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Originally Posted by koonhua90 View Post

Do you guys feel that with iems, there are always new iems coming out, be it custom or universal, as compared to headphones. 

 

As a whole, I feel that iems development is always sizzling, and in some ways, always exciting and on-going. Of course headphone development is no less exciting or involving per say, but the iems thread is always whizzing by, and that made me feel that iems development is, in a sense,

more volatile as compared to headphones.

 

This is all true, but I suspect that it is in part because IEMs are a hotter market and it's cheaper for new brands to enter because the mid-fi price range is not as strongly dominated by a few major manufacturers. There is also, in some ways, a better bang for the buck, but that's offset by it being more difficult to convince people to spend $150 on earphones, as opposed to spending $150 on headphones, whose size implies that you got more for your money.

 

 

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I think part of the reason why iem development is 'faster' than headphone is due to the small size, and the lack of pinna effect. With smaller transducer, you have a lot less limitation, less power, less area, supposedly higher bandwidth (high natural frequency for smaller transducer), so in some ways there are more freedom in iem design. Still, with smaller size, comes other restriction too. For example, people usually want decent level of isolation on iems, and that will restrict ventilation for the drivers. I guess, iems development is less established as compared to headphone development, and headphone development is less established as compared to speakers development.

 

 

The lack of some effects exacerbate other effects. For example, the shape of the ear canal affects sound, the shape of the outer ear affects the ability for the housing to be positioned for an optimal fit, and various drivers and driver types respond differently to quality of seal. Just like with headphones, the worth of any earphone is as much or more about fit as sound, and there will never be agreement on the perfect IEM or even what's good, given our ranges of tastes and sound profiles, in addition to fit, budget and other esthetics.

 

What's driving technological development is new interest in these microdrivers, which in turn comes from the increasing amounts of consumer attention towards mobile hi-fi. Almost all the balanced armature designs to date are based on hearing aid drivers; Knowles, Sonion et al have only recently seen the audio market grow large enough for them to justify investing in developing high fidelity audio drivers, and this indicates to me that what we've seen in high end universals and custom IEMs could only be a shadow of what's possible when drivers don't have to be built with efficiency as a foremost goal. Dynamic drivers at very small scale are also being experimented with in interesting ways, and I suspect that when somebody figures out how to dial it in, we're going to see amazing things there as well.

 

Many of the boutique brands you see in the low to lower-mid range are putting their own marques on the same OEM products manufactured in massive quantities -- regardless of the bumf on the seller's website -- and those products clutter the IEM threads. They'll probably be a glut on the market soon, but at the same time, most of them sound nominally better than what comes packed with mobile phones and DAPs. But for all the action going on there, there won't really be anything interesting going on, beyond slow incremental improvements as consumer expectations get higher and better quality technology and techniques progressively get cheaper to implement at large scales. They're not necessarily bad things, these OEM-built boutique products, but try to keep up with that market and you'll be overwhelmed and distracted from the really interesting things coming along, both from major companies experimenting with new things (Sony, AKG) and boutique companies (FAD, RedGiant) that actually do design (and sometimes make) their own products.


Edited by ardgedee - 5/2/12 at 3:17am
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http://www.aliexpress.com/store/900095/200827107-541475107/Wallytech-Copper-Earphone-High-Quality-in-Ear-Earphones-For-iPod-MP3-MP4-3-5mm-Jack-WEA.html

 

Taken from the RedGiant thread. Oh, Wallytech.

 

I love how their W logo looks like the Monster M logo upside down, further enhancing the "effect" of the ripoff.

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How can you not love the name Wallytech after considering the British slang meaning of 'wally'?
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Yeah. Also reminds me of Wallyworld from the National Lampoon movies.

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I'd like to take a moment to plug one of my current favorite shows: The Supersizers Go and Eat. 

 

The premise is simple enough: two journalists research a particular time in Western history, and then spend a week or so eating diets from that time period. It's actually quite hilarious, as historically the food ranges from almost inedible peasant stuff to food consumed by the upper classes which is still, well, almost inedible. They're monitored by doctors who chart their health over the course of the diet, and often times they get sick or become irritable or lethargic.

 

 

Also interesting enough, Sue, the female host, looks eerily like me...


Edited by MuppetFace - 5/2/12 at 4:25am
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The FI-BA-SB (aka Heaven S) is surprisingly good. Very good. Very, very good.


Edited by music_4321 - 5/3/12 at 4:06am
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Are those courtesy of James, or did you decide to see what the fuss was about for yourself? The SB isn't my personal cup of tea, but it's a very pleasant-sounding earphone. It has that cool resonance to it.

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The FI-BA-SB (aka Heaven S) is surprisingly good. Very good. Very, very good.

 

Better than those crappy K3003s? rolleyes.gif

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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

 

Are those courtesy of James, or did you decide to see what the fuss was about for yourself? The SB isn't my personal cup of tea, but it's a very pleasant-sounding earphone. It has that cool resonance to it.

 

Courtesy of James? That'll be the day! No, I decided to get my own pair (had been contemplating to do so for about a year). I didn't know these were a hot item, BTW.

 

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Better than those crappy K3003s? rolleyes.gif


You bet!


Edited by music_4321 - 5/2/12 at 5:50am
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Originally Posted by james444 View Post  Better than those crappy K3003s? rolleyes.gif

 

Just horrid, those things! Pure highway robbery! evil_smiley.gif

 

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

Courtesy of James? That'll be the day! No, I decided to get my own pair (had been contemplating to do so for about a year). I didn't know these were a hot item, BTW.

 

I guess they're not such a hot item... just shiny.

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You bet!

 

Well I thought so, 'cause treble spikes look more benign than on the AKG. And there's less bass bloat. Glad you got yourself a decent phone at last.

 

Heaven_Sc.jpgFR_K3003.gif

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post  Well I thought so, 'cause treble spikes look more benign than on the AKG.

 

It's official! The 3003 is malignant! I'd be happy to resect the 3003 from your ears... free of charge! tongue_smile.gif

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The K3003 would have to be as good as fourteen $100 IEMs to be worth it. The Heaven S on the other hand needs to only sound as good as four $100 IEMs give or take an IEM, so it's not quite as much of a rip off. I guess music_4321 is slowly but surely learning!

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Today should be very interesting, to say the least...

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Since this thread has a history of discussing gender relations...

 

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I have one quite active brony as a friend, and one female (how do you call a female brony anyway?)
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Originally Posted by kyuuketsuki View Post

Female fans are also generally called bronies. However some prefer the term "pegasister".
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Pegastister. I new there was a better term, now I remember.
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I actually regard it as a worse term. One of the greatest parts of this fandom is gender neutrality. So one encompassing term is better than two gender specific terms.

 

Any opinions?

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