Hello headfiers, after speaking to Thomas from XEARS, there is a new flagship model.
The XEARS Nature N3i with iphone compatibilty.
These are supposed to be very similar to the former Playaz N3 which are quite popular among headfiers.
You can get them now for 25€ plus 8€ shipping using the discount code: KLANGFUZZIS.
After hearing the Xears TD100-III, in my opinion the best iem for bass lovers under £100, the N3i will be a better earphone across the audio spectrum with improved build quality.
The Nature N3i feature an "audiophile blackwood" body with a fabric cable and a microphone for iPhone.
Straight of the box I can barely tell the difference between the N3i and the TD100-iii. The bass is tight deep and impactful. Vocals are smooth and fairly forward and there is a nice sparkle in the highs. The diference is there is slightly less bass quantity, the mids aren't as forward as on the TD100-iii but still sound very good. So far they are a small step forward in sound over the TD100-iii but for some it may just be a side step.
The housings are lighter than the TD100-iii's despite being quite a lot bigger. The housings are wood (same material as the TD100-iii) and with a metal nozzle. The cable is fabric with the same plug as the TD100-iii's and the strain reliefs are also improved. The mic is at the joining of the j-cord and has only a play/pause button but is still better than nothing. My only gripe with them is that the cable is really short; I am not super tall but at 6'1'' the cable is stretched if my phone is in my pocket. Also its not very well proportioned, the length to the right earpiece is a few cm to long and could be used to make the cable a little longer.
More impressions will be posted after a bit of burn-in and hopefully a comparison with the Turbine copper's
Edited by brownandproud - 5/5/11 at 12:06pm