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post #16 of 66
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Thanks for the help.  I reserved the last 3580 at the Sears down the street from here.  I may still get the Panasonics from Amazon to compare, haven't decided yet.

post #17 of 66
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Originally Posted by BackwardPawn View Post

Thanks for the help.  I reserved the last 3580 at the Sears down the street from here.  I may still get the Panasonics from Amazon to compare, haven't decided yet.

 

yeap... good sound for the price, if you also get the panys lets know about the sound wink_face.gif

 

waiting for your 3580 impressions.L3000.gif


Edited by rickdohc - 7/27/12 at 1:29pm
post #18 of 66
Have you consider the Etymotic MC5?

A great IEM with super build quality and a super warranty.

Usually available from Best Buy and the like.

Good Luck, Jim
post #19 of 66
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Only place I could find the MC5 is Amazon.  I'll have to decide if I want to spend that much, though, if I can get a decent pair for $15 - $20.

post #20 of 66
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I went to order the Pannys so I'd have something to compare, but missed the cut off (must have been 5:00).  I can still pay the 4.99 shipping fee and get them Monday for a total of $20.  But then if I don't like them it'll be another $5 to send back--making it a possible total of $10 shipping on a $15 pair of earphones.

 

So if I order them, I'd probably just keep them.  Anyone think its worth $20 to try them or should I just get the Phillips and be happy?


Edited by BackwardPawn - 7/27/12 at 2:15pm
post #21 of 66

Happiness and need fulfillment oughta be your top priority.

 

Go for it and enjoy them

 

Jim

post #22 of 66

The Panasonic RP-HJE355 sounds good right out of the package. With some recordings I like the HA-FX40, while with treble heavy material the treble on the HA-FX40 bothers me. If you are at all treble sensitive, then avoid the HA-FX40. I don't have the HA-FX101 yet. I have the older JVC HA-FX1X, which I don't recommend.

post #23 of 66

I feel like the Philips will make you very happy. They will last you a long time, and you can then spring off of them to higher end IEM's in the future.

post #24 of 66
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So I got to Sears today and go to show them my email confirmation for the headphones.  Only instead I see they sent me cancellation on it.  So I call over the manager and get a mad at him for selling the last one out from under me after I paid for it (then I feel like a complete ass when I get home and find out they called to apologize that they're inventory system was down and they were in fact out of them).

 

Anyway, they didn't have the SHE3580.  They had an SHE3590 which was cheaper, so I assumed used a lesser driver and an SHE8000 which was $30 and looked like a higher quality product (not that that means much).  They also had a couple JVC FX101s and FX201s.  After some back and forth, I went with the SHE8000.  Before I open it, anyone know if its a good product or if I should exchange it for one o the other options?  I almost went with the FX101s, but wasn't sure if the bass would be too much and being JVC would require more burn in time than I had.

 

I can head back in the morning if one of the other options is better, though.  Thanks.

 

Jeff

post #25 of 66
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Anyway, they didn't have the SHE3580.  They had an SHE3590 which was cheaper, so I assumed used a lesser driver and an SHE8000 which was $30 and looked like a higher quality product (not that that means much). 

 

The SHE3590 is as good (or bad) ) as the SHE3580. It's the replacement for the SHE3580.

post #26 of 66
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Any opinions on these SHE8000s.  I don't mind paying more if its a better headphone.  Otherwise I'll exchange them sometime tomorrow.  Thanks.

post #27 of 66
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Originally Posted by BackwardPawn View Post

So I got to Sears today and go to show them my email confirmation for the headphones.  Only instead I see they sent me cancellation on it.  So I call over the manager and get a mad at him for selling the last one out from under me after I paid for it (then I feel like a complete ass when I get home and find out they called to apologize that they're inventory system was down and they were in fact out of them).

Anyway, they didn't have the SHE3580.  They had an SHE3590 which was cheaper, so I assumed used a lesser driver and an SHE8000 which was $30 and looked like a higher quality product (not that that means much).  They also had a couple JVC FX101s and FX201s.  After some back and forth, I went with the SHE8000.  Before I open it, anyone know if its a good product or if I should exchange it for one o the other options?  I almost went with the FX101s, but wasn't sure if the bass would be too much and being JVC would require more burn in time than I had.

I can head back in the morning if one of the other options is better, though.  Thanks.

Jeff

Having just looked at your location... Northern Virginia

I would strongly suggest you go to a Best Buy store and pick up the Etymotic MC5 headset.

Good Stuff, Very Good Stuff.

Jim
post #28 of 66
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Any opinions on these SHE8000s.  I don't mind paying more if its a better headphone.  Otherwise I'll exchange them sometime tomorrow.  Thanks.

 

Exchange them for what, is the question.  I bought the SHE3595 yesterday (mic'd version of the 3590) and it has been noticeably cheapened over the 3580, mic'd or not mic'd (I have both versions of the 3580).  The housing's shell's polish is scuffed (well, maybe not scuffed, so much as the finish of the whole housing being less glossy than the 3580), the brand lettering is pre-worn-out (like silkscreened lettering coming off on old phones, except these are new), and (most importantly) when I put them on the sound is noticeably skewed to one side.  Unless I happen to have got a dud, or the non-mic'd 3590 are somehow better than the mic'd 3595, I would not recommend getting the 3590 in lieu of the 3580.  I have bought a mic'd 3580 and, like, 8 or 9 copies of the non-mic'd 3580 and have never seen anything like it. mad.gif


Edited by Joe Bloggs - 7/29/12 at 8:15am
post #29 of 66
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Originally Posted by AstroTurf View Post


Having just looked at your location... Northern Virginia
I would strongly suggest you go to a Best Buy store and pick up the Etymotic MC5 headset.
Good Stuff, Very Good Stuff.
Jim

 

I looked at the Best Buy Website and they only list the MC3 for $100.  There isn't time for me to get the MC5 from Amazon.  I can check in the store and see if they stock them, but don't put them on the Website, but I think the MC5 is out for now.  I may move up to it in the future.  

 

EDIT:  I actually have some gift cards to use up, so that wouldn't be a bad option.  I just don't think they have it.


Edited by BackwardPawn - 7/29/12 at 8:25am
post #30 of 66
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a portable pair of earphones that I can use on an airplane, as well as take to the hospital with me in about a week.  My third and final pair of PX-100s just broke (as much as I like the sound, I wouldn't buy another anyway as the quality control was crap).  Cheaper would be better as they will be staying in my cube much of the time or being packed in luggage, but am willing to spend it if the quality justifies it.  As I want to use them on an airplane, open headphone would probably not be a good option, though.

Thanks for the help.

EDIT:  I should probably add that I listen to all kinds of music, but mostly classic rock, modern rock, classical, old country, and jazz--so neutral with maybe slightly emphasized bass is alright.

Jeff

When do you go into the hospital?

And how far into Northern Virginia are you?

If you want to meet in the Fredericksburg area on Tuesday, I could just lend you my MC5s.

Jim
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