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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

Does this mean that the pipelines will be a pain to plug in to the mikro's 3.5mm slot? I hope not..since I'm going to buy the pipeline, then the fiio

Depending on how the Pipeline input plug diameter and/or the ML input access hole is inside/outside production tolerances, you may have to whittle down the barrel on the ET-4.

post #1187 of 6488

$79 now on Newegg.com.

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Well guys I've sold the Fostex and K167. I guess I'm part of your club now. I'm going to order as soon as I get money in my paypal account, How much is that fiio cable?

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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

Preliminary Impressions of the FiiO RC MH1 v. Pipeline ET-4

 

Put the RC MH1 into the system, cold, straight out-of-the-bag: EVS-modded Sony BDP-S780|SoundSilver Trilogy IC|Fitz-improved Bada PH-12 w/1x GE 6SN7GTA--great driver tube for the Bada & 2x Tung-Sol 6SN7GTB (tall bottle)|RC MH1|ML Mikros 90.

 

In short, the RC MH1 represents a viable, enjoyable and affordable cable option for the Mikros 90.  Available for $30.99 shipped from Amazon.

 

Unlike the Pipeline ET-4 (at $20-$25--Radio Shack or online), there are no input "fitting" issues.  The FiiO's narrow(er) plug fits easily into the access hole in the left earpiece of the Mikros 90. 

 

Soundwise, my notes about the FiiO read: slightly fuller, richer, rounder, mellower, sweeter and more liquid-sounding than the ET-4.  The MH1 also seems to resolve tonal shifts/differentiation with an added finesse/ease.  

 

There is generally more bloom and an injection of warmth with the MH1 v. ET-4.  Midbass is a little fuller.  The MH1 will not transpose the Mikros 90 into "Darth Logans" but I think the added warmth might be welcomed by many ML users.  When listening to Ten Years After: Cricklewood Green: "Workin' on the Road". (and the remaster is not a great recording, either), the MH1 gave the bass a little more push/warmth--think of the difference between 50 degrees and 57 degrees F--but not the ultimate in midbass thrust for inveterate midbass "heads".  The increase is noticeable, I would say "additive" in a "positive" way, but not overwhelming, and does not emasculate the Mikros 90 of their balance, extension and detail.  So the MH1 reveal a midbass presence that should attract many, though perhaps not enough to totally convince the venerable vienbo or doctorjazz.  

 

I would submit that the ET-4 may be perceived as more "neutral" than the MH1, more straightforward/unadorned in its presentation, yet no less musically enjoyable.      

 

Shirley Horne's "Once I Loved" came across a bit more warm- and forward-sounding with the MH1.  But the added warmth/ease from the FiiO does not compromise low level resolution.  In fact, one could argue that the tonal sophistication of the MH1 helps resolve better in some respects.  For example, the slip, peel and click of Shirley's mouth parts and the sense of her being close to the mike were easier to pick up with the FiiO.  The subtle brush work on drum head and cymbal seemed to be more finely resolved with the FiiO as well.  Astrud Gilberto's slightly "frayed larynx" vocal on "Dindi" were, I thought, slightly better resolved with the FiiO.  Joao Gilberto's beautiful "Meditaao" had a welcome tinge of "orange" glow which helped round out the vocal a bit more fully with the RC MH1 (although the ET-4's clear, pristine rendering of this vocal was also meritorious/enjoyable in its own right).

 

The relative "ease" of the RC MH1 may also contribute to an enhanced sense of spaciousness compared with the ET-4, but that is a very close and subjective call. 

 

So is the RC MH1 substantively "better" than the ET-4?  That is a tough call, because differences are ascribable to slightly different emphases.  If the Pipeline with its clarity, focus and freshness is like a crisp, slightly tart and refreshing Riesling, then the FiiO with its slight warmth, mellowness and ease is like a softer, more complex but effervescent Lambrusco.  Or think of a slightly whiter flame [ET-4] versus a slightly yellower flame [the RC MH1].  It's more about subtle shading, less about stark contrasts, IMHE.

 

Well, I can--and will--live with both.  :smile_phones: < -- Mikros 90 w/ET-4         :smile_phones:<-- Mikros 90 w/RC MH1   

 

The RC MH1 will continue to burn in throughout the day.  Deo volente, I will do some additional a/b-ing tonight.  Over time, I hope to find out and report which of the two I'll tend to wear more often. 

 

If you are looking for an affordable and compatible cable for the Mikros 90, but don't want to whittle,/grind/file down the too-fat input plug barrel of the Pipeline ET-4, the FiiO RC MH1 is worth a listen, IMHO.

 

***Standard Disclaimer***

YMMV

^ OH SCHIIT!!! That is EXACTLY what i wanted to hear regarding that FiiO cable. HYPED!!!

 

Might get it in today but will see since i didn't get any track number for it.

 

And yes i do have the V-Moda cable, same results as Lorspeaker. :)

 

Will do a cable comparo with them all

 

Including the el cheapo beats...

 

:ph34r:

 

 

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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post
 

Its time i give credit where credit is due..

 

THANK YOU PATABURD for introducing this amazing Mikros to me,

its been a revelation .... GREAT JOB PATABURD!!!

