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post #76 of 365
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Originally Posted by cgrahams View Post

Got a taker! Gonna send them to RoMee. Also, gonna send the second pair to a friend of dsnuts smily_headphones1.gif. Can't wait to actually spend some time with these myself over the holidays biggrin.gif. Happy holidays all!

 

Good on you cgrahams! You join the ranks of the many cool people who seem to be partaking in this thread.beerchug.gif

post #77 of 365

Yep, Mr. cgrahams is a kind person indeed. My mt300 order was cancelled because of insufficient funds. Now I will get a chance to try these.

 

I will pay it forward when I get the chance.

post #78 of 365
It's funny how these are bringing out the spirit of the season in us. I also bought a pair a couple of days ago but for someone else, who I happen to only slightly know. He loves and has loved music for longer than I've been alive and his IEM's broke over a month ago and he hasn't gotten new ones for reasons i don't know. I just feel that a good guy like him not being able to enjoy something within reach that he loves so much is fundamentally wrong. It's not a big gift or anything but I hope he likes them. Maybe he'll let me try them out because I really want to hear them but just don't need another pair right now lol. Glad they are available in the US too.

Thanks for posting about these everyone.
post #79 of 365
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Originally Posted by kmhaynes View Post

Ordered a set from Amazon.com (from USA) for $11 + SH.  Hope to get them before Christmas day.  Will be comparing them to SHE-3580 and ER-4P.

 

OK, so I've had these MT300 for a couple of days and have put in about 24 play/burn time and 15 more hours listening to them.  Straight, no EQ, they are pretty "dark" to me, which to me means fairly bass heavy and dull in the treble regions.  Once I tone down the bass and mid-bass (70-400 hz regions) and bring up the mid thru treble regions, they have a very natural sound and timbre that the Philip SHE-3580/90 don't quite have.  Also a fairly wide soundstage with good side-to-side imaging.

 

Of course, a completely different sound compared to the ER-4P -- I do almost exact opposite EQ on the ER-4P as I do these TDK.  As expected, there is a still a level of details that the TDK just doesn't reproduce, and the instrument placement is not quite as precise as the ER-4P, but again it has a warm and rounded timbre that is hard for the BA-driven ER-4P to reproduce.

 

Also, I find it very tip-dependent, and my set seems to have a slight L-R imbalance toward the left channel.

 

But apart from these slight issues, I'm enjoying them as a nice rich and fun contrast to the ER-4P.

post #80 of 365
Thread Starter 

Yes, it seems we might just finally have a great all-rounder that makes it possible to easily share excellent sound quality... I think I'll go buy some more tomorrow to bring to parties this season, like some Christmas Elf who replaces ear buds with TDKs or something.

 

Anyways, got a couple other quick comparos:

 

vs. Panasonic RP-HJE120

These are the next cheapest IEM I own, at the $4.99 + tax I paid.  MSRP is something like $15CAD.

This comparison was easy.  Though the HJE120 was my previous favourite grab-and-go IEM for its easy of insertion, 90° plug, and inoffensive sound signature, the TDKs do everything better.  The HJE120 is actually relatively neutral, with a little, "baby" mid-bass bump, however the TDK's bass bump extends much better, it has more clarity in the mids, and the treble is so much livelier.  Going back to the HJE120 is like sucking the energy out of the music.  Then the microphonics hit you.  Goodbye HJE120s!
 

vs. Meelectronics M2

I thought I'd also give them a shot against the <$10 M2.  Both have metal housings and excellent cables.  But there's no contest.  The MT-300 not only has control of its bass, it makes the M2 bass look a trainwreck.  It also actually has a soundstage, where the M2's soundstage is pretty much a phonebooth.  Well M2s (mine are M2Ps), you've found a new home in my car's arm rest as an emergency, while-driving-forgot-my-real-iems, headset.

 

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season of excellent listening with friends and family.  Share these TDKs!

post #81 of 365

Think tomorrow ( 24th ) is the last day of the flyer showing them at $4.97, maybe they'll jump back up again. Seems like enough stock left ( don't know why )

 

I don't need to go back for more, I don't need to go back for more, I don't need to go back for more , . .... .... .. .. .... ...


Edited by nick n - 12/24/12 at 3:52am
post #82 of 365

I just bought a MT-300 at Vancouver store for $4.97 + tax. I think they have more than 30 in stock.

Weird TDK were not even on display and I had to ask staff member to bring it out from the storage area at the back. 

I came home.. promptly opened the box.. popped them into my ear and wow this do sound pretty good.

Adjusted tip insertion and shocked how much lower end characteristic changes.

Insert little shallow, bass is very pronouced and boomy but with slight deeper insertion bass clears right up.

