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I have to say all the praise for the Pistons are true.  Really, really good sounding earphone.  Nothing else to add.  

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Originally Posted by nick n View Post
 

If you guys are looking in to the AKG 545 be aware there is an issue with a few so far, check the main thread first on those by dweaver.

^ Yeppp something about the drivers flexing/ crinkling??? The dood on that thread seems to only have bad luck with the orange colors sets though......... will see if there are any further developments.

 

 

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I have to say all the praise for the Pistons are true.  Really, really good sounding earphone.  Nothing else to add.  

^ Nice!!! But HOW good are they??? Bests the ATH CKN70s for you??? The Philips S2s??? The RHA 750s??? Closest to the sound siggy of which iem you have heard so far??? :ksc75smile:

 

YOU"RE ON FYRE OF LATE DANNY DON'T STOP NOW!!! :bigsmile_face:

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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post
 

^ Yeppp something about the drivers flexing/ crinkling??? The dood on that thread seems to only have bad luck with the orange colors sets though......... will see if there are any further developments.

 

 

^ Nice!!! But HOW good are they??? Bests the ATH CKN70s for you??? The Philips S2s??? The RHA 750s??? Closest to the sound siggy of which iem you have heard so far??? :ksc75smile:

 

YOU"RE ON FYRE OF LATE DANNY DON'T STOP NOW!!! :bigsmile_face:

It's not at CKN70 level but I like them better since the CKN70's were too sibilant.  Doesn't beat the S2 or MA750's.  I would say they remind me of the NE700X.  It's very good budget phone, possibly the best but doesn't outdo the likes of $100 plus phones.  Comes real close though and it's a fun and very refined sound for where it stands.  Midrange is actually very good.  No problem with the treble and bass is a mixed bag depending source.  Nice depth to the sound.  I'm seriously impressed.  

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It's not at CKN70 level but I like them better since the CKN70's were too sibilant.  Doesn't beat the S2 or MA750's.  I would say they remind me of the NE700X.  It's very good budget phone, possibly the best but doesn't outdo the likes of $100 plus phones.  Comes real close though and it's a fun and very refined sound for where it stands.  Midrange is actually very good.  No problem with the treble and bass is a mixed bag depending source.  Nice depth to the sound.  I'm seriously impressed.  


Oh SWEET!!! Sounds like something right up my ally then if they are similar to those NE700Xs, but i would imagine they are more "balanced" unlike the bass end of the Nuforces. Might have to cop me a set when ericp sells his. hoho ;)

 

Anywho regarding the possible problems of those AKG K545s:

 

Quote: http://www.amazon.com/AKG-Over-Ear-Headphones-K545WHT/product-reviews/B00FYMA7AW/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1
 

AKG K545 (QC issues):

After extensively reading the large thread on the AKG K545 on Head-Fi I began to grow a large interest for this headphone. It seemed to check all of my boxes and fall into a very affordable price bracket. I took the plunge and purchased a pair. Horror was in the near future… Initially, I purchased an orange pair; however, it was defective right out of the box. The left channel was noticeably lower in volume and had an enclosure rattle whenever large quantities of bass were played back. I immediately sent those back for an exchange. My replacement arrived defective out of the box. This time, there was driver flexing in the left channel whenever a seal was formed and I would adjust the cup on the side of my head. Also, the left channel was noticeably lower in volume and would distort on bass notes. Contemplating on whether or not to just get a refund and buy a different headphone I eventually thought: “Why don’t I just buy a black pair from BestBuy and see if I run into bad luck with this horrible QC again from AKG”.

The black pair I purchased from BestBuy was working out of the box. The channels were balanced with no distortion on bass frequency sweeps. Finally, I was able to experience the reputation these headphones have built online. My first impressions were exceedingly positive. They in summary managed to take the M-100 and HP50 and create a sound that incorporated their strengths.

 

The amazon review is the same dood that was on that AKG Thread.

