Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Earsonics SM64: The Impressions Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Earsonics SM64: The Impressions Thread - Page 16

post #226 of 1259
Quote:
Originally Posted by midnightwalker View Post

Could you please give me more details on your combo? I am very interested in that combo: CLAS + RxMk3 + Sm64. Thanks

I use two kind of sources: iPod touch 7th and Computer running W8. To the iPod the CLAS -dB goes through an ALO 30-pins to USB mini A adapter (which needs the Lightning-30 pins adapter). The CLAS connects to the RxMk3 with an ALO mini-balanced to mini-balanced cable. I have got the SM64 wire near ALO (SXC24) with a mini-balanced connector. It is the same cable than the JH16 since the SM64 has the same connectors.

Connecting the CLAS to a computer needs the ASIO Cypherlabs drivers and an ALO USB A to USB mini B cable.

The balanced mode and the ALO cable changes the sonic from the SM64. Gives more deep which those IEMs lack with the stock cable (surprisingly bass becomes comparable to the Westone4R) but keeps all the high quality of trebbles.

Also amped with the combo my HE-500. Not enough power but good details at medium levels.

post #227 of 1259

I've had the opportunity to A/B my modded v1 against the v2 over the weekend.

 

The modded v1 was MUCH better this time. The piercing highs were gone and replaced by more pronounced mids. Songs have more "body" now.

Interesting enough, it also had overall more bass impact than the v2. 

But treble on the v2 has slightly more extension - which seems to sit between the v1 and modded v1.

 

Given I prefer the warmer sound, I still felt more comfortable with the modded v1.

post #228 of 1259
That is interesting to know. I though they mod v1 to be the same as v2. Looks like is not the case.
post #229 of 1259
Quote:
Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post
Conclusion

I can live with either version. I find the V2 a little lacking in the final extension but V2 is not veil at all as no loss of details are detected. The V1 is a more relaxed IEM where you can listen for long with low volume without missing anything due to its airy nature. This is a very good IEM for late night listening session which I have been enjoying for the past weeks. The V2 is slightly more aggressive in nature with its more forward vocal presentation, punchier bass line and a more romantic vocal. I actually prefer V2 as I can solve the airy issues with EQ on the V2 easier than I could solve the V1 mid bass gap and thinner vocal. All in all both version still have the same sound signature. I would rate both version as the best $499 ever spent on a pair of IEM beating even full size headphone like the reference HD650. The V2 version is not very far from the TG334 and at $499, it’s a real winner.  

 

Sorry, but I had to dig this post out again. What kind of EQ are you using and what setting are you using to archive a bit more "airyness"?

post #230 of 1259

Frankly I did not try to solve the V2 with EQ as I decided to stay with V1. But you can play around with apps that has good EQ on it. I like the power amp (full version) for android. I find that it has the best interface with good EQ.

post #231 of 1259

Try also Accudio apps from golden ears..

 

http://accudio.goldenears.net/Accudio/160

post #232 of 1259
Quote:
Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post

Try also Accudio apps from golden ears..

 

http://accudio.goldenears.net/Accudio/160

 

Haha with this who will need the expensive earphones? I rather send them the earpod FR and they will send me back the EQ which balances to the earpod and produces the Hi-Fi sound :D

post #233 of 1259

Hopefully by end of next month I can decide between the SM64, cardas ear speark or hifiman RE600. 

post #234 of 1259
Quote:
Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post

Try also Accudio apps from golden ears..

 

http://accudio.goldenears.net/Accudio/160

That app is only available for iPoop devices and doesn't even support Earsonics products.

post #235 of 1259
Quote:
Originally Posted by delancyst View Post

I've had the opportunity to A/B my modded v1 against the v2 over the weekend.

 

The modded v1 was MUCH better this time. The piercing highs were gone and replaced by more pronounced mids. Songs have more "body" now.

Interesting enough, it also had overall more bass impact than the v2. 

But treble on the v2 has slightly more extension - which seems to sit between the v1 and modded v1.

 

Given I prefer the warmer sound, I still felt more comfortable with the modded v1.

It is true that V2 is less bassy and it jumps out when comparing them to Westone4R.

But get the JH cable from ALO (mine is balanced for RxMkIII) and connect it the SM64 V2, you will be surprised how the SM64 is bass able still keeping the trebbles.

Impedance being lower than V1 you will need some power (RxMkIII at middle gain).

post #236 of 1259
Quote:
Originally Posted by midnightwalker View Post

 

Haha with this who will need the expensive earphones? I rather send them the earpod FR and they will send me back the EQ which balances to the earpod and produces the Hi-Fi sound :D

 

yeah its a lot of fun to adjust in what Golden ears perceived as reference sound ..

post #237 of 1259
Just compared sm64v1 with my shure 535red. To be honest...my 535 wins for the mids and overall is more enjoyable to listen. Sm64v1 has better imaging to the sound. But the mids is a much laid back compared to 535..makes the bass much dominant to the sound and so less engaging during listening. I think is time to try the v2.
post #238 of 1259
Oh if you want more mids, then the v2 is the thing you should go for :-)
post #239 of 1259

If you want to beat 535 on the mid (nothing but the mid), you will need TG334. The Sm64 v1 or 2 is not going to cut it. The mid is Shure 535 greatest strength and that's is why they sell like hot cakes from the 500 series onwards..  For a headphone equivalent that could beat the Shure 535 on the mid will be the ATH W3000ANV. If you love Shure 535 type of tonality the TG334 or ATH W3000ANV will floor you completely. SM64 is not a mid eccentric phone. IMO

post #240 of 1259

With my portable sources ( and various software players and tips), I found the SM64 to be lean and less engaging in the mid vocal region than my standard edition 535. The SM64 has punchier (and slightly cleaner) mid-bass and more aggressive highs (though not much more with isolating tips). Sub-bass and soundstage were about equal.

 

I was afraid I wouldn't find better midrange without going to the very top of the universal IEM market. If the TG334 had a 2.5mm nozzle, I would have ordered one months ago. I have one earphone with a huge nozzle like the TG334 and it sat in its box for years because of it. Oh well.....

 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Earsonics SM64: The Impressions Thread