Originally Posted by bhima
The TF10s are triple BAs if I'm not mistaken. I have never used them but my dual-BA Rock-It R-50s sounded pretty bad right out of my phone (Samsung Galaxy S)... very thin and sibilant. Once I plugged in my Fiio E11, it was the exact opposite experience, they sounded full, warm and open. If you are jumping into higher tiers of IEMs you may want to consider something like a Fiio E6 at least to give them more juice. Another option is to buy a Clip+ which may fit the bill, but then you have to carry another device just for your music.
Ya they're triple BA IEM, the only better device I got is the Walkman E series though, is it comparable to the Clip+ and/or other cheap amp? I afraid if I buy another good IEM in the future it might not be good enough for those...
Originally Posted by Deadlovestory
Are you using high-quality music files (FLAC, 24/96 and whatnots)? The quality of music files matters way more than the IEM you're using; A good IEM will only make things worse if you're using low-bitrate, crap music files.
If your music files are high-quality, then I suspect that it's either 1) Your HTC explorer's fault; 2) Impedance matching issues between the source and the IEM; 3) You're having fit/isolation issues with the IEM or 4) Your ears/brain are just not used to how the IEMs sounds--Sometimes it takes a while to get used to how a certain IEM sounds.
I'm using 320kbps MP3, I do have some fit issue with it, but I believe it shouldn't have worsen the sound that much... I might be not so sensitive to better frequency response, but I didn't experienced any better soundstage (what I hoped for) either, as the music still sounds in my head :/ Only with the Panasonic HJE900 I can hear some better instrument seperation, but still...
Maybe cheap phone aren't mean't for music ><