys with different sound signatures that might be more to ones liking (SA-32/SA-32Live amo), so dont just focuse on the SA-43 topmodel.

 

As i wrote before i've done a short comparison between the Fostex and Fostex/AHA-120, weirdly enough i found the Fostex to be too "bassheavy" with the switch off and on, with the AHA-120 the bass went more in the background and the resolution got better, and with the switch on the rumble was usefull when called for, so synergy might still not be where i want it when using the Touch and AHA-120, but i need to tweak the sound to my liking later on, but i havnt tested this yet and i need to find out where i want my AHA-120 to take me with a better dap.

 

The AHA-120 is not a perfect amp, but as i see it im not going to go for amps outside europe and the the amps i heard up to know this is the best choice for now, and upgrades will always be a possibility here too..

 

There are so many brands doing customs that one should be able to find the right one depending on where u live, and if you live in europe i would go for the brands we have here, istead of UE, JH, Westone among others, the price difference and other shipping related hassles considered..

 

My tax bill came in the door this week, as UPS clreared the package and planned the tax paper work, and about a week later the tax needs to be payed after i received my Starkey, clean and simple tho more money out of my pocket.


Edited by Hemshemems - 10/13/11 at 10:08am
post #560 of 4815

Thank you for the review!~

post #561 of 4815

Was listening to Archos70>EM3Pro... the Archos really is a very good DAP - it sounds way better (soundstage, tonality/bass/mids/highs, separation) than the Rockboxed Fuze and its strongest factor is it sounds less "digital" that just gives you a very ear-brain friendly sound.

post #562 of 4815
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Waiting for this chief :)

 

dogears: ave_joe's 5driver DRM Earz is the most affordable right now (?). I'm waiting for his review on that one. That could upset my stance if ever biggrin.gif


Yea, if time only grew on trees tongue_smile.gif  I am working on my cable reviews and then I will start my aud-5X review as well as my multi-amp review.

 

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Originally Posted by Hemshemems View Post

Hey

 

Im still sick, and it comes and goes and been so the last weeks, i really want to help with my views but stupid to say anything before my gear is decent and ready..

 

I just put in a order for the AHA-120, and i'll have it at hand next week..

 

The SA-43 is dependant on either a high q dap with a decent amp section, or a stand alone amp as u stated and if one is planning on using a Ipod/touch or simular, your better of going for another Brand, the 50ohm Impedance/Sensitivity 104db they have makes my Itouch amp USELESS right now..

 

My initial thoughts and experiences (or lack there off) tells me that the SA-43 for my use could have been done differently, as the SA-33 could have been considered too, but one seem to forget the rest of the lineup, that there also other Starkeys with different sound signatures that might be more to ones liking (SA-32/SA-32Live amo), so dont just focuse on the SA-43 topmodel.

 

As i wrote before i've done a short comparison between the Fostex and Fostex/AHA-120, weirdly enough i found the Fostex to be too "bassheavy" with the switch off and on, with the AHA-120 the bass went more in the background and the resolution got better, and with the switch on the rumble was usefull when called for, so synergy might still not be where i want it when using the Touch and AHA-120, but i need to tweak the sound to my liking later on, but i havnt tested this yet and i need to find out where i want my AHA-120 to take me with a better dap.

 

The AHA-120 is not a perfect amp, but as i see it im not going to go for amps outside europe and the the amps i heard up to know this is the best choice for now, and upgrades will always be a possibility here too..

 

There are so many brands doing customs that one should be able to find the right one depending on where u live, and if you live in europe i would go for the brands we have here, istead of UE, JH, Westone among others, the price difference and other shipping related hassles considered..

 

My tax bill came in the door this week, as UPS clreared the package and planned the tax paper work, and about a week later the tax needs to be payed after i received my Starkey, clean and simple tho more money out of my pocket.


The Just Audio uHA-120 is very nice and pairs well with the SA-43 so it makes sense the AHA-120 would also.  I don't hear the SA-43 as bass heavy with the switch off, but not bass light by any means.  The issue with the bass with the switch off is roll off, but if you are not listening to music with deep bass it isn't an issue.

 

I do agree that there are many good brands worldwide and it makes sense many times to buy local rather than international, but if you have to have a certain quality that only one custom offers it is worth it in the long term IMO to buy internationally.  But it may be much easier to buy something international from the states vs. in Europe from the US.

 

 

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Thank you for the review!~


I am happy to have had the opportunity to review it!

 

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Originally Posted by dogears View Post

Was listening to Archos70>EM3Pro... the Archos really is a very good DAP - it sounds way better (soundstage, tonality/bass/mids/highs, separation) than the Rockboxed Fuze and its strongest factor is it sounds less "digital" that just gives you a very ear-brain friendly sound.


Really?  I haven't heard one but read that the SQ wasn't all that great, but you never know what will synergize with what.  And if you read my comments about the EM3 Pro with the Fuze, I really can't listen to that combo unless I use an aftermarket cable such as the TWag.

