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post #4846 of 5343

Thank you for the reply regarding the galaxy s4 and IEM impedance. I currently live in the UK, and I desperately need an impedance adapter to be able to use my MH1c with my Galaxy S4, but I cannot find one sold anywhere apart from ebay but delivery from Hong Kong which would take too long as I am due to go travelling for a while. Can anyone reccommend an impedance adapter that is easily available in the UK?

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exspect-EX864-iPhone-Headphone-Adapter/dp/B0010VD8YS/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top%3Ftag=68656c7064757-20

 

Would the above do anything at all with regards to boosting the impedance of my headphones so they no longer crackle, or are they useless in this regard?

 

Thanks 

post #4847 of 5343

Hello, new here.

 

Hoping I can get some guidance. I'm looking to buy a pair of IEMs that can be worn straight down (not over the ears). One model I've been looking at in particular is the Fischer DBA-02 MKII's.

 

From doing some research today, a common issue people seem to have with wearing the cable straight down with these headphones (and apparently many other models/brands) is microphonics. Now, I understand the general concept of microphonics and what they are (annoying noises caused by the movement of the cable). The thing I don't understand is, I've currently got a pair of dirt cheap headphones (Sony brand, probably cost $10 or so). They're terrible, but one thing I never really notice with them is any unintended noise from the cable moving. So either this problem of microphonics is much more subtle and hard to notice than I assume it would be, or these dirt cheap headphones don't suffer from the same affliction that a pair of $180 headphones suffer from. Which would seem strange to me.

 

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the severity of the issue, but if someone could explain to me what I could expect from buying a pair of DBA-02 MKII's (or similar headphones) and wearing them straight down, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Alternatively, I'd love to hear any suggestions of other models which can be worn straight down and are in the range of $75 - $180 or so (could maybe go a little higher if there was something persuasive enough). I listen to a mix of genres (electronic, acoustic, indie, and classical primarily), and I'd be looking for something with detail, depth, separation of instruments, and a relatively wide soundstage (obviously understanding the confines of my budget).

 

I have somewhat narrow ear canals (at least I think I do), so nothing too bulky. I was looking at the Yamaha EPH-100SL for a while, but there were some warnings of them not being very comfortable for people with smaller ears, which is why I started gravitating towards the DBA-02 MKII's. Oh, and to reiterate once again, I really don't like wearing headphones over the ears. It's annoying taking them on and off if you wear a hat which goes past the top of your ears, which I do when I'm out and about.

 

Hope some people can share there opinions. Thanks.

post #4848 of 5343

The dunu Tai Chi seem to be what im looking for but it seems they arent sold where i live.

 

Any help???
 

post #4849 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Thumpinmood View Post

The dunu Tai Chi seem to be what im looking for but it seems they arent sold where i live.

 

Any help???

 

Yeah, no problem.  One of the guys at Dunu is a Head-Fi member:  rockywu0204

 

I've met him, really nice guy.  You can send him a PM and he'll be happy to help you out.  Tell him warrenpchi sent ya, he'll hook you up.

post #4850 of 5343
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Originally Posted by bogrod View Post

Thank you for the reply regarding the galaxy s4 and IEM impedance. I currently live in the UK, and I desperately need an impedance adapter to be able to use my MH1c with my Galaxy S4, but I cannot find one sold anywhere apart from ebay but delivery from Hong Kong which would take too long as I am due to go travelling for a while. Can anyone reccommend an impedance adapter that is easily available in the UK?

