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post #18976 of 32858
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

Just a heads up. 

 

This is a brief comparison of my three favorite iems.

 

The ath-im02 is my second favorite out of the three iems, it has resolving vocals with impactful drums and bass, while having a crispy and tender treble

 

The h-3s have become my personal first favorite, and eric was right about it above the m200s, not exponentially, but enough to warrant an additional $100 purchase (I bought it with additional $150, right now amazon japan has them for 300 or so, so you can save 30 dollars with the cost in japan than the us). 

 

the m200s score the third favorite iem that I own.

 

and the ck10s are pretty much the fourth if I had to include a fourth one.

 

Sony H-3s

The mids are pretty smooth, smoother than the im02 while still sounding full and timbre accurate. The ck10s fail in this regard as they cannot keep a full sound with at least some crispness to the instruments and vocals, and totally messes up the timbre altogether. The m200s sounds fuller and has great timbre in its own right, but due to the lushness of the mids, the timbre falls short when compared to the h-3s. The h-3s do have an emotional upbringing to my music collection, just as the im-02 and m200s do. 

 

In fact, I Sometimes I pick the im-02 above the h-3s for more clarity and cleanness, sometimes I switch with the h-3s for that smooth bass, awesome balanced highs (not silibant or dark), and those nice creamy mids. The m200s have that wonderful bass that I will explain a few lines below, and the fact that the mids are lush as heck, while having the highs still detailed while sounding somewhat dark.

 

This means something, doesn't it?!

 

I will have these three iems as my companions for years to come (or until dsnuts hypes another unknown iem)

 

M200's bass vs the rest

 

It has a different bass than the h-3s, as the h-3s have a different bass sound and texture as the im-02s. The ck10s have similar bass to the im-02s, but I prefer the im-02s for its profound rumbling, which is something the ck10s lack. The h-3s rumble is stupendous, enough to satiate a basshead. Unfortunately, the bass is a bit too smooth at times, and makes me lose the full tone of the bass sound, so the im-02s and m200s fix that regard, only the m200s does it the best imo. However, the bass in each is different sounding, and cannot be compared, it is all about preference.

 

Basically, these three earphones have different sigs that should warrant someone's attention in the best iemi for them based on their SQ preference. 

 

M200s mids vs the rest

 

m200's mids are lusher, while the highs are pretty laid back, followed by a nice defined and warm, tight bass.

 

H-3s mids vs the rest

 

the h-3s mids are slightly less lush than the m200s, but has more clarity than the m200s and makes the instruments sound more natural (as well as vocals) imo. Unfortunately, the volume, like the m200s, have to be high in order for the vocals to be heard.

 

IM-02s mids vs the rest

 

The im-02s mids are euphonic and pretty smooth in its own right. It has this trait of the ck10s, but adds additional detail that the ck10s lacked. The highs have a good crisp, and at times, hot bite that people may enjoy. The h-3s highs are usually between bright and dark, just the perfect balance imo. It has that nice and refined detail that the im-02s slightly lack, but the h-3s lack the crispness, yet still smooth, sound of the im-02s. 

 

 

Nice write up vlenbo!  :beerchug:

post #18977 of 32858
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Originally Posted by BenF View Post
 


This means anyone can have them for 90$-100$ shipped:

https://www.buysmartjapan.com/index.php/en-us/product-index-K0000502292-f27b3c0a8003b3d890c1f7ee2e50986c.html

 

True that!

 

Still those aren't really a discovery anymore lol

post #18978 of 32858

The ATH-IM series is really tempting. So is the H3.

post #18979 of 32858
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post
 

So from those who recently received their Piston 2.0, and have given them sufficient break in and tip change, would it be safe to go on record and say these are definitely contenders for living up to the hype???


They are absolutely awesome imho, almost as good as the Brainwavz Delta. :beyersmile:

Sorry couldn't resist...

 

Seriously though, anybody who has been plagued by GAS (gear acquisiton syndrome) for a long time owes it to him/herself to purchase the Pistons 2.0 asap for instant relief.

 

HYPED!!

post #18980 of 32858
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

The ATH-IM series is really tempting. So is the H3.

