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post #466 of 1150

I find it interesting that these IEMS stay so popular.

 

 

post #467 of 1150
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Originally Posted by vechung View Post

I used to have the SE530 for three years which I enjoyed a lot.  The midrange is absolutely great and it is better than the SM3, but not by much.  In fact their sound signatures are similar.  The SM3 has much better bass.  The treble on the SM3 like the SE530 is a bit recessed, but the SM3 has more extension.  So with my rockboxed fuze, I EQ the high end and it works great.  However, the treble of both of them do not compare with my full size cans.  But it is the portability issue.  Other things about the SM3, it has better separation and more detailed.  I used have bunch of old MP3 ripped at 128kpbs which sounded fine with the SE530.  After I got the SM3 I had to re-ripped them to 256kpbs because this IEM is more revealing.  Now, I don't have an extensive experience with other IEM's but this is just my experience.


Congrats, you may not have much experience, but your comparison is spot-on. smile_phones.gif

post #468 of 1150

Just got mine in today. Not as warm as I remember the V1 being. I guess that's because the new double flanges have a wider hole?

post #469 of 1150

The new double flanges are pretty darn good.  I'm willing to bet that's why they aren't as warm as you remember.  When I put some Westone gray tips on them with the small sound hole, it really over warms them to me.

post #470 of 1150

Yeah they're a little better match with the SM3's sound signature. I'm not sure I'm a fan of these ear guides

post #471 of 1150
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Originally Posted by knubbe View Post

Just got mine in today. Not as warm as I remember the V1 being. I guess that's because the new double flanges have a wider hole?



 



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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The new double flanges are pretty darn good.  I'm willing to bet that's why they aren't as warm as you remember.  When I put some Westone gray tips on them with the small sound hole, it really over warms them to me.



 



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Originally Posted by knubbe View Post

Yeah they're a little better match with the SM3's sound signature. I'm not sure I'm a fan of these ear guides



Thats exactly what I was hoping to hear. I've got some of the new bi-flanges on order from ES and now i REALLY cant wait to try them out.

post #472 of 1150

Wow! I would really love the SM3 with better build quality and replaceable cables!!! Those look sweeeeet :D

post #473 of 1150

WOW, so much talk about TOOL that I had to jump in! I own the SM3 v2 for nearly a week now and I have listened to them quite a bit, but not as much as I'd hope. But I did notice a significant improvement of the sound signature along with the burning process. I am actually a strong believer in this phenomenon. All started with my UE super fi 3 studio, my first pair of good quality IEM (at that time) and while I hated the sound at first, I became quite happy with them over time but was lacking bass desperately. Then I bought the Westone UM2, a huge improvement in sound and probably the IEM  which got me hooked up to sound quality, no matter the cost (well, within a stretchable budget). Burning time improvements were not as obvious on this IEM though but they sounded great out the box. Then I bought the UM3X when they came out and I thought that would be the end of my IEM journey, until they broke 3 weeks ago. The cable was making weird noises and it was horrible when I was walking with the UM3X, the sound was constantly changing. I sent them for repair and used my UE Super fi 3 while waiting for the repair. This was the most painful experience ever. They are horribly uncomfortable, the sound is terrible and they had still no bass. That made me buy the SM3 v2, I needed something equivalent to the UM3X, with a replaceable cable (I could have bought the UM3X RC I know, but I wanted to try something new).

So far my experience with the SM3 v2 is pretty good, the bass are tighter and I like the airy sound with the stage-like sound. I am currently testing the tips and I like the sound of teh ES bi-flange but they are slightly uncomfortable on the long run for me so I think I prefer the Shure olives (medium) overall. I haven't tried any Comply yet, but to be honest, they are too expansive and too fragile to be considered a viable solution.

I'll try to use my D2 Boa in the near future to see of they behave with amplification and will post some impression. I will also try to find my Tool CDs and make some FLACS so I can enjoy Tool on my J3.

Keep up the good posts guys!

post #474 of 1150
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Originally Posted by battosai View Post

WOW, so much talk about TOOL that I had to jump in! I own the SM3 v2 for nearly a week now and I have listened to them quite a bit, but not as much as I'd hope. But I did notice a significant improvement of the sound signature along with the burning process. I am actually a strong believer in this phenomenon. All started with my UE super fi 3 studio, my first pair of good quality IEM (at that time) and while I hated the sound at first, I became quite happy with them over time but was lacking bass desperately. Then I bought the Westone UM2, a huge improvement in sound and probably the IEM  which got me hooked up to sound quality, no matter the cost (well, within a stretchable budget). Burning time improvements were not as obvious on this IEM though but they sounded great out the box. Then I bought the UM3X when they came out and I thought that would be the end of my IEM journey, until they broke 3 weeks ago. The cable was making weird noises and it was horrible when I was walking with the UM3X, the sound was constantly changing. I sent them for repair and used my UE Super fi 3 while waiting for the repair. This was the most painful experience ever. They are horribly uncomfortable, the sound is terrible and they had still no bass. That made me buy the SM3 v2, I needed something equivalent to the UM3X, with a replaceable cable (I could have bought the UM3X RC I know, but I wanted to try something new).

