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post #121 of 765
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Originally Posted by Carlsan View Post

 

I'll use them for some classical and jazz later tonight and let you know.

For modern pop/rock, they are excellent. They feed on excellent production.

 


Tested on various classical and jazz pieces, found the SD3 to give commanding performance on all. Note, I used high quality flac versions of all songs tested, videos presented for reference only, quality of the videos is far from appropriate for testing equipment.

 

SD3's are about two days old and have about 8 hours on them, hardly broken in.

They were bought from this shop and imported into the states at the regular retail price.

Eartips used were Sony hybrids, peach inner color.

Equipment used: Burson Audio Soloist, Eastern Electric Minimax Tube Dac with Musical Fideltiy V-Link for usb support with a Windows pc (self built). As just mentioned, flac files, played through foobar at default settings, no eq used.

 

Acoustic jazz (Fred Hersh - Heartsong, McCoy Tyner - Miss Bea,  Lenny Andrade - Maiden Voyage)

Saxophones sound full and rich with that great open sound that they have, pianos have that percussive quality as they should, bass is natural and noticeable but as part of the general sound presentation as required by the music - equal with other instruments, not lost, but not in your face. Lead instruments, such as trumpets, take center stage and are the obvious lead performers during the solos. While all the obvious rhythm instruments, piano, drums, bass all do their parts without being lost. Bass are warm and sweet, cymbals crisp and never lost in the mix.

In Lenny's interpretation of Maiden Voyager, her voice is immediate, earthy, and sensuous. She sounds like she's singing right next to you, while the bass, piano, and other instruments are a few feet away. Bass has excellent decay on this song, staying just long enough as a fine glass of red wine would on ones taste palate as it's being sipped. Yet, never getting in the way of any other instrument or Lenny's vocals.

Overall, great atmosphere, with excellent wide sound stage, and natural sounding tones.

I can see why the SD3 would be loved by a stage musician.

 

Vocal music (using Chesky Records - The Ultimate Demonstration Disk - There is a Rose in Spanish Harlem - Rebeca Pidgeon

This song starts with a bass lead, quickly followed by Rebeca's vocals taking center stage, bass politely going into its background rhythm mode, Rebeca's vocals sound natural and full, you can hear her breathing at times, but  never sibilant. Piano comes in sounding as natural as one would expect. Strings come in later, sounding rich and lush as expected in this type of music. Constanellas (sp?) play in the background, sounding quite natural.

Rebeca's vocals control the center stage, in my teen years I loved the original version of this song, Rebeca's interpretation of the song, as heard on my SD3 is just amazing, sends goosebumps up my spine - no really. Again, I'm sitting right next to Rebecca, my wife is going  to get jealous.

 

I can go on and on, depth reproduction, sound stage, all sound excellent.

 

Classical test: From Chesky Records - The Ultimate Demonstration Disk -Britten- Festival Te Deum- Westminster Choir

Okay, I'm sitting in the middle of the church, with the choir's sound enveloping me. The microphone for this performance was hung from the air above the choir, and that is how it comes off with the SD3, you get a sense of openness with the sound, choir hits all the notes clearly and distinctly. The organ has a slight bit of warmth, but that is intentional. Organ is firmly in the background, vocals very upfront. Notes change quickly in the later part of this performance, and all is handled well.

Stravinsky- The Royal March -Solisti New York

This piece has many changes in musical volume, and instruments coming in and out of the sound, making for a good test for complex classical movements. The piece starts off with a march motif, which it comes back to several times. Again, the SD3 handles all the changes well, including the volume changes throughout, the  speed of the trumpets,  and the the drums. The drums and horns sound clear and again, natural.

 

Solo bass - very natural with great decay, nice bass detail.

Solo drums - again, very natural with clear and nice prat. Cymbals sound natural.

 

Finally - going back to the pop side of things:

 

 

James vocals sound soulful and rich, piano accompaniment sounds natural and spot on, then at about 50-60 seconds into the song, your ears just go WOW.

 

Final words, SD3's are not just for electronic music as they may have originally been intended. Musical reproduction is first rate, with an easy and commanding handling of all genres tested, classical, jazz, and vocal music. As has been said, bass reproduction is deep and detailed, but appropriate for the recording.

 

I'm quite happy with my SD3's.


Edited by Carlsan - 6/29/13 at 3:03pm
post #122 of 765
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Great impressions, especially from a different genre viewpoint as well. Glad they are settling in well. :-)
post #123 of 765
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Added an update today with the FiiO E17. Great synergy. Didn`t realise John Denver - "You fill up my senses" and Fleetwood Mac - "Never going back again" could sound so good.

post #124 of 765
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Added an update today with the FiiO E17. Great synergy. Didn`t realise John Denver - "You fill up my senses" and Fleetwood Mac - "Never going back again" could sound so good.

