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Should I return my newly purchased HF3 for used Triple.fi 10?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
The title says it all. I just bought a pair of Etymotic HF3 for 144 CAD from Amazon and found that I can have a pair of Triple.fi 10 used for 170. Would it be a worthy upgrade? I'm mostly listening to power metal. (startovarius, dragonforce, Iron Maiden), some rock, goth metal and little bit of techno. I'm also plannig on listening to movies on plane with it too. I was not considering them at first, because of no inline remote, then found that I can buy a new cable with one for 20$ on UE website. That would settle me at 200ish.

Sorry if it has been answered before, but couldn't really find precise answers in other threads.

Thanks,

Danny
post #2 of 17

The UE TF10Pro are good match for the above genres and they offers more bass(deeper, punchier) with wider soundstage than HF3. But midrange, treble details won't improve much on TF10Pro.


Edited by ZARIM - 8/16/11 at 9:11pm
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Comsidering I'm a Grado rs-2 fan would I like the v-shape sound of the Triple-fi?

Thanks,

Danny
post #4 of 17

I don't think you should. You do not know what condition the TF10s are, and they are quite fragile (the nozzle can break off). For gym use, they are microphonic. It also depends largely on what sort of sound signature you are looking for.

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for something like Grado (esp. RS-2). So, good mids, great highs, not too much bass (but maybe a little bit more than the HF3). I don't hate HF3 sound at all, tough a hell different from the JVC FX500 I have, but find that maybe it would be a little upgrade in the bass department. I tried eq'ing the bass of the HF3 to +5 db and found them to have to much, a +2-3 db was ok. Maybe I just need to accomodate to the Etymotic sound. Also, I found techno to be really dull with these, at least I could use the FX500 for that. One thing I really like on the Etymotic, is the lead guitar.

 

Danny

post #6 of 17

The HF series has a lacking bass body, but excellent bass punch.  The clarity and detail really can't be beat though.  They definitely don't work too well for bass-driven genres like hip hop, electronic, trance, and dub-step.

post #7 of 17

Have you have a look at the DBA-02s? It might be at expensive for you, but I believe it has more bass body than the hf3 and is quite impressive from top to bottom.
 

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Originally Posted by ultimdan View Post

I'm looking for something like Grado (esp. RS-2). So, good mids, great highs, not too much bass (but maybe a little bit more than the HF3). I don't hate HF3 sound at all, tough a hell different from the JVC FX500 I have, but find that maybe it would be a little upgrade in the bass department. I tried eq'ing the bass of the HF3 to +5 db and found them to have to much, a +2-3 db was ok. Maybe I just need to accomodate to the Etymotic sound. Also, I found techno to be really dull with these, at least I could use the FX500 for that. One thing I really like on the Etymotic, is the lead guitar.

 

Danny



 

post #8 of 17

I think you will like Grado IEMs GR8 or GR10 better because they has same Grado's signature sound and GR10 are very revealing and fun to listen. The closer match to Grado sound in IEMs are like FX700, EX1000, MTP Copper, Custom 3 and SM3. BTW RE272 are also very detailed in mids n high(clean, extended highs like on Etymotic IEMs) with good bass response.


Edited by ZARIM - 8/17/11 at 7:00am
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

    thanks for you advices. I think that I will not be able to really find something that would really match my hopes for under 200. I really like the mic and media controls on the HF3 and don't completely hate the sound. They are pretty good for fast metal, but really bad for techno. I'll keep them for now and wait for the tf10 99$ deal next black friday to compare. (hope it will happen) That will cost me about the same amount, but I will have the two headphones. :) And if I can't stand the two pairs, I'll sell them and invest in some GR10 or Custom 3.

 

Thanks all!

 

Danny

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

**** you Head-Fi!!!

 

After listening to many songs with my HF3 and comparing them with my fx500, I found that I miss bass too much. Then, I started reading too much threads and decided to strech my budget. I read that the MTP Copper are great straight of the DAC. As I'll be using them a lot with my Ipod Touch 3g, I think that would be great. Also, they are available with inline remote for Apple products. It's just weird that they seems better than Triplefi 10 which have 3 drivers.

 

So to sum it all. If I really like the RS-2 and FX500 sound, will I like the MTP Copper? I want them to sound alike, but not identical. Or should I hunt for Triplefi 10?

 

I'm open to any suggestion under 300 that has Apple inline control and mic. The reason is that I want to use Etymotic Awareness app with my Ipod.

 

Thanks a lot!

 

Danny

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by cliffroyroycole View Post

Save your money with the Copper, because Monster has had a lot of QC issues with their entire MTP lineup, no wonder they offer a lifetime warranty.

 

Do yourself a favor if you want a mic, etc., and try the Spider realvoice phones, for $77 on Amazon. I know, they are cheap. But I love the pair I have with the iPhone4. They are very different than the HF3, and I see your genres. But to me, they are such an amazingly fun listen, they might be just right. Just a suggestion.

 

Choice is limited if you want mic controls, so that's why I suggested the realvoices. Of course, you know the Coppers have no mic, etc.

 

As for the TF10s, they are good, but not sure they are right for your needs. The form/fit is hit or miss (missed for me, cause I had them for $99 but sold them).



Coppers don't have a mic...  Then what is this Control Talk feature that is optioned with them?  Hm...  Makes me wonder.

 

Also take a look at the ThinkSound TS02+Mic, UE 500vis, DUNU Tridents or Hephase (neither have a mic though) if you want a bass-driven signature.  If you want a V/U shaped signature look at the UE TripleFis and ThinkSounds mentioned above (the DUNUs also have this signature).  The B&W C5s also have a V-shape, if you require a remote and still need good quality (similar to that of the DUNUs), this should suit you (but it's expensive).

post #12 of 17

@ultimdan why not u keep your HF3 , and wait for black friday or christmas and buy the TF10 at $95? Then u would have both :)

 

 

Dont take my word for it >.< i'm only saying it might happen again

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

        after some other reading, I've come to a final choice. I can have either the MTP Copper with Controltalk (it's actually on cable) or Triplefi 10vi for the same price used. (~200 USD) Which one do you think would be best for rock, metal, techno and movies?

 

I've checked all other suggestions, but want to go on the higher end (for reasonable price) if possible.

 

Thanks,

 

Danny

post #14 of 17

The MTP might have a lot of issues such as driver flex... But from descriptions, I think I would prefer the sound of the Coppers.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by ultimdan View Post

Hi all,

        after some other reading, I've come to a final choice. I can have either the MTP Copper with Controltalk (it's actually on cable) or Triplefi 10vi for the same price used. (~200 USD) Which one do you think would be best for rock, metal, techno and movies?

 

I've checked all other suggestions, but want to go on the higher end (for reasonable price) if possible.

 

Thanks,

 

Danny



 

post #15 of 17

I recently purchased the Copper and the HF3.  Spent a lot of time listening to a wide range of music on ipod touch with both, and I am returning the copper.  For me, the copper's bass is overpowering; the mids and highs sound muddy, and the tips are all tricky to get a good fit.  The HF3 has a more balanced sound to my ears, and the mids and highs are much crisper and more well-defined.  The HF3 foam tips work great: comfortable and expand in the ear to create a perfect seal.  The HF3 was half the price of the copper; I would pick it even if the prices were reversed.

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