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post #46 of 49
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I haven't heard any Westones, sorry.

 

The W2 failed to attract my interest, and the J-phonic supposedly sounds better than the W4, so I'll be skipping the W4 as well.

 

I seem to have started some sort of a balanced, neutral or reference-quality IEM collection, with the CK10, ER-4, RE0, J-phonic, and RE252.

 

However, I haven't received any of those last 4 yet, 3 of them are on the way, or rather I'm on the way home and they're at the post-office, and I'm going to buy the RE252 today I think.

 

The last few months I've been listening to the Sony MDR-EX700, so it'll be refreshing to get back home to that new stuff, along with the Yulong U100 Dac/Amp and ATH-A2000X headphone... jeez, I've spent a lot since I traded the ck10.

 

 


Edited by kiteki - 7/27/11 at 12:57am
post #47 of 49
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Ok I'm currently at Singapore airport in transit, I arrived at 9.30am and my next flight is at 9pm so I have many hours to kill and I've been scouring the electronics stores here with earphones (there are quite a few).

 

I'm compiling a list here for myself to keep track of everything I've listened to so far in the last few hours, in order.

 

 

 

 

 

Shure SE535 - store 1

Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 - store 1

Dr. Dre Beats Studio - store 1

Sony MDR-EX600 - store 2

Sony Piiq Q1 - store 3

Sony EX1000 - store 3

Sony ZX500 - store 4

Jays t-Jays - store 4

Shure SRH-840 - store 5

Shure SRH-940 - store 5

Jays v-Jays - store 5

Jays q-Jays - store 5

 

 

 

 

 

The Piiq Q1 was connected to a Sony S something DAP, and the Sony ZX500 cable went into the wall.  So the zx500 isn't a valid demo, I could tell the sound was enhanced somehow, it sounded pretty OK though, but the Piiq Q1 was cooler, I was impressed by that one, I think it would be a real hit with teenagers and responded really well to the bass enhancement and "Club" reverb setting on S something DAP, that's the limit of my impressions on those two.

 

 

 

 

For the rest, I used a Teclast T51 DAP for all of them, and a variety of music (used the same tracks repeatedly).

 

 

Quick examples of tracks used

 

 

Violin - Janine Jansen performing Vivaldi - L'estate RV 315 III

 

 

Female vocals/pop - Veronica Maggio 2011 album "Satan i Gatan" (the Shure SRH-940 was so good at this I almost wanted to cry)

 

 

Electronic (artists) - L'Ame Immortelle (Sony EX600!!), Unter Null (SRH-940!), Mitsuto Suzuki, DJ Murasame, Ayria.

 

 

Live music - Bjork, track "So Broken" from Homogenic (2003) performed live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick impressions

 

The Sony EX600 is stunning!!

 

The Shure SE535 is rubbish!

 

The Shure SRH-940 is muddy, borderline rubbish!

 

The Shure SRH-940 is stunning!! (you redeemed yourself, Shure)

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by kiteki - 8/1/11 at 12:16am
post #48 of 49
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Originally Posted by iLrr11x View Post

do you have a frequency response test for the ultimate ears 700 ? I heard that they have exceptional highs and mids but the bass is just a little bellow par, a perfect earphone would to have the comfort and mid/highs of the ultimates and the bass of another earphone :/


You were right! The highs and mids are really exceptional, but the bass is a little below par.

 

I found this in the headfonia dual-driver review:

 

"In fact, the UE700′s treble is quite special as it is very airy in comparison to the other dual-drivers. The DBA-02′s treble is also blessed with good articulation and detail. I particularly like the UE700′s treble for acoustic instruments, as I think the rendition is perfect for those music."

 

 

Exactly my thoughts here, the air and highs are like no other, they're like the Etymotic ER-4S but more exciting, UE tuned this TWFK really well, imho.


 

Edit: The bass is really really nothing special though, especially the sub-bass, it's somewhere along the lines of RE0, the CK10 is more present in the sub-bass than the UE700, and the EX600 and EX700 are a distinct notch better than both.

 

 

 


Edited by kiteki - 8/21/11 at 10:29pm
post #49 of 49

Exceptional Review!

 

In terms of sound quality. I get the impression that nothing compares to the CK10 for Trance, regardless of being earphone or headphone. Maybe I shouldn't be so anxious of the headphone market, and appreciate the CK10 more!

 

What earphones or headphones do you currently use for Rock?

 

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