So you own EX1000 and FX700?
So you own EX1000 and FX700?
one of the many reasons why i like the fx700 better than most iems (like sm3):
the chosen housing.
the composition of the drivers inside.
the open back design.
the natural sound that i didnt hear in any of the BA iems i had before...
its very unique.
if theres anything close to the fx, its only the pannys hje900.
No, the FX500s are the closest thing to the FX700s. I actually think the FX500s may appeal to some over the FX700s, both are very comparable. It will be a mistake to overlook the FX500s as simply inferior as it does a couple of things better than the FX700s and vice-versa. I have heard both the EX1000s and FX700s and I give the nod to the EX1000s but it's nothing like the difference between the IE8 and FX700s.
Too lazy to look this up ... but are IE8 and FX700 in the same sonic category (like two 4-door mid-sized sedan autos: like Toyota Camry being better than Hyundai Sonata)? Or are we comparing the proverbial "apples to oranges"?
For me, the IE8s are "ideal" -- WRT freq. balance, dynamics -- but they could sound more refined (better mids, like SM3) and even more quickness (pace, rhythm, better timing) like SE530. I own the SE530s and SM3v2s so can respects their virtues in which the IE8s are deficient.
Also, the famous IE8 bass could be just as deep, but not as "muddy"and with more detail. Is this what FX700 and EX1000) offer?
Anyone do an in-depth comparison of EX1000 vs. GR10 vs. FX700 vs. IE8 WRT pace/rhythm and dynamics. IOW, which cans are most effective at infecting a listener with the toe-tapping bug?
That is great to hear you made a choice and dont regret a bit.. Hope the deal you got on this was also acceptable as this are not sold in UK and import VAT is too high..
I'm leaning towards the FX700 (but the new $200 JVC IEM also caught my attn). Another serious contender for my next IEM upgrade is Grado GR10.
My current ref is the far-from-perfect IE8. Just off the top of my lid ... What the IE8 faults/flaws in, it "lacks" (compared to some IEMs and std cans), and/or what I wouldn't mind changed ...
Flaws: Certain sibilants "hiss"/distort
Wouldn't mind changed: Bring the soundstage fwd, w/o brightness, glare, out-of-focus bigness (this is how the SM3 flaws; someone noted that the FX700 sounds massive -- but so does the SM3, in the aforementioned flawed sense). I like big/'microscoped' but undistorted sound ... e.g., an instrument should sound like it's right in front of you. I don't buy into that natural-sound/ambience/airness stuff. Listening to sound -- and the std. Blumlein stereo effect -- via electronics/transducers is pretty unnatural to begin with. If mikes can get me closer to a cello or drum kit, this IMO is much better than sitting in row several feet from the instrument listening with just naked ears ;) In this sense, the way you folks seem to describe the sonics characs of the '700, might make them my next IEM. Or did I "misunderestimate" -- like I did with the SM3s, or the U.S. voters did with W?
FYI: I always use an amp for music (don't care about SQ for audiobooks, podcasts, etc.). And, with music again, always use crossfeed. Hence, some of the fwdness is effectively counteracted. I hope the '700s are really in-your-face.
Dude, he's owned the SM3 before so let him say what he wants about it, it's his opinion after all :)
He sold it because he found it lacking after some extensive listening. He's praised it before and is aware of its strengths, it's well documented in his past review on it.