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post #451 of 1852
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Originally Posted by Huxley View Post


That good?
What high end universal, could they be compared to?

I honestly can't guess what they compare to from the ones I've heard.  It's just such a fun sounding phone but the details I hear in the music are stunning.  Last night I was listening to Led Zeppelin to the Chromatics and so on and it just sounded so good with them all.  My favorites used be the EX1000's but these have a harder hitting bass and no sibilance that I heard on the Sony's.  The stage isn't big on these but seems perfect width and depth.  Fit is great for me, I can even sleep with them in.  Comparing these the the FXD70's, I think the vents really helps open up the sound on these for the better.  

post #452 of 1852
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Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

I honestly can't guess what they compare to from the ones I've heard.  It's just such a fun sounding phone but the details I hear in the music are stunning.  Last night I was listening to Led Zeppelin to the Chromatics and so on and it just sounded so good with them all.  My favorites used be the EX1000's but these have a harder hitting bass and no sibilance that I heard on the Sony's.  The stage isn't big on these but seems perfect width and depth.  Fit is great for me, I can even sleep with them in.  Comparing these the the FXD70's, I think the vents really helps open up the sound on these for the better.  

Interesting so possibly like my eph100, only more open and detailed.

How does the likes of kashmir or babe I'm gonna leave you sound like?
post #453 of 1852
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Originally Posted by Huxley View Post


Interesting so possibly like my eph100, only more open and detailed.
How does the likes of kashmir or babe I'm gonna leave you sound like?

I also own the EPH-100 and those could possibly be one of the best universals I've heard also.  Maybe I'm just addicted to different sounds from different brands and headphone/earphones.  The JVC's sort of suck me in more than the Yamaha's currently.  Both are awesome and are worth owning, especially at the prices they sell for.  Funny you mention babe I'm leaving you because that was the tune I was listening to when I felt how good it sounded.  Kashmir is something special also, I also have the Symphonic version of Zeppelin songs and that album is fantastic on headphones/earphones.  Especially ones with good amount of quality bass.  

post #454 of 1852
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Originally Posted by kiteki View Post

I wonder how these sound versus the TF10?  That would be an interesting review. =)

 

Edit:  "FI-BA-A1 / ATH CK10 / Vsonic GR07 / Etymotic hf5"  I see you have a few kings of the $100-200 IEM's there gnarlsagan.  Well the CK10 is around $250 but "the TWFK IEM" then. =)

 

Fun times ahead.

 

Had actually. The CK10 was the hardest to let go, but the others not so much.

 

Do you have the FXD80's? Given your massive listening history you're in a good position to rate them technically if you have them. Sorry if I missed that info somewhere. I'm actually interested in what was being said earlier about the 80's in comparison to the W4... I always gathered that the W4's treble would be too recessed for a DBA/FXT90 fanboy like myself.


Edited by gnarlsagan - 7/2/12 at 1:17pm
post #455 of 1852
Originally Posted by DannyBai View Post

FXD80's might be my favorite universal I've ever heard.  These are seriously wicket sounding phones.  

 

It's certainly among my favorites, as well.  Considering how many hours I've spent listening to the FXD80, I usually know by now if it's is a phone I'm going to keep or if it's time to try something else.  The FXD80 is definitely the former.  In terms of sheer enjoyment, it ranks among the top 3 of all the universals I've owned (surpassing the GR07, EX600, e-Q5, etc.).. comfortably sitting next to my other two favorites (the RE262 & RE272).  It's no coincidence these are the only universals I now own (and the A161p.. for iPhone/talk purposes) considering how my customs and full sized phones demand a lot of attention.

 

I've got to have well over a hundred hours on the FXD80 by now.. and I'm enjoying it more than ever.  I appreciate how the bass has tightened up and is now presented with more balance.  For lack of a better term, there's a very tight but deep 'bounce' to it.  The midbass bloat has disappeared and the midrange breathes quite nicely now.  With the bass tightening & treble smoothing out, the beauty of the mids has become more apparent.  To me, its sound more forward now than it did ootb.  It isn't mid forward, per se.. but not as 'scooped out' as others have noted.  I'm looking forward to more impressions on this aspect from others as their sets burn in too.

 

Midrange positioning aside, FXD80 lovers can agree that JVC knocked it out of the park with their tuning.  It's smooth, but very clear and engaging.  There's just enough "flavor" to it.. but not excessively so.. and it's really well controlled.  The soundstage depth, timbre, and imaging is simply outstanding.  Treble still has that intoxicating air, sparkle, & crispness.. but it isn't anywhere near as pronounced and boosted as it was, ootb.  This is exactly what I like and it's better suited for long term listening sessions.  As a whole, I'm really impressed by the effortlessness & cohesion of this little gem of a microdriver.  All these superlatives.. listening straight from my (unamped) iPhone.  The FXD80 certainly takes well to amping, but I'm very very happy with them unamped.

