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post #16 of 55
Nice comparison Flysweep. I should have a review up soon and will link it here. I've really been enjoying them.
post #17 of 55

The clarity in their sound is amazing for their price IMO.

post #18 of 55
Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

Nice comparison Flysweep. I should have a review up soon and will link it here. I've really been enjoying them.

Looking forward to that.

 

I had been using the single flange tips since getting the A161p, up until today.. I just switched to the (included) double flange and really like the fit and sound.  The double flange accommodates a shallower (but very secure) fit.. the soundstage is definitely more open & airy.. quite perfect in fact.  The sound is more balanced (less mid-forward) too.  I'm really impressed by how immersive these sound, now.

 

Yep, these are my favorite tips for them.

post #19 of 55
post #20 of 55
Thread Starter 

Will add your review, y0's, zeigest and Flysweep's comparison to the first page soon. Been busy but I plan on reading them today. 

post #21 of 55
Thread Starter 

Updated the review/impressions page, lots of more information going out for these. Hope to have my review up in a week, but it's going to be tough as I plan on releasing my ER4S and EX1000 review at the same time. 

post #22 of 55

I was comparing Ortofon e-Q5 and A161P. At the same volume on Sansa FUZE+ bass is greater in quantity for A161P but the sub bass extension is more in e-Q5. Since the impedance of Ortofon is much higher than A161P, volume adjustment should be taken into account. Correct me if I am wrong.

 

Nonetheless the two IEMs are pretty close in sound preference and A161 seems like a good option at the price point.

post #23 of 55

These sound like a steal, especially with all the promotions Meelec has.

post #24 of 55

Just caught sight of this IEM, and looks like a real bargain for its sound! I was on the verge of hitting that B2 pre-order; can anyone give me a comparison between these and the DBA-02/B2? It would be much appreciated. I'm wondering which one would provide a better compliment to my FXT90's. What interests me most is pristine clarity and technical ability: instrument separation, soundstage, and PRAT/speed... in particular, the ease and power to which they reproduce the fastest of distorted guitar and drumkit and rendering dense classical music pieces.

 

Edited by vaed - 6/18/12 at 8:28pm
post #25 of 55
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Originally Posted by vaed View Post

Just caught sight of this IEM, and looks like a real bargain for its sound! I was on the verge of hitting that B2 pre-order; can anyone give me a comparison between these and the DBA-02/B2? It would be much appreciated. I'm wondering which one would provide a better compliment to my FXT90's. What interests me most is pristine clarity and technical ability: instrument separation, soundstage, and PRAT/speed... in particular, the ease and power to which they reproduce the fastest of distorted guitar and drumkit.

 

 

I'll do this tomorrow morning.  That is an interesting comparison as the two IEMs do share some characteristics... 

post #26 of 55

Much appreciated, sir! I look forward to your comparison. (as well as anyone else!)


Edited by vaed - 6/18/12 at 8:27pm
post #27 of 55

Brainwavz B2 vs MEElectronics A161p

Please note I don't have an extensive classical collection.  So that part will be left up to someone else.  Everything else I can do.

Bass
They both have a very similar presentation with the low end.  The A161ps seem to do a better job digging into the sub-bass for bass guitars as well as much better texturing.  Both offer great impact overall, they are just about at the same level actually.  The A161, as stated does a better job as you go deeper.  Neither is really tighter than the other though and the A161s have a slightly better punch, you'd have to AB to figure this one out though.  A161 takes this one slightly

Mids
The A161s are sweeter than the B2s.  Although the B2s offer a good amount of sweetness, the A161s do it more.  Lower, distortion guitars are better rendered by the B2s simply due to the speed and precision in the midrange.  That said, the B2s have better lower-midrange detailing while the A161s do as good of a job with the higher mids.  Detailing and clarity are basically good throughout for the B2 and A161.  Both offer plenty of energy in the midrange.  At the technical level, the B2 and the MEEs are tied when it comes to midrange really.

Highs
In the high end, the MEEs roll off way too early, which is better than the more aggressive approach the B2s take.  Although at this point, they both have a good amount of aggression to them.  The MEEs do a better job with snare snaps while the B2s do an absolutely beautiful job rendering cymbal splashes.  Although both IEMs do an ample job at sparkle and energy overall.  Detailing and clarity, however, is a no brainer as the B2s are instantly miles ahead (not literally I guess) compared to the A161s.  The roll off on the A161 can cause smearing on my end, maybe a bit of sibilance as well.  B2s take this by a long shot.

Specifics
You asked specifically about clarity, sound stage (and instrument separation), as well as PRAT.  They are below.

 

Clarity

Both have extremely great clarity to them.  If I had to choose, the MEEs seem to offer better clarity overall compared to the B2s which only beat it out when you go to the lower mids.  That's about it.  Vocal clarity as well as higher instrumentals are taken by the MEEs.  Clarity in the high end is definitely the B2s strong spot while the low end (not clarity, but presence) is better done by the MEE.  It's really just a toss up.

Instrument Separation and Soundstage
Sound stage is about the same for both.  Maybe slightly better with the MEE.  Slightly as in barely larger.  You're going to get a similar size, but different instruments pushed back and different instruments forward.  

PRAT
The B2s get this by a long shot.  They are simply faster and quicker than the MEEs.  Midrange guitars, snares, as well as drums in general are a lot faster.  This is due to the quicker decay of the B2s which is naturally done.  MEE decays a lot slower, but as dynamic (in different areas though).
 

These two IEMs, in my eyes, are at around the same level.  The B2s do sound more refined due to the high end and its speed and precision though.  The MEEs dig deeper and take on a sweeter sound (which can lead to better perceived clarity).

 

Hope this helps.  Let me know if you need any clarification on anything (it's midnight right now :p).

post #28 of 55

Wow, thank you for that extensive and prompt answer, many more thanks for detailing the specifics, as well! Very appreciated, and I can't of anything to ask.

 

And this should definitely go in the front page, calling you Inks!

 

Edited by vaed - 6/18/12 at 10:47pm
post #29 of 55

tinyman's comparison practically mirror my impressions, too.  Well done.  

 

My caveats:

 

I feel the B2 possesses better clarity.. but the A161p has better note weight.  I'd also say the B2 is the more 'detailed' of the two. 

 

I continue to be very impressed with the A161p.  A fantastic phone that compliments the B2 quite well.

post #30 of 55
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Originally Posted by vaed View Post

Wow, thank you for that extensive and prompt answer, many more thanks for detailing the specifics, as well! Very appreciated, and I can't of anything to ask.

 

And this should definitely go in the front page, calling you Inks!

 

 

No problem :)  Glad I could help.

 

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Originally Posted by FlySweep View Post

tinyman's comparison practically mirror my impressions, too.  Well done.  

 

My caveats:

 

I feel the B2 possesses better clarity.. but the A161p has better note weight.  I'd also say the B2 is the more 'detailed' of the two. 

 

I continue to be very impressed with the A161p.  A fantastic phone that compliments the B2 quite well.

 

+1 to all of this really.  A161 is impressive as ever.  It picks up the B2s at all of its shortcomings (if you want to call them that :p).

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