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post #1576 of 1796
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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.

Glad you've finally found a configuration that works for you. Interested in seeing what you think of the IE800.

I might check out the Shure SE846 now that I've read Dieblanc's comparison, it seems like it'd make for a great companion phone to the K3K
post #1577 of 1796
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Originally Posted by Idsynchrono_24 View Post


Glad you've finally found a configuration that works for you. Interested in seeing what you think of the IE800.

I might check out the Shure SE846 now that I've read Dieblanc's comparison, it seems like it'd make for a great companion phone to the K3K

 

I am excited as well about the IE800 coming in and also interested in the SE846 due to Dleblanc.  Why is the used price still so high?! I cant find anything under 900. 

post #1578 of 1796
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

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?

put it down to the wine man wink.gif
post #1579 of 1796
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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.
 

 

:L3000: Indeed, without the treble spikes they are pretty linear. I also like to bring up the low end a bit.

 

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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.

 

After getting used to that it's hard to go back. I think I'm one of the few that actually bought them intentionally with the remote.

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post #1580 of 1796


Hi everyone,

 

I went through several tips including the Complys and found the stock silicon tips to provide the most comfortable wear and neutral presentation.  But the isolation sucks.

Finally, with a few daubs of cotton, I tried this.  Better isolation.  Fuller sound.

 

post #1581 of 1796
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Originally Posted by sp3llv3xit View Post
 


Hi everyone,

 

I went through several tips including the Complys and found the stock silicon tips to provide the most comfortable wear and neutral presentation.  But the isolation sucks.

Finally, with a few daubs of cotton, I tried this.  Better isolation.  Fuller sound.

 

same here. Last week I used a de-cored comply tip instead of cotton, and voila! 

I've been happy ever since!


Edited by wormsdriver - 2/19/14 at 11:39pm
post #1582 of 1796
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post
 

same here. Last week I used a de-cored comply tip instead of cotton, and voila! 

I've been happy ever since!


It's truly amazing that with just a few daubs of cotton, the bottom sounds so much fuller.  

This is one transparent IEM!

post #1583 of 1796

Yes, but the cotton or the comply tip (tried that too) will eventually block the vent, which will, more or less, change the bass response ('fuller' sound?). A way to prevent the 'filling' to slip over the vent would be necessary if one doesn't want to alter the sound of the IEM.

post #1584 of 1796
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Originally Posted by tumburu View Post
 

Yes, but the cotton or the comply tip (tried that too) will eventually block the vent, which will, more or less, change the bass response ('fuller' sound?). A way to prevent the 'filling' to slip over the vent would be necessary if one doesn't want to alter the sound of the IEM.


Oh I noticed this mod reduces the soundstage.  But given the insanely large soundstaging of the K3003, I'd willingly trade off a bit of it to get a fuller bottom.

post #1585 of 1796
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Originally Posted by sp3llv3xit View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post
 

same here. Last week I used a de-cored comply tip instead of cotton, and voila! 

I've been happy ever since!


It's truly amazing that with just a few daubs of cotton, the bottom sounds so much fuller.  

This is one transparent IEM!

Was a bit sceptical to this, but wow, the effect is very real. Not just a punchier more defined bottom but to some extent the lower mid-range as well, which goes extremely well with male vocals. Listening to Mark Knopfler’s voice and guitar in “Brothers in Arms” as I write and am enjoying it immensely. For me it seems to complete the sound with the high boost filters.

I use cotton wadding rather than just plain cotton. Don’t know if it’s better or worse than plain cotton as I didn’t have any to try with, but I’m not complaining.

Could the effect or part of the effect really come from covering the vents with some of the cotton? I’m not sure it is a problem as the layer of cotton will be very thin at the end of the tip and in a vertical direction. Well I won’t worry too much as long as I enjoy the sound so much.

Thank you very much for the tip(s)!


Edited by Aero Dynamik - 2/21/14 at 1:36pm
post #1586 of 1796
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Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post
 

Was a bit sceptical to this, but wow, the effect is very real. Not just a punchier more defined bottom but to some extent the lower mid-range as well, which goes extremely well with male vocals. Listening to Mark Knopfler’s voice and guitar in “Brothers in Arms” as I write and am enjoying it immensely. For me it seems to complete the sound with the high boost filters.

I use cotton wadding rather than just plain cotton. Don’t know if it’s better or worse than plain cotton as I didn’t have any to try with, but I’m not complaining.

Could the effect or part of the effect really come from covering the vents with some of the cotton? I’m not sure it is a problem as the layer of cotton will be very thin at the end of the tip and in a vertical direction. Well I won’t worry too much as long as I enjoy the sound so much.

Thank you very much for the tip(s)!


Glad you did, sir!

The truth was I've been planning to do this for a while now.  But the lack of extra tips made hesitate to do anything with my stock tips.  Last week my extra set of silicon tips from AKG arrived.  So.

I will try using cotton wadding tonight. 

post #1587 of 1796
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Originally Posted by sp3llv3xit View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post
 

Was a bit sceptical to this, but wow, the effect is very real. Not just a punchier more defined bottom but to some extent the lower mid-range as well, which goes extremely well with male vocals. Listening to Mark Knopfler’s voice and guitar in “Brothers in Arms” as I write and am enjoying it immensely. For me it seems to complete the sound with the high boost filters.

I use cotton wadding rather than just plain cotton. Don’t know if it’s better or worse than plain cotton as I didn’t have any to try with, but I’m not complaining.

Could the effect or part of the effect really come from covering the vents with some of the cotton? I’m not sure it is a problem as the layer of cotton will be very thin at the end of the tip and in a vertical direction. Well I won’t worry too much as long as I enjoy the sound so much.

Thank you very much for the tip(s)!


Glad you did, sir!

The truth was I've been planning to do this for a while now.  But the lack of extra tips made hesitate to do anything with my stock tips.  Last week my extra set of silicon tips from AKG arrived.  So.

I will try using cotton wadding tonight. 

Interesting! Please keep us posted!

post #1588 of 1796


Hi All,

 

I tried using cotton wadding as Aero Dynamik suggested.  However, I didn't notice any real appreciable difference between it and cotton from the cotton balls that I used originally.  I did notice however that the fuller I stuff the tips with cotton, the stronger the bass and the smaller the soundstage becomes.

 

post #1589 of 1796

Try it with the AK240. It's a beautiful full sound

 

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post #1590 of 1796
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
 

Try it with the AK240. It's a beautiful full sound

 

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Wow... I love this picture, very nice! I bet it sound even nicer. That is really expensive setup.

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