I agree. I had decided to get the IM70 but then the DN1000 caught my attention and I couldn't decide so instead I got the Havi B3, Piston 2.0 and a bunch of other chinese cheapos :confused_face(1):

 

Can't say that I regret but I still fancy both the IM70 and the DN1000........................

post #18981 of 32858

For the Xiaomi Pistons, I offered 20.20 from this Ebay seller and he accepted, so total $23 shipped.  I guess I'm joining this hype train.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-design-Xiaomi-PISTON-Earphones-pink-ROSE-GOLD-Headset-3-buttons-wire-control-/141157769953

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post #18983 of 32858
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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post
 

For the Xiaomi Pistons, I offered 20.20 from this Ebay seller and he accepted, so total $23 shipped.  I guess I'm joining this hype train.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-design-Xiaomi-PISTON-Earphones-pink-ROSE-GOLD-Headset-3-buttons-wire-control-/141157769953

 

I joined the train as well. not sure why, just wanted to try something new.  this thread usually doesnt disappoint. 

post #18984 of 32858

Lots of fakes of it on aliexpress.

 

His ebay seller also uses ePacket, which is very quick compared to regular china post mail.

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With the fakes going around, I'd worry. Some of them have the right pictures, but who knows. If someone finds one of those ones that sell for $12-ish shipped is legit, post it. I'd buy a second pair!

post #18986 of 32858

So, someone asked for a comparision between the Gratitudes, Havi B3 and the Piston 2.0.

 

I dont have a lot of time now so it'll hav to be the short short version:

 

The Gratitudes and The Piston has a similar general sound signature with a nice deep bass and very nice air to their sound. They also have a very nice attack and the sound is lively and in you face. There should be no surprise to anyone here that I really love the Gratitudes and regard them very highly. I think they're a gret fun to listnend to. As allready mentioned the Pistons offer much of the same. The biggest difference between the two would be that the Pistons has more bass quantity. It's not the ususal midbass hump but more of the subbass that makes the Gratitudes so great. The Piston also seem to be slightly airier overall compared to the Gratitudes. Vocals are also a bit more forward on the Pistons. The Gratitudes were said to bring a "live sound" when they were released and the Pistons does this even more. The bass of the Piston may be a little to much on some tracks but other than that they are truly great.  I would have a really hard time picking a winner between these two. 

 

The Havi B3's on the other hand are pretty much the opposit (if that's possible in sound) of the Piston's. They are much more well balanced. The bass doesn't reach as low but it never ever get near boomy or too much either. Still they doesn't feel bass light and belive me, I love my bass. Music is presented in a very relaxed way. The airiness of the Piston's is gone but instead there's a very nice weight to every tone. String instruments and voices are just amazing. Someone else metioned earleier that Infected Mushrooms sounded great with the B3's and that is very true. There's something in the way they present music that makes it feel very unforced if that makes sense?

 

One thing worth metioning about the B3's is that there apparently is/were several versions of them. I bought mine from a listing stating they were the "Professional" tuned ones and also got that confirmed from the seller when asking. However, since there's no visual signs to tell the diiferent versions from each other I cannot be 100% sure.

 

I've been listeing to all three from my Magni with the Fiio X3 line out as source and from my computer through the Udac2. I'm using Sony hybrid tips on the Piston's and Syny foam hybrid tips on the B3's. I've also struggled a bit with the fit on the B3's and finally ended up adding some earglides so I'm happy now.

post #18987 of 32858
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

Lots of fakes of it on aliexpress.

 

His ebay seller also uses ePacket, which is very quick compared to regular china post mail.

 

 

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Originally Posted by jwong View Post
 

 

With the fakes going around, I'd worry. Some of them have the right pictures, but who knows. If someone finds one of those ones that sell for $12-ish shipped is legit, post it. I'd buy a second pair!

 

Thanks. I want to know which seller is legit too. Otherwise, may not worth to take a risk to $10.

Much appreciated you guys input.

post #18988 of 32858
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Originally Posted by mkz View Post
 

 

 

 

Thanks. I want to know which seller is legit too. Otherwise, may not worth to take a risk to $10.

Much appreciated you guys input.

The $10 ones are absolutely fakes. I got one and they are terrible.

 

Confirmed legit, cheapest, takes paypal:

http://www.ibuygou.com/p-original_xiaomi_piston_earphone_updated_version_brown-5708-usd.html

post #18989 of 32858
The latest GEEK OUT news is a bummer. Apparently the USB connectors have a manufacturing flaw frown.gif.
post #18990 of 32858
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Originally Posted by hatefulsandwich View Post

The latest GEEK OUT news is a bummer. Apparently the USB connectors have a manufacturing flaw frown.gif.

where did you hear that? I've e mailed LHarmonis twice about the geek out delivery schedule and they just ignored me.

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