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post #6676 of 32904

Not sure if the sound sig of the AD900X will suit all but as soundstage goes, I don't think a whole lot can beat it.  

post #6677 of 32904
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Originally Posted by gibosi View Post

Cute -- I was going to send a PM, but it occurs to me that I might not be the only one who might be curious.....  

 

You put "Techflex" on your Somix cable....

 

Googling this, it appears that there are several different products, such as Techflex Cleancut, Techflex F6, Techflex Flexo PET and so on. Which do you recommend? And what size? 1/4 inch? Smaller?

 

And what is the material you are using inside your pads? I used to build speakers, and in a similar way, I glued a layer of foam on the front panel of my satellites with cutouts for the tweeters and mid range drivers.  But I don't think the material I used would work well inside earphone pads.

 

The techflex was something I had laying around, but I know it was smaller than 1/4", maybe 1/8".  You just need something that is more than 1/8", and expands to more than 1/2".  I found the pad material at Michaels, a hobby/craft store.  Even the clerk couldn't tell me what exactly it is.  A little like poster board, but more flexable, and about 1/8" thick. It is more pouros than poster board as well.  I could go back to the store and purchase more, and ask what it is.  It worked kinda neat for the HM5 pads, and here.  I tried thin neoprene, and stiff felt, both were 1'8", neither worked as well as this.  I found the link below may have purchased it there, but you can email for the correct size!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-8-EXPANDABLE-SLEEVING-BK-GOLD-TECHFLEX-10ft-/230636042496?pt=Car_Audio_Video&vxp=mtr&hash=item35b2fab900

post #6678 of 32904

I just went down to my shop and measured the Techflex that I used on the Somic's, I wanted to order more for my AD900X becaus it makes the cable lay a lot straighter and i coils nicely.  I had that on my Moon Audio Silver Dragon cable a couple of years ago.  The Silver Dragon bulk was bright orangy/red, and the Techflex on that make it look like dark burgundy/dark cherry color.  But I recommend the stuff on the site that I linked, that is here I purchased it.  Anyway the size is 3/8", and it expands to 5/8", works well for the Somic's, and the AD900X cable is the same diameter.  The 3/8" will be too big for the Somic extension cable, but I don't use that.  I made myself a few custom extension cables, and I am still experimenting to find one with a neutral sound.  Radio Shack/no, Grado/no, Blue Dragon is supposed to be neutral, but it ups the bass at least 2-4db, not something to get right very easily, because Headphones/IEM's, amplifier, all figure into the equation.  I have wire coming to make another later this week, Mogami Gold Neglex Quad wire, used by audio engineers in about every sound studio in the world.....supposed to be the most neutral out there.  Sound studio's swear by it!

 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  lol

 

Just to add, I use clear shrink tube over both ends, and you need to be careful with the heat gun, keep it moving.  I have melted the techflex by being careless, in the past.  That will make you swear!  biggrin.gif


Edited by cute - 1/29/13 at 8:43pm
post #6679 of 32904
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Originally Posted by cute View Post

 

The techflex was something I had laying around, but I know it was smaller than 1/4", maybe 1/8".  You just need something that is more than 1/8", and expands to more than 1/2".  I found the pad material at Michaels, a hobby/craft store.  Even the clerk couldn't tell me what exactly it is.  A little like poster board, but more flexable, and about 1/8" thick. It is more pouros than poster board as well.  I could go back to the store and purchase more, and ask what it is.  It worked kinda neat for the HM5 pads, and here.  I tried thin neoprene, and stiff felt, both were 1'8", neither worked as well as this.  I found the link below may have purchased it there, but you can email for the correct size!

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-8-EXPANDABLE-SLEEVING-BK-GOLD-TECHFLEX-10ft-/230636042496?pt=Car_Audio_Video&vxp=mtr&hash=item35b2fab900

 

There is a Michaels close by, so will try to stop by soon and take a look... And the expandable sleeving is pretty cheap so I think I will get some to cover up that gaudy RED!  ahaha...  Thanks! :)

post #6680 of 32904
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Originally Posted by gibosi View Post

 

There is a Michaels close by, so will try to stop by soon and take a look... And the expandable sleeving is pretty cheap so I think I will get some to cover up that gaudy RED!  ahaha...  Thanks! :)

 

I am in the process of order more Techflex as well, I just like the looks of it over that red cable, and it straightens the kinks.  I was looking in Michaels with a cashier's help, and she took me to the poster board area when I described what I was looking for.  And there I saw them........don't laugh, but they were grey visors, with this nice flexable material.  Cheap buggers so I grabbed four with this in mind.  $3 each, and being it is winter here I got what they had in stock, with no more in the store.  I am going back to the store on Thursday, and try to find out what they are and where they get them.  See if I can find out.  They really work their charm, S500's too!

 

Got rele's in Columbus, and Wapauk, OH!

post #6681 of 32904
Thread Starter 

Well I am taking advantage of our Sale forums. A bunch of my mint stuff for sale guys on the sale forums.

