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I hope I'm posting this in the right place!

 

I'm looking to reshell and upgrade the drivers of one of my pairs of Shure SE535s through Unique Melody.

 

I'm a tad confused, though. I'm Canadian, so the first site that came up was custom-iem.com. They claim they are the exclusive North American dealer. But I couldn't find any confirmation from Unique Melody Global that they are indeed an official seller of Unique Melody products. So I sent an email to Unique Melody Global, and got a response telling me that they are an unauthorized dealer poaching images from Unique Melody Global, selling products unrepresentative of Unique Melody Global. But then when I look through this forum I see people have purchased from custom-iem.com. So what's the truth behind this?

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

Anyways, the eQ-5s are straight-barrel but then again, they kind of aren't. Most do wear them over the ears though. Cable isn't that microphonic once you have a cable cinch, over-ear-wearing style, have them on the back of the neck. Great, tight, tactile bass and deliciously clean mids. Very much mid-centric with the added benefit of having a crisp bass presentation. Treble can be a bit rolled off but otherwise rather smooth and does retain presence. Also the BA200 for a strictly over-ear wear, also nice mids and separation, soundstage is rather wide but focused in the grand scheme of things. Treble is again, smooth like a baby's bottom, but with more (arguable more linear as well) presence.

 

Then again there are the W2s which also fit the form and ergonomics profile, stage is smaller that the other two but normal in the grand scheme of things, definitely focused, punchy tight bass with again, forward and smooth mids. The note presentation is a bit more delicate and a bit more rounded/euphonic though never sounding slow. Treble is a bit laid-back, not W4 laid back, a bit of a nicer placement than that.

Thank you for the feedback.  I ruled out the eQ-5's (Ortofon?) based on the design and wear characteristics.  The TKA BA200 look interesting and are definitely a consideration.  As for the Westone 2, those look interesting as well.  Excuse my ignorance but what is the difference between the W2 and W3, I know the 3 has 3 balanced armatures vs 2 but what does that mean acoustically?  So between the BA200 and W2, it is wide soundstage vs smaller stage, Treble is more laid back on the W2, while the BA200 has less bass (since it wasn't mentioned?)  Both IEM's sounds quite nice, I will have to see if there is anywhere local to demo them.

post #4158 of 5343
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Recently I've been thinking about upgrading to a set of customs, and I'd like some recommendations as to what would suit my tastes.

 

My budget is in the $200-600 range, although I am willing to go higher if the sound is right. I primarily listen to classical music, with a focus on violin pieces, although my library runs the entire classical gamut, from full-blown symphonies to solo performances, with a large amount of piano/woodwind/brass concertos as well.

 

Currently, I own a pair of HF5s and a pair of B2s, both of which I enjoy a lot. I just came back from a trip to Japan, where I was able to audit a large amount of higher-end IEMs: most notably, I was very impressed with the soundstage of the IE8, something that I felt was always slightly lacking in the other two (the HF5 especially). I think my ideal sound signature would be a TWFK sound with the detail of an Ety and the soundstaging of the IE8: I'm looking for CIEMs that have good clarity, detail, and separation, with a broad soundstage. Ideally the sound should be neutral/balanced, although I am fine with some brighter highs/slightly boosted lows.

 

After doing some research, it seems that my primary choice should be the Cosmic Ears BA4. The sound signature sounds exactly like what I'm looking for, although I'm not entirely sure about the width of the soundstage (could someone comment further on this?). The only concern I have with this CIEM is the lack of reviews and the fact that Cosmic Ears is based in Sweden: as I am currently living in the States, I'm not sure how international shipment would work out (are there heavy customs duties to pay? how long is a typical shipping time?). The price is also a very tempting factor, as this is the only one within my ideal price range.

 

Other CIEMs that also seem to fit my criteria include the UERM, the JH13s, and the Alclair Reference. I'm also open to other suggestions as well. Thanks.

Can't really give much help in this instance as have personally not heard any of these apart from the JH13 in demo form and from trying someone else's custom (sort of fit....sort of). But do think that ljokerl has heard the JH13 ( http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/totl-madness-24-top-line-custom-ear-monitors-reviewed) and has a review on the Reference on his multi-IEM thread. He also has the HF5, B2 (DBA-02) and the IE8s in his massive queue so you should definitely try asking him. The Innerfidelity article I linked also shows that project86 has heard the CEs and the JH13 as well, so there might be some overlap in this case. I'd suggest asking both :P

 

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Originally Posted by legendcheater View Post

At first sorry for my bad English.

