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Originally Posted by KEP1 View Post

Just got the FX40 in recently and noticed something today. After listening to my soundmagic E10's for a good while and switching to these their volume level seems WAY lower than my soundmagics. I'm listening straight from the headphone jack on my PC. I had my PC volume level at about 50% and the media player's volume at about 50% for the soundmagics. Switching to the FX40s I needed to up the player to the max and also up the PC volume to like 75% to get the same volume level in my ears. Are these that much harder to drive or is something off here?

Onboard pc? Surely not!
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OK, so got the FX40 early today, and will put them on 48 hours burn-in with my old Sony port. CD player -- loud and strong sound. They compare similarly to the SHE3850, but just a touch lower in volume, and a bit darker sounding, but not by much, Expecting burn-in to settle some of that, and will report back my comparison.

Between these and the Phillips SHE3850, I am starting to see why some people might put aside their $100+ phones for these. Not ready to give up my ER4P yet, though!
post #1563 of 32909
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Originally Posted by natwild1 View Post

Loving the evolution of discoveries here.

How do these compare to the CKM-500 now that people are seeing more change with burn in? I'm comtemplating getting the two jvc or just the AT.

My range of sound used would be jazz, rock, house/funk. No heavy metal or trance, but enjoy quality bass showing from what I listen to, without over shadowing the rest of the range.

 

Also thinking of a cheapish set of cans as well ~$50+/- , any suggestions?

If getting the two jvcs is not far off quality in comparison then I could spend a little more on the cans also.

 

The CKM500 represent a high end version of basically what these FX40s sound like.. Now for the cost of them you can get both the FX40 and the FX101 as well as a HTF600.. So it all depends if you want one high end earphone or 2 great sounding earphones and 1 great headphone for the same amount. Lol!

 

I mentioned this before but. The CKM500 has the same amount of sound value these FX40s does. If the FX40 sound like a $80-$100 earphone. The CKM500 @$80 sound like a $180-$200 earphone. Easily.

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I really envious to you guys who lived in US.... Dsnut sold me to get CKM500, which I still have to wait to order until my cash flow stabilized. Now to see that there are other bargains that I can only read, which supposed to be listen instead...

 

Last time I saw FX101 when I traveled in Bangkok (for work, not for holiday) before Dsnut brought to the surface, I recall it in US$70 region... even FXC80 that I liked to try is close to US$100...and for the longer time, my friend help me bought FX67 from Hong Kong for US$30, twice the price of US street price.

 

I wonder... Are all Asian seller that greedy? with average buying power that is low, I wonder how could the seller priced stuff that expensive...

post #1565 of 32909
Didn't like my Monster Turbine Miles Davis Tributes so I just sold it and ordered a pair of FX101s from ebay. Hopefully it will suit me better. The tributes had boomy uncontrolled bass, harsh highs and too recessed mids.
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For cheap compact headphones try the JVC HA-S160 Flats. It is around $15. It is my favorite headphone under $40. It is closed, but doesn't isolate that well due to its small size. Imo it sounds better than the Portapro, and almost as good as the PX100.

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I'm going to reiterate what I said about the HA-FX40s being a little pickier than most budget fi about their source player and material. I've been using my SoundMagic A10 with the FX40s and am blown away by how much wider the soundstage is when coming from the A10. 

I guess what I'm saying is, even though they only cost $20, they aren't going to be forgiving the way most budget-fi is, so be prepared to use your good stuff with them. 

Also, A10 w/bassboost + HA-FX40 + Excision's X Sessions Vol 1 = Brain Jelly

 

I've done a little A/B'ing with my MMDTs. The FX40 has much more sparkle in the highs and to my surprise, quite a bit more sub-bass. However, MMDTs make the FX40 sound like a budget headphone when it comes to airiness and soundstage. It's pretty clear they're on a whole different level. Which they should be since one MSRP'd for $499.99 and the other for $19.99 :)

I'll be honest though, if you handed both pairs to an average consumer, there's a really good chance they'd pick the FX40 based on the sub-bass alone.


Edited by bjaardker - 5/22/12 at 10:14am
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Oh yea I am glad you got a pair of MMDTs.. I think the FX101 will stack up better to them for that type of sound more so than these FX40s does. You will see what I mean. Be prepared for another nice surprise. lol.

 

I can tell everyone the FX40s after burn are way more balanced out. In fact I would say now it is approaching more of a neutral sound more than what I heard on open box. The sound quality gets better with a solid burn for %100 sure. SO it is a requirement. Keep them on the big burn cycle. Work out them carbon nanotubes!!


Edited by Dsnuts - 5/22/12 at 10:26am
post #1569 of 32909
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Originally Posted by JK1 View Post

For cheap compact headphones try the JVC HA-S160 Flats. It is around $15. It is my favorite headphone under $40. It is closed, but doesn't isolate that well due to its small size. Imo it sounds better than the Portapro, and almost as good as the PX100.
JK1 have you tried the S200s?
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I haven't heard the S200. The way it looks reminds me of the HAS360, which has a plastic headband and seems like it may be fragile. There have been a number of people complaining about breaking their HA-S360 after just a few months. Imo it is important for a compact portable headphone to have a metal headband. I wish they would put the drivers from the HA-S200 into the enclosure and headband of the HA-S160, and also give us velour earpads and a tright angle plug.


Edited by JK1 - 5/29/12 at 8:27pm
post #1571 of 32909
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Originally Posted by zowki View Post

Didn't like my Monster Turbine Miles Davis Tributes so I just sold it and ordered a pair of FX101s from ebay. Hopefully it will suit me better. The tributes had boomy uncontrolled bass, harsh highs and too recessed mids.


Stock tips = bad.

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Question for those who have both the FX40 and the FX101. Are the holes for the tips the same size on both? I was able to fit Shure E2 foam tips (orange-colored ones) on my FX40s and was wondering if it will also be possible on the FX101s.

post #1573 of 32909
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Question for those who have both the FX40 and the FX101. Are the holes for the tips the same size on both? I was able to fit Shure E2 foam tips (orange-colored ones) on my FX40s and was wondering if it will also be possible on the FX101s.


Both have the exact same nozzle design and size.

post #1574 of 32909
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Both have the exact same nozzle design and size.

Thanks Dsnuts. That's good to know b/c I have several pairs of the E2 foamies that I bought in bulk a long time ago. I feel they give me a better seal, and thus better sound. :)

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Donuts (Dsnuts?), have you tried the Marshmallows? I saw you disparage them in an earlier post, but I think they're great at the price. As I've yet to receive any of your suggestions, I'm unable to know if they represent nearly so good a value.

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