More like both arms & legs, at least for the FI-BA-SS!
I know I'm about to open a can of worms, but could you elaborate on why a BA can't sound as airy as a vented dynamic, such as the JVC? According to the glossary, airiness is a phone's ability to reproduce high-frequency reflections and to extend in the 15-20kHz range. Wouldn't "trapping the sound inside the housing" actually improve airiness? BAs are also known to handle speed and treble better than dynamics. Provided that the reflection of higher frequencies does not create interference inside the enclosure, I don't see why BAs couldn't perform as well, if not better, than dynamics, in this regard...
Well, by airiness I don't mean frequencies above 15 kHz. I mean the feeling that you get as though the sound interacts with the world around you. BAs can provide that effect too sure, but with open back dynamics, you can actually feel the air being pumped into the world around you from the drivers through the vents. That's a very different feeling. With vented BAs, you may get that feeling too, but it won't be as apparent as with open back dynamics that have much larger vents for the sound to get through.
Two definitions of airy:
I think that's why some people swear by earbuds and refuse to use any IEM's.
I'm not just talking about the Yuin and 9wave and Final Audio and Sony and Aiwa and TDK but even the Apple earbud has very loyal followers that have tried IEM's and BA's and gone back to their Apple earbuds.
I think - and I've said this before - that Apple earbuds are quite underrated. Yes, I am serious. I think there's too much snobbery and misinformation when it comes to good SQ. People often get carried away either by favouring well-known brands or the exact opposite, favouring the most obscure brands. Add to that the fact people on HF often spend a lot of money on IEMs/headphones and chances are you'll try to justify your purchase by always saying that iBuds/lower-priced phones "suck". Well, I don't think Apple earbuds "suck" but, unfortunately, I personally could never get a good fit with them unless I pushed them right against my ears, in which case they were very decent sounding.
That said, I think the Sony EX600 is an oncredibly good sounding phone, and it's $125-$150 (in the USA), but the EX1000 remains the best phone I've heard to date.
Hard to say. All of my AB takes place using the first chain in my sig. Same source, songs, etc. I don't really use my other gear for AB since it's just not up to par w/ my current chain but only for specific functions or listening goals. Most of my listening for the past few months has been for testing and ABing gear rather than just being able to enjoy casual content. Thankfully my SQ playlist has 121 songs on it. That number either grows or shrinks depending. =P
Definitely looking forward to James chiming in once he gets the UERM. He'll have all three at the same time hopefully and will offer a fantastically detailed review I'm sure. When that happens, perhaps add this to the title. UERM, FAD-SS, EX1000: A case study.
James has been 'deprived' of his EX1000s for 4 months and I seriously wonder if he'll have them back by Xmas! ;)
On a side note, I haven't come across a head-fier as generous - in the very true sense of word - as james444. Also, not only has he got a very good pair of ears, IMO, but he's one of the very, VERY few HF'ers who will tell it like it is, ie he won't easily be swayed one way or another either by technology used, country of origin/manufacture, price or brand. James444 really is an asset to the community and to the ordinary consumer. Yes, often people are friendly (and manufacturers, too) but there's often, in my view, a reason behind such friendliness which I'm not willing to discuss either here or privately. With manufactures' friendliness it's easier to see where that friendliness comes from, ie they want your business. With head-fiers/ordinary people it's a little more complex than that.
This sparrow, BTW, in this day and age, doesn't have to fly that far to collect information. That said, the sound of birds is...well...'special'. The origin of music and the effect it has on plants, animals & people remains a mystery to me (yes, I know there are plenty of studies that deal with some of these issues, and some of this research is fascinating).
I'm sure as music_4321's comment is implying, this is going to be an epic an eternal struggle on these forums, but meanwhile in the actual market there are crazy engineering teams trying to push both armatures and dynamics to sound closer and closer, if it means growing dynamic drivers out of unobtanium or spoiling the whole party by perfecting the moving armature driver.
Yes, I was implying that, but also something rather more simple: that there are other threads that have dealt with these issues and perhaps it'd have been a good idea to continue where some of them left off rather than start a whole new thread.
My view on the 'debate' is that some DD IEMs offer a level of coherence - a seamless (yes, wonderfully seamless) blending of all frequencies - I haven't heard from any of the BA IEMs I've heard, including my truly excellent & beloved ES3X (and previously the W4s). That and the overall more natural reproduction of instruments and vocals & a sense of natural/more convincing space (making them sound more life-like).
I think terms such as speed, decay, resolution, micro-details, timbre, instrument separation, extension and soundstage are often misused, abused and often simply 'regurgitated'.
Edited by music_4321 - 8/15/11 at 5:58am