In the range of 250$, what is the best all-rounder portable headphone? I've listened to the HD25, the M-80, the DT-1350 and the M50. Personally I like the M-80 the most because they suit with my genre, which are pop (mostly), instrumental and some dance/electro or whatever it's, but in my country they're sold out so.. Right now i'm confusing between the M-100 and the Momentum. From what i've heard, the M-100 is better for energy music and it may suit me better than the Momentum (i'm an bass head) but the their mid is kinda laid back and recessed, which is not good for soft music. I own the IE80 and to be honest i don't really like them because their mid it's too laid back despite the awesome bass. The Momentum might be a good choice but i worry about the bass quantity is not enough for pump up the mood and PRaT?.

Hope you guy can help me

The Momentums have ample bass, but you are right in assuming that they don't have the quantity of the M-100s. The Senns are really quite similar in bass quantity than not against the M-80s so might want to keep that in mind. Found both to be a tad bit smooth and laid-back in the grand scheme of things, slightly less so on the M-80s, but again, the overall sig is more similar than not. 

 

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Originally Posted by KINGRAY View Post

I like a warm bassy sound and there aren't really limitaitons it's just I found those online for abelow £50, I know they usually retail for more (Bose IE2 vs Monster Livestrong vs SoundMAGIC E10 vs Sennheiser CX400 II vs Beats by Dre Tour)

 

But if there are alternatives in this price range it'd be good too

The E10s are more sparkly and V-shaped than warm, but the bass does hit hard. Out of the lot they'd be my pick in terms of pure proficiency, but the sound signature would probably not mess. Otherwise the IE2s are fairly warm and not all that bad too. Haven't heard the Monsters but the Tours are rather nasally rather than pleasingly warm. They'd fit the sound profile too to an extent but would look elsewhere.

 

Ever consider the M2s or the GR02 BEs? Fairly popular around here, nice, warm, and bottom-heavy signature, a bit more treble sparkle on the GR02s while the M2s are a bit smoother and darker. 

 

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Originally Posted by gavinfabl View Post

Ok. I need some guidance. I'm using an iPod Classic or my new HTC One as my source. My music is ripped at 320mp3. I listen to most things but lean slightly to jazz, blues, classical.

I have a Sony PHA-1 USB DAC/AMP, which works a treat.

I'm looking at in ear headphones. My two options are jvc ha-fxz200 or Sony Xba-40.
http://www.jvc.com.hk/promo/fxz/en/tech.html
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/xba-40

Which one or suggest something else. Budget £200.

Depends on your sound preference, signature preferences, specific characteristics within said genres that would hold priority. Not to mention criteria regarding comfort/fit, isolation, etc. Always helpful on both parts to be a bit more specific.

 

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Originally Posted by rkarsk View Post

Hi All,

 

I'm looking at getting a new set of in-ear headphones because I unfortunately broke my old pair. I was using JVC HA-FX67 and was quite happy with them. I'm not a huge audiophile but appreciate a good quality unit. *Durability is quite important to me*. I tend to go through headphones quite quickly, so my budget is limited to the $20-$30 range. I'm in Canada, meaning Amazon.com is out of the question for such a low price range (high shipping price), so I'm looking to buy an easily found, local product.

 

I listen to a wide variety of music from electronic, to rock, to rap. I will mostly use the headphones during workouts (3-4x a week) or travelling (2-3 times a year). Good cable management (not very tangly) is a plus.

 

I have narrowed my search down to 3 units:

 

JVC Xtreme Xplosive HA-FR201 (apparently the same as the FX101 but with inline controls): $20

- Drawback: Headphone cable seems quite thin and fragile.

 

Puma Keg Headphones PMAD3032 : $24

- Can't find much information online about these. I like the look but more importantly, the cable seems thick and is the flat, not round type, which I understand is more tangle resistant. Big plus is the 2 year warranty.

 

Sony Noise-Cancelling MDRNC13 : $30

- Can't find much information about these either. I've never had noise cancelling headphones and am wondering if they're worth it. One of the dissuading points is that they require a AAA battery, which might weigh down the cord and make them uncomfortable.

 

I was also interested in the JVC HA-FX40, but they're out of my price range at $50 locally.

 

I've read a lot of good things about the FR201(FX101) here, but can't find info about the other two. Any advice is appreciated!

Durable, electronic, rock, rap (although stating sound preferences/signature preferences would be much, much more helpful) - but regardless - 

 

FR201 - if they are indeed the same as the FX101 - the cable is average but JVC's never been too kind regarding their strain reliefs. 

 

No idea on the Pumas, sorry.

 

Someone I knew had the Sonys in-ears. They had gotten me the on-ear equivalent as a gift as well. In short - no. Definitely right about the weight. Plus they do horribly from source to source, very prone to hiss and the ANC doesn't help. 

 

I snapped on the FXD40s last Future Shop sale. They seem to be doing that quite often, so in terms of local availability, they do quite well for the price. Nice clarity, etc. I'd just wait if you are restricted to the big-store stuff.

