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post #1921 of 3180
Actually at least 2 people I know now have chosen to pair the se846 with the alo national.

Personally I'm very happy with my hm901.
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Found that mine should be showing up Monday, as well. Will be powered by my much beloved RSA Predator! biggrin.gif ...via a cable that was specifically designed to pair exactly with the SE846 IEMs and also made by Shure... called 'OEM' or sometimes 'stock'. I've heard the original cables are supposed to reveal the truest sound reproduction and sound signature intent of the actual engineers and designers of the SE846 IEMs. tongue.gif

 

Just really looking forward to hearing these and how they compare to my W4, W3 and SE530 using the same setup and equipment. I think (hope) it's going to be quite a good step in the right direction towards my ideal experience of music & sound. If so, I'll be more than happy with them.


Edited by javahut - 8/22/13 at 8:35am
post #1923 of 3180

Testing mine out now, definitely a noticeable upgrade over my SE530. Very happy so far.

post #1924 of 3180
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Just really looking forward to hearing these and how they compare to my W4, W3 and SE530 using the same setup and equipment. I think (hope) it's going to be quite a good step in the right direction towards my ideal experience of music & sound. If so, I'll be more than happy with them.

 

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Testing mine out now, definitely a noticeable upgrade over my SE530. Very happy so far.

 

 

Not to be that guy, but I have $150 iems that sound like noticeable upgrades to the SE530.

 

I'd love to read extensive comparisons to iems in the 846's price range.

 

Not that I could responsibly afford one right now, but just to satisfy my curiosity.

post #1925 of 3180
Hi everyone,

I have a fitear tg334, do you think the se846 better or just different.

Thanks

Kith
post #1926 of 3180
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Not to be that guy, but I have $150 iems that sound like noticeable upgrades to the SE530.

I'd love to read extensive comparisons to iems in the 846's price range.

Not that I could responsibly afford one right now, but just to satisfy my curiosity.

Eke, get a listen but I would be quite surprised if u would like the se846 over the ones you had been reviewing lately. I know I don't tho se846 is good in its own right. Just didn't fill any needs for me with what I have.

It is definitely a big step up from 530/535 and most users would be very happy with their new flagship.
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Found that mine should be showing up Monday, as well. Will be powered by my much beloved RSA Predator! biggrin.gif
 ...via a cable that was specifically designed to pair exactly with the SE846 IEMs and also made by Shure... called 'OEM' or sometimes 'stock'. I've heard the original cables are supposed to reveal the truest sound reproduction and sound signature intent of the actual engineers and designers of the SE846 IEMs. tongue.gif


Just really looking forward to hearing these and how they compare to my W4, W3 and SE530 using the same setup and equipment. I think (hope) it's going to be quite a good step in the right direction towards my ideal experience of music & sound. If so, I'll be more than happy with them.

Java like you my RSA Protector with balanced silver cables await my SE846 on Monday. What tips do you plan to use? Me, I found the Westone Star Tips to be the best for comfort with no bass loss.
post #1928 of 3180
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I have a fitear tg334, do you think the se846 better or just different.
 

 

2X 

post #1929 of 3180
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2X 

For me subjectively they aren't even close. I much prefer the tg334. Imho/personal preference/ymmv/bucket of salts/whatever you get the point.
post #1930 of 3180

Thanks, that's what I suspect base on most of the reviews I've read. I used to be a SE535 user, that's why I'm curious about the performance of SE846 and I like the look of it. But if sonically not better, then I will just keep my 334.

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Thanks, that's what I suspect base on most of the reviews I've read. I used to be a SE535 user, that's why I'm curious about the performance of SE846 and I like the look of it. But if sonically not better, then I will just keep my 334.

Do get a demo. It really is subjective and maybe you would love it...
post #1932 of 3180
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Eke, get a listen but I would be quite surprised if u would like the se846 over the ones you had been reviewing lately. I know I don't tho se846 is good in its own right. Just didn't fill any needs for me with what I have.

It is definitely a big step up from 530/535 and most users would be very happy with their new flagship.

That's what I've gathered too.
post #1933 of 3180
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Java like you my RSA Protector with balanced silver cables await my SE846 on Monday. What tips do you plan to use? Me, I found the Westone Star Tips to be the best for comfort with no bass loss.

