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post #106 of 185

So pretty much all of my tips are useless since they are either for the larger nozzle (like UE) or smaller one like a Westone except for the Sony hybrids I have and probably the few Monster tips I still have. However I decided to use my UE tips from when I had the TF10 as they seem to be the best tip for me regardless. I had cut up the stem from the Shure triple flange long time ago for future use and squeezed it onto the tip (or in this case the treble port) and then put the UE tip on. It works wonders for me. I'll probably be pairing this with the X3 I have. 

post #107 of 185

I really think Sleek Audio is doing a disservice to them by not including the bass filters. I put the bass - filter today and that's more like it. The boomy bass isn't there as well as the veil. It might have had something to do with the tips I was using but there was a boomy bass regardless. The filter makes a bigger difference than I expected. I never owned or tried any PFE earphone so never had the chance with an earphone that had interchangeable filters.

post #108 of 185

I found my ideal treble/bass port combination: Treble+, Bass=; with Monster Foam Super Tips.  These are now keepers and is really great deal for the sale price that ends today. In stock port configuration and tips, I was not that impressed, but fiddling and experimenting with the port combinations and using after market tips makes all the difference. I ordered an extra cable today to save a few dollars.
 

After trying with various tracks, I agree that different port combinations can make a significant change.  Yes, Sleek should include the bass ports if their selling point is the VQ configuration. So far, I think the implementation is well designed and robust.  When I owned the PFE series (everything but the 232), I recall the sound difference made by its filters caused too much of a compromise between the bass and treble.

 

I initially shunned the thin cable but I now find them quite comfortable and unobtrusive when worn over my ears; although it would be nice to have a version with a right angle plug.  On a side note, I would love to have Moon Audio make a Silver Dragon version for the SA7.


Edited by alpha421 - 10/31/13 at 11:18am
post #109 of 185

I'm glad I got in for the deal. At ~200 they are a very good deal. I was in need of a universal and this seems to be the ticket.

 

Also yes I do wish Sleek Audio used a more common connector as there really isn't much if you don't like the stock cable.

post #110 of 185

I think tips and ports are both quite important for the SA7. Not sure how Shigz just got on with them but I agree with Shigz to higher degree or percentage than any other reviewer. So, when my experience differed with the SA7 about as much as all the other reviews put together I knew to keep working. There was a time that I thought maybe they could go back but I knew to keep working. A learning curve but better than some other phones I've had that no matter what you try they don't come around.

 

I too get the thin cable. It is light, more unobtrusive and less microphonic but it does tangle. I still have a UE cable from back when they did the same thing. The old UE cable is thinner before the Y and the same as the sleek after it. I also thought of the Silver Dragon for the SA7.

 

Still a few W1 wireless on Amazon if anyone is interested. Last time I looked anyway.

post #111 of 185
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post
 

So pretty much all of my tips are useless since they are either for the larger nozzle (like UE) or smaller one like a Westone except for the Sony hybrids I have and probably the few Monster tips I still have. However I decided to use my UE tips from when I had the TF10 as they seem to be the best tip for me regardless. I had cut up the stem from the Shure triple flange long time ago for future use and squeezed it onto the tip (or in this case the treble port) and then put the UE tip on. It works wonders for me. I'll probably be pairing this with the X3 I have. 

If you have surplus pieces, cut the stock out of a thin one and wrap it around the sleek sound tube. Then put your favourite piece on. Voila! I hope you guys enjoy. The new price is incredible. I was off and on about the 349$ price, but the new 250 is killer, making the SA7 one of the best bargains out there. The 200$ sale… wowsers. I hope that you guys find them if they are right for you.

post #112 of 185
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post
 

I think tips and ports are both quite important for the SA7. Not sure how Shigz just got on with them but I agree with Shigz to higher degree or percentage than any other reviewer. So, when my experience differed with the SA7 about as much as all the other reviews put together I knew to keep working. There was a time that I thought maybe they could go back but I knew to keep working. A learning curve but better than some other phones I've had that no matter what you try they don't come around.

 

I too get the thin cable. It is light, more unobtrusive and less microphonic but it does tangle. I still have a UE cable from back when they did the same thing. The old UE cable is thinner before the Y and the same as the sleek after it. I also thought of the Silver Dragon for the SA7.

 

Still a few W1 wireless on Amazon if anyone is interested. Last time I looked anyway.

How are the SA7 treating you now. I didn't get on with the stock tips. I changed to Comply immediately or did the above trick and doubled up a thin and thick piece. Have you found a good combination yet? I hope so. Your comments have been very helpful to me. 

post #113 of 185

I use those mushroom tips I bought and haven't looked back. I say tips are just as important cause I now use the Bass+ when before they quite bass slanted and covered up detail though not as veiled as the SM3 V1.

 

The problem I have now is not with the SA7 but with my soon to ex-amp, the C5. I thought it was supposed to not pair with multiple armatures lower than 18ohm which should rule out the Sleek. It doesn't actually sound bad but I can go sans amp and it be better in some respects. Even though I know full well the LO is cleaner and better than the HO. I know my BTG SPC interconnect is good sounding but still while it takes other phones I have to such a new level it does practically nothing for the SA7.

 

So, like I was hinting at in the last post. I knew it was not right and now I again match nearly identical to your impressions. When you get them right they are one of those phones that tries to sound perfect and does a good job of it.

 

You maybe be on to something. I would see Comply's and think that would not work well at all but Comply's have a stiff core. My Mushroom tips have a thick stiffer core. Maybe stiffer tight fitting tips are the way to go.

post #114 of 185
I got these at 200 and splurged on an old iem in the tf10. Both came at good prices so I couldn't resist. I hope I'm done after sorting out the cable issues I have with both. The SA7 certainly is worth the price I got them for but not sure about them at 350. My last iem in that price range was when the w4 was released so I'm not up to date in that price range these days.

jant it seems like that amp is moving around a bit lately. It's too bad that amp isn't it for you. I do get the feeling the sa7 is a bit underpowered with my phone when I use it at work but good enough without spending another 150 on an amp I'm not going to use much.
post #115 of 185

Before I make the plunge, does anyone here know if the Sony Hybrids fits on the SA7 nozzle without a chance of it falling off  and getting stuck in the ear canal when removing the ear pieces?  I think I'm giving up on the Monster super tips due to its overly inflated price.

post #116 of 185

They will be a bit loose. I find adding a few wraps of cell tape makes almost any tip fit. If you want to be absolutely sure, thin dual-sided tape will add a bit more friction. Make sure it is weak adhesive double sided tape. 

post #117 of 185

Thanks Shigzeo.  I'll try that technique.

post #118 of 185

Mine came in the mail about an hour ago. I'm listening now and so far, I'm impressed. I also managed to find a W-1 wireless set. The wife is away for the weekend and I will have lots of time to try all the filters and the wireless. More later.

post #119 of 185

Mine did include all 3 sets of bass ports.

post #120 of 185
So it looks like my cable is a no go. The pins are too small to work with so I guess I'll get a spare cable when it gets sent back to me. it's a bit disappointing but it is nice to see that the company is willing to try when the rest of the cable makers declined. I might get a cable for my jh13 from them eventually just to see how their cables are.
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