 

My garage sale. http://www.head-fi.org/t/648809/dsnuts-garage-sale

post #6682 of 32904
Just to confirm, can you AD900X owners tell me if they're made out if magnesium or plastic? Only a curiosity.

I was about to pick up some new cans (currently on AD700's) and chose to pick up some AD900's. Now that these AD900X's are out, I don't know what to buy. I need more reviews!
post #6683 of 32904
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Originally Posted by Maytan View Post

Just to confirm, can you AD900X owners tell me if they're made out if magnesium or plastic? Only a curiosity.

I was about to pick up some new cans (currently on AD700's) and chose to pick up some AD900's. Now that these AD900X's are out, I don't know what to buy. I need more reviews!

 

The backs are aluminum, some of the higher end design (AD2000X) are magnesium!  The rest of them are plastic!

post #6684 of 32904
Thanks a bunch, Cute! One more question then- not to be a bother. Being made out of plastic, do the AD900X's fall prey to making squeaking sounds when moving around? The AD700's do that, and it's slightly irritating.
post #6685 of 32904
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I bought mine for $60. I thought they were worth that and more when I got them so $30 is a great deal for the FX3X.  I would pass on the FX1X unless big bass is all you want then the FX1X is ok for the cash. 

 

They will email you once they have it. It should be under item pending. If you have none that means it isn't ready.

Hey Ds, how is the FX3X compared to the FX1X, FX101, and MH1Cs? I've been curious about them since they look like the IEMs I actually wanted when I got the FX1X. My main issue with the FX1X is the harsh highs. Cymbals have like this wall of static that hurts my ears even after extensive burn-in. The 101s had this trait a little bit, but I never heard them fully burned in. And of course the MH1Cs are smooth.

post #6686 of 32904
Thread Starter 

The FX3X is more refined but they also have a similar signature of the FX1X and the FX101.. So if you want a new bass earphone. Look into a XB90EX. Might be what your looking for.

 

Or.. I haven't seen anyone review these but the new Audio Technica CKS99 should be a good bass earphone. They are being sold for $84 or so on Amazon Japan. Using Tenso I can see those being around $100 shipped. That is a killer deal for new tech AT CKS earphone.


Edited by Dsnuts - 1/30/13 at 3:58pm
post #6687 of 32904

OK, so for those of you who like nice, not-rumbly, punchy bass and slightly bright, sparkly treble, the Somics (EFi-82 MT) are actually perfect for you.

Simply remove the stock pads, remove the stock dampening (the red and gray/black material), and add 840 pads.

 

Like cute suspected, there are screws there. Modding these bad-boys might be easier than I thought.


Edited by CashNotCredit - 1/30/13 at 7:03pm
post #6688 of 32904

So, I went ahead and got an ELE DAC to add to my school rig and decided to give it a whirl on my desktop PC (with which I've been using an O2 + ODAC combo) connected to my Bravo Audio Tube Amp and I've gotta say, it's pretty darned amazing. Even alone, it's pretty impressive. I feel like I should get another one for my school rig and use it as my secondary DAC for my desktop! etysmile.gif

 

I also have to say that I got it in about a week. Pretty speedy shipping from a Chinese distributor.

post #6689 of 32904

Apparently, both the MH463 and EFi-82 MT are made by Ningbo Excel Electronic Co., Ltd.  They have been making electronics for 18 years, and obviously know their stuff. Oddly, the driver specifications of the Somics and Ningbos are different. Perhaps Somic put proprietary drivers into OEM enclosures (doing all that CAD work is expensive) to cut costs.

I wonder what all else these folks have produced.

post #6690 of 32904

With the Shure 840 pads, the Somic EFi-82 has arrived!

 

Out of the box, these Somics did not impress. They were too forward in the mids and a bit too lacking in bass for my taste. After burning in for about 100 hours, they were somewhat better, but still not enjoyable. Today, a nice little box from Amazon showed up in the mail with the Shure 840 pads. And the difference is astounding! The bass is full and deep and the mids have receded. And these pads are much more comfortable than the terrible RED ones! lol  I have been listening for a few hours today, and am really enjoying my Somic/840s.

 

FYI, I do not have what might be called "golden ears" and my experience with headphones is quite limited. I have never before had the opportunity to listen to music through full-sized headphones. For the past year, the Monster Miles Davis Tributes have been my main headphone. Very big bass, very lush mid range and very smooth. However, they are tuned for intimate jazz performances, not a very accurate sound stage, but quite involving. Some call them "Romantic" and I do not disagree. My amp is a Little Dot 1+, usually with Mullard cv4015 tubes, but for the last few days I have been getting reacquainted with the Northern Electric 408A.

 

So, coming to these with a tube amp and ears accustomed to the Monsters, the Somic/840 sounds very good to my ears. I have absolutely no regrets and I recommend the Somic/840 without hesitation.

 

But again, as my experience is very limited, I am patiently waiting to read the impressions of our "gold eared' colleagues.

 

 

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