See now here is the thing. The whole notion that the FX40 are bright is actually not true. I own 2 pairs of them and on open box yes the sound can sound brighter than most as it gives off much detail. Many will wonder why we even have a thread based on them. With a solid 100 hours of burn however, they change to something that should not be missed. My pair has easily 400 plus hours of burn and use on them if not more and there is no brightness whatsoever on my well used pair at all.
Guys that mention how bright these are should ask themselves if they did the burn in or not. And the idea that you can get to how my pair sounds with just casual use is simply not going to happen. What it takes is big beat driven EDM compilation on a loop played fairly loud to get the Carbon nanotubes to loosen up. I know we all have a tendency to judge a sound from open box and have an idea about the sound but these are one earphones that simply should not be judged on open box. They need more of a burn in than standard drivers. Very stiff drivers these have.
Now for gym use I think either of the earphones should be fine. Riptides are supposed to be sweat proof which is what you want in a gym buds. Though I haven't read anyone mentioning if they sound better over both the FX40 or the FX101.
I ended up paying $153..Not bad but not great either. I left my XB90 for the big overnight burn in. We will see how they turn out. More impressions of those to come. It will be interesing to hear how the XB30 and the XB60 compare to these. I would hold off a bit until Danny gets the other 2. I am sure he will tell us if the other 2 are worthy. Both being cheaper than these XB90..
Riptides versus FX40/FX101? sorry, FX40/101 s sound much better, no contest here.
They sound ok for a cheap earbud but thats all, not impresed by them not even for their price. i would give them a 3.5 point in my scale
Edited by rickdohc - 8/4/12 at 2:46pm