 

Since I've been using the ProGuard EarPortz... there are no other tips biggrin.gif . And I've tried many/most all of them. Before and since. It's a little of a learning curve to find the right size, and learn the right placement on the IEM and in your ear. But once you do, they're very easy to use, as comfortable as any others once you get used to 'em (for me anyway), and I would guess (though I don't have direct experience/comparison) it's about as close to a CIEM quality sound as you can get with a universal tip (possibly better?). They make a HUGE difference in sound quality with the W4. I'm hoping they work as well with the SE846. Definitely worth the effort to figure the EarPortz out if you're gonna use universal IEMs.

post #1934 of 3180
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Since I've been using the ProGuard EarPortz... there are no other tips biggrin.gif
 . And I've tried many/most all of them. Before and since. It's a little of a learning curve to find the right size, and learn the right placement on the IEM and in your ear. But once you do, they're very easy to use, as comfortable as any others once you get used to 'em (for me anyway), and I would guess (though I don't have direct experience/comparison) it's about as close to a CIEM quality sound as you can get with a universal tip (possibly better?). They make a HUGE difference in sound quality with the W4. I'm hoping they work as well with the SE846. Definitely worth the effort to figure the EarPortz out if you're gonna use universal IEMs.

Thanks Java. As much as I love the Westone Star Tips I am always willing to take good advice. I just ordered the assortment pack of the ProGuard tips.

Have you tried the Westone Star Tips?
post #1935 of 3180
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Thanks Java. As much as I love the Westone Star Tips I am always willing to take good advice. I just ordered the assortment pack of the ProGuard tips.

Have you tried the Westone Star Tips?

 

Yes, as soon as I knew about 'em, I tried the Star and True-Fit tips. This was well after I'd been using the EarPortz for a very long while. As great as the Predator DAC/amp > W4 > EarPortz sounds, I'm always up for trying something that could be even better. I should've known, though. I think the Star tips are an improvement over the similar type flexi gray Shure tips. But since trying Sensorcom's dual flange, and then finding the right EarPortz, I think a lot of it comes down to the larger opening in those two tips. They both flange out into a larger opening into the ear than any of the normal Shure/Westone type tips. I've never really gotten along with foam tips, but had to at least try the True-Fit... and really don't care for them much at all. They may sound okay, but I can't get used to having to squeeze them down, insert in the ear, and then waiting for 'em to open back up... and wondering if they did open back up fully.

 

I will say, it took me a month or two to figure out what to do and how to do it using the EarPortz. I wasn't completely sold at first. The first ones I bought were the mediums, which were too small. I really think the EarPortz run pretty small in size relative to getting good results. I normally use mediums, but have to use xLarge EarPortz. I think people who really do have xLarge ear canals probably won't be able to get a good seal unless they modify the EarPortz a little. But for everyone else... I bet getting a size or two larger in the EarPortz than what you normally get will probably be best. A lot could depend on how your ear is shaped just past the opening, too, as the EarPortz go pretty deep, and angle back towards your eardrum. But they have a big bore opening and face back more directly onto your eardrum. Which is why, if you have a good sounding driver... I think it'll make any universal with great sounding drivers sound so much better. With the RSA Mustang or Predator into the W4, the EarPortz just opened up a very warm, quite big sounding low end, and really silky, smooth high end... that isn't even close using any other tip. So I would guess it might be possible, if a universal is a little harsh or overly bass heavy to begin with, the EarPortz could conceivably make them sound even worse. So, with what I've heard so far about the SE846... that even though there's a sub, it's not close to being bass heavy... and the mids are good, and the highs better than the SE535 by possibly a small margin... the EarPortz will hopefully help as much with them as they did with the W4... which should make them about the perfect IEM for me. The Ray Samuels amps are a little on the warm side, too, which is kinda my preference. So I'm hoping the SE846 sounds as good as the W4 in the mids and highs, with maybe just a touch more sizzle on the top end, and give some really tight but defined but big sub lows and low end, and warm but just a little less congested in the lows and low mids than the W4. Just those small changes would make me completely satisfied with 'em. So, I'm preparing myself for them to not be as perfect as I want them to be, trying to keep my expectations to a minimum. But you know, inside I'm really hoping they'll be just enough of an improvement over the W4 in the areas I think they will be to make them almost perfect for me (using the EarPortz, of course... but if it takes another tip, it takes another tip... but I really don't think there is a better one).

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