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post #166 of 316
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You can buy them at European Amazon stores.

Not on Amazon UK.

If say eBay is probably the best place or Amazon JP.
post #167 of 316

Not the S2, but the S1: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-S1-00-Fidelio-Headphones/dp/B00BB7MRWU/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1_0W5Z

post #168 of 316
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You can buy them at European Amazon stores.

 

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Thx, Amazon UK suits me perfeclty. Still, strange, that there is only one seller on whole Amazon...
Now, before I'll make my decision, I need to know if they are sound-wise an improvement over Sony MH1 :)

post #169 of 316
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Thx, Amazon UK suits me perfeclty. Still, strange, that there is only one seller on whole Amazon...
Now, before I'll make my decision, I need to know if they are sound-wise an improvement over Sony MH1 :)

Don't worry, they're way better than the MH1C gs1000.gif

 

Edit: The S2 that is, haven't heard the S1.


Edited by peter123 - 6/18/13 at 1:07pm
post #170 of 316

OK, I tried the S2.

 

They sound good. They have PRAT and speed. They are quite balanced across the frequency spectrum.

 

But my reference is the Sennheiser IE8, and I still much prefer the IE8 to the S2. The S2 has less bass: its bass is very tight, precise and deep, but not powerful. Vocals sound quite recessed to me, especially male vocals, that blend with the rest of the music and don't stand out. Many will find the highs enjoyable, but to me they're a little too bright. The S2 is not openly sibilant, but I find it rough in the upper mids and in the highs.

 

Also, with the S2 I can't get a satisfying volume level out of my iPod. The balance between mids and highs makes vocals too recessed at lower volumes, and the highs too fatiguing (for me) at volumes where I find the mids and vocals enjoyable.

 

The S2 fits wonderfully, but you need a perfect seal to get the bass and to not have a tinny sound. I can only get a good seal with the foamies. No silicone tip seals my ear canal adequately. Ironically, the Philips silicone tips are perfect on the IE8. I have always struggled to get a good seal with the Sennheiser silicone tips, they're too smooth and soft. I'd pay dearly for a set of Philips tips, but unfortunately they're not available separately.

 

Bottom line: a good IEM, but not for me. The IE8 is still my undisputed king.

post #171 of 316
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post

OK, I tried the S2.

 

They sound good. They have PRAT and speed. They are quite balanced across the frequency spectrum.

 

But my reference is the Sennheiser IE8, and I still much prefer the IE8 to the S2. The S2 has less bass: its bass is very tight, precise and deep, but not powerful. Vocals sound quite recessed to me, especially male vocals, that blend with the rest of the music and don't stand out. Many will find the highs enjoyable, but to me they're a little too bright. The S2 is not openly sibilant, but I find it rough in the upper mids and in the highs.

 

Also, with the S2 I can't get a satisfying volume level out of my iPod. The balance between mids and highs makes vocals too recessed at lower volumes, and the highs too fatiguing (for me) at volumes where I find the mids and vocals enjoyable.

 

The S2 fits wonderfully, but you need a perfect seal to get the bass and to not have a tinny sound. I can only get a good seal with the foamies. No silicone tip seals my ear canal adequately. Ironically, the Philips silicone tips are perfect on the IE8. I have always struggled to get a good seal with the Sennheiser silicone tips, they're too smooth and soft. I'd pay dearly for a set of Philips tips, but unfortunately they're not available separately.

 

Bottom line: a good IEM, but not for me. The IE8 is still my undisputed king.

Do you know of any that would best the S2 at the $115 price?  IE8 is $180 :(

post #172 of 316
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Do you know of any that would best the S2 at the $115 price?  IE8 is $180 :(


I wish I paid $115 for the S2 tongue.gif I got it from Amazon France, where it's €150.

 

I paid €180 for a used IE8 back in the day, and I'd gladly pay it again for a second pair. Fit issues aside, I like it that much.

 

 

But regarding your question, I really don't know. I've never been interested in IEMs in that price range.

Don't get me wrong, the S2 is a solid purchase - and on the other hand, you'll find plenty of people that don't like the IE8. As always in audio, it's a matter of taste.

post #173 of 316
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Do you know of any that would best the S2 at the $115 price?  IE8 is $180 frown.gif

Read into the HiFiMan RE-400.
post #174 of 316
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Originally Posted by Oof Oink View Post

Read into the HiFiMan RE-400.

+1
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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post


+1


+2

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Originally Posted by kiwy View Post

I had the same issue, got a refund today, as both left and right started to split. I also heard that I was the forth customer in the last couple of weeks with the issue.

 

Can anybody who owns the S2 confirm that it also has the same rubberized ring, or is the housing all made from copper only?


I have the same problem and the same question. Does the S2 have the same rubberized ring?

post #177 of 316
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Originally Posted by Lifted Andreas View Post


+1

Do you have the Hifiman RE-400?  If so, how does it compare to your Tenore?

post #178 of 316
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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post

Do you have the Hifiman RE-400?  If so, how does it compare to your Tenore?

No mate don't have them, just know they are a good sounding neutral IEM. wink.gif
Edited by Lifted Andreas - 6/23/13 at 2:18pm
post #179 of 316
I have the RE-400, and the S2 on the way. Will do a comparison once they've arrived.
post #180 of 316
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I have the RE-400, and the S2 on the way. Will do a comparison once they've arrived.

Wow nice one mate, looking forward to that.
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