Didn't he, uh, die?
he was a born martyr... the book was his legacy to the world, sad story but true... pigs have been getting fat for years on the book profits and you never see a skinny porker do you.
sitting here after interrupting my my enjoyment of listening to David Gilmour's 'live in Gdansk' to watch that pile of hyped wolf claptrap, I have but one thing to say Tomscy... who do you wanna believe Walt Disney or one of the Big-Bad Wolf's quad brothers who is clearly mimicking the great man wolf?... don't suppose you noticed that the BBW never appeared in person during the whole video link, that only confirms to me that W.D's actual news-reel of the day is the definitive version of events... it's probably the three obese porkers that are behind all this malarkey, sales of the book have tumbled dramatically since the rise of Heir Audio, in-fact I'd go as far to say that they're just trying to milk the cash-cow of others hard efforts, still ain't that always the way when you have fat pigs at the top in society.
still time for a bit more of Gilmour... time for 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'... well it was really wrote in the memory of the BBW yanno.
I don't doubt that the 4ai is better sonically when all is optimized but I think the Shure untrimmed triple is the worst tip supplied with them both comfort and sound wise. I think by just using that tip, you've compromised the comparison. What did you find uncomfortable about about the 530? I thought them more comfy than the 535. Their fit with a single flange is very similar to the Heir. Isolation with the triple or olive tip should be better than any single flange without foam but a tip with a seal is usually good enough.
Did you have some olives around as well? With those tripples, I found the highs even more rolled and without the stems trimmed almost impossible to get the shures flush. Just shows that we're all different. I guess I spoke too soon.
everyone is allowed their opinion be it good or bad... every review imo should be taken with a 'snifter of pepper', there's sources to consider (desktop or portable), music genres & bit-rates, the age of the reviewer (ears change with age), consideration of when you're from in the world should be taken into account as things are tuned for different markets... no review is therefore definative as your ears are not their ears.
I gotta say, Anaxilus was spot on, these 4.AIs aren't really neutral, more like a warm, midrange oriented sound though the highs aren't lacking. A tad much midbass/lower midrange warmth and the midhighs a bit too conservative. Results in a safe sound that many will enjoy, really is a an upgrade to the A161P as mentioned, they're similar but these take it up a level. Will get more in-depth for the full review. From what I'm using, Etymotics aside, I think the EX1000 may be technically better by a bit, still though the EX1000 is pricier and it can go either way as I'm still evaluating.
3AI was a disappointment, no need to edit that, but that's taking my criteria. Even accepting it's heavy coloration I think this kind of sound has too much competition for a much lower cost like the XBA3 and TF10. I think for a lower price, these will do much better imo.