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post #31 of 215

either is fine, what ipod do you have?

post #32 of 215
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Ahh, well I THINK Im gonna go those IEM's or those Monoprice headphones.. And then get that amp from that dude on eBay.

 

Also on iPods, I actually am using my rooted HTC Inspire, it has an amazing EQ program. BUT soon I'm looking to get any iPod really.. Are any better for this sorta headphones?

post #33 of 215

I just read this review on amazon:

 

 

First of all, the HF3 is simply the iPhone/iPod/iPad-control enabled sibling of the highly-regarded Etymotic HF5, for which you can find numerous glowing reviews around the web. So to get a good sense of the sonic characteristics of these headphones, please read around a bit on the HF5.

Second, these are headphones based on balanced armature technology, so they probably won't change character as you burn them in (although debate on this still rages on audiophile forums). What will happen, though, is that you will become more adept at obtaining a good insertion, and insertion is the name of the game when it comes to these headphones. If you've done your research, you already know that Etymotic headphones need to be plunged deep into the ear canal so as form a proper seal, otherwise bass frequencies will be absent. But how deep, exactly?

In my case, I found that I could obtain a seal that ensured good bass response rather easily from a not-so-deep insertion (the Sensaphonics seal test is quite helpful for this). The sound was pretty good, but I was missing that legendary treble clarity all the reviews tend to highlight. It took a leap of faith and what seemed at first an unholy thing to do to one's ear canals to get these headphones to really show up to the party. Basically, almost the entire barrel of the driver needs to disappear behind the tragus of my ear. This is a little uncomfortable (I'm using the gray triple-flanges) and unsettling at first, but one rapidly gets used to it.

Etymotic headphones have been accused of having "anemic" bass, which might lead one to think that they aren't good for dance music or hip-hop. In fact, the HF3 excels with all the bass-heavy tracks I've thrown at it, from Jay-Z and Wu-Tang Clan to Shackleton. The bass is deep, controlled and highly detailed. Shackleton's 'Blood On My Hands', a song that features low, rumbling bass, sounds simply outstanding on these. Perhaps it's the quality of the bass and not the quantity that matters.

The midrange has a pleasing warmth to it that makes guitars sound particularly good. This is the main reason why I'd choose the HF3s over the Hifiman RE0, a fantastic set of headphones that are quite similar in sound. The RE0, while being highly detailed, tended to make distorted guitars sound 'cool', somewhat like synths. With the HF3s, distorted guitars really growl. Marc Ribot's solo on Tom Waits' 'Cold Water' is conveyed in its full amp-melting ferocity. The warmth in the midrange lends itself really well to jazz recordings. I really loved how John Coltrane's Favorite Things and Miles Davis's Bitches Brew sound on these.

The treble is amazingly detailed, at least as much as the Hifiman RE0, but improves on the latter by being even less prone to sibilance (the harsh sound that occurs when headphones emphasize the frequencies corresponding to cymbals and the S sound in speech). The result is that you can listen to these pretty much indefinitely without experiencing the fatigue that can result from harsh treble. For this reason, I actually prefer them to my Grado SR80s, the headphones that got me into this mess of shopping for audiophile-grade stuff in the first place.

I've only had them for a week, but the build quality seems quite good. The cable looks like it's of high quality (apparently it is kevlar-reinforced) and the strain reliefs are pretty solid. At the current price, they are a steal. Highly recommended.

post #34 of 215
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Ah cool thanks for showing that to me.

post #35 of 215

Also the Sony NWZ-S639F is supposed to be good for the HF3s (Someone's selling them for cheap here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/621164/sony-nwz-s639f-16gb-mp3-player-sony-mdr-g75lw-headphones)

post #36 of 215

akgs sound like crap without amping or a decent source, the v80s are meant for portability. If you want portability with awesome sound just go for iems.

 

Like SM3s which are hardly even talked about anymore they're a great bargain and you could probably find a used one in the 15x-25x zone. Or you could just buy custom iems used on the forums.


