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post #3601 of 4177
They are fun for modding and something cheap on the go, that's it. There are plenty of options out there in the $30+. If you can afford it, do it. Most of us do. But at $7, it doesn't get any better.
post #3602 of 4177
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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

They are fun for modding and something cheap on the go, that's it. There are plenty of options out there in the $30+. If you can afford it, do it. Most of us do. But at $7, it doesn't get any better.


I respectfully disagree. I feel that the Awei ES800 is much better than the Monoprice IEMs. They have balanced sound, an aluminum build, flat cable, and actually isolate well. 
While the Monoprice IEMs are more airy, I much prefer the ES800.

post #3603 of 4177
This is what I like about these forums. No one is judgmental (well unless it is Beats). It is all about finding the right sound for you. Though I must say, the Monoprice 8320/9927 has the most hot/cold reviews out there. I think the Monoprice IEM sound AMAZING. I can honestly say they sound better than most of my current and past headphones. I think they sound better IMO than: - MEElectronics A161P - V-Moda M-80 - Koss PortaPro - AKG K422 - AWEI ES800M And they are on par with my: - Shure SRH750DJ - Digitech (Jaycar) Pro Monitors ..
post #3604 of 4177
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Originally Posted by BloodyPenguin View Post

This is what I like about these forums. No one is judgmental (well unless it is Beats). It is all about finding the right sound for you. Though I must say, the Monoprice 8320/9927 has the most hot/cold reviews out there. I think the Monoprice IEM sound AMAZING. I can honestly say they sound better than most of my current and past headphones. I think they sound better IMO than: - MEElectronics A161P - V-Moda M-80 - Koss PortaPro - AKG K422 - AWEI ES800M And they are on par with my: - Shure SRH750DJ - Digitech (Jaycar) Pro Monitors ..

 

I love my 8320 as much as the next guy, but un-eq'ed they're nowhere near the level of the A161P. The FR is pretty wonky. When I put the EQ on my idevices to the loudness setting, it gets more refined though. I still wouldn't put it at the level of the A161p, or even the JVC FX40.

post #3605 of 4177
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I love my 8320 as much as the next guy, but un-eq'ed they're nowhere near the level of the A161P. The FR is pretty wonky. When I put the EQ on my idevices to the loudness setting, it gets more refined though. I still wouldn't put it at the level of the A161p, or even the JVC FX40.

I was so excited when I got my A161P.  Had it running through Foobar and my FiiO E07K.  And it just did not sound better than the 8320 in any shape or form for me when I listened to them back to back.

 

I ended up returning the A161P back to MEElectronics, I could just not justify the price no noticeable SQ difference.

 

Though I know there are a few others on this board that have came to that same conclusion as me.  Guess it is a matter of preference.

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If you're listening to these because (1) you enjoy modding them to see how far you can take them or (2) are doing it just for fun to see what they're like, then I understand that. Or, (3) if you are really so budget constrained you can't afford to spend $15 on a Koss, I understand that too. 

 

However, I can't help but wonder how much people's impressions are influenced by subjective bias and Head-Fi hype, because other than the aforementioned three reasons, I personally can't see why anyone would choose to voluntarily listen to these over other headphones for actual enjoyment. They're just not good period. Better than their price, sure I've conceded that, but being better than atrocious is still pretty darn awful.

 

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Originally Posted by BloodyPenguin View Post

I was so excited when I got my A161P.  Had it running through Foobar and my FiiO E07K.  And it just did not sound better than the 8320 in any shape or form for me when I listened to them back to back.

 

Out of curiosity, what are your source bitrates? 


Edited by tintin220 - 5/15/13 at 9:48am
post #3607 of 4177
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Originally Posted by tintin220 View Post

Out of curiosity, what are your source bitrates? 

 

All high quality FLAC.

 

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post #3608 of 4177
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Originally Posted by BloodyPenguin View Post

 

All high quality FLAC.

 

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Maybe the music you listen to just doesn't benefit as much from nicer audio gear. Certainly, some of the stuff I listen to is horribly mastered compared to others, and can even sound "better" on lower-end cans that are more forgiving. 

 

I've personally heard the A161P myself, and while I can understand someone not liking an IEM or thinking it's worse based on a personally disagreeable sound signature, I'm amazed you couldn't hear a difference between the two because they frankly sound nothing alike at all. Instantly discernable FRs as well as "speed". 

post #3609 of 4177
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Originally Posted by tintin220 View Post

 

Maybe the music you listen to just doesn't benefit as much from nicer audio gear. Certainly, some of the stuff I listen to is horribly mastered compared to others, and can even sound "better" on lower-end cans that are more forgiving. 

