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post #16 of 366

So how are you able to afford all of these, anyway? :P

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Great reviews so far, hope to see more coming in the near future biggrin.gif
Hey i2ehan, I know this is the "Top Tier Showdown", but I really hope to see the Superfi 5 Pros thrown in there as well (I've only heard good things about them lol) and I see you have them anyways . . but if they aren't good enough to compete, would you care to write a few sentences about them?

Anywhoo....


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I'd love to my friend, I owned the SF5 PRO's for about a year and a half, until I discovered the IE8's, which were my first ever pair. If I'm able to, when all is said and done, I'll try and acquire the SF5 PRO's yet again. They were quite fun, as far as I remember; though at that time, I paid little attention to the sound signature, so who knows what my impression would be now. In the meantime however, I'll try to be just as descriptive with the TF10's, so that you have enough of an impression to build upon, after which I'd simply find a thread with comparisons between the SF5PRO and TF10, and go from there. cool.gif

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So how are you able to afford all of these, anyway? :P

 

etysmile.gif Congratulations, you're the first! I'm sure it has crossed everyones mind at some point. tongue.gif

 

Honestly speaking, it's all pocket money I've managed to save up. For instance, I was gifted an iPad 1G a while back, and found little use for my Macbook. I tend to own one of everything; one MP3 player, one laptop (iPad in this case) for all my needs, one pair of IEM's/cans, etc. With 4 siblings, who have all outgrown their love for technology (for the most part), I was able to collectively gather whatever "trash" they had left behind, and re-sell. When they say one mans trash is another mans treasure, they weren't kidding! wink.gif

 

Nonetheless, I re-sell whatever I own the minute I find something that better fits my needs, hence I'm able to fund future purchases that way. I'm such a perfectionist, I still have the plastic seal over my 900 PRO's! I try to maintain the state of all my belongings from day one, because I know I'll eventually find something better. biggrin.gif

post #19 of 366

Great stuff. What are you using to play those FLAC files. At this level. I think it matters. Maybe not for this dem as those 3 are very different but I bet with some of the future compares, it may become more influential.

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I'm currently plugged directly into my Logitech Z-680, running FLAC files directly off of my PC. Though that's bound to change since I received my Headstage Arrow only minutes ago! etysmile.gif More to come on that bit later of course...

post #21 of 366

Not really an audiophile source but good enough for a start. They tend to be on the colder side so would put the AT at a disadvantage. Have fun on your adventure.

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I didn't want to base my review of the Headstage off of anyone elses review/perception, thus I first wrote out my own impressions, and then proceeded to read the rest. While most hold the amp in very high regards, I'm sure they have absolute reason to do so, in their own right, and I fully respect their views of course. As was indicated by the review posted on ABI, "Just like any amplifier worth its money, the Arrow has no distinctive ‘sound’ of its own (when one doesn’t engage bass boost, crossfeed, or added impedance)." So unless one is able to fully appreciate the different configurations that I briefly discussed, I don't at all feel that spending nearly the same amount of money, if not more, on a said amp is deemed absolutely "necessary" as may be the case according to some views. Sure, there's obvious improvements heard with respect to certain genres/tracks, but is it enough to warrant $300? Not even close in my book! In fact, I'd strongly agree with the following statement, taken from the very same ABI review of the Headstage:

 

"Some arcane audio gadgets aren’t really necessary to have, but they can make listening to music more enjoyable. Portable headphone amplifiers to go with MP3 players definitely fall in that category. The bad thing is that not all of those portable amps are actually good, and with some it’s not clear if they even do anything (depending on the MP3 player or headphones they’re paired with)."

 

If this is what $300 spent on top of my already pricey (yet worthy) IEM's, I'll stick with the way they sound as is. In fact, I don't have much complaints here to begin with; all the IEM's I plan to review, or have reviewed thus far, are top-tier and my only reason for comparison is to find one best fit for my own taste. To be quite honest, the EQ configurations on my HTC G2 coupled with the Android DSPManager are more than enough to alter the sound where I see fit! If I didn't know any better, and had only heard any one of the top-tiers without any amp, I'd be just as much satisfied! biggrin.gif

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I didn't want to base my review of the Headstage off of anyone elses review/perception, thus I first wrote out my own impressions, and then proceeded to read the rest. While most hold the amp in very high regards, I'm sure they have absolute reason to do so, in their own right, and I fully respect their views of course. As was indicated by the review posted on ABI, "Just like any amplifier worth its money, the Arrow has no distinctive ‘sound’ of its own (when one doesn’t engage bass boost, crossfeed, or added impedance)." So unless one is able to fully appreciate the different configurations that I briefly discussed, I don't at all feel that spending nearly the same amount of money, if not more, on a said amp is deemed absolutely "necessary" as may be the case according to some views. Sure, there's obvious improvements heard with respect to certain genres/tracks, but is it enough to warrant $300? Not even close in my book! In fact, I'd strongly agree with the following statement, taken from the very same ABI review of the Headstage:

 

"Some arcane audio gadgets aren’t really necessary to have, but they can make listening to music more enjoyable. Portable headphone amplifiers to go with MP3 players definitely fall in that category. The bad thing is that not all of those portable amps are actually good, and with some it’s not clear if they even do anything (depending on the MP3 player or headphones they’re paired with)."

 

If this is what $300 spent on top of my already pricey (yet worthy) IEM's, I'll stick with the way they sound as is. In fact, I don't have much complaints here to begin with; all the IEM's I plan to review, or have reviewed thus far, are top-tier and my only reason for comparison is to find one best fit for my own taste. To be quite honest, the EQ configurations on my HTC G2 coupled with the Android DSPManager are more than enough to alter the sound where I see fit! If I didn't know any better, and had only heard any one of the top-tiers without any amp, I'd be just as much satisfied! biggrin.gif



Well, you do have to keep in mind that some IEMs need a little more juice than others, like the RE262 - not to mention full-sized cans, which generally require a lot more.

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Of course. For me all it boils down to is whether or not the price justifies the means, which in my case, plain and simple; it doesn't. redface.gif

post #25 of 366

Have you tried its bass boost and crossfeed features, by the way?  They are rather interesting, I must say.  The Arrow has a ton of features for something so tiny.

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I updated the original post; check for my Headstage impressions. While it may go against what many others may have expreienced, I respect their opinion, and have only expressed what it is I'm hearing. To each his own my friend. normal_smile%20.gif

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I updated the original post; check for my Headstage impressions. While it may go against what many others may have expreienced, I respect their opinion, and have only expressed what it is I'm hearing. To each his own my friend. normal_smile%20.gif



I can understand that.  I read your impressions, a good writeup, I must say!  But I guess you're gonna have to listen with a higher range of IEMs to really get this down.

 

Also, are you gonna try ones like the FX1000 too?  That one is quite expensive.

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If I am to extend my testing beyond what I have in mind, it'll most probably be the FX700 or maybe even the Sony EX1000 (as I'm still curious), though I hadn't given much consideration to the FX1000. If I'm able to find a good catch, I'll bite. biggrin.gif

post #29 of 366

Interesting impressions on the arrow, especially on the bass boost and soundstage.  Enjoying your progression so far.

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If I am to extend my testing beyond what I have in mind, it'll most probably be the FX700 or maybe even the Sony EX1000 (as I'm still curious), though I hadn't given much consideration to the FX1000. If I'm able to find a good catch, I'll bite. biggrin.gif



Err, sorry, I meant EX1000.  The FX1000 is actually an HD camcorder by Sony.  My bad. :P

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