Edited by music_4321 - 5/21/13 at 3:07am
Wow! Excellent comparison! How is the treble extension on SD-3? Are these dark iems?
I have added a comparison of PFE 232 and SD-2 in the first post.
Not dark, extension is great. Yet they are very warm.
I have compared the SD-2 to UE900 and added it in the first post:SD-2 vs UE900 (Click to show)
The UE900 has a very special sounding, and to be honest, by tuning alone, it is my favorite multi-BA IEM. The tonality of the SD-2 is very different, pushing mids forward and giving an overall more lively presentation with better timbre. The UE900 feels more precise and cleaner, though.
In the bass department, UE900 is so far the best IEM I’ve heard. The PRaT is simply amazing and the bass is very linear with extension that only reaches its limit by my hearing capabilities. Technically, the SD-2 is easily surpassed, feeling bloated in the kickbass area and delivering considerably less subbass. The differences in bass are on a scale similar to LCD-2 vs HD650.
However, I love how real the mids sound with the SD-2, appearing lush with full body and almost holographic. The UE900 sounds comparably lifeless, sucked from blood and very dry. Furthermore, voices are slightly veiled as they fall off after 2 kHz, resulting in a very relaxed presentation. I will have to give the edge to SD-2, which sounds more realistically tuned and just has a small dip in the 4 kHz area.
The Logitech does not recover before 8-10 kHz, which I’ve heard some people even complain about sounding bright. I did not perceive it as such, but I noticed the UE900 extends very well in the highs. The SD-2 has a much smoother transition with a warm fade-out from 5-16 kHz, avoiding any harshness.
Needless to say, the StageDiver has the much larger soundstage. The UE900 features very little space, but does well with layering and separation.
Actually, I have to give the edge to UE900 in terms of resolution as it performs incredibly solid across the whole frequency range. Though also precise, next to the UE900 the SD-2 sounds spongy in the bass, thicker in the mids and silkier in the highs.
SD-2 and UE900 are very different IEMs. One is of the engaging kind, captivating you with realistic timbre and soundstage, whereas the other is vaguely repellent, but also incredibly smart and talented.
BTW, here is a picture of the tips next to each other. I also use the UE tips for the StageDivers.
I am guessing mp4audio (link is in the first post) is the best option for international deliveries, ATM.
Do not worry about the price, the lift will be announced beforehand.
I get the idea this is a small company not equipped to deal with the increased level of international interest the Stagediver series has created. I could be wrong but most of the custom folk aren't gigantic well staffed concerns.
As far as I'm concerned, the company never targeted the hifi audience in the first place. I am pretty sure they are overwhelmed by the demand in Germany alone.
Apart from showing their StageDiver face-to-face on a music fair (again, aimed at musicians), the company has never advertised their product anywhere. The popularity is only based on experience from users that actually heard the StageDiver series and were amazed. All publicity on Hifi-Forum and Head-Fi is from enthusiasts alone.
You cannot compare this to a big company making a huge international hype/fuss about a new release and deliberately drawing attention.
As the price-performance ratio shows, you are not paying for marketing.
I thus suggest to contact the big distributors like Thomann and mp4audio that are used to high quantity customer requests.
Great. Let us know how it stacks up against your other high end universals (notably the Heirs), please.
I call it the headfi effect, goes something like this :-
1)Member highlights a undiscovered iem
2)Interest and demand increases
3)Company struggles to meet demand (generally being small ones)
4)interest wears off after a month or two (fotm?)
5)iems start appearing on trade board.
Something like that anyway :)