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post #151 of 1168
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On sale again for $120 at futureshop.ca (thanks for the head's up atomikn00b!). I managed to get mine price matched, making what was already a spectacular deal even more so :)


no problem.

I don't even remember what I was looking for that got me there.

post #152 of 1168
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On sale again for $120 at futureshop.ca (thanks for the head's up atomikn00b!). I managed to get mine price matched, making what was already a spectacular deal even more so :)

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post #153 of 1168
Went the Future Shop and tried the new Monster DNA IEM because I want the iPhone controls but a 15 minutes comparison to the XBA3 and I returned the DNA's. The XBA3 is just that much clearer and detailed. The DNA sounded very good too, it's just that if you can get the XBA3 for the same price the DNA can't compete unless iPhone controls are your top priority.

Have to say the DNA's are not bad at all when compared to other $100 retail IEM's. They have pretty punchy bass, more neutral mids as compared to the XBA3, and a nice treble that is not dull or overly sparkly. Their cable was also pretty nice and I thought the controls were well done as well.

BTW FS is starting to carry the Denon line of headphones and IEM's. I hope I can try out some of their headphones soon.
post #154 of 1168

...why do I look in this thread. I knew it was bad news. They trying to clear all of these out or something???

 

dweaver you tried them as in walk out the door for a few minutes then take them back for return? bigsmile_face.gif


Edited by nick n - 11/10/12 at 1:20am
post #155 of 1168

...I might buy a pair.  I just might.  I saw them at the Futureshop at Uptown the other day, so I know they have them in stock. :P

post #156 of 1168

...thanks for the heads up . I guess wink_face.gif.  I would sure like to experience a strictly armature set compared to these incredible T-Peos H-100 hybrids.  Chasing the dragon once again ....

post #157 of 1168

I had a chance to audition these the other day, and compare them to the XBA-4. With the new pricing, I think they are okay... but one thing I didn't like about BOTH of them was that they had this "metallic" character to the mids, where it sounded really unnatural. The XBA-4 seems to be more tonally balanced than the XBA-3, but has more bass.

post #158 of 1168

thanks for the impression Peculier, it might curb my interest.

post #159 of 1168
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Originally Posted by Peculier View Post

I had a chance to audition these the other day, and compare them to the XBA-4. With the new pricing, I think they are okay... but one thing I didn't like about BOTH of them was that they had this "metallic" character to the mids, where it sounded really unnatural. The XBA-4 seems to be more tonally balanced than the XBA-3, but has more bass.

 

I'm a relative newbie.. so grain of salt. But I don't think I am hearing a metallic character (I'm not really sure what that would sound like tbh). Actually, I bet you were using the stock tips, right? The tips really make a big difference with these. I wasn't nearly as impressed with the sound using the stock tips. But once I put some R1 tips (with bigger bores) onto the xba3 and achieved a good seal, the sound became amazing to my ears.

 

Regarding being less tonally balanced than the 4's, it would be interesting to hear more opinions on that.

post #160 of 1168

One of my Canada brothers or sisters should grab me a pair. I would appreciate it.

post #161 of 1168
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See there is a difference in auditioning and owning. I own as I am listening to the sweet sweet voice of Sarah Vaughan. I don't think I would enjoy her as much with anything metallic or unnatural about what I am hearing. In fact the reason why I love these earphones so much. These sound more natural to my ears than any other Armature based iem I have ever heard. But wait. 

 

Or I could be wrong. or currawong, or dweaver, waynenumm, or Dannybai, or tgx78. Cuz we all must love metallic mids. I don't know about you guys but thats what I look for in a $300 iem. It has to be metallic sounding. Unnatural. Otherwise why would I own one.


Edited by Dsnuts - 11/10/12 at 10:00am
post #162 of 1168
Ugh and I just ordered m-100s

I think I should take up drugs. Might be cheaper than getting so into audiophilia and a few people have said drugs make music sound better lol

*I do not endorse the use of drugs*

Get high on audio.
post #163 of 1168
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One of my Canada brothers or sisters should grab me a pair. I would appreciate it.

 

Woulda. Coulda. But sadly sold out online now.

post #164 of 1168
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Originally Posted by WAYNENUMM View Post

 

Woulda. Coulda. But sadly sold out online now.

You can definitely find a pair in-store right now though.

post #165 of 1168
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You can definitely find a pair in-store right now though.

 

Right, but the store where I live (not Vancouver btw) doesn't have it, and the next nearest store is far far away. Thoughts?

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