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post #661 of 3523

After reading all of your comments about the 334's I would love to have them.

I will use them 99% on airplanes. My question is will they fit so that I can rest my head (ear) against the cushion and on flights where I am lucky enough to have a reclining seat, lay down on my side with my ear resting on a pillow or the head rest?

     I have used the Fitear togo 334 on the airplane during the flight of my  baltic cruise.   The isolation is very good but not 100% isolation

     It was very comfortable to wear but the earphones protruded out more than other IEM e.g. Sennheiser IE8 or Shure 535.  I could  not comfortably use the Fitear 334 turning the head

to the side even with the full reclining seat.  The sound was excellent as mentioned earlier in this post.  I also brought the Final Audio FI-BA-SB and Final Audio PF VIII along

but the isolation of  the PF VIII was not that good and I preferred the sound of the Fitear over the FI-BA-SB so most of the time I used the Fitear togo 334.,   I also

prefer Fitear togo 334 over the AKG K3003 although I do not purchase that because of the relative lack of bass response .

 


Edited by kiertijai - 8/9/12 at 11:22pm
post #662 of 3523
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Originally Posted by Vaipec View Post

The 334 mids are clear, transparent and immensely detailed. HD800 detail level. 

 

Unless the 334 has next level detail over the UERM that's not quite imaginable for me.  While my customs used to be on par or even better than my HD800 rig that is no longer the case now that's it's been upgraded.  The HD800 is 1-2 steps above any portable rig or phone I've ever heard now.  One reason I'm looking at potential portable upgrades.  

post #663 of 3523

tried the 334 a few days ago and it is sonically "nearly" perfect for me out of my iPhone 2G and my friend's iPhone 4. Comfort is somewhat more comfortable compare to TF10, but not as comfortable as my shure 215. At first I dont think they will sit comfortably in my ears but they sure sit inside my ears well and did not bulge too much to the outside

post #664 of 3523
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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

 

Unless the 334 has next level detail over the UERM that's not quite imaginable for me.  While my customs used to be on par or even better than my HD800 rig that is no longer the case now that's it's been upgraded.  The HD800 is 1-2 steps above any portable rig or phone I've ever heard now.  One reason I'm looking at potential portable upgrades.  

 

I think,, unmodded and without the very best amp synergy, the HD800's brightness might distract a lot of people from details across the rest of the spectrum.  At least, that was my experience before tube rolling with my WA22.  I'm wondering if they'll get significantly better when my Balancing Act arrives.  You tried that combination, right Anaxilus?  Was it wonderful?

post #665 of 3523
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Originally Posted by driver 8 View Post

 

I think,, unmodded and without the very best amp synergy, the HD800's brightness might distract a lot of people from details across the rest of the spectrum.  At least, that was my experience before tube rolling with my WA22.  I'm wondering if they'll get significantly better when my Balancing Act arrives.  You tried that combination, right Anaxilus?  Was it wonderful?

 

Yup!  The only downside is the same w/ pretty much all DHTs to my understanding.  A slightly softer imaging than something like the S7 or awesome SS amps.  But the 3D SS with width and depth is so natural and detailed you'll just get sucked in and disappear.  It becomes more of an experience.  I recommend the running the PX4 bias if you do 300Bs.  That sounded very good.  Purrin got some new production Russian 300Bs for his BA and they sound very nice.  Best new production tubes I've heard so far for my preferences.

 

Sorry for the OT. 

post #666 of 3523
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Originally Posted by palestofwhite View Post


Definitely interested to hear more about your Alo cables. I had no chance with the 000s. mad.gif


My Review of ALO Cable

Physically, the ALO cable is thicker and significantly more flexible than the FitEar cable. The ALO cable uses twisted pair but the FitEar cable uses coax. The ALO cable is about 6 inches longer than the FitEar cable. Both cables appear to use the same connectors at both ends.

One minor complaint is the cheesy strain relief on the 1/8 inch connector. It's an ill-fitting piece of shrink wrap that doesn't quite contact the wire it is supposed to be protecting. I can think of at least a couple more functional, and more professional solutions.

The cables were easy to exchange and were clearly marked for side and polarity. The ALO cables fit around the ears better because the wires remain bent in an arc shape while the FitEar cables do not. The ALO cables were slightly less microphonic compared to the FitEar cables. I could barely hear the buttons on my HM-801 any more. However the ALO cables are still plenty loud when you drag them across the table.

I did some A/B listening tests going straight out my mini-DAC playing my SHM version of Breakfast In America (16/44) and others. I also tried it out my HM-801. The difference was much easier to hear over the mini-DAC which is brighter than the HM-801. The difference is subtle at best, a slightly more extended high end on some songs. Obviously I'm not a tweaker here.

I think the ALO cable is a better cable and I will continue to use it. They are more comfortable and have less microphonics. They sound slightly better now but I believe I will come to appreciate this more over time. I might look for some kind of cable wrap to improve the microphonics and some kind of strain relief I can apply post-assembly.

 

Hope this helps

post #667 of 3523

TO GO! 111 & TO GO! 334

                                                                                                                        

700

 

  • The 334 is a great IEM.
  • The 334 is not better (SQ-wise) than the 111
  • The 111 is not better (SQ-wise) than the 334.
  • More drivers does NOT get you better sound.
  • My favourite IEM remains the wonderfully 'flawed' Piano Forte IX, followed very closely by the 1601SS.
  • The FI-BA-SS & K3003 are indeed fantastic IEMs.
post #668 of 3523

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

TO GO! 111 & TO GO! 334

                                                                                                                        

700

 

  • The 334 is a great IEM.
  • The 334 is not better (SQ-wise) than the 111
  • The 111 is not better (SQ-wise) than the 334.
  • More drivers does NOT get you better sound.
  • My favourite IEM remains the wonderfully 'flawed' Piano Forte IX, followed very closely by the 1601SS.
  • The FI-BA-SS & K3003 are indeed fantastic IEMs.

