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post #1816 of 1830

i figured i'd post this for potential se215, (but want bluetooth capabilities too)

 

just got my hands on these 

 

post #1817 of 1830
Hi

Im new to iem`s. Would the se215 pair well with a mobile phone? As in do they require a specfic amp/dac interface or can they work well when directly connected to the stereo out of a mobile/laptop.

Thanks
post #1818 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Babulilm View Post

Hi

Im new to iem`s. Would the se215 pair well with a mobile phone? As in do they require a specfic amp/dac interface or can they work well when directly connected to the stereo out of a mobile/laptop.

Thanks

17ohm impedance. They work fine amp-free.
post #1819 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Voyageur View Post

17ohm impedance. They work fine amp-free.

Thanks for the reply. And when people complain of hissing is that due to higher impedance iems being paired with weak sources?
post #1820 of 1830
One more question following up the last post (sorry for bombarding with questions). Is it possible to achieve good quality soundstage with iems? Can someone suggest iems that provide good clarity and bass along with decent soundstage? I currently have a pair of alpha primes but am looking at letting them go and getting an iem in their place.

Thanks in advance.
post #1821 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Babulilm View Post

Hi

Im new to iem`s. Would the se215 pair well with a mobile phone? As in do they require a specfic amp/dac interface or can they work well when directly connected to the stereo out of a mobile/laptop.

Thanks

 

Mine can be driven from HTC M8 no problem. It also works well with portable amps/DACs. My Fiio Q1 for example. Because of its high sensitivity, I find that the SE215 needs very low volume to be set at the source for it to give acceptable sound levels, perhaps more than any other IEM I own. So I have to make sure I turn the volume way down before inserting the SE215.

 

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Originally Posted by Babulilm View Post

One more question following up the last post (sorry for bombarding with questions). Is it possible to achieve good quality soundstage with iems? Can someone suggest iems that provide good clarity and bass along with decent soundstage? I currently have a pair of alpha primes but am looking at letting them go and getting an iem in their place.

Thanks in advance.

 

The SE215 sounds good, but they're also not the best, particularly when it comes to soundstage & clarity. For bass the SE215 is ok, there's enough of it although to my ears they sound rather slow and bloomy. 

 

In MY limited experience, the MeeAudio M6 Pro gives better clarity but soundstage is so so. The MeeAudio Pinnacle P1 does everything better, including soundstage.

 

If you're not adverse to chinese made products, then try the Xiaomi/1More Piston 2.1 or the Venture Electronic Monk Plus earbud, they do really well in the soundstage department. Clarity maybe not so much.

post #1822 of 1830
@fonkepala thanks a lot for the reply.

Would the pinnacle p1 run off a mobile easily?

And generally speaking is it possible to achieve similar performance levels in iems to high end closed back cans like alpha primes? (within roughly the same price point)

Thanks
post #1823 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Babulilm View Post

Hi

Im new to iem`s. Would the se215 pair well with a mobile phone? As in do they require a specfic amp/dac interface or can they work well when directly connected to the stereo out of a mobile/laptop.

Thanks

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Babulilm View Post

One more question following up the last post (sorry for bombarding with questions). Is it possible to achieve good quality soundstage with iems? Can someone suggest iems that provide good clarity and bass along with decent soundstage? I currently have a pair of alpha primes but am looking at letting them go and getting an iem in their place.

Thanks in advance.

 

Hi there,

 

1) No issues direct out of a phone, these work very well. Most dynamic driver IEMs don't require much in terms of fancy equipment to drive, so you shouldn't have issues unless your phone's built-in sound is really really crap.

2) I perhaps have really high expectations for what I deem as "wide" sound stage, but I always peg "wide" as perceptually sounding like the music is extending beyond the cups/earpieces. This is why I didn't feel the HD598 sounded like it had wide sound stage when most people seem to think so, because I didn't find the sound really extend very far left and right. On my pair, it just sounded like it was still contained in a space within the distance of the cups.

Explanation aside, this is my humble personal opinion - pretty much no IEM, imo, has "wide" sound stage. The widest I've heard are the Sony XBA-A3, XBA-Z5, and XBA-H3, but even then I'd say the sound stage on those earphones just about matches a closed headphone like an M50x.

Note though, that I've never heard the EX1000 or the MDR-7550 so maybe those might be comparable, or even better than the XBA hybrid series in the sound stage department.

Feel free to ask more questions, hope I've helped!

post #1824 of 1830
Back in the SE215 saddle.

Sold then twice to improve my early morning workouts with SE535s, W30s...and it turned out that in the gym i preferred the SE215 signature. Go figure.

I love the mids and their blend with their heavy bass. Nice done.


Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm
post #1825 of 1830
I'd love to pick up another pair of iems but I'm satisfied with my shures. What I'd like are some custom molds for them as one ear keeps losing its seal... Pia!!!

Has anyone had any experience with the link belows product? After watching the video and reading some posts I'm worried it will be a hassle if they don't fit right. I didn't think so much went into custom molds.

http://www.averysound.com/as.shure.html
post #1826 of 1830
Before doing that, try the radian custom molds on Amazon for $10. The results look the same as those Avery. Point being if you like that and works maybe then spend more money on Avery.
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Originally Posted by Subtraction View Post

I'd love to pick up another pair of iems but I'm satisfied with my shures. What I'd like are some custom molds for them as one ear keeps losing its seal... Pia!!!

Has anyone had any experience with the link belows product? After watching the video and reading some posts I'm worried it will be a hassle if they don't fit right. I didn't think so much went into custom molds.

http://www.averysound.com/as.shure.html
post #1827 of 1830
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Originally Posted by SSandDigital View Post

Before doing that, try the radian custom molds on Amazon for $10. The results look the same as those Avery. Point being if you like that and works maybe then spend more money on Avery.

But!!! He has to be careful not to plug up the already small nozzle opening on the shures.


Tried this method on a cheap monorice 8230? And got some clogging up the nozzle ($40 down the drain) frown.gif
post #1828 of 1830
Not a problem. Fill the nozzle with cotton first. After molding, remove cotton, hole clear or not plugged.
post #1829 of 1830
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Originally Posted by SSandDigital View Post

Not a problem. Fill the nozzle with cotton first. After molding, remove cotton, hole clear or not plugged.

Theres those cotton balls with a string i believe.

Wish i knew earlier! But glad i didnt lose too much on that little experiment
post #1830 of 1830
Thx for the advice. I've gotten the radials but screwed them up. Not for my se215s but the rha ma750's. I _think_ it would be easier with the 215s however I'm afraid of screwing them up again and would like the professionals to do it for me. I may try the radials again as I haven't started a jar for saving for the custom iems from ultimate ears or averysound. It's all in the air. Anyone have experience with radials here that can tell us hopefully how successful they are? Btw I listen to tunes 5hours plus a day...

I just seen the above posts(on data this website isn't friendly to me) I must say that a headphone amp is a great improvement. I hate when my amps battery dies. I use Poweramp and it's tone controls to get the sound I need however if I'm not using an amp, I'm not receiving the potential the se215s can produce. I find androids eq to lower the volume when I raise the bass, which is why I like Poweramp. So my vote is amp required. There are downsides though, no mic. A patch cord. Wires period. What would be cool is an mmcx cord with a built-in Bluetooth and amp combo+bass switch. Would be kind of heavy though for a decent amp runtime I would imagine.
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