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post #1561 of 1696
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

agree with james. think that the k3003 and ex1000 are on a similar level. comes down to personal preference.

@ aero dynamik - figured purrin was trolling when he posted that.

Well, it was a long time ago and just something I came to think of in the context of insertion depth. Anyway, that is my perception as well, trolling, perhaps in an attempt to create some excitement in an otherwise boring life.

post #1562 of 1696
takes all kinds i guess wink.gif
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I have been  enjoying the K3K so far.  It is different from what I have been favoring for some time so I am still getting used to it, but these sound great.  I think in a time where 4, 6, 8, 10 drivers and bigger housing are becoming common place, lost is the appreciation of a smaller housing that I can just put in my ear, push it in and be done with the fit.  No real fiddling with it to make sure I have seal or that it is seated right.  I truly appreciate that + the sound coming out of these.  I may favor comfort more than the next guy though.  

 

I hope my IE800 comes in soon so I can compare and relieve some stress on my CC bill by selling the loser. 

post #1564 of 1696
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Originally Posted by caracara08 View Post
 

I have been  enjoying the K3K so far.  It is different from what I have been favoring for some time so I am still getting used to it, but these sound great.  I think in a time where 4, 6, 8, 10 drivers and bigger housing are becoming common place, lost is the appreciation of a smaller housing that I can just put in my ear, push it in and be done with the fit.  No real fiddling with it to make sure I have seal or that it is seated right.  I truly appreciate that + the sound coming out of these.  I may favor comfort more than the next guy though.  

 

I hope my IE800 comes in soon so I can compare and relieve some stress on my CC bill by selling the loser. 

 

I think if you like the IE800, I suspect you will also like Shure 846 with bright filter? They are both bass heavy (way heavier than K3003) and both has sparkling treble like the K3003 but the K3003 treble quality is another league on its own.

post #1565 of 1696
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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post
 

 

I think if you like the IE800, I suspect you will also like Shure 846 with bright filter? They are both bass heavy (way heavier than K3003) and both has sparkling treble like the K3003 but the K3003 treble quality is another league on its own.

 

Interesting.  I remember the fit to be a little awkward for my ears when I Had the Shure 535 for a very very short time but I did wonder about the 846.  The used price is still a bit higher than what I want to pay though.

post #1566 of 1696
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Originally Posted by caracara08 View Post

I have been  enjoying the K3K so far.  It is different from what I have been favoring for some time so I am still getting used to it, but these sound great.  I think in a time where 4, 6, 8, 10 drivers and bigger housing are becoming common place, lost is the appreciation of a smaller housing that I can just put in my ear, push it in and be done with the fit.  No real fiddling with it to make sure I have seal or that it is seated right.  I truly appreciate that + the sound coming out of these.  I may favor comfort more than the next guy though.  

I hope my IE800 comes in soon so I can compare and relieve some stress on my CC bill by selling the loser. 

yeah that's what i like about the k3003 apart from its sound and looks. it's smallish, not fiddly to fit and worn cable down. suits me just fine.
post #1567 of 1696
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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post
 

 

I think if you like the IE800, I suspect you will also like Shure 846 with bright filter? They are both bass heavy (way heavier than K3003) and both has sparkling treble like the K3003 but the K3003 treble quality is another league on its own.

SE846 definitely does not have the sparkle of the IE800, and especially not the K3003. The IE800's would share more similarities with the K3003's but you're right in saying the SE846 and IE800 are more similar with their heavier presentations.

 

I've owned all these IEM's since September, but only owned the K3003/SE846 simultaneously, then the SE846/IE800 simultaneously.

 

All I have now is the IE800 as a compromise while I wait for another IEM; it was a nice impulse buy though I must say.

post #1568 of 1696
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post
 

SE846 definitely does not have the sparkle of the IE800, and especially not the K3003. The IE800's would share more similarities with the K3003's but you're right in saying the SE846 and IE800 are more similar with their heavier presentations.

 

I've owned all these IEM's since September, but only owned the K3003/SE846 simultaneously, then the SE846/IE800 simultaneously.

 

All I have now is the IE800 as a compromise while I wait for another IEM; it was a nice impulse buy though I must say.

 

Any thoughts on the IE800 vs what you remember of the K3K?

post #1569 of 1696
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post
 

SE846 definitely does not have the sparkle of the IE800, and especially not the K3003. The IE800's would share more similarities with the K3003's but you're right in saying the SE846 and IE800 are more similar with their heavier presentations.

 

I've owned all these IEM's since September, but only owned the K3003/SE846 simultaneously, then the SE846/IE800 simultaneously.

 

All I have now is the IE800 as a compromise while I wait for another IEM; it was a nice impulse buy though I must say.

 

Yes you are right, correction.. Shure 846 does not have the sparkle of the K3003.. was trying to say Shure 846 is not dark with white filters.

