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post #46 of 185
I've had my pair since early this year and wanted to get this review out sooner. Alas I've been over busy, often working till six am several times every week.

Simply put, no energy for anything but work. Yes mine came with bass ports. I use mine in a plus plus configuration. It is incredible.

My only real complaints are with the cable although I wish the earphone was more resistive and therefore a bit easier to drove for resolution across all sources. It is rather easy but poor sources are shown up quite easily.
post #47 of 185

shigzeo, excellent review as usual. It's always a pleasure reading your articles.

 

jant71, do you have any links of the cables from other companies that work with Sleek Audio? I did a quick search and couldn't find anything.

 

 

On another note is there something going on with Sleek Audio? All the previous other models no longer appears on their website such as the SA6, SA1 and that kleer wireless thing. 


Edited by rawrster - 10/20/13 at 2:57pm
post #48 of 185

Someone bought KLEER and won't license it out anymore. So, wireless will have to be redone another way. Refurbs may pop up from time to time.

 

I think the SA6 will be replaced by the SA6R and the SA1 is done as well. Not sure if that will be replaced with another model.

 

Most of the stuff has to do with moving production from outside the US back to the US.  I'm pretty sure at this point all they are concentrating on is getting the new website up and tweaked and producing the SA7/CT7.  

 

 

http://bloxearphone.com/

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-Moxpad-x3-High-quality-Noise-Cancelling-Surrounding-Stereo-sports-in-ear-earphones-earphones/1165471505.html

These are for the earphones. I guess you can email BLOX and find out how much they would charge for a replacement cable.


Edited by jant71 - 10/20/13 at 4:19pm
post #49 of 185

I've decided to purchase a set of these. At $200 I believe these are a good deal if shigzeo and jant71 likes them as I know both have tried a good number of universals. I also contacted a few cable makers within the USA and one of them got back to me saying they are able to make a cable if I provide them with the stock cable for the connector they use. The cable comes out to $20 so it won't be that much of an expense. I'll donate the cable and get hopefully a more useful cable. For $230 or so it's not too bad all things considered. These should make a good backup for the times I don't want to use customs and the ability for it to be customized with the treble and bass ports sounds like fun.

 

I also bought the bass ports on ebay from soundearphones as they had it cheaper than Sleek Audio. A bit of savings doesn't hurt :)

 

These can make a good backup universal as I sold everything I had except for my Brainwavz M2 but that's for work or gym use only. 


Edited by rawrster - 10/20/13 at 5:44pm
post #50 of 185

Cool! I sent an email off to Bill to hopefully get mine checked out to perform the way they should all the time. It really makes sense now why my pair's stage collapse so easily since the bores are off.

 

Interesting to see how your cable works out. I had BTG make an interconnect for me so I emailed Brian and he said seemed to sound like he wanted no part of the SA7 or the connectors. I had some ideas for using my cables connectors but I got the "I can't mod the SA7" response. I hadn't investigated it further as I was looking to trade for a pair of the BLOX first.

post #51 of 185

I did find this one company who did cables for Sleek Audio called Vesper Audio but I couldn't find any information on them outside of their website. Also I'm not sure which country it is located in but I would prefer to deal within ConUS for ease of shipping. I'm hoping the process doesn't take longer than a month or so. 

 

If I knew this was an option I might have kept the HJE900 I had a while back.

post #52 of 185
I'm still a little confused on the overall signature but decided to try it anyway. Seems like a great price on a nice dual armature.
post #53 of 185
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post
 

I did find this one company who did cables for Sleek Audio called Vesper Audio but I couldn't find any information on them outside of their website. Also I'm not sure which country it is located in but I would prefer to deal within ConUS for ease of shipping. I'm hoping the process doesn't take longer than a month or so. 

 

If I knew this was an option I might have kept the HJE900 I had a while back.

Probably Russia judging from the first language choice.

post #54 of 185

I think part of the confusion is contributed to the facts that there are many combinations to alter the sound with the various treble and bass ports as well as the different type of tips being used.  Factor in the differences caused by our unique ear structure and you'll get some head scratching results. 

 

When I first purchased the SA7 a few months ago, I could not get a reliable fit and seal with the stock tips and treble+ ports, and I didn't have any extras tips to test out. In the rare moment when I didn't move my head and finally got the ideal seal that was needed, the SA7 reminded me of the PFE112 sound. However, the quick ownership of my first pair was probably due to work and family related stress at the time as well as the initial disappointments with the cable and having the stock tips get stuck in my ears too many times when taking the SA7 out.  So, I hastefully returned it.  

 

I just feel with iems' in general, if it calls for too much fiddling around to get a good fit and sound, it's poorly designed and executed.  I'll admit, I don't take this hobby as serious as others.  But, it was Shigzero's comment on how the SA7 is worth the effort has persuaded me to go round two with it and the nice discounted price, which I originally thought I got a good deal with 20% off $350.

 

On a side note, other than Shigzero recent review, Google did not return any results for any other impressions.  I wonder if this is due to the huge gap from the marketing fiasco to the 3+ year delay, moving manufacturing operations to stateside,  and ending up with a product that resembles more like the lesser model.  That and the 50Cent fiasco must have made a major dent towards current and future customer loyalty.  I guess Sleeks main focus and cash cow is their custom products.  I have yet to see the SA7 being sold to third party retailers like the older SA6 once did.


Edited by alpha421 - 10/21/13 at 10:48am
post #55 of 185

People probably lost interest in the SA7 after such a long delay. I did a search for more impressions as well and other than this thread along with shigzeo's review all I found was speculation about if the SA7 would ever be released. 

 

As far as sound signature shouldn't there be a baseline and then a slight deviation of it depending on which bass/treble port is used? I would imagine that regardless of the port it will still sound like similar to each other. 

post #56 of 185

I think people were not going for them at the $349 price point compared to other products. It is not a W2 which is mostly plastic and has regular armatures. The ultra wide-bands are just better and more costly. Thus an Ety is slotted at $299 but the SA7 gave you a better case and better build housing-wise plus sound tuning and a second armature for $50 more. Actually, having had the ER4 twice, my impression is that the Sleek has better overall resolution than the Ety and reaches satisfyingly lower though not as high on the treble end. They weren't off base in asking the original price but people weren't buying it at that price.

 

Anyhow, I sent mine in today. They will give them the once over. Couldn't hurt. I have had an SA7 journey fraught with hurdles since the beginning. But it's just my luck I guess. First, I couldn't order on the site. Then I got some help to register and try again but still couldn't order through the site and had to be sent a Paypal invoice to pay. Then the next day I got an email saying my order was cancelled. It wasn't in actuality though. Then it was in limbo but turns out I never got any notice that they were waiting on more Pelican cases. Bill was always there though helping me order and saying that they were working the site gremlins out(done by now of course). He gave me a 2-day shipping upgrade after the cases came in so I got them quickly. Then today getting me an RMA in about 5 minutes saying to send them back and they will make sure they are 100%. Some growing pains that are getting worked out. The service has been top notch. 

post #57 of 185

I had some Discover cash back rewards points so I ordered some tips to try out on the SA7...

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http://www.amazon.com/pcs-Replacement-Mushroom-Reference-Earphones/dp/B00G1SY23Q/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3Q2CGUGI7HOIB

 

A bit pricey maybe if they weren't paid for with the points so maybe wait to see what I think of them first. They look good and come with a little case.


Edited by jant71 - 10/21/13 at 6:57pm
post #58 of 185

Those look awesome.

post #59 of 185
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post  Those look awesome.


...when you're on psilocybin...

post #60 of 185

Something is so wrong with me...

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