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post #5686 of 32878
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Originally Posted by Zelda View Post

where's the review?

 

Review of Monster Isports

These were purchased for $29.99 from Tigerdirect + tax, free shipping.

Build quality: It seems good, but mine arrived defective, right nozzle is loose in its bay, so they are exchanging it.

Overall, cable seems to be well made, microphonics are not bothersome, and not very existent. The tips are very comfortable and comes in wide range of sizes, along with the hook holds. Hooks are not painful, but made of hard plastic, unlike the Bose IE2 hooks which are a silicon type material. Hooks help the earphones stay in ear, and I do think these are good phones for exercise, goes not very deep, but stays in ear, very light for a Monster product (unlike the MDTs that I have, that are heavy).

 

Sound:

Well I listened to these first with Rush album - Test for Echo, and was very surprised how they handle rock music. These are not bassy phones at all. So if one expects the traditional Beats (monster) bass, well you will be disappointed. But it is ample, and it is of good quality. For Rock music it works great. The soundstage is well placed, not wide, forward and definitely emphasizes the vocals. It is as if the singer is right in front of you. Guitars are crunchy but a bit lacking the full detail and separation, the base is great, I was able to hear most notes without any issues in all the songs base line. Drums are good, phones handle fast tracks fairly well. I would think with some burn in things will get even better.

 

For $29.99 I think these are great phones for the use. If I was to buy them just for daily listening purposes I would still consider them a good value, but not excellent. The ATH-CMK50s that Dsnuts recommended back in the day for like $25 was a deal for such sound for example, but the Isports are not with the similar price point. But when you put the variable of sports into the equation, things change and these phones for this price become an excellent value. I will definitely be using them for all my exercise routine, jog, run, strength training, hikes etc. I was using the CMK50s for my exercise routine for a while, as they are very comfortable and stay in ears, but now they are not to be found anywhere, they will go back to my special listening drawer, and the Isports will be the choice of daily exercise phones. In all honesty, I am mainly worried about the quality issues more than anything else, if they do last a couple of years of exercise, I would be more than happy with the purchase.

post #5687 of 32878
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Originally Posted by KEP1 View Post

I'm wondering what would be the upgrade to the MH1C...a phone that has smooth highs and great sub bass that takes well to EQ and amping. I feel like I'm describing the XB90EX. Am I?

well, yes, you are, but as Dsnuts already posted, fxz100 will be even better, so yeah..

post #5688 of 32878
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Originally Posted by donedj View Post

 

Review of Monster Isports

 

thanks! beerchug.gif

 

now, i wonder how the new ATH-CKP500 compares rolleyes.gif

post #5689 of 32878
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Originally Posted by Zelda View Post

thanks! beerchug.gif

 

now, i wonder how the new ATH-CKP500 compares rolleyes.gif

 

700these?

post #5690 of 32878
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As I keep looking and thinking about an amp to use with the ELE DAC, I am now wondering if I should consider upping my budget a little bit?  Has anyone has used this little DAC with an O2 (Objective2 headphone amp)?  It appears that I can get one of these for about the same price as a Bravo Ocean or Indeed G3 Hybrid.  

 

http://www.mayflowerelectronics.com/products.html

 

Your advice?


I think that raising your budget would be a good idea.  There is no use in upgrading to a pricier and (presumably) better amplifier later, if you have the money to get the upgrade right now.

 

Still, I think that a hybrid tube amplifier is the way to go.

 

Here is one, that I would have bought if I could have gotten it at this price when I was looking for an amp:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Little-Dot-standard-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00A2QM5O6/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356225578&sr=1-3&keywords=hybrid+tube+amplifier

 

If you have soldering skills, some technical knowledge on electronics and interest in using both, you can get a Bravo V2 and modify it to sound much better than anything costing twice as much as the Bravo.

 

Take your time to do some online research on comparisons between amps.  It will be worth it.

 

What is your location?


Edited by Alberto01 - 12/23/12 at 2:02pm
post #5691 of 32878

Anyone wanna chime in to say if this rig would work well or if something else could be improved? (at similar costs)

 

Macbook Pro Late 2008 

ELE DAC 

Bravo Audio Ocean

Beyerdynamic DT880 600 Ohm

post #5692 of 32878

I would say a Little Dot MKII would be better for those Beyers for some more dough. Mind you, it probably won't play as nicely with a range of cans like the Ocean will. I can't seem to find any power ratings on the Ocean either other than a simple "500mw". That doesn't really tell me much. Although aesthetically the Ocean is adorable.

post #5693 of 32878
Thread Starter 

You know what got me kinda interested, is the new Schiits.

post #5694 of 32878

I'll be getting them in this week ^_^

post #5695 of 32878
Thread Starter 

Gotta let us know how those are. I think for the cost and performance those are a real contender.

post #5696 of 32878

Will do! I will actually be able to compare the Modi side by side to the Hifimediy Sabre DAC, and the Magni will be compared to a couple others from memory.

post #5697 of 32878

Was about to pull the trigger on the SMSL Fort but suddenly a question popped up into my mind:

 

Could anyone please compare the SMSL Fort with FiiO E10? Thanks!

post #5698 of 32878
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Originally Posted by Alberto01 View Post


I think that raising your budget would be a good idea.  There is no use in upgrading to a pricier and (presumably) better amplifier later, if you have the money to get the upgrade right now.

 

Still, I think that a hybrid tube amplifier is the way to go.

 

Here is one, that I would have bought if I could have gotten it at this price when I was looking for an amp:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Little-Dot-standard-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00A2QM5O6/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1356225578&sr=1-3&keywords=hybrid+tube+amplifier

 

If you have soldering skills, some technical knowledge on electronics and interest in using both, you can get a Bravo V2 and modify it to sound much better than anything costing twice as much as the Bravo.

 

Take your time to do some online research on comparisons between amps.  It will be worth it.

 

What is your location?

 

I am in Columbus, Ohio, USA.  

 

It seems that I am spending the majority of my days online researching amps! That Little Dot for something like $88 looks very good. And while I haven't used a soldering iron in several years, modifying a V2 is also a very appealing option. And just today, Dsnuts brought to our attention the new inexpensive Schiitz products, so now the $99 Magni is another contender. A ton of choices! Again, thanks for your time. Cheers

post #5699 of 32878
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

 

700these?

yep, those

check those special shaped tipseek.gif

 

 

BTW any new on the ATH CKN50?


Edited by Zelda - 12/24/12 at 10:36am
post #5700 of 32878
Thread Starter 

Danny Bai should have his pair very soon. I am sure he will post his impressions of them here.

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