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That's what you get for going orange :-)
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

It's not at CKN70 level but I like them better since the CKN70's were too sibilant.  Doesn't beat the S2 or MA750's.  I would say they remind me of the NE700X.  It's very good budget phone, possibly the best but doesn't outdo the likes of $100 plus phones.  Comes real close though and it's a fun and very refined sound for where it stands.  Midrange is actually very good.  No problem with the treble and bass is a mixed bag depending source.  Nice depth to the sound.  I'm seriously impressed.  

DannyBai I was curious about how is Piston compare to NE700X and asked this question in this thread a while ago so from your impression can I just say that they are similar in term of sq?
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it's  discovery thread, so I may as well put it here:

 

http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/products/smartphones/idol_xplus.html#.Uu0PFmfxuUk

 

 

it's a Chinese smartphone with ES9018 DAC and Maxim9720 headphone amplifier (whatever the heck it is)

 

I'm getting the phone anyways (for 350$ it's hard to resist) but do any pf you guys know what this amplifier is?

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it's  discovery thread, so I may as well put it here:

 

http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/products/smartphones/idol_xplus.html#.Uu0PFmfxuUk

 

 

it's a Chinese smartphone with ES9018 DAC and Maxim9720 headphone amplifier (whatever the heck it is)

 

I'm getting the phone anyways (for 350$ it's hard to resist) but do any pf you guys know what this amplifier is?


http://datasheets.maximintegrated.com/en/ds/MAX9720-MAX9720B.pdf

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OK, did a quick A-B W40 (out of box) vs W4...there is definitely a family resemblance, but W40 is definitely an upgrade. Wider soundstage, more open, that is, the stage has the feel of empty space between instruments, more than W4, detail better, the "lifting of the proverbial veil" that I didn't realize was there until I compared the W4 to the 40. Neither is a bass monster, but both go really low (no bass emphasis I can hear). Both detail well, W40>W4.
That's it for now, go for the dog walk/random iPod play walk...
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I saw that but I couldn't really find output impedance data. I'm not very technical, so...

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OK, did a quick A-B W40 (out of box) vs W4...there is definitely a family resemblance, but W40 is definitely an upgrade. Wider soundstage, more open, that is, the stage has the feel of empty space between instruments, more than W4, detail better, the "lifting of the proverbial veil" that I didn't realize was there until I compared the W4 to the 40. Neither is a bass monster, but both go really low (no bass emphasis I can hear). Both detail well, W40>W4.
That's it for now, go for the dog walk/random iPod play walk...

Thought they were the same! Hmm, guess they did make some sonic improvements

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Might as well add the vivo Xplay 3s, if we're discussing HQ phones
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Originally Posted by HairyHeadMara View Post

DannyBai I was curious about how is Piston compare to NE700X and asked this question in this thread a while ago so from your impression can I just say that they are similar in term of sq?
I'll try a proper a/b later today.
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OK, know everyone is waiting with baited breath for me to get back...went out listening to the Shure 1540, planning on changing to the AT ANC-70 at some point, listen to the new arrival, but, couldn't do it, couldn't take them off (probably a safety issue walking with the Shures, makes me want to close my eyes and listen, definitely not recommended crossing the street, but hey, sweet sounding cans. Growing on me as I listen more, at first I thought the highs were missing in action, now I'm starting to be more aware of them, smooth but detailed. Anyway, 1st up, a song, not about football, but does reference it in a small way, and I really like this, here goes


Modern and retro at the same time, fun


Great big band, under appreciated...Play the Blues, boys


OK, this isn't the Alex Mcmurray track I heard, can't find it on Youtube, so I posted this one...something about his singing and songs that tugs at my heart


Again, not the track by The Bad Plus that actually played, but they straddle the jazz/rock worlds (at least in fans), and are best known for their covers (don't do so many of these anymore, still great to listen to/see)


OK, could go on, enough for now...
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No, they don't sound the same to these ears, definitely can hear the family resemblance, but W40 does take W4 up a notch, from my early listening. I was a bit surprised to hear such a difference right away.
Edited by doctorjazz - 2/1/14 at 10:03am
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