 

Hmm, honestly, I'd contact Ultimate Ears directly to see if you can buy that part straight from them.  The link I posted before should have the part number.  But in case it doesn't, just tell them you want the impedance adapter that comes with the UE900.

post #4851 of 5343

Hey CincinnatusC, welcome to Head-Fi.  smile.gif  Sorry about your wallet.  redface.gif

 

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Originally Posted by CincinnatusC View Post

 

From doing some research today, a common issue people seem to have with wearing the cable straight down with these headphones (and apparently many other models/brands) is microphonics. Now, I understand the general concept of microphonics and what they are (annoying noises caused by the movement of the cable). The thing I don't understand is, I've currently got a pair of dirt cheap headphones (Sony brand, probably cost $10 or so). They're terrible, but one thing I never really notice with them is any unintended noise from the cable moving. So either this problem of microphonics is much more subtle and hard to notice than I assume it would be, or these dirt cheap headphones don't suffer from the same affliction that a pair of $180 headphones suffer from. Which would seem strange to me.

 

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the severity of the issue, but if someone could explain to me what I could expect from buying a pair of DBA-02 MKII's (or similar headphones) and wearing them straight down, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Well, here's the thing... on some units, the microphonics can be horribly bad (i.e. very noticeable and quite annoying).  On others, not so much.  It all has to do with the materials used in the cabling as well as the strain relief mechanisms employed at the IEM housings.  The following is not an iron clad rule, but should help explain why the microphonics vs pricing schema isn't making sense to you.

 

Generally speaking, the harder or more brittle a cable/strain relief is, the more microphonic noise you will notice.  Conversely, the soft and more pliable a cable/strain relief is, the less microphonic noise you'll notice.  Now here's the thing, many higher end IEMs generally use more durable (i.e. denser and harder materials) for durability's sake.  While budget IEMs come with softer (i.e. cheaper) materials for cost savings.  So while you may not get as much microphonic noise with a lower cost unit, you can also predict that there's a greater likelihood of cable failure sooner in the life cycle. 

 

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Originally Posted by CincinnatusC View Post

Hello, new here.

 

Hoping I can get some guidance. I'm looking to buy a pair of IEMs that can be worn straight down (not over the ears). One model I've been looking at in particular is the Fischer DBA-02 MKII's.

 

Alternatively, I'd love to hear any suggestions of other models which can be worn straight down and are in the range of $75 - $180 or so (could maybe go a little higher if there was something persuasive enough). I listen to a mix of genres (electronic, acoustic, indie, and classical primarily), and I'd be looking for something with detail, depth, separation of instruments, and a relatively wide soundstage (obviously understanding the confines of my budget).

 

I have somewhat narrow ear canals (at least I think I do), so nothing too bulky. I was looking at the Yamaha EPH-100SL for a while, but there were some warnings of them not being very comfortable for people with smaller ears, which is why I started gravitating towards the DBA-02 MKII's. Oh, and to reiterate once again, I really don't like wearing headphones over the ears. It's annoying taking them on and off if you wear a hat which goes past the top of your ears, which I do when I'm out and about.

 

Hope some people can share there opinions. Thanks.

 

I haven't auditioned the DBA-02 MkII.  But if I'm understanding others correctly, the DBA-02 MkII can be a little lean, a little bright, with good speed.  If that's the case, and given your requirements above, I would suggest taking a look that the UE700.  smile.gif

post #4852 of 5343
Thanks so much for your help.

For those who have tried the dunu tai chi, how is the isolation??
post #4853 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Thumpinmood View Post

Thanks so much for your help.

For those who have tried the dunu tai chi, how is the isolation??

 

You're welcome of course!  I'm sure others will chime in as well, but it's quite good.  The housing is well-built and not too thin.  And the ear hooks that come with it are EXCELLENT at comfortably keeping them in place.  But the final determinant will be which tip you use.  Don't forget that the Tai Chi allows you to tune the sound signature with a combination of the port plugs and different tips.

