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post #18691 of 32903
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

First burn in impressions of Xiaomi Piston 2.0 is that these are not hype train performance, but legitimately high end performance. Sonically they are rival the MMDT in bass, lush mids, and solid but not overly sparkly or sharp treble. The sound signature is eerily reminiscent of my Miles Davis Trumpets, or my old Coppers. Can't really compare them to the M200, as they are a completely different sound, but they do have better bass refinement than the M200. They completely demolish my other single dynamics (VSonic GR99LE, Sennheiser CX150, and Philips SHE3580). In terms of refinement, bass quality and quantity, and the detail and clarity of the mids, they just are on a different plane than these others. Ok, I will point out one similarity to the M200, and that's the more laid back treble. This is not a extended treble with BA type hotness. This is a treble with decent extension, sweet timbre, and works in concert with the overall presentation, without trying to be forward. These are $100 IEMs. I'm not going to say they go above that price range, or compete with the GR07, because they don't, but they definitely compete well with the RE-ZERO, RE-400, Monster Turbines, and UE 500. For $24.00, these are a massive steal, and the crown jewel of my single dynamic collection.

Thanks BeatsGuy for the headsup on this thread!!

Can't wait to get mine then!

post #18692 of 32903
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

First burn in impressions of Xiaomi Piston 2.0 is that these are not hype train performance, but legitimately high end performance. Sonically they are rival the MMDT in bass, lush mids, and solid but not overly sparkly or sharp treble. The sound signature is eerily reminiscent of my Miles Davis Trumpets, or my old Coppers. Can't really compare them to the M200, as they are a completely different sound, but they do have better bass refinement than the M200. They completely demolish my other single dynamics (VSonic GR99LE, Sennheiser CX150, and Philips SHE3580). In terms of refinement, bass quality and quantity, and the detail and clarity of the mids, they just are on a different plane than these others. Ok, I will point out one similarity to the M200, and that's the more laid back treble. This is not a extended treble with BA type hotness. This is a treble with decent extension, sweet timbre, and works in concert with the overall presentation, without trying to be forward. These are $100 IEMs. I'm not going to say they go above that price range, or compete with the GR07, because they don't, but they definitely compete well with the RE-ZERO, RE-400, Monster Turbines, and UE 500. For $24.00, these are a massive steal, and the crown jewel of my single dynamic collection.

Thanks BeatsGuy for the headsup on this thread!!

Thank you IEMagnet, nice description. I really hope that mine arrives VERY soon.
post #18693 of 32903
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

First burn in impressions of Xiaomi Piston 2.0 is that these are not hype train performance, but legitimately high end performance. Sonically they are rival the MMDT in bass, lush mids, and solid but not overly sparkly or sharp treble. The sound signature is eerily reminiscent of my Miles Davis Trumpets, or my old Coppers. Can't really compare them to the M200, as they are a completely different sound, but they do have better bass refinement than the M200. They completely demolish my other single dynamics (VSonic GR99LE, Sennheiser CX150, and Philips SHE3580). In terms of refinement, bass quality and quantity, and the detail and clarity of the mids, they just are on a different plane than these others. Ok, I will point out one similarity to the M200, and that's the more laid back treble. This is not a extended treble with BA type hotness. This is a treble with decent extension, sweet timbre, and works in concert with the overall presentation, without trying to be forward. These are $100 IEMs. I'm not going to say they go above that price range, or compete with the GR07, because they don't, but they definitely compete well with the RE-ZERO, RE-400, Monster Turbines, and UE 500. For $24.00, these are a massive steal, and the crown jewel of my single dynamic collection.

Thanks BeatsGuy for the headsup on this thread!!

is the bass quantity the same, or less than the kef m200s? I thought the kefs were refined for their quantity, but if the xiaomi has the same or more quantity, then I'm extra impressed.

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Sounds like the Pistons will dethrone my Carbo Basso.

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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

is the bass quantity the same, or less than the kef m200s? I thought the kefs were refined for their quantity, but if the xiaomi has the same or more quantity, then I'm extra impressed.

The bass is deeper and punchier with the Piston. The M200 bass is refined. Let me change it some, the Piston bass isn't so much more refined, as it's punchier and cleaner. The sound signature of the M200 is thicker, warmer, and has that measure of lushness that reminds me of the GR07. With the M200, it's the whole presentation, with that thick bass that doesn't overwhelm or go forward the mids and highs. The bass of the Piston YOU NOTICE. It's punchy and digs deep, with clarity, much like the Monster Turbine Pro quality. What impressed me the most with the Piston is the clarity and timbre. Just marvelous. I've been A/B'ing the Trumpet and the Piston, and I'm amazed how close they are, with the Piston having the Beryllium driver, and the Trumpet the wideband micro driver. 

