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post #4066 of 7980

Just received word from Sunny that my ear impressions have arrived and are "Your impressions are safe and fine" I quotebigsmile_face.gif

 

Now for the Wizard to work his magic and the wait!!!

post #4067 of 7980

I got the Vault with my Westone 4R's - it's just the right size for carrying around, although I never tried with my 4.A's before I sent them back for adjustment.  May be a tight fit for the 8.A's.  I have a Pelican 1010 case for the 4.A's that is bigger but much smaller than the Heir case (which is great but too big for general use).

 

 

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Originally Posted by GarySaville View Post

I Just bought the Westone Vault. I'm not sure if it will fit the 8.A or not:

http://www.headfoneshop.com/eshop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=98

It's quite expensive for a little plastic case, but then again, the headphones cost more than a grand, so what's $20 to pack them around?

 

I'll post once the vault (and my 8.A) arrive. 

post #4068 of 7980
I'm on a plane right now with my 4.a on. We have started the descent and I had to take them out so I could equalise my ears properly, the seal is so good! Never had that with my merlins...
post #4069 of 7980

Has anyone noticed the sound signature of their 4.a's changing (for the better) after the initial 50 hours or so?

 

I know from reading on head-fi that there are differences of opinion on bunr in for balanced armatures but I was wondering if anyone else had found this? 

 

For me there was a period there where i was worried about the sound of these.  The soundstage seemed restricted and the mids were a bit funny (maybe recessed but I don't want to resurrect the 3k dip "discussion").  All of a sudden around 50 hours i noticed that I wasn't thinking this anymore and they seemed to have settled down.

 

Probably just in my head right rolleyes.gif

 

Anyway - I love them now.  Next stop DX100 biggrin.gif

 

Just brought a sunrise cable from BTG-Audio.  I went for the black like Tomscy2000, sorry to copy mate but it just looked so nice I couldn't help myself!  Oh and can people stop posting photos of their nice gear - my wife thinks I'm mental getting all this stuff and she isn't buying in to my "hobby" explanation!!

 

BTW - Brian at BTG was very responsive in my e-mails with him so kudos for his CS.

post #4070 of 7980
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Originally Posted by Lidster View Post

Has anyone noticed the sound signature of their 4.a's changing (for the better) after the initial 50 hours or so?

 

I know from reading on head-fi that there are differences of opinion on bunr in for balanced armatures but I was wondering if anyone else had found this? 

 

For me there was a period there where i was worried about the sound of these.  The soundstage seemed restricted and the mids were a bit funny (maybe recessed but I don't want to resurrect the 3k dip "discussion").  All of a sudden around 50 hours i noticed that I wasn't thinking this anymore and they seemed to have settled down.

 

Probably just in my head right rolleyes.gif

 

Anyway - I love them now.  Next stop DX100 biggrin.gif

 

Just brought a sunrise cable from BTG-Audio.  I went for the black like Tomscy2000, sorry to copy mate but it just looked so nice I couldn't help myself!  Oh and can people stop posting photos of their nice gear - my wife thinks I'm mental getting all this stuff and she isn't buying in to my "hobby" explanation!!

 

BTW - Brian at BTG was very responsive in my e-mails with him so kudos for his CS.


Let us know what you think about the combo of 4.A and DX100.

post #4071 of 7980
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lidster View Post

Has anyone noticed the sound signature of their 4.a's changing (for the better) after the initial 50 hours or so?

 

I know from reading on head-fi that there are differences of opinion on bunr in for balanced armatures but I was wondering if anyone else had found this? 

 

For me there was a period there where i was worried about the sound of these.  The soundstage seemed restricted and the mids were a bit funny (maybe recessed but I don't want to resurrect the 3k dip "discussion").  All of a sudden around 50 hours i noticed that I wasn't thinking this anymore and they seemed to have settled down.

 

Probably just in my head right rolleyes.gif

 

Anyway - I love them now.  Next stop DX100 biggrin.gif

 

Just brought a sunrise cable from BTG-Audio.  I went for the black like Tomscy2000, sorry to copy mate but it just looked so nice I couldn't help myself!  Oh and can people stop posting photos of their nice gear - my wife thinks I'm mental getting all this stuff and she isn't buying in to my "hobby" explanation!!

 

BTW - Brian at BTG was very responsive in my e-mails with him so kudos for his CS.

 Could be you are getting used to them.  Could be the crossover components are breaking in.  Could be almost anything.  As long as you are happy with them.  I am on pre-order with the Centerance HiFi M8.  And my wife no longer thinks I am daft.  She has just given up. 

post #4072 of 7980

Just got my 3.ai's. Yes they are sitting on top of my empty wallet. :) Actually that is not true, it is almost empty.