 

 

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Added an update today with the FiiO E17. Great synergy. Didn`t realise John Denver - "You fill up my senses" and Fleetwood Mac - "Never going back again" could sound so good.

What an awesome new update. You really know how to describe the sound of SD3. I hope to get mine delivered tomorrow, and play with the AK120 and Clip+.

I thought that W4R were really good, but sounds that SD3 are better at everything..plus the build quality made me buy them. Thank you for the review.

post #125 of 765
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The W4 (W4r same but removable cable) is a very very good IEM and is my walk to work friend but I now know it`s limitations which is a combination of 1. Falls over at high volume and 2. Soundstage. 

Good luck tomorrow, hope they arrive.

post #126 of 765

I am glad I bought my SD3, and yes they sold out the whole 100 stock in 3 days, now if you want to order you need to wait 3 weeks.

post #127 of 765
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I am glad I bought my SD3, and yes they sold out the whole 100 stock in 3 days, now if you want to order you need to wait 3 weeks.

tell us how it sounds.

 

i trust Sinth review very much but i am curious to see how universal SD3 can be for different musical tastes.

post #128 of 765
Ordered from Thomann over the weekend. Hope mine is included in that 100 as they were shown as in stock when I paid.
post #129 of 765
Yours should come tomorrow too.Check your account with them for tracking number.
I order it on 29 and is on the way.
Will report how it sounds with AK120,I think this is better then W4R which is good.
post #130 of 765
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Good news it has arrived! I give you 5 days and there will be no "think" or reference to the W4, different class, different league.

:-)

post #131 of 765
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Good news it has arrived! I give you 5 days and there will be no "think" or reference to the W4, different class, different league.

:-)

That was a good one, and when we thought that Westone 4 was a great IEM Stagedriver SD3 took the music to a whole new level.biggrin.gif

post #132 of 765

Inear Sateg Driver SD3 and AK120 impressions:

....how to start....wow...the music is so live and clear, and the bass....has the right  quantity, the right quality.. is like music is played for me in front  by a band or singer...The music sounds exactly as it was recorded...The bass is on and off only where is been recorded, not like other headphones where the bass is all the time.

Carlos Santana-Maria Maria 24/94 kHz sounds really nice...I thought that I am listening to headphones, but I am not....those as in ear monitors made in Germany.etysmile.gif

I had the Tera Player, W3000ANV, DX100, but I can honestly say that this is the first time I am truly happy with the price/build quality/sq.

And yes they have the right price...paid for mine 433 euro free shipping to UK.

Very satisfied....

P.S.wanted to compare these with my previous W4R, but no need to, what Westone can do this does it 3 times better at nearly same price. The only area where Westone wins is comfort , 10/10 where Inear Stagedriver SD3 is 8.7/10, but I am sure I will get used to it, or try different ear tips from different brands.

All in all very happy with my purchase and I recommend them to anybody who wants a great build quality,and very clean sound IEM.

post #133 of 765
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Originally Posted by musicday View Post

Inear Sateg Driver SD3 and AK120 impressions:
....how to start....wow...the music is so live and clear, and the bass....has the right  quantity, the right quality.. is like music is played for me in front  by a band or singer...The music sounds exactly as it was recorded...The bass is on and off only where is been recorded, not like other headphones where the bass is all the time.
Carlos Santana-Maria Maria 24/94 kHz sounds really nice...I thought that I am listening to headphones, but I am not....those as in ear monitors made in Germany.etysmile.gif

I had the Tera Player, W3000ANV, DX100, but I can honestly say that this is the first time I am truly happy with the price/build quality/sq.
And yes they have the right price...paid for mine 433 euro free shipping to UK.
Very satisfied....
P.S.wanted to compare these with my previous W4R, but no need to, what Westone can do this does it 3 times better at nearly same price. The only area where Westone wins is comfort , 10/10 where Inear Stagedriver SD3 is 8.7/10, but I am sure I will get used to it, or try different ear tips from different brands.
All in all very happy with my purchase and I recommend them to anybody who wants a great build quality,and very clean sound IEM.
great...I should get my sd3 backn from loaner soon and try with the ak120. What firmware are you on?...I am in 1.00 and was afraid the sd3 would be too dark with it.
post #134 of 765

I am on 1.00 and it sounds good to me..I haven't tried with 1.21, I won't update my firmware for now.

I can report that even CD rips work great, mean sound great wink.gif

post #135 of 765

This thread and the others have convinced me that I must have it >_>

 

Luckily I ordered over the weekend from Thomann before it sold out and it's on the way biggrin.gif

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