 

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Originally Posted by ultramega View Post

I hope I'm posting this in the right place!

 

I'm looking to reshell and upgrade the drivers of one of my pairs of Shure SE535s through Unique Melody.

 

I'm a tad confused, though. I'm Canadian, so the first site that came up was custom-iem.com. They claim they are the exclusive North American dealer. But I couldn't find any confirmation from Unique Melody Global that they are indeed an official seller of Unique Melody products. So I sent an email to Unique Melody Global, and got a response telling me that they are an unauthorized dealer poaching images from Unique Melody Global, selling products unrepresentative of Unique Melody Global. But then when I look through this forum I see people have purchased from custom-iem.com. So what's the truth behind this?

 

Thanks!

They have? This is new to me as I've been planning on my W4 reshells and was going to go through them. Most, if not everyone NA-wise, have gotten them from what I've heard. Start a new thread and go into more details on the email response - this is definitely out of the blue.

 

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Originally Posted by Jungfrau View Post

Thank you for the feedback.  I ruled out the eQ-5's (Ortofon?) based on the design and wear characteristics.  The TKA BA200 look interesting and are definitely a consideration.  As for the Westone 2, those look interesting as well.  Excuse my ignorance but what is the difference between the W2 and W3, I know the 3 has 3 balanced armatures vs 2 but what does that mean acoustically?  So between the BA200 and W2, it is wide soundstage vs smaller stage, Treble is more laid back on the W2, while the BA200 has less bass (since it wasn't mentioned?)  Both IEM's sounds quite nice, I will have to see if there is anywhere local to demo them.

Not much - it's a design/tuning choice more than anything. Also most use driver count to tier their product line, among other things. 

 

Oh, the BA200s do extend quite well and are a tad thicker and subbassier than the Westones.

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@TwinQY that's an amazing response.. To add I prefer a warmer sound with my jazz, blues and classical. Not over clinical. Speed and attack also preferred.

To give you an idea my over the ear cans that I like are Audio Technica ATH-AD900x, Sony MDR-1R, and Sennheiser HD558. I'm selling the 558's as I prefer the AD900x slightly and they are more comfy. The Sony MDR 1R are great for travelling.
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post
None of the choices are really that well regarded even at the price - with the exceptions of the JVCs for purely basshead reasons. The above two, at the very least, would fit the sound signature profile.

 

 

Well it comes down to a pair of JVCs then. My brother buys a pair of Creative EP-630, so I can compare.

 

Last problem: there seem to be three models of Xtreme Xplosives and people are (not surprisingly) inconsistent on the differences:

 

-HA-FX1X

a bit muddy, but burn-in seems to improve a great bit

-HA-FX101

some say improved model with more detailed sub-bass and better separation&balance.

thinner cable, smaller driver

-HA-FX3X

newest model, some say an improvement all the way. Others say waste of money

 

Never thought picking a pair of IEMs could be so difficult until i got here^^

 

thx guys

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Are the Sony XBA-1iP the best IEM w/ mic for ~$40?

 

I'm looking for good sound but also a good mic. Of course, sound is more important.

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Originally Posted by gavinfabl View Post

@TwinQY that's an amazing response.. To add I prefer a warmer sound with my jazz, blues and classical. Not over clinical. Speed and attack also preferred.

To give you an idea my over the ear cans that I like are Audio Technica ATH-AD900x, Sony MDR-1R, and Sennheiser HD558. I'm selling the 558's as I prefer the AD900x slightly and they are more comfy. The Sony MDR 1R are great for travelling.

Warm, but with good technicalities AD900X-like - in that case the XBA-4 would have the more similar tonality out of the two. Neither are really as mid-forward as the rest of your rigs. Have you ever looked at the XBA-3? I have a hunch that you might prefer the signature on those a tad bit more.

 

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Well it comes down to a pair of JVCs then. My brother buys a pair of Creative EP-630, so I can compare.

 

Last problem: there seem to be three models of Xtreme Xplosives and people are (not surprisingly) inconsistent on the differences:

 

-HA-FX1X

a bit muddy, but burn-in seems to improve a great bit

-HA-FX101

some say improved model with more detailed sub-bass and better separation&balance.

thinner cable, smaller driver

-HA-FX3X

newest model, some say an improvement all the way. Others say waste of money

 

Never thought picking a pair of IEMs could be so difficult until i got here^^

 

thx guys

Surprisingly I had always thought the 101 I heard to have been the newest out of the lot. Well, now I'm confused. Sorry for not being much help :(

 

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Are the Sony XBA-1iP the best IEM w/ mic for ~$40?

 

I'm looking for good sound but also a good mic. Of course, sound is more important.

