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post #18721 of 32858
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

Yes they are very much an upgrade from the VSD1. There's no contest. The bass alone is vastly superior to the VSD1, and the highs aren't as prone to sibilance as the VSD1. The VSD1 might do detail slightly better because of their more sharper highs, but the mids are much more lush and vibrant, and instrument separation is another win for the Piston. 

Thanks for the answer, would you say the pistons are 'fun' and bassy headphones?

post #18722 of 32858
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Originally Posted by koreanzombie View Post
 

Thanks for the answer, would you say the pistons are 'fun' and bassy headphones?

they are fun with strong articulate punchy bass. There is no mid bleed. This helps preserve clarity. To me a fun and bassy IEM are the Sennheiser CX300II, V-Moda Vibrato, or the Klipsch S4 reference. The Piston has less treble peak than all three of those, and the bass quality is better with the Piston, but those three have more boomy bass. But yes, these can be fun and bassy in a more classy way. 

post #18723 of 32858

Dunu DN-1000, Havi B3 Pro, and Nuforce NE-770X are still in postal delivery, so I'm excited to get these in and compare those to the Piston, and the OM Audio. I'm hoping the Havi B3 is as good as advertised, so I can sell off my KEF M200. I hate how uncomfortable those aluminum notes are and the black rubber alien antennae. 

post #18724 of 32858

i think I'm going to order a second pair of Piston 2.0 as a backup? Just in case. I don't want to be without a pair for any significant amount of time. 

post #18725 of 32858
OK, my turn to be the curmudgeon...I really haven't had a good listen, just out of the box, but was not impressed. Has been burning in for a day, will need to experiment with tips (worst selection of crappy tips I've seen in a while, none worked out of the box), listen later, maybe change my tune (hope so)...
On another (hype) note, DS got to me, have the Shure 1540 on order, see if they are the be all and end all, the headphone at the end of the tunnel, the end of the Impossible Dream Quest...then again, DS ain't gone away yet, so didn't do it for him,

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post #18726 of 32858
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

they are fun with strong articulate punchy bass. There is no mid bleed. This helps preserve clarity. To me a fun and bassy IEM are the Sennheiser CX300II, V-Moda Vibrato, or the Klipsch S4 reference. The Piston has less treble peak than all three of those, and the bass quality is better with the Piston, but those three have more boomy bass. But yes, these can be fun and bassy in a more classy way. 

I agree. Despite being an almost total basshead, I really like the Pistons' puchy bass. I don't think it really goes down deep, but it hammers in that bass, even with only an iPod (I've yet to test it with an amp). 

And though they sound "fun in a classy way," I think that's beacause they also look that way -- or simply put, a great all rounder.

post #18727 of 32858
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Originally Posted by doctorjazz View Post

OK, my turn to be the curmudgeon...I really haven't had a good listen, just out of the box, but was not impressed. Has been burning in for a day, will need to experiment with tips (worst selection of crappy tips I've seen in a while, none worked out of the box), listen later, maybe change my tune (hope so)...
On another (hype) note, DS got to me, have the Shure 1540 on order, see if they are the be all and end all, the headphone at the end of the tunnel, the end of the Impossible Dream Quest...then again, DS ain't gone away yet, so didn't do it for him,

beerchug.gif

you cannot listen to the Piston with the stock tips. That's like listening to the Monoprice 8320 with their stock tips. You have to change out those .20 cent tips, give it a decent burn in time, and then listen to them through a quality source, and these things are great all arounders that sit at the top or near the top of your single dynamic collection. 

post #18728 of 32858
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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post
 

I agree. Despite being an almost total basshead, I really like the Pistons' puchy bass. I don't think it really goes down deep, but it hammers in that bass, even with only an iPod (I've yet to test it with an amp). 

And though they sound "fun in a classy way," I think that's beacause they also look that way -- or simply put, a great all rounder.

I agree as well. It's a rich, punchy bass. 

post #18729 of 32858
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

I agree as well. It's a rich, punchy bass. 

Reading through the past couple of pages, I see the hype train going at full speed with these Pistons. Hmm, train engines do have pistons like an internal combustion engine, right? Because if so, I don't see why this hype train ain't going so fast. Beryllium Pistons, yeah.

post #18730 of 32858
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

you cannot listen to the Piston with the stock tips. That's like listening to the Monoprice 8320 with their stock tips. You have to change out those .20 cent tips, give it a decent burn in time, and then listen to them through a quality source, and these things are great all arounders that sit at the top or near the top of your single dynamic collection. 

Any certain tips you suggest? I don't really have any other good tips. Maybe the fx40 tips would do? I have noticed the tips are pretty cheap haha
post #18731 of 32858

How does the Klipsch S4i II compare to the piston 2.0? I really need one with mic for my mobile. I can get both around the same price approx USD20, if it helps. I listen to a broad range of music, bass is appreciated but not top of my list. 

post #18732 of 32858
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

i think I'm going to order a second pair of Piston 2.0 as a backup? Just in case. I don't want to be without a pair for any significant amount of time. 

My sources in China tell me that they are preparing another model at the same time in the 2nd half of this year to launch with another new xiaomi phone. If I already have one and don't need an earphone with a mic right now, I would wait. 

post #18733 of 32858
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Originally Posted by cowculator View Post
 

My sources in China tell me that they are preparing another model at the same time in the 2nd half of this year to launch with another new xiaomi phone. If I already have one and don't need an earphone with a mic right now, I would wait. 

I would like to know of these 'sources' of yours.

post #18734 of 32858
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

you cannot listen to the Piston with the stock tips. That's like listening to the Monoprice 8320 with their stock tips. You have to change out those .20 cent tips, give it a decent burn in time, and then listen to them through a quality source, and these things are great all arounders that sit at the top or near the top of your single dynamic collection. 

Hmm, I have to say, I agree with you here. As comfortable as they may be, the stock tips hardly gie me a good fit. I'm looking to get some Complys (preferably the longer ones because I'm used to deeper insertion)

post #18735 of 32858
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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post
 

I would like to know of these 'sources' of yours.

Xiaomi employee. An acquantaince of a supplier of mine in Shenzhen. I met him very briefly in HK last december. All is just ideas now. Alot of times, the development for these markets is reactionary, strategies are crafted in response to what competitors do. Companies like to take a dig at each other, especially when you witness the predatory nature of advertising or presentations at launches. What is certain is that new product will be launched every year. To gain an advantage, they may even include certain accessories that are far superior to what the competition is offering. i.e. Xiaomi piston vs earpods. 

 

My response should be moderated by the fact that IEmagnet already has a number of earphones and I don't believe it is wise to buy and keep as they tend to go on sale when newer models roll out... unless the confidence on the durability of the pistons is being questioned, it think most phones should last at least a year or more. 


Edited by cowculator - 1/11/14 at 8:05pm
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