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Are TF10s hard to drive?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I've tried my TF10 with all of my on-hand players (don't laugh), the iPhone 3GS, iPod Nano 3rd Gen, and a Sansa C200 series. None of these seem to power my TF10s enough. They sound very cloudy, muffled, and the bass makes Beats Pro sound bassless. Not sure if I got a bad set, or are they just underpowered? I didn't expect them to sound *a lot* worse than my M50.

So, are they underpowered via the 3GS, and Nano 3G? Or did I get a blown set? If the former is true, would a FiiO e5 have a large improvement?
post #2 of 17

Maybe you dont like them? Funny though  iwas looking at them and im almost sure i saw it say something about portable mp3 use.

i say lemon.

post #3 of 17

I power them from my Sansa Fuze and HTC Incredible just fine. They could use a bit more juice but sound fine. What tips are you using?

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
I've used the Comply T500s, some tips from Astro's A*STAR IEM which I found extremely comfortable, and the small sized stock tips. When I plug them into my crappy desktop comp, they sound worse than my 3GS, so I'm starting to think they're underpowered.
post #5 of 17

I have used them with a Clip Zip and Cowon J3. I dont use either of them at full volume.

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Did they sound different when paired with a different source? 'Cause if someone did a blind sound test on me alongside the JVC Marshmallows, it'd be pretty hard to tell them apart with my current sources. I might be exchanging them if they are a lemon. What do you guys think?
post #7 of 17

^^^

Im starting to think your ears may be broken biggrin.gif


Edited by alv4426 - 3/6/12 at 5:46pm
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm starting to think my TF10s are broken lol. I've also heard that sets from Amazon (where mine was purchased) had blown drivers also.
post #9 of 17

Don't think that's true (that's where i got mine from), and if it is they will replace them (or refund yo $) so contact them now.

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
What's your rig with them?
post #11 of 17

I use them straight out of anything pretty much. Iphone 4, MBP, walkman, and Ipod classic(although its not that great). But I usually use this config... iphone>Fiio L3> Fiio E6>TF10

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
How does it sound with the iPhone 4 compared to the FiiO setup?
post #13 of 17

What I like is that I don't need to listen at really high volumes to hear all the details in the music. And the second EQ setting on the E6 (blue light) brings out the wow factor for me listening to the TF10. But don't expect night & day differences using the iphone since it is already pretty good. Now on my classic it is a pretty big bump in performance.

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hmm. I may have gotten a blown set. I'm gonna be returning these to Amazon, and if the second pair isn't better, I'll probably look at the Shure SE535s. Oh, and your 1000th post was on this thread biggrin.gif
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Agony View Post

Hmm. I may have gotten a blown set. I'm gonna be returning these to Amazon, and if the second pair isn't better, I'll probably look at the Shure SE535s. Oh, and your 1000th post was on this thread :D


+1 to the 535's :P

 

The TF10's are one of my friend's favourite though. If I didn't like the Shure sound sig more, I would've gotten the TF10's.

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