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Originally Posted by peter123 View Post


Thank you IEMagnet, nice description. I really hope that mine arrives VERY soon.

You are going to love them, Peter!! Seriously. Not so much out of the box. Please do yourself a favor, and just burn them in out of the box. Then check in on them after an hour or two, and it'll really start to come to you. After 24 hour like I did, the sound will jump these to the top of your single dynamic list. They are seriously as capable as my Trumpet and my old Coppers, but with infinitely better fit. 

post #18697 of 32903
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Originally Posted by Mackem View Post
 

Sounds like the Pistons will dethrone my Carbo Basso.

Never heard the Carbo Basso, but these are technically capable IEMs. 

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Originally Posted by quartertone View Post
 

 

Where did you get it for $150?

from Head-Direct, but it's for US customers only. 

post #18699 of 32903
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Originally Posted by 1ofamillion View Post
 

:eek::eek::eek:

 

I can't comprehend what I'm hearing right now...These sound STUNNING, and for $19?? Clear, sparkly treble, no siblance that I can tell of, a soundstage that is actually good, and an impactful low end. I think some burn in will help tame the bass a bit because it can sound boomy at times, but I literally haven't been using them for 10 minutes. I will continue to listen to them and test them out with some more songs, but I have a feel these are THE $20 IEM. I was worried I fell for another hype train just to jump back off, but I'm going full speed ahead with this one!! 

 

 

++++++++++++++1 and then 68 more. You are hearing the same thing I'm hearing. These aren't hype train. These are a legitimate high quality audio device. 

post #18700 of 32903
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Originally Posted by mochill View Post

And now you understand the beauty of the x3😉

Yes I do. It's the finest DAP I've ever had the privilege of owning. You had a hand in my purchase, so i thank you. 

post #18701 of 32903
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

You are going to love them, Peter!! Seriously. Not so much out of the box. Please do yourself a favor, and just burn them in out of the box. Then check in on them after an hour or two, and it'll really start to come to you. After 24 hour like I did, the sound will jump these to the top of your single dynamic list. They are seriously as capable as my Trumpet and my old Coppers, but with infinitely better fit. 

Yes it sounds as if they will be to my liking.

I'll give me them a proper burn in when the arrive.
post #18702 of 32903
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

The bass is deeper and punchier with the Piston. The M200 bass is refined. Let me change it some, the Piston bass isn't so much more refined, as it's punchier and cleaner. The sound signature of the M200 is thicker, warmer, and has that measure of lushness that reminds me of the GR07. With the M200, it's the whole presentation, with that thick bass that doesn't overwhelm or go forward the mids and highs. The bass of the Piston YOU NOTICE. It's punchy and digs deep, with clarity, much like the Monster Turbine Pro quality. What impressed me the most with the Piston is the clarity and timbre. Just marvelous. I've been A/B'ing the Trumpet and the Piston, and I'm amazed how close they are, with the Piston having the Beryllium driver, and the Trumpet the wideband micro driver. 

Considering that the Trumpets are $200+, and that Joker gave them an 8.9 in Sound Quality, that is highly impressive.

post #18703 of 32903
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

Considering that the Trumpets are $200+, and that Joker gave them an 8.9 in Sound Quality, that is highly impressive.

i can't wait for you to get yours. Get your impressions. The Piston do in fact compete well with the Trumpet. They are very Monster like. 

post #18704 of 32903

One thing to add. My Piston, which are 100% authentic, DO NOT have the L and R marking in white like found in some pictures. Like ThatBeatsGuy pointed out, there isn't any L and R markings on the housing stems. Just raised ridges that signify the right side. So if you get ones with L and R in white, you probably got a fake. 


Edited by IEMagnet01 - 1/11/14 at 3:06pm
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On top of the Piston's awesome sound, the build quality and design is top notch. The cable seems very sturdy, but I just wish they didn't switch to rubber cable for the cables that connect to the drivers. The casing of the drivers feel durable and look awesome. Even the packaging was nicely done. I'm just so impressed with these IEMs! I'd post some pics, but I'm at my sister's apartment and she just moved in so I have no good places to take any :\

Currently burning them in to see how they change smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by 1ofamillion - 1/11/14 at 3:24pm
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