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post #136 of 1420
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Originally Posted by vultures View Post is this iem easy to drive?

 

Any IEM with <50 ohm impedance should be easy to drive out of any DAP, phone, or any other type of portable device. How easy do you need it to be?

post #137 of 1420

 

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Originally Posted by vultures View Post

thanks for ur brief explanation, tomscy
another small question : is this iem easy to drive?

 

Yes, They're.

My iPod Touch drives them easily.


Edited by ItsMeHere - 4/24/12 at 9:21am
post #138 of 1420

 

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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

 

Any IEM with <50 ohm impedance should be easy to drive out of any DAP, phone, or any other type of portable device. How easy do you need it to be?

 

Ahh i see, never knew that as long as below 50 ohm is easy to drive.

 

DAP that i am using now is Samsung Galaxy S2, and now i am thinking to purchase poweramp apps. I have test that app and finish the free trial period :P after reading all review, that app would be a great boost for me to listen.

 

 

post #139 of 1420
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Originally Posted by vultures View Post

Ahh i see, never knew that as long as below 50 ohm is easy to drive.

 

DAP that i am using now is Samsung Galaxy S2, and now i am thinking to purchase poweramp apps. I have test that app and finish the free trial period :P after reading all review, that app would be a great boost for me to listen.

 

Well, it's not exactly true. It's just that IEMs are mostly dependent on current, rather than voltage, and most modern devices will drive basically any device to have adequate current, unless the impedance really is super high. I chose 50 ohms as an arbitrary number.

 

Some full-sized headphones, like orthodyamics, have low impedance ratings despite being difficult to drive, and that is because orthodynamic drivers depend much more on resistance than reactance (the two vector components of impedance).

 

Long story short, even if my explanation doesn't make sense, you should have zero problems driving the BA200 out of anything.

post #140 of 1420

 

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Originally Posted by vultures View Post

 

Ahh i see, never knew that as long as below 50 ohm is easy to drive.

 

 

Impendance isn't everything, you need to take into account the sensitivity too...

post #141 of 1420
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Originally Posted by Xinn3r View Post  Impendance isn't everything, you need to take into account the sensitivity too...

 

Yes, that's true. But regardless, if he's looking at the BA200, he will have zero problems whatsoever.

post #142 of 1420

I'm gonna give these a try, as I'm looking for a decent pair of IEMs with short cable for a wireless rig. Currently using my Shure SE530 for that purpose, and if the BA200 turn out sounding better, I'll gladly pay the €200 that Amazon Germany wants for them. Anyway, since I can get a full refund if I don't like them, I thought I'd just give them a listen.

post #143 of 1420
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post I'm gonna give these a try, as I'm looking for a decent pair of IEMs with short cable for a wireless rig. Currently using my Shure SE530 for that purpose, and if the BA200 turn out sounding better, I'll gladly pay the €200 that Amazon Germany wants for them. Anyway, since I can get a full refund if I don't like them, I thought I'd just give them a listen.

 

€200 doesn't sound too kosher, though. I think the sound is worth that, but its market value is clearly not as high. Stereo ships internationally, AFAIK (wait, you might actually already know that). I can't imagine that you would dislike them, as I feel they have better clarity and details than the SE530. It's no airy, sparkle king, but it's adequate. One thing though, the SE530 is slightly better built, if that's a consideration.

post #144 of 1420

 

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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

 

€200 doesn't sound too kosher, though. I think the sound is worth that, but its market value is clearly not as high. Stereo ships internationally, AFAIK (wait, you might actually already know that). I can't imagine that you would dislike them, as I feel they have better clarity and details than the SE530. It's no airy, sparkle king, but it's adequate. One thing though, the SE530 is slightly better built, if that's a consideration.

 


correct, other than short and flimsy cable plus the build quality (feels kind of hollow). This IEM can kick some other competitors at their level (100-150$ USD)

post #145 of 1420
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Originally Posted by vultures View Post  correct, other than short and flimsy cable plus the build quality (feels kind of hollow). This IEM can kick some other competitors at their level (100-150$ USD)

 

The build quality isn't that bad. It's on par with the lower end Westones. But the cable is prone to warping if it's not handled well.

post #146 of 1420

I recently purchased a pair of these, I love the comfort with the comply tips, but the sound seems a little muddied to me.

 

With the bi-flanges, it sounds about as good as anything I've listened to. Problem is, comfort with the bi-flanges sucks for me.

 

Can someone recommend a tip that sounds as close as possible to the bi-flanges but is more comfy?

 

Thanks.

post #147 of 1420

 

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Originally Posted by Emospence View Post

I recently purchased a pair of these, I love the comfort with the comply tips, but the sound seems a little muddied to me.

 

With the bi-flanges, it sounds about as good as anything I've listened to. Problem is, comfort with the bi-flanges sucks for me.

 

Can someone recommend a tip that sounds as close as possible to the bi-flanges but is more comfy?

 

Thanks.

 


The Shure silicone tips fit them and are more comfortable, but you might lose a bit of bass impact since they're single flange.

post #148 of 1420
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Originally Posted by Emospence View Post  Can someone recommend a tip that sounds as close as possible to the bi-flanges but is more comfy?

 

The above suggestion works, but the only thing is that I found the sound slightly congested because of the excessively small-diametre opening of the Shure Flex tips. I would try to find someone with the TDK BA100 tips willing to trade for other types of tips; they're single flange and fit perfectly on the BA200. It's too bad they didn't bundle single flange tips with the BA200 as well. Fischer Audio DBA-02 tips work reasonably well too. Etymotic tips (their entire range) should also work, but comfort is variable, as no other company designs more 'invasive' tips.

 

I too prefer the sound of the dual flange tips, but honestly, I would say that the sound with the Comply tips is not as bad as you described it. It does smooth out details, but the presentation is quite pleasant, and anyone can listen to it for hours on end with zero fatigue. It is with the Comply tips that I felt the BA200 came closest to the UM3X presentation. I believe that was the intended purpose for pairing the Comply tips with the BA200 --- to give it non-fatiguing, monitoring capabilities.

post #149 of 1420

 

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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

 

The above suggestion works, but the only thing is that I found the sound slightly congested because of the excessively small-diametre opening of the Shure Flex tips. I would try to find someone with the TDK BA100 tips willing to trade for other types of tips; they're single flange and fit perfectly on the BA200. It's too bad they didn't bundle single flange tips with the BA200 as well. Fischer Audio DBA-02 tips work reasonably well too. Etymotic tips (their entire range) should also work, but comfort is variable, as no other company designs more 'invasive' tips.

 

I too prefer the sound of the dual flange tips, but honestly, I would say that the sound with the Comply tips is not as bad as you described it. It does smooth out details, but the presentation is quite pleasant, and anyone can listen to it for hours on end with zero fatigue. It is with the Comply tips that I felt the BA200 came closest to the UM3X presentation. I believe that was the intended purpose for pairing the Comply tips with the BA200 --- to give it non-fatiguing, monitoring capabilities.

 

What about the black Shure silicones? The opening seems to be larger than the Flex's.

post #150 of 1420
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Originally Posted by Emospence View Post  What about the black Shure silicones? The opening seems to be larger than the Flex's.

 

Don't have experience with it. Sorry.

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