Originally Posted by jrazmar
is it better than the Studio V3 in your ears with or w/o an amp? Both have UI limitation but I'm about to pull the trigger on the HSA. How's your experience on both?
With an amp like C&C BH C3 will beat Studio V 3RD ANV in certain areas. For example, bass texture, bass extension, soundstage width, but you will never achieve the raw detailing levels of Studio V with or without an amp using C3. Plus it's very much about the house sound Studio v has. It sounds very clean, clear and airy. Still it could come down to preference in any situation which one a person chooses.
Some days I listen to them side by side and think C3 is not far behind, and In some ways enjoy C3's slightly more coloured sound and timbre, but almost always the Studio V fights back and puts me in my place between them.
If you're asking if Studio V is worth the extra $300+, probably not, but that is the price of diminishing returns.
UI wise the hisound players are nicer to use. After using DX50 user interface C3 drives me a little batty. But even sound wise C3 keeps up with DX50 (unamped).Edited by H20Fidelity - 5/8/14 at 3:05am