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post #2011 of 3780
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Originally Posted by Ziilot View Post

 

Are you sure it's not just pre-curved? James from Fiio says here that it's not memory wire

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/657641/make-the-change-with-one-tiny-wire-fiio-headphone-cable-rc-x-will-be-in-the-market

 

I could live with that.

Oh yes, it is pre-curved, sorry I didn't know there was a difference.


Edited by lalala6 - 6/11/13 at 9:53pm
post #2012 of 3780

Why is memory wire a bad thing?

post #2013 of 3780
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post

Why is memory wire a bad thing?

 

Some people feel it's annoying and gets in the way.  Even a pre-curve has memory wire-like effects. 

post #2014 of 3780

how much looser is a pre curve than a memory wire?

post #2015 of 3780
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Originally Posted by DrHouse View Post

how much looser is a pre curve than a memory wire?

 

That's a good question.  The thing with a pre-curve is that it relies on the use of a memory effect (of a cable) if I'm not mistaken, so it might be a bit harder to reshape which the memory wire can do.

post #2016 of 3780
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

 

Some people feel it's annoying and gets in the way.  Even a pre-curve has memory wire-like effects. 

I'm unsure on this but my UE 700's, after wrapping them round my ear for the last two years have developed a permanent kink. Is this memory wire?

post #2017 of 3780
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post

I'm unsure on this but my UE 700's, after wrapping them round my ear for the last two years have developed a permanent kink. Is this memory wire?

 

No, it's the memory effect of a cable.  A memory wire is actually a thin piece of metal (like a paper clip) on the outside of the cable with a plastic sheath around it.

post #2018 of 3780
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

 

No, it's the memory effect of a cable.  A memory wire is actually a thin piece of metal (like a paper clip) on the outside of the cable with a plastic sheath around it.

Right, getcha. I've never experienced that before with any of my headphones or earphones. Doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but I'd be interested in finding a set in a shop and testing it out.

post #2019 of 3780

Has anyone experienced, with the blue UE 900 microphone cable, random changes in music volume followed by the microphone not working? This has happened to me a few times now and the problems have always gone away after letting them sit for a few hours.

post #2020 of 3780
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Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post

Right, getcha. I've never experienced that before with any of my headphones or earphones. Doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but I'd be interested in finding a set in a shop and testing it out.

 

All cables will eventually have the memory effect happen to them, it's just the way they are.  It happens with use and there is nothing you can really do about it.

 

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Originally Posted by jwilliexd View Post

Has anyone experienced, with the blue UE 900 microphone cable, random changes in music volume followed by the microphone not working? This has happened to me a few times now and the problems have always gone away after letting them sit for a few hours.

 

I have not.  It's possible you have a defective cable, or defective source.  What source are you using?  Or it could be something else.  I know with my Etymotic HF2, it does fine out of my iPod Touch 4G, but has this issue with my 5G Touch.

post #2021 of 3780
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

 

No, it's the memory effect of a cable.  A memory wire is actually a thin piece of metal (like a paper clip) on the outside of the cable with a plastic sheath around it.

 

This is exactly what is used on the UE900's. I got so sick of the memory wire on these cables that i took it apart, and under the clear see thru sheath is a black (or blue) paper clip type thing. FYI its very easy to remove if anyones interested. Cable feels so much more comfortable without it
post #2022 of 3780
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Originally Posted by jay19 View Post

 

This is exactly what is used on the UE900's. I got so sick of the memory wire on these cables that i took it apart, and under the clear see thru sheath is a black (or blue) paper clip type thing. FYI its very easy to remove if anyones interested. Cable feels so much more comfortable without it

 

Logitech uses a softer plastic.  Westone and the UE customs all use harder (thinner) plastic, but are the same type of memory wire (use a paper clip).  From memory, I think the MEE M6 uses the same too.

post #2023 of 3780

I've never really understood the need for memory wire.  After all it's got to go behind the ear anyway hasn't it?

post #2024 of 3780
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post

I've never really understood the need for memory wire.  After all it's got to go behind the ear anyway hasn't it?

One of the things I really appreciate with my IE8/80's is that the guides are optional - I have no problem wearing them up without guides or memory wire... 

post #2025 of 3780
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post

I've never really understood the need for memory wire.  After all it's got to go behind the ear anyway hasn't it?

 

Some cables tend to not be flexible enough to go over the ear.  Other times, the cable zig-zags around the ear never really "resting" in one area.  I've had those issues before wearing over the ear.  Other times, an artist or singer wants the cable guided exactly through this area.  Sometimes, they are used to improve fit (Aurisonics' used the memory wire to get a proper fit with the 1.0-1.2 ASG series.  Without it, the "nub" would cause sore ears).  There are reasons why musicians use memory wires, it keeps the IEM a little more stable while doing things. 

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