Originally Posted by PeterDLai
Can you elaborate a bit on what your Cosmic Ears HY3 does better for you? Also, anything that the H-100 has over the HY3? Thanks in advance.
The HY3 has a superior bass response, in terms of extension, quality and quantity. It has a much more balanced presentation too, with the bass, mids and trebles all equal in the mix. Mids on the HY3 have more depth and are centre, neither forward or recessed. It's treble however is the biggest difference, and is not sparkly like the H100, instead being smooth and rolling off at the top end. The HY3 also has a better soundstage - not that there is anything wrong with the H100, it's just that the HY3 is better here too.
The two IEM's are completely different tonally, the HY3 is a balanced, smooh presentation right across the board, and the H100 while people seem to think it has a slight 'U' curved sound signature, to my ears has more in common with the TF10's sound, with accentuated bass and trebles and slightly recessed mids. I would qualify that by saying that I am still in burn-in stage and it wouldn't be uncommon for mids to come forward a bit once the dynamic has had time to sort itself out..
In short, if you want sparkly, detailed trebles, pick the H100, if you want a smoother more balanced sound then pick the HY3. They are not the same price however, so it's perhaps not a reasonable comparison. I think the H100 is very good indeed for the price, and paired with the right tips and source, will wipe the floor with many other things at the same price. Pair the H100 with a Sansa Clip and the tips that came with the H100, and your ears will tell you there is no bass response and the treble is like nails on a blackboard. Pair it with a Colorfly C3 and put the tips on it that came with the Vsonic GR07 however, and the H100 is transformed into something wonderful for the price it is. I've said it here before and I will say it again, cos it is worth repeating, I have never come across any IEM that is so sensitive to source and tip pairing as the H100 is.Edited by phlashbios - 12/6/12 at 12:55pm