Edited by azynneo - 10/7/12 at 8:23pm
post #37 of 215
Thread Starter 

So IEM's will atleast pump out some bass to make rap enjoyable?

I'm gonna buy this on eBay to go with the IEM's... I know I might not NEED it, but I want it. :P

 

Now on IEM's... LOL. Get the HF3's OR custom ones off the forum?

post #38 of 215

Custom ones would cost you quite a bit because quality source are required. There are also some iems that don't require much amping and just go good with whatever you throw at it (ultimate ear reference monitor) but that will run you close to about 700$ remolded.

 

As I've stated before one that I've really enjoyed and felt had really lush liquidy and reaches bass to decent levels would be the SM3s.  You could also go 1964 ears which will run around 500-600 new from the actual site themselves(bass lovers custom iems). Unique Melody Merlin is also ones for bass lovers(will run you about 500-600 if you could find one) - remolded.

 

Also, take a look at sources too like portable daps those will improve sq of your iems from 10-70% especially on the more expensive iems.

 

What is your budget?
 

post #39 of 215
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Originally Posted by EliteGeek91 View Post

So IEM's will atleast pump out some bass to make rap enjoyable?

I'm gonna buy this on eBay to go with the IEM's... I know I might not NEED it, but I want it. :P

 

Now on IEM's... LOL. Get the HF3's OR custom ones off the forum?

Based on reviews, yes, it will make rap enjoyable, if you don't like it, give it time to burn-in, and let your ears adjust. (After my ears got used to my AKG K702's, they actually seemed to have quite a bit of bass.)

 

And for an amp, get it off the manufacturers website (Here: http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=cMoyBB203), it's 100% trustworthy, a little ($5) cheaper, and has a rechargable option for $5 more.


Edited by gopanthersgo1 - 10/7/12 at 8:36pm
post #40 of 215
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Based on reviews, yes, it will make rap enjoyable, if you don't like it, give it time to burn-in, and let your ears adjust. (After my ears got used to my AKG K702's, they actually seemed to have quite a bit of bass.)

 

And for an amp, get it off the manufacturers website (Here: http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=cMoyBB203), it's 100% trustworthy, a little ($5) cheaper, and has a rechargable option for $5 more.


I find the hf3s really harsh, and the bass is a bit dry, they're more analytical than involving imo. It sounds a bit boring to me, I agree the detail intake is pretty good not on the levels of customs but its there. It also lacks a bit of presence but that's from my experience.

 

That said, the hf3s do give this little "flick" in your brain it's kinda hard to explain (must be the cone seals)

post #41 of 215
Thread Starter 

Budget is $200 for IEM's OR headphones AND amp.

 

That amp is about $70 or so (I want rechargable), so I have about $130-ish for the headphones.

 

I can get the HF3's on eBay for $90 or less.. BUT bass is important to me.

post #42 of 215
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Originally Posted by EliteGeek91 View Post

Budget is $200 for IEM's OR headphones AND amp.

 

That amp is about $70 or so (I want rechargable), so I have about $130-ish for the headphones.

 

I can get the HF3's on eBay for $90 or less.. BUT bass is important to me.


Not sure if you posted this but, if you have a music source (ipod, iphone) what type is it?

post #43 of 215
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Not sure if you posted this but, if you have a music source (ipod, iphone) what type is it?

He has a rooted HTC Inspire, he can't rockbox it, if that's what you're going for.

post #44 of 215
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He has a rooted android, he can't rockbox it, if that's what you're going for.

Possibly a rockbox, but if he has a 4s / 4, the internal amp / dac is actually quite good.

post #45 of 215
Thread Starter 

My bad, currently I'm using my rooted HTC Inspire (Android), I have Cyanogen Mod 7 on it, which includes a really nice EQ app.

 

I plan to get a mp3 player soon (iPod I guess, Idk which one, just need atleast 16gb storage).

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