 

I myself lean towards the neutral side, so I run it with plugged ports and grey tips.  In that configuration, isolation is about as good an any other IEM I've tried. No problems at all.

post #4854 of 5343
I'm new to iems and would love some advice. I am looking for something for when im at work listening to pandora on my galaxy s4 . I currently have a cheap pair of sony MDREX-10LP. I had stumbled onto the klipsch image s4a ii however I wanted to do some research and found this amazing site. So I have been reading tons of reviews and comparisons and have basically came to the conclusion that I likely shouldn't go with the s4. I dont fully understand all the the terminology but I prefer a good amount of base while still having great clarity. I usually listen to mostly rap. Just as a side note as I had mentioned I currently have some cheap iems but if the quality was noticeably better for less I might consider Headphones or earbuds too. Prefer under 100$. Thanks for all the great info ive already read and any possible advice anyone might have (I have a thread I started before I saw the message to post this type of question here. Couldn't figure out how to delete it)
Edited by cptkron - 5/25/13 at 7:57pm
post #4855 of 5343
Thanks again, since you know what youre talking about, what do the bass ports do? Do they make a difference? Is the isolation good enough for the gym and yardwork?
post #4856 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Thumpinmood View Post

Thanks again, since you know what youre talking about, what do the bass ports do?

 

Well, without going all in-depth into reflex ports, let's just say that unplugged = more bass while plugged = less bass.  smile.gif

 

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Originally Posted by Thumpinmood View Post

Do they make a difference?

 

Yes!

 

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Originally Posted by Thumpinmood View Post

Is the isolation good enough for the gym and yardwork?


For the gym, definitely.  As for yardwork, I think you and I both know that the sound of a weedwhacker will penetrate into your skull no matter what.  But it will be quieter and you will hear your music.

post #4857 of 5343

Hi cptkron, welcome to Head-Fi.  smile.gif  Sorry about your wallet.  redface.gif

 

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Originally Posted by cptkron View Post

I'm new to iems and would love some advice. I am looking for something for when im at work listening to pandora on my galaxy s4 . I currently have a cheap pair of sony MDREX-10LP. I had stumbled onto the klipsch image s4a ii however I wanted to do some research and found this amazing site. So I have been reading tons of reviews and comparisons and have basically came to the conclusion that I likely shouldn't go with the s4.

 

We're glad to have ya, and I wish more people would come by before making a purchase.  We could've saved them from bad headphones and IEMs.

 

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Originally Posted by cptkron View Post

I dont fully understand all the the terminology but I prefer a good amount of base while still having great clarity. I usually listen to mostly rap. Just as a side note as I had mentioned I currently have some cheap iems but if the quality was noticeably better for less I might consider Headphones or earbuds too. Prefer under 100$. Thanks for all the great info ive already read and any possible advice anyone might have

 

For Rap, Hip Hop (maybe even a little R&B and Pop now and then), I'd say go for the RHA MA350 ($40).  If you want/need and iDevice remote and mic on it, get the RHA MA450i ($50) instead.  Hey look at that, we even saved you money!

 

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(I have a thread I started before I saw the message to post this type of question here. Couldn't figure out how to delete it)

 

No worries, it happens all the time, we're kinda used to it.

post #4858 of 5343

Hey there guys. I'm looking for some in-ear headphones to complement my XBA-3's. Something a little less bright, and with more bass. My budget is around $200 dollars, and I was able to find the CKS1000 from Audio Technica for around $175-$180. Would you guys say it's a good choice?

post #4859 of 5343
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Originally Posted by Thumpinmood View Post

Thanks again, since you know what youre talking about, what do the bass ports do? Do they make a difference? Is the isolation good enough for the gym and yardwork?

Noise blocking using IEMs with a well-fitting tip is as good or better than most foam earplugs. For example, the Shure SE215 is rated to provide up to 37 dB of isolation. Similar IEMs have similar ratings. It is NOT going to cut 100% of the noise of a lawnmower. But, it's about as good as it gets. The only way to get better is to use the IEMs, then double-up with a really good set of Peltor or Bilsom hearing protection muffs.
post #4860 of 5343
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The only way to get better is to use the IEMs, then double-up with a really good set of Peltor or Bilsom hearing protection muffs.

 

Hey now, there ya go!  Hadn't thought of that.  smile.gif

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