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post #3301 of 3818

i love the overmolds but think they need to be redesigned for the 334's.

post #3302 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post
 

i love the overmolds but think they need to be redesigned for the 334's.

 

ALO & BTG have got overmolds that are perfect for the 334's (and almost perfect for the CIEMs...just minor modding required for the BTGs). So it's possible to "do it right".

post #3303 of 3818
Yeah I have the starlight for my f111 and the 000 for my 334s...and the btg audio over molds are perfect I esp like the guide wires to keep everything firm and in place.
post #3304 of 3818

I've just sent payment to Matthew at Forza Audioworks for a FitEar hybrid cable, can't wait for it to arrive!

post #3305 of 3818

sorry for noobs question:

 

for now i am using alo international for driving 334 through my iPhone 4s via camera connection kit or to my laptop, and i love the overall sound of it. very very musical, big soundstage and nice imaging. the only problem are the international have too much power for 334, so i should be careful whenever i turn the volume knob.

 

any suggestion for link where i could digging more information for best dec/amp or DAP for pairing with 334?

post #3306 of 3818
Possibly an amp that's geared for IEM's with no noise floor. Pico slim and Vorzuge pure II is working well for me. I personally like the sound straight from my iPhone.
post #3307 of 3818
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

Possibly an amp that's geared for IEM's with no noise floor. Pico slim and Vorzuge pure II is working well for me. I personally like the sound straight from my iPhone.

 

thanks for your response..

 

already tried pico slim, but i could not get excited with the soundstage and the vocal in 334.. and never tried vorzuge pure II.. will look for a chance to audition..

 

for your iPhone, you not use any additional external dac?

post #3308 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Samhain View Post

thanks for your response..

already tried pico slim, but i could not get excited with the soundstage and the vocal in 334.. and never tried vorzuge pure II.. will look for a chance to audition..

for your iPhone, you not use any additional external dac?
I do use the AK10 on occasion but the improvement in sound isn't worth the premium in price. You will get a better stage and better performance overall if you're willing to pay for it. The Pure II is up there as one of the best amps I've heard. I've heard some RF interference though using it with my iPhone. Also the Meier Quickstep might be an option. I had the 2Step which is still high on the list for me and the Quickstep has better shielding. RSA Intruder might work. I don't remember if there was any popping or the synergy with 334 was good. I might not have had the two at the same time. Pure II brings out the treble of the 334 which no other amp I've heard was able to do as well.
post #3309 of 3818

i would recommend something like the resonessence labs herus

post #3310 of 3818

Of the 350 or so posts I’ve written since I became a Head-Fi member, this post is probably going to be my most important, even if it’s only helpful to one other owner of the FitEar ToGo 334.


I got my 334 about 10 months ago, and pretty much after a month or so felt I wasn’t too happy with it, and so began contemplating to sell it. In many ways it sounded quite excellent but too dark, a bit congested at loud volumes, and sometimes somewhat anaemic, and more often than not the stock tips would create an underpressure in my ear canals rendering them not just uncomfortable but also sounding somewhat unnatural, like the sound was being “pumped” into my ears creating all sorts of strange effects. Simply put, it was nowhere near my other TOTL IEMs.


Considering all glowing reviews, all rave, and how this or that cable would make all the difference, I felt utterly dumfounded. However, because of all of those posts - describing the 334 as something like “god’s gift to audiophiles”- I wasn’t ready to give up. I must confess though that in the back of my mind I had a nagging feeling it could actually be a bad case of the old hype. Also, having spent so much money - despite an excellent resale value - I just wasn’t ready to give up. So, I set out on a quest to try to find out what was wrong. I would investigate tips, my sources, my files, and my hearing. Well, to make a very long story very short my quest failed, although not completely. I found out that with my CEntrance 1 Ohm modified DACport (and to some extent with my my iPod Touch generation 4) and - most importantly – a pair of Comply foam tips T-500 I could get some really decent sound out of the 334, perhaps even good enough to keep it. However, as time passed I used my 334 less and less and eventually, not at all.


Now, just a couple of days ago something quite remarkable, completely unexpected and for me revolutionary happened, and it happened more or less by chance. As I was going through my cabinet looking for my backup hard disk, my eyes fell on the FitEar Otterbox and so reminded me that it was due time to put it up for sale. Then I remembered I had some new olive shaped tips that came with my Wooduo 2 from HiSoundAudio. For a moment I hesitated as I wasn’t sure they’d fit the nozzle of the 334. Nevertheless I decided to give it a go.


To my extreme surprise, the 334 sounded like a completely different phone from what I was used to. Most importantly, its resolving capability seemed to have increased by a factor of at least 10, and all of a sudden it had a completely new ability to convey some very real and realistic (raw) energy in the music, without becoming even the slightest intrusive or congested. Put another way it sounded oh so very musical. Instrument separation became significantly more defined - without any unnatural or exaggerated gaps - and together with the newfound resolution and unparalleled detail retrieval making it easy to discern myriads of fine nuances in every voice and instrument in my reference tracks, especially so in the mid-range; stuff that I hadn’t really noticed or appreciated with any of my other phones. It also sounded more spacious, lush and balanced. I felt that every sound aspect had improved.


