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post #2476 of 3046

The RAM on the Note 3 was never the issue (because there's plenty of it). The point was to close background applications (regardless, moot issue now).

 

Viper4Android has me rushing out right now to take the FiiO X3 to UPS (to ship back). I wrote earlier that I might try the HM-802 next. That's not going to happen now. I too can't imagine it being better. As for an amp, forget about it. I've only scratched the surface with the Viper app. With a minor bass boost, songs are rattling my tonsils and yet aren't touching the mids and highs (which are also improved).

 

It's time to enjoy this for now.:dt880smile:

post #2477 of 3046
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Originally Posted by javahut View Post

Yeah, I also don't have any problems whatsoever with Android 4.3 on a Galaxy Note 2, using Power Amp, FLAC, digital out to a RSA Predator. I don't get all the problems some people say they're having. Congested audio from too much RAM being used? Mine sounds killer without having to do much of anything except plug it in and hit play. I think about buying a dedicated killer portable source... like the new AK240. But then I have to ask myself why? The Note 2 sounds as good as I've heard, plus I get a much better screen, and can watch vids with killer sound if I want. I can't imagine the AK240 being that much better, if any, at digital playback quality. And I'm pretty sure its amp is no Ray Samuels Audio.

As an owner of a Ray Samuels amp I completely agree. I'll put my balanced Lightning against the balanced AK240 any day of week.
post #2478 of 3046
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

I like both the IE800 and SE846 and I could not rate one over the other as they are very different.

The treble on the IE800 is similar to HD800 whereas the SE846 has a very smooth and rolled-off treble.

That's annoying to hear about the treble I don't know why shure doesn't get their act together in the treble department. They never have extended treble always rolled off. Same thing with the se5e5s.
post #2479 of 3046

With the white treble filters in place, they really don't sound rolled off to me. In fact, it has very nice highs with great extension and shimmer, I feel.

post #2480 of 3046
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Originally Posted by cn11 View Post

With the white treble filters in place, they really don't sound rolled off to me. In fact, it has very nice highs with great extension and shimmer, I feel.
+1.
post #2481 of 3046

i had a listen to both the shures and the k3003is at the shop... running out of my clip zip...

from what i heard the shures were just better.

after hearing the shures first felt the k3003is sounded thin.

id prob give transparancy to the shures as well, and would say clarity is prob around even.

 

this was a 20 min listen from a clip zip so take it with a grain of salt.

 

oh and then i went on to the ue900, and that sounded rubbish by comparison ^^::

post #2482 of 3046
I just got my SE846 delivered. It sounds just how I expected. Very balanced and detailed with a very extended bass response. Listening to records that I'm familiar it's been a very enjoyable and revealing experience. While playing acoustic music you can hear the lowest harmonics adding a lot of presence. Of course if you're listening heavy bass music you'll feel the impact but there's no extra hump, no over emphasis of the bass. I definitely recommend them except if you're gonna play them straight from and iPod or a cell phone. In that case I would suggest better the Hifiman's RE-600, as enjoyable but forgivable with the source and a lot cheaper than the Shure's.
My sources are the Hifiman's HM-901 with the IEM card (I tried the Classic card but I dislike it for the Shure's just like happened with my SE535 before) and a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with Neutron MP as music player. I played lossless files and a few HD, same files in both players.
Edited by fermelom - 1/28/14 at 6:17pm
post #2483 of 3046
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Originally Posted by fermelom View Post

I just got my SE846 delivered. It sounds just how I expected. Very balanced and detailed with a very extended bass response. Listening to records that I'm familiar it's been a very enjoyable and revealing experience. While playing acoustic music you can hear the lowest harmonics adding a lot of presence. Of course if you're listening heavy bass music you'll feel the impact but there's no extra hump, no over emphasis of the bass. I definitely recommend them except if you're gonna play them straight from and iPod or a cell phone. In that case I would suggest better the Hifiman's RE-600, as enjoyable but forgivable with the source and a lot cheaper than the Shure's.
My sources are the Hifiman's HM-901 with the IEM card (I tried the Classic card but I dislike it for the Shure's just like happened with my SE535 before) and a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with Neutron MP as music player. I played lossless files and a few HD, same files in both players.
That does not sound too good to be honest. Straight from a phone or ipod they are no better than $400 iem's. Thats what most people will use as the source as well.
post #2484 of 3046
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Originally Posted by daviemcc View Post

That does not sound too good to be honest. Straight from a phone or ipod they are no better than $400 iem's. Thats what most people will use as the source as well.
Simple, if your source is poor the SE846 will show it. It doesn't worth the pain if you're gonna use it straight from an ipod or cell phone, in that case the RE-600 does a better job, single driver, less analytical, well balanced but don't expect the impact and detail you can get from the Shure's with a good source.
Edited by fermelom - 1/29/14 at 12:41am
post #2485 of 3046
I'm not as categoric in regards to the source pairing. I chose the 846 for that very reason: it made music out of my iphone no matter what music I threw at it, much more enjoyable than several trendy iems I heard.

Of course, there is nowhere the level of resolution of my home rig, but that's not the point for me on the go, and it's no less enjoyable, quite the contrary. I am sure one can do much better, and in a way it can be seen as a waste of money to limit the potential of these 1kUSD transducers, but can't beat this level of transportability and enjoyment for me.

With the white filter, and the slightly high output Z of my iphone 5, the tonal balance is actually pretty darn neutral I feel.

Arnaud
post #2486 of 3046
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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post

I'm not as categoric in regards to the source pairing. I chose the 846 for that very reason: it made music out of my iphone no matter what music I threw at it, much more enjoyable than several trendy iems I heard.
I went for the Shure's after read several times similar statement from people with different backgrounds. That's made me think that the SE846 was well balanced and I'm pleased that I did. My recommendation comes when I compared the SE846 with the RE-600 using my phone. If I only will use my phone as a source I will prefer the Hifiman's, a really bargain considering their performance but also with the quality of sound really good straight from your ipod, phone or laptop. Anyway it's just an opinion for the people that will only use ipods or similar as a source and thinks that 1k is too much moner for a iem.
post #2487 of 3046
I owned the RE600 while I owned both the SE846 and K3003 simultaneously, and the latter two sounded better no matter what I would plug them to.

I'd even argue that the RE600 is the hardest one to drive properly.
post #2488 of 3046
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

I owned the RE600 while I owned both the SE846 and K3003 simultaneously, and the latter two sounded better no matter what I would plug them to.

I'd even argue that the RE600 is the hardest one to drive properly.
It's true that the AKG's and the Shure's has better sensitivity and less impedance. Technically both are better than the Hifiman's but the RE-600 is different cos it's a dynamic single driver per channel. The single driver design has mechanical limitations but a great virtue: All the frequencies are in phase. There's a coherency in the sound that the designs of multiple drivers cannot achieve... yet.
Again, my comment it's just a personal recommendation in an special scenario.
post #2489 of 3046

anyone use the 846 for classical? is it too bass heavy? not straight enough?

post #2490 of 3046
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anyone use the 846 for classical? is it too bass heavy? not straight enough?

I do and as I writing this I am listening to Beethoven's 9th directed by Von Karajan and by no means is it too bass heavy. The low pass filter provides deep and textured bass not bloated bass response and does not crowd into the mids or highs. The fourth movement is simply stunning with the 846. The soloists are out front but all is clear. The bass and violins simply shine.
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