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The Just Audio uHA-120 is very nice and pairs well with the SA-43 so it makes sense the AHA-120 would also.  I don't hear the SA-43 as bass heavy with the switch off, but not bass light by any means.  The issue with the bass with the switch off is roll off, but if you are not listening to music with deep bass it isn't an issue.

 

I do agree that there are many good brands worldwide and it makes sense many times to buy local rather than international, but if you have to have a certain quality that only one custom offers it is worth it in the long term IMO to buy internationally.  But it may be much easier to buy something international from the states vs. in Europe from the US.

I know u mention'd it before about bass quality and customs and how they a lot of the times sound more full then universals, or maybe the bone conduction with acrylic also has smth to say...

 

I have no final verdict on the Starkey's, so my perception might change a lot over the coming weeks, and as i get over my sickness i embrace what may come with "open" ears.

 

I saw u mentioning the Studio-V in the SE thread, would u be able to do a comparison with the uHA-120 and Studio-V and your Starkeys, but also directly through the Studio-V, i like to find out if that would be a possible upgrade for my Touch or not?

 

We all know the US makes nice customs, and the Chinese too and UM can also be bought in the uk for a fair price as i see it, but in Europe as your review's state we dont really have to be so sad that we cant get the JH13, JH16 without tax and customs charges hassles, but before if ppl wanted some of the best they had to look at JH and Westone mostly, but not today with Spiralear, Minerva, ACS, Starkey, Earsonic, and the italian and german brand u tested...

 

But u have a point that in a globalized world we have options to buy whatever brand we like, and if that is the only thing that satisfies you then u better going for this the first time, rather then being sad u should go for an inferior model "near" by..

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Yea, if time only grew on trees tongue_smile.gif  I am working on my cable reviews and then I will start my aud-5X review as well as my multi-amp review.

 

No worries --- I'm sure everyone's patiently waiting biggrin.gif

 

 


Really?  I haven't heard one but read that the SQ wasn't all that great, but you never know what will synergize with what.  And if you read my comments about the EM3 Pro with the Fuze, I really can't listen to that combo unless I use an aftermarket cable such as the TWag.

     I'm using the sound settings with my Rockboxed Fuze: Bass -1 and Treble +4 :P
 

 

post #565 of 4815

Just got the Tascam DR-2d. It proving to be another GREAT DAP (specially for the Earsonics EM3pro)!

post #566 of 4815
Thread Starter 

Added the Moon Audio Silver Dragon and Chris_Himself cables to my multi-cable review thread.
 

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Just got the Tascam DR-2d. It proving to be another GREAT DAP (specially for the Earsonics EM3pro)!



Interesting, a recorder as a player.  Is there an EQ?  How does it compare with the EQed Fuze?

post #567 of 4815

It started with the Sony M10 thread. I liked the idea of digital recorder doubling as DAP so I googled around and landed with the DR2d. Among Tascam's handheld recorders, DR2d is one of the few that doesn't sport an EQ playback feature. I just gambled with it since my primary use would be as an alternative DAP. The others really look like recorders. My second choice is the DR07mk2.

 

Sound wise (without EQ) and using only Earsonics EM3pro -- I really like the sound from the Archos 70 which is >> RB Fuze but the DR2d sounded more balanced and more 3D than the A70. Tonality is topnotch IMHO. I've been enjoying the guitar riffs and drums from Metallica's Black album.  DR2d's amp has plenty of power and it really sounds more dynamic(?)/focused/lively. Fuze sounded more digital (hard/edgy/aggressive[?]) among the 3 players with DR2d sounding most natural/relaxed.

My volume level w/ Metallica's Black album: DR2d ~60%, A70 and Fuze ~90%.

DR2d runs with 2xAA batteries but I am able to use my Stax' 5vDC adapter here in the office. Battery I presume would last about ~6hrs. Able to drive my Fostex T50Rp with satisfying volume.

 

For more listening enjoyment - I am looking at adding some capacitors to boost the treble. Getting some idea from http://gilmore2.chem.northwestern.edu/projects/equal_prj.htm

 

Wishing there's a portable DAP (same size with Fuze would be best for me :P) that sound this good! DR2d is as big as a (long ones?) cigarette pack. Will fit a big pocket or a small sling bag.

 

I hope I made sense biggrin.gif

post #568 of 4815
Thread Starter 

@ dogears, yes, you made sense.

 

Speaking of sources, I just got a GAME card for my 801.  If you notice I also have a balanced card and will be getting a balanced cable in the near future for some testing with my custom IEMs.  I do think the 801 is a very good portable source that is very versatile and while it isn't ideal for things like working out it will work well for travel and OK for trips if you can charge the battery from time to time or if you buy a spare battery.

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Edited by average_joe - 10/22/11 at 12:59pm
post #569 of 4815

My Westone ES5 broke :( The left bassdriver stopped working. Will probably replace it with the Spiral Ear SE-5. Just wish it had a replaceable cable.

post #570 of 4815

great stuff, but is there an IEM round up from someone that ISN'T biased towards a detail oriented, cold sound?

 

I don't think the warm bassy stuffed gets touched on in a positive way, I'd like to see someone with a bias towards that signature do a set of reviews

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