 

My HE6 is still safe...maybe for just another season..lets see what happens. :P

^ yeppp gotta' give credit where credit is due. So BIG THANKS mo_shill mochill for hyping up EVERYTHING new he gets by bringing these Logans to my troll radar. :tongue: 

 

Also BIG THANKS to Father Pata Papa for sacrificing his Chinaman HE-6s to the sales forum gods in his act of ULTRA hyping these Logans. If not for that truly kooky gesture i wouldn't have paid these much attention, oh and the sustained hyping throughout the thread also helped. ;)

 

And yes i paint/ write those thank yous with blood. :evil:

 

Cuz that's what bonds us. :veryevil:

 

Logans fo' lyfe!!! :happy_face1:

 

 

:devil_face:

 

 

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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

All thank yous deferred to the crack team of designers, engineers and production staff at Martin Logan.

 

Great Job, Martin Logan!!!!

The Mikros 90 are truly REFERENCE headphones performing on an EPIC--to quote mochill--scale!!!!

+1

 

 

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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post
 

$79 now on Newegg.com.

 

^ Does anyone know if amazon will price match other sites such as newegg???


Edited by sfwalcer - 2/11/14 at 12:28pm
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Originally Posted by RAZRr1275 View Post
 

Well guys I've sold the Fostex and K167. I guess I'm part of your club now. I'm going to order as soon as I get money in my paypal account, How much is that fiio cable?

It's too bad that you couldn't compare the Mikros to these two, but I understand how funds can be tight.


Edited by Grayson73 - 2/11/14 at 12:10pm
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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post
 

Which Fostex?  It's too bad that you couldn't compare the Mikros to these two, but I understand how funds can be tight.

A modded set of Fostex T50RPs. Honestly I wouldn't particularly want to anyway. I haven't used them in a long time as they've taken a backseat to my HE-6 and HD650s. Honestly my base expectation of the Mikros is a good portable as I'm kinda tired of the K167 sound sig, the fostex are too heavy to be convenient, the HE-6 just aren't going outside and the HD650s are open

post #1192 of 6488

Oh cool apparently I'm getting mine today!

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How are your t50rp's modded?
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Originally Posted by RAZRr1275 View Post
 

Well guys I've sold the Fostex and K167. I guess I'm part of your club now. I'm going to order as soon as I get money in my paypal account, How much is that fiio cable?

^ Welcome to the cult. All Jr. members please pay initiation/ ceremony fees to MASA' TROLL INC., cuz is Da' Masa' of the Ceremony your fellow MC. All proceeds will go toward the betterment of the Logan Darkhorse Secret Society and its off branches a.k.a my own personal bank account. :ksc75smile:

 

 

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Originally Posted by RAZRr1275 View Post
 

A modded set of Fostex T50RPs. Honestly I wouldn't particularly want to anyway. I haven't used them in a long time as they've taken a backseat to my HE-6 and HD650s. Honestly my base expectation of the Mikros is a good portable as I'm kinda tired of the K167 sound sig, the fostex are too heavy to be convenient, the HE-6 just aren't going outside and the HD650s are open

^ No need for those lowly AKG/Frosties comparos cuz according to Father Pata Papa's hype these Logans should utterly destroy those two heavy hitters of yours. See ya' soon in the sales forums. ;)

 

edit: Oh on that note, i officially bestow Father Pata Papa the title of Godfather Pata Papa Hypa' of these Logans.

... GET HYPED!!! :basshead:


Edited by sfwalcer - 2/11/14 at 12:39pm
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Ordered through newegg.

 

Don't be a wimp sf! 

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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

Ordered through newegg.

 

Don't be a wimp sf! 

You already have one!  You ordered a 2nd pair?

post #1197 of 6488
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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post
 

You already have one!  You ordered a 2nd pair?

Yes I did!

Ever heard of secure buy? :ph34r:

 

What if my original breaks?!

 

What if someone steals it?

What if I was stupid enough to sell it for magic beans?


What if I decided that the re700s should have babies with it?

 

Then there won't be time for me to enjoy those mikros...

 

so that's why I got a second pair. :)

 

*note*

 

If these weren't discontinued, I would have just bought one pair and left it at that.


Edited by vlenbo - 2/11/14 at 1:15pm
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Originally Posted by RAZRr1275 View Post
 

Well guys I've sold the Fostex and K167. I guess I'm part of your club now. I'm going to order as soon as I get money in my paypal account, How much is that fiio cable?

RAZR,

Welcome to the select Brotherhood of Mikros 90 devotees!

Leave ALL other headphones at the door for confiscation!!!

 

:beerchug: 


Edited by pataburd - 2/11/14 at 1:17pm
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There is no hype but only the TRUTH 😵😈
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

Ordered through newegg.

 

Don't be a wimp sf! 

^ Gotta pay lame sales taxes for Da' egg. AND i got a $25 discount credit from amazon so....... i gots mo' incentive to order from amazon to make it SUPER SLICK!!! :D

 

 

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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post
 

You already have one!  You ordered a 2nd pair?

^ Lookin' to get a back up set as wells. :ksc75smile:

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But i gots the patients to wait it out unlike vlenbo. No rush. :ph34r:

 

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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

Yes I did!

Ever heard of secure buy? :ph34r:

 

What if my original breaks?!

 

What if someone steals it?

What if I was stupid enough to sell it for magic beans?


What if I decided that the re700s should have babies with it?

 

Then there won't be time for me to enjoy those mikros...

 

so that's why I got a second pair. :)

 

*note*

 

If these weren't discontinued, I would have just bought one pair and left it at that.

^ LMAO!!! :beerchug:

 

 

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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

RAZR,

Welcome to the select Brotherhood of Mikros 90 devotees!

Leave ALL other headphones at the door for confiscation!!!

 

:beerchug: 

^ +1 :deadhorse: 

 

edit: It's da' official Martin Logan 90s Hoarding Cult now.  :beyersmile:


Edited by sfwalcer - 2/11/14 at 1:32pm
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