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post #3226 of 3786
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Originally Posted by daveyostrow View Post

thats true, but the only problem with the xba3 is it being source dependent which may be why some thought they were thin or whatnot. i had the same issue with them at first.

for the average user eph100 i would go for ehp100.

The XBA-3 sounds great with the iPhone and iPad and MP3 320 Kbps. The XBA-4 is the one that is source dependent because of the low impedance, but the XBA-3 sounds great with normal portable sources ... in my opinion the EPH-100 is overpriced given the option to get better/cheaper IEMs: i.e.  the HiFiMan RE-400 is clearly better than the EPH-100 is it is $99

post #3227 of 3786
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Originally Posted by razor5cl View Post


Where did you score them for that cheap? If they were that cheap, I'd go for them instead any day!

I got a refurbished XBA-3ip (new product,  just refurbished) with mic/ipod controls for $110 at Best Buy online. I checked now and it seems they don't have any left ... but you can grab a new one for $130-140 at Amazon Market Place (see here), or for $150 at B&H Photo Video ... still a great price for a great IEM.

post #3228 of 3786

 @MrGuzmanWhite

Great that you found better options, but I didn't find the eph-100 as bad as you describing it.

These are perhaps not the most "detailed" or cleanest sounding  headphones, but  their presentation is just cool, and for people that buy it as their first iem, it would be hard to be disappointed. I  found they require no eq-ing out of the box, unlike  my previous iem the senn ie7 with much much more bloated bass (and I  guess the ie8 is even more bloated) .
 


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 4/9/13 at 5:01am
post #3229 of 3786
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Originally Posted by MrGuzmanWhite View Post

The XBA-3 sounds great with the iPhone and iPad and MP3 320 Kbps. The XBA-4 is the one that is source dependent because of the low impedance, but the XBA-3 sounds great with normal portable sources ... in my opinion the EPH-100 is overpriced given the option to get better/cheaper IEMs: i.e.  the HiFiMan RE-400 is clearly better than the EPH-100 is it is $99

 

Dude really??

 

Remember, what is better for one person will most likely be worse for another.

 

We all have our sound preferences.

 

For me nothing could beat the Yamahas, short of £300 customs.

post #3230 of 3786

Okay, I am on my third pair of EPH-100s. My first pair was fine but after only a few weeks of use, due to damage caused by a dude on a scooter with over-extended handlebars (don't ask), the cable apparently got pulled and snapped inside. On the exterior the earphones looked fine. I ordered my second pair, but I found that this was one of the many faulty ones. The right driver had severe driver flex and thus would lead to driver imbalance. No matter what I'd do: blowing/sucking on the right, hitting the earphone, changing tips, it just wouldn't stop moving around in its shell. The vendor eventually replaced it and I have had it for two days, hopefully it will last longer than the first two. No problems so far!

post #3231 of 3786
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Originally Posted by byunjoe View Post

Okay, I am on my third pair of EPH-100s. My first pair was fine but after only a few weeks of use, due to damage caused by a dude on a scooter with over-extended handlebars (don't ask), the cable apparently got pulled and snapped inside. On the exterior the earphones looked fine. I ordered my second pair, but I found that this was one of the many faulty ones. The right driver had severe driver flex and thus would lead to driver imbalance. No matter what I'd do: blowing/sucking on the right, hitting the earphone, changing tips, it just wouldn't stop moving around in its shell. The vendor eventually replaced it and I have had it for two days, hopefully it will last longer than the first two. No problems so far!
Is driver flex very noticeable? I don't think its ever happened to me.
post #3232 of 3786
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Originally Posted by 7S Cameron View Post


Is driver flex very noticeable? I don't think its ever happened to me.


One other guy complained. Works fine for me.

post #3233 of 3786

Never had driver flex either. 

post #3234 of 3786
Fine here too. I do get moisture on the mesh after using them (warmth of the body, cold outside, bound to happen), but it never alters the sound. I just wipe them dry after use and clean them with a bit of alcohol on a qtip once a month.
But just like any thing else, there will be lemons. Glad that the vendor replaced them for you.
post #3235 of 3786

Never had driver flex with the Yams. Wouldn't expect it either from such a solid construction.

 

Had them for about 7 months now and never even wiped the mesh lol

post #3236 of 3786
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Originally Posted by geko95gek View Post

Never had driver flex with the Yams. Wouldn't expect it either from such a solid construction.

 

Had them for about 7 months now and never even wiped the mesh lol

 

 

X2

 

 

And these are still my favourite IEM to take outside! They pair really well with my Rockboxed Clip+ too...

post #3237 of 3786
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Originally Posted by putente View Post

 

 

X2

 

 

And these are still my favourite IEM to take outside! They pair really well with my Rockboxed Clip+ too...

 

Yeah same here mate.

 

At the moment most of my time outside is devoted to either the SoundMAGIC E10s or Yamaha EPH-100 and my iPod 120GB + C&C BH. biggrin.gif

post #3238 of 3786
I am now confident that my replacement pair is a fully functional one. Loving these just as much as when I got my first pair ;D I would purchase these again if I had to! Just don't want to come across another faulty one. It's interesting how almost all the problems related to the Yams concern the right earpiece. Very curious as to why.
post #3239 of 3786

So it looks like my EPH-100s have developed a fault after three months. And contrary to the common failures, it's in the LEFT ear. It only plays intermittently. I'm not sure if this is similar to the issue most people had with their right ear (less volume, etc) but the left ear keeps dying and coming back to life. It's definitely not a loose wire, the problem is definitely inside the earpiece. It can be confirmed by suction. Certain types of pressure cause it to work or not. Eg the suction when putting it into my ear seems to usually kill it. Pulling it out brings it back to life. Sometimes if I push it into my ear really slowly, it will stay alive but sound distorted.

 

Basically, it sounds like the driver is damaged and the varying air pressure causes it to work. Funnily enough, sometimes it will play perfectly fine without distortion for extended periods.

 

Is this in any way similar to what people experienced with the right ear being funky?

 

I discovered the problem yesterday around 5pm, used them for 45 mins on my commute home and managed to get them to hold up for most of the journey, let them lie the rest of the evening and night, and this morning they were a little better to begin with but then became worse than the night before.

 

I'm reluctant to send them back if this is a known temporary issue which will resolve itself, as I don't really want to be without the headphones for 3 weeks while they are repaired.

 

Any ideas?

post #3240 of 3786
Have you tried wiping the speaker grille with a q tip and a bit of rubbing alcohol?
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