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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post
 

SE846 definitely does not have the sparkle of the IE800, and especially not the K3003. The IE800's would share more similarities with the K3003's but you're right in saying the SE846 and IE800 are more similar with their heavier presentations.

 

I've owned all these IEM's since September, but only owned the K3003/SE846 simultaneously, then the SE846/IE800 simultaneously.

 

All I have now is the IE800 as a compromise while I wait for another IEM; it was a nice impulse buy though I must say.

 

Any thoughts on the IE800 vs what you remember of the K3K?

May I suggest this thread;) 

 

EDIT: Oops, it's comparing K3003 and SE846 (not IE800), Oh well, maybe some interesting reading nevertheless!?


Edited by Aero Dynamik - 2/11/14 at 3:44pm
post #1571 of 1696
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Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post
 

May I suggest this thread;) 

 

EDIT: Oops, it's comparing K3003 and SE846 (not IE800), Oh well, maybe some interesting reading nevertheless!?

 

woo looks interesting, Ill take a look now.  Thank you!

 

edit: after reading the K3K v SE846 comparsion by @dleblanc343 , the way he describes the 846 is pretty much what I am looking for.  Kinda wish I hadnt read it now. But that takes nothing away from the k3k, it is an amazing iem.


Edited by caracara08 - 2/11/14 at 4:44pm
post #1572 of 1696
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Any thoughts on the IE800 vs what you remember of the K3K?

Both have an airy presentation, with the IE800 having more low end and the K3003i being more forward. The K3003i has more attack in the highs and a more linear bass. As I said in my review, it sort of reminds me of the HD800's. The IE800 on the other hand is more musical and sounds like a hybrid of the HE6/HE500 if I had to describe it (airy and detailed highs of the HE6, bass hybrid of the HE6/HE500 more presence/ bloom than HE6 but less bloom than HE500 and more prat than HE500 but less than HE6. Mids are a bit scooped out.)

 

I was never a big fan of the IE800's, but if I had to pick again today, I think I would choose the IE800 over the K3003i just for on-the-go listening with less fatigue and a bit more fun. Fit is also better on IE800 if you only use stock tips with K3003.

 

Keep in mind, I never bothered with portable amps since these are very efficient IEM's, and preferred putting my money into the best possible universal earphones; so my source is the Iphone 5 mainly. The K3003i sounds marvelous with the HM901 because of the synergy for example.

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Originally Posted by caracara08 View Post
 

 

woo looks interesting, Ill take a look now.  Thank you!

 

edit: after reading the K3K v SE846 comparsion by @dleblanc343 , the way he describes the 846 is pretty much what I am looking for.  Kinda wish I hadnt read it now. But that takes nothing away from the k3k, it is an amazing iem.

If you tell me what you're looking for, I'm in a decent position to guide you I guess ;) The SE846 can be shocking to some ears because of its slightly heavy low-end presence. It's kind of like the first time I tried LCD2's a few years ago; it's got a lot of meat, sometimes even too much.

post #1573 of 1696
Listening to these though my dx50 to o2 eq a notch of treble out and it's just masterful.

I really wish it didn't have the mic though or a removable cable and it came with both a standard and mic cable.
post #1574 of 1696
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Originally Posted by caracara08 View Post

Listening to these though my dx50 to o2 eq a notch of treble out and it's just masterful.

I really wish it didn't have the mic though or a removable cable and it came with both a standard and mic cable.

Those would be nice options. At first I didn't want the mic but I use the volume buttons and track selection controls all the time with my iPhone now.
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I received my BNIB K3003i's last Friday and immediately thought OMG!!! What have I done? It sounded so 'awful' - empty, light with a pronounced airy splashy but empty sound.  I immediately put them on burn-in for about 72 hours (also imbibed a lot of wine:confused_face_2: ). 

 

It's become obvious that:

     (1) It needed some burn in time

     (2) My ears needed to appreciate something rather different to my current 'dark' listening. 

     Using IE800 (big bass, lovely mids but a bit artificial in the treble range. Astoundingly detailed) and

    SD3 (tight bass and musical but lacks a bit of detail in the top end) regularly. These are both very musical where the K3003i appears much more analytical/cool.

     Listen to Pink Floyd, Santana type Rock, Opera, Reggae, some Classical.

     (3) It needs a very good, high quality, source. My AK100 was sold so was using iPhone 4 with no amping. Then my AK120 arrived.

 

WOW! It was all better by a considerable multiplier.

 

I've come to the conclusion that a little more time learning to appreciate the sound is necessary and that I need to order some after market tips to get the best out of them. I will try the Tx-500 (still a bit unsure which version of the 500 is best or indeed if the 400 would be appropriate). Reading back on this thread the T-500 series Comply seem most favoured. The Tx or the Tsx?

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