 

The entire sound, in fact, has evened out.  Much less peaky.  I think Dsnuts mentioned the FXD80 sounds like a what you might hear in a "high-end night club."  That's a pretty apt description.  I'd go as far as calling it an "audiophile's night club"  when taking into account the clarity, instrument separation, timbre, and depth these phones possess.  It's not been easy finding a phone that's slightly colored but possesses enough balance and neutrality to play well with a diversity of genres.  The FXD80 delivers that, IMO.

 

It must be stated (again) though, the FXD80 definitely like well recorded music.  Bass can indeed sound bloated or muffled.. midrange flat and compressed.. treble sharp and harsh.. depending on the quality of the recording. GIGO.  One thing I also noticed is that it takes a few minutes for me to fully adjust to the FXD80's "sound."  Perhaps it's cause I listen to (neutral-leaning) customs and full sized cans much of the time.. but after having the FXD80 in for five or ten minutes.. it's incredibly hard to take them out.. the sound is simply very engaging & immersive.

 

High quality electric, jazz is a real treat to listen to with the FXD80.. In particular, Bryan Savage's "Soul Temptations" & "Rush Hour" albums seems custom tailored to show off the wonderful sound the FXD80 is capable of.  I'll link to some of my favorite songs off those albums soon.


Edited by FlySweep - 7/2/12 at 1:39pm
post #456 of 1852
Originally Posted by gnarlsagan View Post

 

Do you have the FXD80's? Given your massive listening history you're in a good position to rate them technically if you have them. Sorry if I missed that info somewhere.

 

Not yet because I'm getting someone in Japan to send them to me, and wanted to buy them directly from JVC so I got the leather case and I like to buy from / support companies directly without agents inbetween for extra profit and logistics.

 

Edit:  The best thing about the JVC FXC51 is the soundspace, as I keep saying, the driver in the tip of the IEM makes a difference, if the FXD80 sounds the the FXT90 with more immersive / intimate soundspace I will like these a lot, even if only for certain genres.

 

The first time I used the Sony EX600's I thought they were too detached, they have a fake soundspace and lack intimacy, which is important with IEM's, it's an affidavit they have over headphones and speakers.  In my opinion custom IEM's, like the UM Miracle (demo unit) have a crazy sound-field like fire flies on coke, which you can't hear in the HE-6 or LCD-2 or T1 or whatever, and these JVC MicroHD things are possibly the only cheap IEM's which have that immersion too.

 

The FXC51 was my favorite IEM under $50 or so, and the UE700 my favorite under $120, especially since you can put the TWFK in a custom IEM and add drivers, which in theory you could do with the FXD60/70/80 driver too, the question is if you'd use it for bass or treble.


Edited by kiteki - 7/2/12 at 2:01pm
post #457 of 1852
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Originally Posted by gnarlsagan View Post

 

Do you have the FXD80's? Given your massive listening history you're in a good position to rate them technically if you have them. Sorry if I missed that info somewhere.

 

Not yet because I'm getting someone in Japan to send them to me, and wanted to buy them directly from JVC so I got the leather case and I like to buy from / support companies directly without agents inbetween for extra profit and logistics.

that's 'smart', but do you get a decent price?

post #458 of 1852
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Originally Posted by FieldingMellish View Post

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post #459 of 1852

Kanuka the price is http://victor-direct.jp/shop/item_detail?category_id=4627&item_id=830258 versus http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B0081YU6YW/

 

and there's only 5 days left to get the leather case I think.

 

You can enter your tenso.com address at the JVC place.

post #460 of 1852

i doubt the case is worth the big difference, and tenso.com adds like $20 to the whole deal , anyways

post #461 of 1852

but I love my Sony EX700 leather case and want to throw my money at JVC.  I visit the JVC shrine every morning and sing ancient buddhist songs while burning incense.

post #462 of 1852

I want a leather case.frown.gif


Edited by Dsnuts - 7/2/12 at 4:00pm
post #463 of 1852

Whoa!  I just counted, JVC is selling 91 different IEM's and earbuds (including different colours), I think they have more experience than I first imagined.

 

Plus, only one comes with a leather case!

 

http://victor-direct.jp/shop/item_list?category_id=4627&sort=1&num=100&sort_submit=+%82%B1%82%CC%8F%F0%8C%8F%82%C5%95%5C%8E%A6+

 

 

Let's not overlook the FXD60, it could (possibly) be a great IEM to convince people that better sound quality really exists, since honestly most people think "it all sounds the same", and only ever use stock earbuds!

post #464 of 1852

I might get the FXD60 just to hear how close or far away it's from the other two.  

post #465 of 1852

My HA-FXD80's didn't come with a leather case. Not even a pleather case. frown.gif

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