 

700

 

My rig:

Minidisc RH1

RSA The shadow

Heir cables all the way from RH1  to 3.ai

 

I started listing to some Keb Mo's  with the 3.ai plugged directly into the RH1.

 

I have to say that reading all the information about these EIM's ensured I had no surprices. Yet still I was surprised, they sound ever better than I anticipated. I am impressed with them and I can only imagine how good the 4 and 8's are. (Will find out in a months time, ordered the 8.a's)

 

Listening to Keb Mo's using the RSA shadow made the set up complete. I am absolutely amazed. Before I knew it I had finished listening to the Suitcase album and was ready for Seasick Steve's Walkin' Man. The guitars are absolutely staggering and draw you into the music. These 3.a are so enjoyable that you forget all time and before you know it your tapping your feet and snapping your fingers.

 

I am not technical and I do not Sh!t about the graphs that some of you use as their bible, what I do know is that I enjoy the tunes that are being produced by trusted MD player and my new friend the 3.ai's. While I am writing this I realize that I finished listening to Seasick Steve and Up next are the Black Key's The group's sixth studio album, Brothers and boy does the 3.a deliver the goods. The grunty vocals of  Dan Auerbach and of course the drums, guitars and backing vocals all work together just as you would expect from my Naim Audio home set-up ,which has a price tag of $3500. It is amazing the MD player with a Shadow amp and 3.a EIM can give my Naim a run for the money.

 

My local (New Zealand)reggae favorites 1814 have a new album out and it sounds O so sweet. The first song of the album named "Relax" really sums up the 3.ai's.

 

Lyrics:

Sit back and relax

Put your feet up

Do you want this feeling to ever stop

Sit back and relax

Take your time

 

I will sign off for now and will do the dishes while listing to my portable set up. Yes, I have a dishwasher but it takes more time to do the dishes by hand and right now I take any excuss to leave my trusted lounge chair. :)

 

Cheers

G

post #4073 of 7980

Does anyone have any rough guesstimate as to how long it takes for Chengdu to receive approved impressions from Heir USA?

post #4074 of 7980
Quote:
Originally Posted by JCYC5 View Post

Does anyone have any rough guesstimate as to how long it takes for Chengdu to receive approved impressions from Heir USA?

 Mine took about a week from the time Brannan (San Diego, CA) said they were OK and the time I got the e-mail from Chengdu.

post #4075 of 7980
Hello all. Other than the stock cable and Magnus cable, what other cables have you used and would recommend from personal experience?
post #4076 of 7980
Quote:
Originally Posted by tkteo View Post

Hello all. Other than the stock cable and Magnus cable, what other cables have you used and would recommend from personal experience?

I've used the TWAG v1 and V2 and some others - the one that really stood out for me was the "Silver Poison" from Toxic Cables. I still prefer the Magnus 1 for it's unrivaled ergonomics. I wear my (c)iems for 6-8 hours every day so the flexibility and comfort matters more to me than the 3-5% upgrade in sound the (rather expensive...) Silver Poison adds. 

post #4077 of 7980
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Originally Posted by Rainman26 View Post


Let us know what you think about the combo of 4.A and DX100.

I can only speak for the universal version but the 4.Ai from the DX100 sounds spectacular.

post #4078 of 7980
Quote:
Originally Posted by tkteo View Post

Hello all. Other than the stock cable and Magnus cable, what other cables have you used and would recommend from personal experience?


I have not tried it yet but Ted and Chris from Headphone Lounge/ ChrisHimself make a very stiff pure silver cable that did wonders for a set of reshelled TF-10's It was enough of a glimpse into nirvana that I decided to get Heir 8a and order the Centerance HiFi M8, both sight unseen.  A credible source, a good amp , a proper speaker, and the right wire all make sense to me now.  When the HiFi M8 arrives and I hook it up with some lossless files I may try it with Ted's cable and the 8a just for fun.  Wish me luck.

 

 

Life is short, lets have fun.

 

My goal is a Hansen King with Tenor amps and a dCS stack for a front end that I can walk around with.  I'm getting close.


Edited by pspivak - 12/18/12 at 1:02am
post #4079 of 7980

Wheee! Got my payment confirmation from Sunny!

 

Now we play the waiting game!

post #4080 of 7980
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sorensiim View Post

I can only speak for the universal version but the 4.Ai from the DX100 sounds spectacular.

Glad to hear that your're in a cloud nine with that combo. You must have found your near perfect seal for your 4.Ai's. 

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