So far my experience with the SM3 v2 is pretty good, the bass are tighter and I like the airy sound with the stage-like sound. I am currently testing the tips and I like the sound of teh ES bi-flange but they are slightly uncomfortable on the long run for me so I think I prefer the Shure olives (medium) overall. I haven't tried any Comply yet, but to be honest, they are too expansive and too fragile to be considered a viable solution.

I'll try to use my D2 Boa in the near future to see of they behave with amplification and will post some impression. I will also try to find my Tool CDs and make some FLACS so I can enjoy Tool on my J3.

Keep up the good posts guys!


Always a good thing when someone decides to dig up their Tool cds to listen to them again, in my books. Even better when its with the Sm3. hehe.

 

post #475 of 1150
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Originally Posted by knubbe View Post

Just got mine in today. Not as warm as I remember the V1 being. I guess that's because the new double flanges have a wider hole?



Congrats.

 

post #476 of 1150

 



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Originally Posted by Hawaiiancerveza View Post
Is there anything that might bother you about it at the moment?  

Mine is the cord.  Below the y-splitter the cord wires seem to have gotten loosened up.  I keep having to twist the cord and hold it there for about 30 seconds to get the cord to bend back into place.  Other than that its good to go!

 

I can't really think of anything for now... size might be a potential problem for people with smaller ears. I haven't seen the v1 in person, but from pics I've seen it looks smaller than the v2. 

 

The cable actually seems really nice, i don't think there will be any issues similar to what you are experiencing.

 

I am able to equally enjoy Dexter Gordon, John Digweed, 2Pac, beastie boys, daft punk, Ludwig van, and Johnny Cash.. 

they are taking my music listening experience to whole new level

 

Here is a pic of the y-splitter if that helps you:

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next to my RE0 

E.jpg
 

 

btw you guys made me get Lateralus by Tool.. will give a listen tomorrow. 

 


Edited by go0gle - 6/16/11 at 12:50am
post #477 of 1150
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Originally Posted by go0gle View Post

 



I can't really think of anything for now... size might be a potential problem for people with smaller ears. I haven't seen the v1 in person, but from pics I've seen it looks smaller than the v2. 

 

The cable actually seems really nice, i don't think there will be any issues similar to what you are experiencing.

 

I am able to equally enjoy Dexter Gordon, John Digweed, 2Pac, beastie boys, daft punk, Ludwig van, and Johnny Cash.. 

they are taking my music listening experience to whole new level

 

Here is a pic of the y-splitter if that helps you:

G.jpg

 

next to my RE0 

E.jpg
 

 

btw you guys made me get Lateralus by Tool.. will give a listen tomorrow. 

 


LOL Tool will grow on you my friend!! Enjoy Fully

 

post #478 of 1150

^love Tool so far :) Now I can see why people say that they feel like they are on stage with the SM3..

 

I tried the biflanges, and while they are by far the best biflanges i've tried, they are still not better than the Shure Olive. I get more bass from the foam and the highs are still good.. so Shure olive would be the one I would use the most it seems. When I was looking around for new headphones, a 2 mm nozzle was one of the main things I wanted, just because I would be able to use shure foam without having to modify anything...and it also, at least for me, gives better isolation


Edited by go0gle - 6/16/11 at 8:40am
post #479 of 1150
Enjoy it, my friend. Lateralus is their best record, artistically and production wise IMO.

Totally agree with you bout the ES biflanges being the best so far, at least to me. Yeah the may not look or feel all that refined like some others but by far these are the only biflanges that agree with me and give me no issues with fit/seal/comfort/isolation.
post #480 of 1150
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Originally Posted by Heret1c View Post

Enjoy it, my friend. Lateralus is their best record, artistically and production wise IMO.

Totally agree with you bout the ES biflanges being the best so far, at least to me. Yeah the may not look or feel all that refined like some others but by far these are the only biflanges that agree with me and give me no issues with fit/seal/comfort/isolation.


Agree somewhat. tongue_smile.gif

 

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