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post #121 of 211

I'd love to hear a comparison between heir 4ai and SD2/3. Using iBasso DX50 with JDS labs C5, but getting itchy head fi wallet syndrome, so thinking about SD3. Listen to mainly electronic music.

post #122 of 211

if you want something with a heavier amount of bass, then the SD3. SD2 is more of a all rounder from what I have gathered.

post #123 of 211
Thanks but hasn't really answered my question. I'm after someone who's had 4ai and Sd2/3
post #124 of 211
Thread Starter 
Well, I’ve borrowed the 4.Ai from a friend for a while. What do you want to know?
Or why do you want to replace the Heir?
 
Neither StageDiver sounds similar. The 4.Ai is fairly neutral, flat in depth, very dry, hollow in the mids and has a tendency to be unforgiving in the highs. To me the Heir was quite analytical without achieving reference qualities in any category.
Ultimately, I found it to be boring.
 
If you disagree with my impressions, then you will probably also not prefer either SD.
post #125 of 211
I'd like to find something with larger soundstage. More excitement. The Heirs aren't a bad IEM, but also don't fit my ears brilliantly. Have had westone 4r and um3x prior to the heirs.
post #126 of 211
Thread Starter 
Well, since you're into Electro you probably appreciate the slam of SD3. I don't listen to a lot of Electronica but from what others said the SD3 definitely delivers. I've seen your Heir is already up for sale. If your budget is tight, I recommend to start a few levels below and purchase different sound signatures to see which suit you best and where you want to go.
post #127 of 211
Well I've already had UEs, westone UM3X, westone 4R, Heir 4ai, Sony X1060, ibasso DX50, Colorfly C3, various iPods etc etc so I'm not going to go lower. The decision for me is SD2, SD3, or possibly one of the new universal Noble IEMs. This will probably be my last universal before going custom.
Thank you for your suggestion though, I am looking for some guidance. It's a shame once you get to this level listening demos are hard to come by.
post #128 of 211
Thread Starter 
As you can see from my profile pic, after the StageDivers I also jumped to customs. (Not „after“ because I still have the SDs.) The StageDiver are a good cross-over.
 
However, I see things differently about „not going lower“. Because, TBH, the Sony MH1C (or similar) can uncover 99% of all details of all of my Rock & Pop records. That is a sad but true experience I had to make.
We are talking about an extremely high resolution that you are comparing and from my experience it only shows with Jazz, Classical and very few other records. People often discover new details when attentively listening with a different IEM which - more often than not - is caused by a different tuning.
 
That said, the StageDiver 3 is a very fun and engaging IEM with a convincing soundstage and very heavy weight. The resolution is impressive as all notes are very tight.
There are some things that I think the SD3 does even better than my custom, but not from a truly hifi point of view.
 
I really don’t know what to tell you. There are a lot of impressions on Head-Fi already and nobody can give you a firm „yes, it is better than…“ reply because individual preferences matter a lot.
Let your guts decide whether to risk the purchase, I would say the experience is well worth it.
post #129 of 211

I know what you mean. Whilst the 4ai have a very flat response, some might say dry, they don't have a massive amount of flair. I think the SD2 may also be along those lines, closer to reference than fun. I suspect the Nobles will be along the same lines as the Heirs, given their pedigree.

I've seen very few bad SD3 opinions, so I may just treat myself to a pair.

Thanks for your help.

post #130 of 211
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Originally Posted by heliuscc View Post

I know what you mean. Whilst the 4ai have a very flat response, some might say dry, they don't have a massive amount of flair. I think the SD2 may also be along those lines, closer to reference than fun. I suspect the Nobles will be along the same lines as the Heirs, given their pedigree.
I've seen very few bad SD3 opinions, so I may just treat myself to a pair.
Thanks for your help.
Great choice there, you wont regret it.
post #131 of 211

Could somebody provide me with (UK) links to either the wider ortofon tips or the correct UE tips for the SD3?

Thanks

post #132 of 211

I bought my ortofon tips from Ebay, the seller is in London, I think it is this link that I used at the time :

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-EARBUDS-EARTIPS-EAR-TIPS-BUDS-FOR-ORTOFON-E-Q5-E-Q7-E-Q5-Q7-HEADPHONES-/161161019604?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Other&hash=item2585f200d4

 

If you order the SD3 at Thomann and you dislike it (I do not think so), you can send it back without problem and they have a great warranty.

post #133 of 211
How long does Thomann take to deliver to UK?
post #134 of 211
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Originally Posted by heliuscc View Post

How long does Thomann take to deliver to UK?

 

Bought my SD3 from http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Advanced-MP3-Players?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

 

advanced Mp3. It was delivered within a day if you pay the extra postage and they have a 14 days return policy just incase.

post #135 of 211

3-4 days it says in the faq. 

 

Edit in reply to heliuscc !


Edited by davidcotton - 12/19/13 at 12:15pm
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