 

I've personally heard the A161P myself, and while I can understand someone not liking an IEM or thinking it's worse based on a personally disagreeable sound signature, I'm amazed you couldn't hear a difference between the two because they frankly sound nothing alike at all. Instantly discernable FRs as well as "speed". 

I said I could not hear a diffence between SQ, but you are correct, they do have a difference in sound signature.  And I would agree, the A161P had a little more speed.

 

I listen to all types of music, rock, techno, classical, country...  ect.

 

Maybe the sound signature is just more to my liking.  That could be it.  As my two other favorite headphones are the Digitech (Jaycar) Pro Monitors and the Shure SRH750DJ.  All of which have a "smooth" sound.

 

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post #3610 of 4177
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Originally Posted by tintin220 View Post

If you're listening to these because (1) you enjoy modding them to see how far you can take them or (2) are doing it just for fun to see what they're like, then I understand that. Or, (3) if you are really so budget constrained you can't afford to spend $15 on a Koss, I understand that too. 

However, I can't help but wonder how much people's impressions are influenced by subjective bias and Head-Fi hype, because other than the aforementioned three reasons, I personally can't see why anyone would choose to voluntarily listen to these over other headphones for actual enjoyment. They're just not good period. Better than their price, sure I've conceded that, but being better than atrocious is still pretty darn awful.

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Out of curiosity, what are your source bitrates? 
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I'd have to disagree. These made me aware of what a soundstage is, super wide (but not very deep). Because of these, I realizes I wasn't getting a good soundstage on my IE8s I spent almost an hour trying new tips until I found the Auvio tips from radio shack and bam! Much wider soundstage. These sound excellent for DnB and trance music with Comply tips on them.
post #3611 of 4177
Everyone has different sound signature preferences, different equipment, different genres of music, and different genes. It's not really surprising that with hundreds of variables we don't always agree on certain products - I'm glad we don't

I like them, others don't, cool.
post #3612 of 4177

I see... so the only way anyone could think these are good IEMs is if either our ears or our source is deficient?

 

On other boards, comments like that would be considered trolling.

 

I wonder if some of the people implying these are garbage either (1) have not given sufficient burn-in time, and/or (2) haven't tried the right tips for them.
 

I've A/B'ed them against two sets of IEMs that I paid over $100 each for, the Atrio M8 and the Klipsch Image. With the tape + pinhole mod applied, these Monoprice IEMs are on par with, and in the case of the Atrios, better.

post #3613 of 4177
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I see... so the only way anyone could think these are good IEMs is if either our ears or our source is deficient?

 

On other boards, comments like that would be considered trolling.

 

I wonder if some of the people implying these are garbage either (1) have not given sufficient burn-in time, and/or (2) haven't tried the right tips for them.
 

I've A/B'ed them against two sets of IEMs that I paid over $100 each for, the Atrio M8 and the Klipsch Image. With the tape + pinhole mod applied, these Monoprice IEMs are on par with, and in the case of the Atrios, better.


Perhaps there is some sort of difference between units, that may or may not be present always.

post #3614 of 4177
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Originally Posted by heavyharmonies View Post

I see... so the only way anyone could think these are good IEMs is if either our ears or our source is deficient?

 

On other boards, comments like that would be considered trolling.

 

I wonder if some of the people implying these are garbage either (1) have not given sufficient burn-in time, and/or (2) haven't tried the right tips for them.
 

I've A/B'ed them against two sets of IEMs that I paid over $100 each for, the Atrio M8 and the Klipsch Image. With the tape + pinhole mod applied, these Monoprice IEMs are on par with, and in the case of the Atrios, better.

 

Don't be so easily offended. These are our opinions. In the free world, we're allowed to have these. I'm not telling you what you hear or what to hear, I'm telling you what I hear, and to me, these sound like utter crap. 

 

Based on my own impressions, there is no way with any amount of burn in or tip rolling that the unit I have could ever even hope to compete with better in-ears in sound quality. I'm not talking about FR preferences, etc. Just straight up sound quality. These are worse to me than the stock earbuds that come with smartphones and I chuck right in the trash. Clearly, others feel differently, and those are their equally fine opinions, with which I respectfully disagree. 

 

I said in my very first post my unit could have been defective, which could be true if some of the units out there perform as well as people say do. As someone mentioned though, another possible explanation is just poor QC or manufacturing by Monoprice or a partner, resulting in extreme variances of the drivers. I could believe this without blinking an eye too. Who knows? What I do know is the one I tested is rubbish.

post #3615 of 4177

^ A very good probability is that the housing is simply too large for your ears to get a good seal. 

 

There have been several members over the course of this thread that have trashed the 8320, only to praise them later on when they find tips that allow better insertion without much contact with the outer ear. This is vital with the 8320.

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