I've quickly a/b it against sony MH1C and I actually find MT-300 sound signature more preferable in classical music I mostly listen.

Good Instrumental separation, timbre is pretty spot on, soundstage is nicely presented albeit slight hollow in the center, cable less microphonic than MH1C as well.

 

more impression to follow...   


Edited by tgx78 - 12/24/12 at 1:56pm
post #83 of 365

trying some R&Bs now.. sub-bass is very good. extends almost deep as the Atrios M5 mg7eek.gif

post #84 of 365

How much time on them so far? They should tighten up a bit with a bit more time. See if you notice though.

Make sure you get a spare too at that price how can you lose.

 

I find these more preferrable to the MH1C overall.  Get used to these for a while then do a swap and you may see what i mean.


Edited by nick n - 12/24/12 at 2:05pm
post #85 of 365
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post

How much time on them so far? They should tighten up a bit with a bit more time. See if you notice though.

Make sure you get a spare too at that price how can you lose.

 

I find these more preferrable to the MH1C overall.  Get used to these for a while then do a swap and you may see what i mean

 

I only listened to it for about 1 hour.. now it's hooked up to my pink noise burn-in station.

Yep this is pretty awesome deal. I think I will buy few more today.


Edited by tgx78 - 12/24/12 at 3:12pm
post #86 of 365
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Originally Posted by tgx78 View Post

 

I only listened to it for about 1 hour.. now it's hooked up to my pink noise burn-in station.

Yep this is pretty awesome deal. I think I will buy few more today.


So it was you who raided the Vancouver store today just as I was going to go get some more for Christmas gifts!  Grr! PM me tell me where they are so I can hit it on Wednesday!

 

Anyways, while leaving the store all disappointed today I thought, "How Many TDKs are enough"?  I think THREE.  This comes from a seminar I took on Engineering Failure Rates and Reliability.  Since it doesn't look like we have any warranty on these via XSCargo, in order to ensure you will not have any problems, you should buy three of these.  Here's a graph I made plotting failure rate over time for number of backups.

700

 

  I've used 5%/yr as the potential failure rate, which is a poor-to-typical consumer electronics rate.  Note that with two, you still have a slight chance of having a problem, but with three, it is really reduced a lot.  You could buy more, but the difference to the failure rate gets smaller and smaller each time.  Wow, am I geeking this out or what?

post #87 of 365

You mean 3 total or 3 additional extras?ph34r.gif

post #88 of 365
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post
You mean 3 total or 3 additional extras?ph34r.gif

 

Best not to risk it and just buy 33. XSCargo in Richmond still won't bring them out (doubt they don't have them like they said to me before). 

 

Loving them with the bass reducer EQ on the iPod for some reason. And I usually hate those presets. A nicely balanced set, like a 8320 with some heft in the mids. These could start to replace a lot of things in my inventory. 

 

I've finally found the perfect tips! Realized the SM Hybrids were too large, which was why the seal wasn't working. Switched to the SL (yellow ones), and damn. Perfect seal. My goldilocks tips. Now I can just relax and enjoy!


Edited by TwinQY - 12/24/12 at 8:17pm
post #89 of 365
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

I've finally found the perfect tips! Realized the SM Hybrids were too large, which was why the seal wasn't working. Switched to the SL (yellow ones), and damn. Perfect seal. My goldilocks tips. Now I can just relax and enjoy!

Which brand/tips? got a link?

 

 

 

That's just a line they were feeding you they are just being useless and un-customer-friendly.  Store stock on their  updated ( more or less ) site shows ~20 left at Richmond. Unless someone was smart in here and got all the rest.ph34r.gif

 

I thought 3 pairs was far too conservative,  myself.

 

FYI they are not shown on the new flyer ( 26th - 2nd ) so it is possible they will fly back up to the $9.99 mark again. Still a deal.


Edited by nick n - 12/24/12 at 10:50pm
post #90 of 365
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Which brand/tips? got a link?

 

That's just a line they were feeding you they are just being useless and un-customer-friendly.  Store stock on their  updated ( more or less ) site shows ~20 left at Richmond. Unless someone was smart in here and got all the rest.ph34r.gif

 

I thought 3 pairs was far too conservative,  myself.

 

FYI they are not shown on the new flyer ( 26th - 2nd ) so it is possible they will fly back up to the $9.99 mark again. Still a deal.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/earbud-replacement-tips-9-pair-18-pcs-SM-MD-LG-WHATEVER-MIX-YOU-WANT-x-/150683851137?pt=US_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item2315751981. Got mine from some leftover GR07s though. 

 

The Richmond store might have some of the worst workers in any XSCargo. And I've been to 5. They really do not try a single bit.

 

My flyer said the same thing. Still, wasn't the original going price $30?

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