 

I love the backround. Did you know that the man who drew that died at the age of 24 of a heart attack? (!)

 

I am with you on the PF IX. Extreme OT but which do you prefer of the FI-BA-SS and K3003? Or is it as with your comparison of the 334 and 111?

post #669 of 3523

I have just received my pair of TG!334.

 

Out of the box, it is nothing short of amazing. bigsmile_face.gif

post #670 of 3523
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I love the backround. Did you know that the man who drew that died at the age of 24 of a heart attack? (!)

 

I believe it was actually a painting not a drawing. And yes, I know he died very young. In fact, he died soon after the album was released.

 

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Extreme OT but which do you prefer of the FI-BA-SS and K3003? Or is it as with your comparison of the 334 and 111?

 

Tough one, to be perfectly honest. Both are exceptional phones, really. I love both for different reasons. The FI-BA-SS on well recorded / mastered albums is simply an incredible phone. The K3003 is certainly no slouch with well recorded music but it also has other qualities, and I could simply not part with it. If pressed, however, I might choose the FADs... today.

 

EDIT: I'd still recommend the K3003s over the FI-BA-SS to most people.


Edited by music_4321 - 8/13/12 at 6:59am
post #671 of 3523
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

I have just received my pair of TG!334.

 

Out of the box, it is nothing short of amazing. bigsmile_face.gif

 

Glad you like it! I have to admit I've lost my curiosity about any other IEM on the market today after having the TG!334 :D.

post #672 of 3523

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

I believe it was actually a painting not a drawing. And yes, I know he died very young. In fact, he died soon after the ground-breaking album --with the iconic album cover-- was released.

 

True. Sloppy verb use on my part.

 

 

Tough one, to be perfectly honest. Both are exceptional phones, really. I love both for different reasons. The FI-BA-SS on well recorded / mastered albums is simply an incredible phone. The K3003 is certainly no slouch with well recorded music but it also has other qualities, and I could simply not part with it. If pressed, however, I might choose the FADs... today.

 

EDIT: I'd still recommend the K3003s over the FI-BA-SS to most people.

 

Key words being most people. You know my tastes. I am becoming seriously interested in the FI-BA-SS.

 

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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

I have just received my pair of TG!334.

 

Out of the box, it is nothing short of amazing. bigsmile_face.gif

 

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Glad you like it! I have to admit I've lost my curiosity about any other IEM on the market today after having the TG!334 :D.

 

Then there is this...  uelover, very curious to hear about your experiences with fit and isolation. And further impressions on the sound, of course.  :-)

post #673 of 3523

Right --- Here's my current take: I think most people would prefer the 334 over the 111 & FI-BA-SS, and most certainly over the Piano Forte IX & 1601SS.

However, in my not so humble opinion, the 334 is not necessarily a better phone sonically than the TG 111 or FI-BA-SS --- and let me stress that the 334 is indeed a truly excellent phone, it most certainly is. And, to these ears, the 334 is clearly, markedly, a step up from my ES3X, W4 and UM3X, no doubt whatsoever there.

However, I think some people would genuinely --hype AND 'drivers wars' aside-- prefer the most EXCELLENT 111 and / or FI-BA-SS because, amongst other things, they have a more linear, more correct FR, and I personally would not, at present, trade my 111 or FI-BA-SS for the 334s. FWIW, I find the FI-BA-SS slightly more 'musical' than the 111. And I find the PF IX and 1601SS even more so. "Musical", unfortunately, is not really the right word to convey what I mean...


Edited by music_4321 - 8/13/12 at 7:34am
post #674 of 3523

Music, thank you for the very interesting thoughts/comparisons. When I next visit Hong Kong in September, I hope to visit Jaben and hear some or all of these for myself.

post #675 of 3523

One thing the 334s & K3003s share, and it's something to be seriously taken into account, is that both manage to perform remarkably well with both very good recordings/masters AND poor ones. This alone makes me recommend both these phones over other phones I may personally prefer, ie they are both better all-rounders than my other favourite phones. The 334 is also VERY competent when it comes to dynamics --something often overlooked-- though I think the K3003 may still have the upper hand in that department (I do need to do a bit of proper A/B'ing to be 100% sure, though).

As for the so-called "coherence" issue I and others have spoken about previously (particularly in reference to the K3003s), I'm not entirely sure the 334 does better in that particular area (yes I think the K3003 may be a slightly more coherent IEM), but I still need to do more serious critical listening to be 100% sure, but things do seem to point in that direction -- these, however, are very, VERY minute, almost imperceptible issues most of the time).

2-3 weeks ago someone said they found the 334 somewhat lacking in the bass department, or that they expected/preferred a bit more low-end response. This is most certainly NOT the case and, if anything, any more bass and these may well be stepping into basshead territory. Seriously.

I was a little concerned about treble performance (perhaps the 334s being a bit too polite), and I have to say the 334s are really excellent in that department: forgiving enough yet very detailed with sufficient and very, very convincing sparkle -- hats off to FitEar there.

Two reasons why I decided to get the 334s: a) how very impressed I was with the 111s, and b) of the 4 drivers on the 334s two were dedicated to mid frequencies, mids being the one frequency I attach most importance to. Mids may not be the very best I have personally heard --that has to go to the PX IX & 1601SS-- but mids are indeed superb, easily rivalling those of the 111s and Heaven-S (I actually think the underrated Heaven-S renders mid freqs ever so slightly better than the FI-BA-SS).

 

EDIT: I prefer the mids on the 334s to those on the K3003s.


Edited by music_4321 - 8/13/12 at 10:02am
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