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post #841 of 1253

This is the first IEM (besides maybe an ER4 which really gets screechy without) I felt really improved with an amp. I listen to it straight out of an ipod or laptop usually, but an amp definitely improves it. Not to mention the efficiency is pretty low. It makes a W4 sound very efficient.  

post #842 of 1253
This is actually a very efficient earphone. I've not discovered a single way that am amp benefits this earphone except at very high volumes- volumes at which I will not listen for fear of hurting my ears.

The good part of the high impedance is that it requires less current at the same volume level. It works brilliantly from an alo studio six as is does from an iPod.

It is one of the brilliant things about using a modern earphone made for stage use. It must sound the same from battery box to amp to player.

I found the heir audio 350 Tzar to bottom out with bass heavy tracks but anything in the level of the 64 to do exceedingly well with high voltage players like the iPod.
post #843 of 1253
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Originally Posted by mrhizzo View Post

People, where I can find the SM64 in internet to buy? I only know the Earsonics website (too expensive) and soundearphones (currently unavailable). Thanks!

Actually I was wondering about this also as I was keen on getting the SM64s after hearing all the chatter and praise of this IEM and auditioning a pair earlier this year. SoundEarphones doesn't seem to be getting any more of these in stock, and as far as I know there isn't another authorized seller in the US that's carrying these anymore. Did EarSonics suddenly pull these out of the market?
Edited by outmywindow - 8/9/13 at 5:31pm
post #844 of 1253
From Adam at soundearphones.com:

We are anticipating a shipment of more of these within the next couple weeks so check back with us soon as we should be getting more in.
post #845 of 1253

Kinda stuck between the Heir 4.a and the Sm64 now >< Can anyone help??? I prefer a more engaging and fun sound.... With a V-shape sound signature. But according to this comparison they're too close a sound.

post #846 of 1253
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Originally Posted by Gryphus0204 View Post

Kinda stuck between the Heir 4.a and the Sm64 now >< Can anyone help??? I prefer a more engaging and fun sound.... With a V-shape sound signature. But according to this comparison they're too close a sound.
How about neither? Neither are exactly v-shaped, more like just bassy. Am I allowed to say that much from looking at graphs? rolleyes.gif
post #847 of 1253

bassy? haha but the review said it wasn't bassy at all eek.gif

post #848 of 1253
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Originally Posted by Gryphus0204 View Post

bassy? haha but the review said it wasn't bassy at all eek.gif

The SM64 is not v-shaped if you ask me. The mids are too forward to call them that. And they sure have bass, but not as emphasized like the one from the Heir 5.0 or similar.
All that really doesn't keep them away from sounding fun ;)

post #849 of 1253
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Originally Posted by Tom Yum Goong View Post

The SM64 is not v-shaped if you ask me. The mids are too forward to call them that. And they sure have bass, but not as emphasized like the one from the Heir 5.0 or similar.
All that really doesn't keep them away from sounding fun ;)

So between the heir 4.ai and the Sm64, the main difference would probably be the foward mids i guess?

post #850 of 1253

4.ai sounds more like a Westone 4. But with the same scoop at 5-6k Hz as the SM64 .Brighter than SM64. It's a slightly less warm signature as I recall (4.ai)

 

For my music SM64 is a better "all around" headphone. If you're into more of a leaner/detail signature get the 4.ai. I think I read the 4.ai is an  improved ER4. That sounds pretty much accurate, but it's warmer than that.

 

SM64 more "balanced" to my ears but not "neutral" if that makes any sense. Better bass on the SM64 and less fatiguing, but I really like the   4.ai.

 

Same money I'd choose the SM64.

 

If you can get a deal or prefer the cosmetics the 4.ai may be a better option, both are great.

post #851 of 1253
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Originally Posted by Gryphus0204 View Post

bassy? haha but the review said it wasn't bassy at all eek.gif


If you want V-shaped look into the FX700. That sounds like your cup of tea.

post #852 of 1253
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Originally Posted by TheMarkRemains View Post

4.ai sounds more like a Westone 4. But with the same scoop at 5-6k Hz as the SM64 .Brighter than SM64. It's a slightly less warm signature as I recall (4.ai)

 

For my music SM64 is a better "all around" headphone. If you're into more of a leaner/detail signature get the 4.ai. I think I read the 4.ai is an  improved ER4. That sounds pretty much accurate, but it's warmer than that.

 

SM64 more "balanced" to my ears but not "neutral" if that makes any sense. Better bass on the SM64 and less fatiguing, but I really like the   4.ai.

 

Same money I'd choose the SM64.

 

If you can get a deal or prefer the cosmetics the 4.ai may be a better option, both are great.

Then i guess i might go for the Heir then... It's easily available in my country.. Thanks!

post #853 of 1253
SM64 back in stock at soundearphones. $399 w free shipping.

A great sounding IEM for the money.
post #854 of 1253
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Originally Posted by TheMarkRemains View Post

4.ai sounds more like a Westone 4. But with the same scoop at 5-6k Hz as the SM64 .Brighter than SM64. It's a slightly less warm signature as I recall (4.ai)

 

For my music SM64 is a better "all around" headphone. If you're into more of a leaner/detail signature get the 4.ai. I think I read the 4.ai is an  improved ER4. That sounds pretty much accurate, but it's warmer than that.

 

SM64 more "balanced" to my ears but not "neutral" if that makes any sense. Better bass on the SM64 and less fatiguing, but I really like the   4.ai.

 

Same money I'd choose the SM64.

 

If you can get a deal or prefer the cosmetics the 4.ai may be a better option, both are great.


I can't speak for the 4Ai but my 4A custom doesn't sound anything like the W4 I used to own. I've never heard the ER4 but from what I've read Ety earphones lean more on the analytical side which Heir gear does not. Oh well, maybe I just need to hear an ER4 to understand where you're coming from.

post #855 of 1253
I finally tried the new Fiio X3 with the SM64. The sound was a bit too warm for my taste...but it was quiet interesting to use the high gain setting! Everything sounded kind of more tight...hard to describe.
The iBasso D-Zero did nothing to the sound at all when I tried it a few months ago, but the built-in amp of the X3 sure did. Weird.
Now I'm waiting for the DX50 to get released ;-)
Expectations are high!
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