Wow! Who would have thought? However, I still wasn’t perfectly happy as the bass was now sounding slightly thin and the treble still a tad lacking. I quickly realised the reason for the lack in bass was that I only had about 95 % or so of a perfect seal in my left ear. Luckily, the Wooduo 2 also came with a pair of large olive shaped tips. Now the bass transformed from being very good to godlike; authoritative and punchy but with fabulous control and without becoming the least overpowering. Combine that with the pristine newfound resolution and I felt it was the best bass I have ever heard. With the T-500 Comply foam tips the bass was outright bloated and uncontrolled compared to this! Still, the treble was a tad lacking, so a decided to do what I usually never do; give it a tad of EQ treble boost. It worked perfectly!


Sitting in my armchair with closed eyes I was in audio heaven and couldn’t stop listening. But my story doesn’t end here; the next step made me fall in love with the 334.

 

Before I continue I want to apologise for my hype, but I do have a few other TOTL IEMs (check my profile) and my “Philips Golden Ears” to lean on, so I feel that - at least to some small extent - I’m entitled to some hype.


So, as I was sitting in my comfortable armchair enjoying my audio heaven I then - without thinking about it - tilted my head backwards to make it rest on the headrest, and as I gradually tilted my head the overall improvements in sound significantly increased again. It seemed to open up the 334 to its full potential. What happened of course was that by tilting my head backwards the shape of my ear canals changed making the tips fit like a glove. At this point I felt ecstatic about the sound being delivered to my ears. I just couldn’t believe it. At the same time it was somewhat disconcerting. Tilting my head backwards for hours wouldn’t just look funny and be impractical, but would quickly become very uncomfortable too (I suffered from pain in the back of my neck for a couple of days after this exercise). Obviously the fit wasn’t perfect after all. The question now was if I could do anything about it. I unplugged the ear tips and then with total focus and closed eyes fitted the tips back into my ears with a slightly different angel and a slightly shallower fit. My heart pounding as I pressed the play button to start the music and hear the result. Yes, yes, and yes, the new glorious sound was all there. The fit now seemed perfect.


After several years in this hobby I know for sure that fit and seal of ear tips is absolutely paramount, and I’m always very particular about it, but I truly had no idea that selection of ear tips could have such a tremendous, and I mean tremendous impact. Well, let me tell you, lesson learned! I did order a bunch of MeElectronics’ ear tips for the 334 but none of them worked any better than the stock tips, and that’s probably why I never bothered to order the Ortofon tips mentioned in the thread, but they’re on order now.


My headache now is that I really want a few spares of the Wooduo 2 large olive shaped ear tips. I visited HiSoundAudio’s site but their “store” didn’t seem to work and the site was extremely slow. I’ll include a few pictures of the ear tips in this post with the hope that perhaps any of you will be able to help me identify them and possibly also tell me where I could order them. It would make me very, very happy! They seem to be made of semi soft rubber and fit nozzles with a diameter of about 4.5 to 5.0 millimetres.


So, if you’re still with me, thank you for reading! I’m now one very, very happy owner of the FitEar ToGo 334!

 

post #3311 of 3818

Glad to see you've had such a positive turnaround :). I myself use ortofon tips, and I don't think you can go wrong with those. Do give them a few days to "break them in" to make the softer and more comfortable.

post #3312 of 3818
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Originally Posted by EveTan View Post
 

Glad to see you've had such a positive turnaround :). I myself use ortofon tips, and I don't think you can go wrong with those. Do give them a few days to "break them in" to make the softer and more comfortable.

I will, thanks! It will be very interesting to see if they can match my Wooduo 2 olive shaped tips. If so, I won't mind their price, at all!

post #3313 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post
 

I will, thanks! It will be very interesting to see if they can match my Wooduo 2 olive shaped tips. If so, I won't mind their price, at all!

 

Just a word of caution, Aero Dynamik: because the Ortofon tips are very soft, there may be this tendency to push them too far in with the result that the soundstage of the TG 334 may be reduced. Have fun with them!:atsmile:

post #3314 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post
 

I will, thanks! It will be very interesting to see if they can match my Wooduo 2 olive shaped tips. If so, I won't mind their price, at all!

Another word of caution. The size of tips is also critical. You may need to order a set to see which size works best for you.

post #3315 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post
 

 

Just a word of caution, Aero Dynamik: because the Ortofon tips are very soft, there may be this tendency to push them too far in with the result that the soundstage of the TG 334 may be reduced. Have fun with them!:atsmile:

You have a good point, similar to EX-1000 in that sound stage is lost if forced in tightly.  I wonder why that is so.  Also, bass response depends on the seal.

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