Originally Posted by d marc0 HAVI B3 has arrived!
I was so excited and immediately opened the box and had a listen...
This is a very well packaged product. The build is really nice for a $50 iem although I'm not quite a fan of the flat cable.
As for the sound... I'm very disappointed!
This is NOT the Pro version that @bhazard
has described. The bass is overly boosted and bloated, more than the Sony Ericsson MH1. The lower mids is a bit recessed but sounds a worse than it actually is because it's being drowned by the bass bloat/bleed. What surprises me is how linear it is from upper mids to highs; smooth treble and well extended, even better than the Sony! If you have a Sony MH1/MH1c, turn on your bass boost and that's almost exactly how the HAVI B3 sounds.
Because of this unfortunate outcome, I'm not going to include the B3 in my review. I'm going to either ask for a refund or maybe order the Astrotec AX35 as a replacement. Too bad Chinese New year is going to delay this process.
Yours might actually be the newest version. This "enhanced" tuning sounds even worse. This has the bloat, forward mids, and a large treble roll off.
What the heck were they thinking in no longer offering the pro? I've been a/bing the pro and enhanced version, and the difference is night and day. One is near reference, and the other is nowhere near as clear or extended, and very colored.
D, see if wide biflanges or Sony hybrids remove some of the bloat. It may salvage your version.
I wouldn't recommend anyone else to buy it either, unless someone can speak to Havi in Chinese and ask them to offer the pro tuning again. Very disappointing.
I have to track down a cached webpage or tour these so I don't look crazy.Edited by bhazard - 1/27/14 at 10:42pm