"Best", in this context, is so privy to criticism regarding the semantics of it all. But in which case, there is also the MH1C at this price to look at. Between the two, it's really about sound/signature preferences more than anything, as they are quite different but similarly well performing.

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Hey everyone,

I decided to explore the world of in-ears, but there are just so many to choose from! I enjoy darker/bassier headphones ie dt770 & px100ii so I'm looking for something with a similar sound signature with decent detail. So far I've been looking at the cks77, cks99, xb60ex, xb90ex, and re-400. Can anyone help steer me in the right direction?

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Originally Posted by PanamaHat View Post

Hey everyone,

I decided to explore the world of in-ears, but there are just so many to choose from! I enjoy darker/bassier headphones ie dt770 & px100ii so I'm looking for something with a similar sound signature with decent detail. So far I've been looking at the cks77, cks99, xb60ex, xb90ex, and re-400. Can anyone help steer me in the right direction?

None of those are rather dark. In fact the ATs are known for their sparkle and stridency, and the Sonys can get quite trebly as well. The RE-400s are the most laid-back out of the lot but they won't serve up copious amounts of bass. 

 

Budget? Open to alternatives? (TDK IE800s and the FXZ100/200s might be worth a look).

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None of those are rather dark. In fact the ATs are known for their sparkle and stridency, and the Sonys can get quite trebly as well. The RE-400s are the most laid-back out of the lot but they won't serve up copious amounts of bass. 

Budget? Open to alternatives? (TDK IE800s and the FXZ100/200s might be worth a look).

I'm looking to spend around $100 since it'll be my first decent iem, perhaps $150 if its worth it smily_headphones1.gif Comfort is a big deal for me as well. The ie800's seem pretty good from reviews. Those jvc's look quite uncomfortable lol. Would you say the xb60/90 have v-shaped sound signatures?
Keep the suggestions coming!
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Originally Posted by PanamaHat View Post

I decided to explore the world of in-ears, but there are just so many to choose from! I enjoy darker/bassier headphones ie dt770 & px100ii so I'm looking for something with a similar sound signature with decent detail. So far I've been looking at the cks77, cks99, xb60ex, xb90ex, and re-400. Can anyone help steer me in the right direction?

 

I think that the XB60EX might be a little too bassy for you.  Think of it as a DT770 with twice the bass and a bit of a premature roll off.  Also, as TwinQY said, the RE-400 might be too laid back and bass-light for you (it really isn't a bass monster, though it's got decent extension).  From what I've got here, seems like an RHA MA450i might be good for you.

 

Why, hello TwinQY, fancy seeing you here!  smile.gif

 

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Would you say the xb60 have a v-shaped sound signature?

 

Yes.  Well... more like a horizontally-flipped checkmark.

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Why, hello TwinQY, fancy seeing you here!  smile.gif

Yes.  Well... more like a horizontally-flipped checkmark.

What a coincidence wink wink wink.gif

Yep, pretty much.

 

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I'm looking to spend around $100 since it'll be my first decent iem, perhaps $150 if its worth it smily_headphones1.gif Comfort is a big deal for me as well. The ie800's seem pretty good from reviews. Those jvc's look quite uncomfortable lol. Would you say the xb60/90 have v-shaped sound signatures?
Keep the suggestions coming!

The JVC aren't terrible in comfort but not the best either. When you get a good fit with these though you REALLY get a good fit. So take that in consideration. They remind me of a nice "in-between" in terms of note presentation between the Senns and the Beyers. 

 

My top bet is still on the IE800s though.

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I have xb90ex and I wouldn't call it v shaped. more like, in terms of amounts, it is like a pyramid - where the base is well, the base, mids are the middle section and on top of it, there is a healthy portion of sparkly (not sharp) treble...

post #4169 of 5343

I just recently shipped back my Amperior headphones for a refund. The Supra Aural design hurt my ears after a while. I'm still looking for an upgrade to my Bose AE2 headphones. I just feel like I could be experiencing my music better  on the go. I just ordered a pair of AKG k240 but I still want headphones that don't disturb others that I can take with me places. Could anyone recommend a headphone under 300 dollars? I didn't think the amperior sounded that great. I've seen lists of portable headphones where it's ranked at the top of the list though. The problem for me was that the treble was too aggressive and I couldn't hear the mid section well. That's because I listen to a lot of black metal and aggressive music that already has a lot of treble. I'm looking for a headphone I can take with me to college, and just wear around the house. One that doesn't need too much bass or treble. Are there any? It has to be an upgrade from my AE2 headphones.  

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

"Best", in this context, is so privy to criticism regarding the semantics of it all. But in which case, there is also the MH1C at this price to look at. Between the two, it's really about sound/signature preferences more than anything, as they are quite different but similarly well performing.

Thanks, I'll take those into consideration. 

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