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post #136 of 767
Good to know...because I will notbupdate firmware and be stuck with a crappy firmware
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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 #137 of 767
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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

You will enjoy them lots ha ha. Not only that you managed to order it before they run out of the stock but also we got them for cheeper, I heard prices will go up when will be back in stock.

Congratulations.

post #138 of 767
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You will enjoy them lots ha ha. Not only that you managed to order it before they run out of the stock but also we got them for cheeper, I heard prices will go up when will be back in stock.

Congratulations.

 

Thanks, I'm very much looking forward to them :)

 

You're right.. looking at the Thomann site now I can see the price has already gone up to EUR 469 / £402.78 for anyone who hasn't yet ordered.

post #139 of 767
I couldn't help it, I am weak! So hopefully soon I will have a set of the SD3 to compare with the rest of my IEM's. It will be particularly interesting to compare these with my MG6Pro customs. While not a card-carrying basshead, I do feel it is important for a transducer to be able to accurately reproduce the bottom octave of recorded music without excessive roll-off when such sounds are actually present in the recording.

I do have some reference binaural live recordings of a thunderstorm that I use for testing. It is rare to find phones that can reproduce the deep rumble and impact of thunder with accuracy and a realistic dynamic range. I also look forward to hearing how well the SD3 is able to reproduce these sounds without overwhelming the delicate sound of the accompanying rain.

I am weak!
post #140 of 767

Mine has been sent!

 

Time to burn in my brain with the 4R and then compare it with the SD3 when it comes.
 

post #141 of 767
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Originally Posted by HiFlight View Post

I couldn't help it, I am weak! So hopefully soon I will have a set of the SD3 to compare with the rest of my IEM's. It will be particularly interesting to compare these with my MG6Pro customs. While not a card-carrying basshead, I do feel it is important for a transducer to be able to accurately reproduce the bottom octave of recorded music without excessive roll-off when such sounds are actually present in the recording.

I do have some reference binaural live recordings of a thunderstorm that I use for testing. It is rare to find phones that can reproduce the deep rumble and impact of thunder with accuracy and a realistic dynamic range. I also look forward to hearing how well the SD3 is able to reproduce these sounds without overwhelming the delicate sound of the accompanying rain.

I am weak!

Fantastic news! For those who are not familiar with HiFlight, I have had the pleasure of experiencing the "Top kit" opamp selection by HiFlight.

My thoughts entirely, bass makes music and if you create a track that requires bass at the bottom end then, that is the SD3.

 

Can`t wait for your impressions, very confident you will be gobsmacked.

Stu

post #142 of 767
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For owner`s,

Even if it isn`t your genre, listen to anything by Noisia to show what the SD3 can do. A balanced armature iem that delivers super fast pulsating bass and detail and at high volume?

Have I said speaker before? Yes I have but speaker`s do not have BA`s do they? You would of never known.

 

Oh and normal music is spot on, what a product.

post #143 of 767

My SD2 are with my girlfriend at the moment so I spent 7 hours with the SD3 today. I think they work well with any genre except Classical, but bass quantity is very high. It's my personal limit but it feels just right on a bus or train.

For Classical music I use my FiiO E17 and set it to Treble +2, Bass -8 and then it works just fine.

 

As for comfort, I have no issues whatsoever. They fit just fine and they didn't even bother me after wearing them for 7 hours straight.

 

I'm hoping Rin Choi can get his hands on the series, both SD2 and SD3. 

post #144 of 767
Thread Starter 

Just tried -8 bass, oh hello W4ish. Good to have the option to do that via the E17 but if you couldn`t then you would grab your Ety`s.


Edited by Sinth - 7/2/13 at 12:27pm
post #145 of 767

Now my question is:

How to make the SD3 sound even better? Can we find soft comply tips for It like Westone ones? An after market better cable will improve the sound quality?

I was impressed from the first 5 minutes I tried them.

post #146 of 767
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Tsx400 are excellent but amping is the way to go initially. Higher volume, class comes out.
post #147 of 767
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Tsx400 are excellent but amping is the way to go initially. Higher volume, class comes out.

Will look on ebay and see if I can find any.Where did you get yours?

Do you think a better cable will improve the sound better?

post #148 of 767

Hi

 

I managed to find a pair of B-stock SD3s  going for 398 euros on the Thomann site a couple of weeks back so took the plunge.   They arrived in Luxembourg  two days later - usual excellent Thomann service - notification of sending and detailed DHL tracking. I've been using Earsonics SM64s and W4Rs almost exclusively for the past few months, although I have a few dynamics that I will compare with later (GR07, IE80s).

 

Firstly, the fit is absolutely perfect for me. I only tried with the largest of the three buds but the comfort is on a par with the W4s with star-tips and the isolation is much better - comparable to Etys with a triple flange.  

 

Soundwise I initially tried these while driving with my mobile rig (Rockboxed iPod Classic with FIIO e12) and found the sub and mid-bass overwhelming when switching directly from the W4rs. However trying these with a couple of different sources and amps over the pas week or so these have risen in my estimation greatly and I can honestly say these bring a smile to my face every time I use them. They are easily driven by a Clip+ and, to be honest, don't really benefit from the awesome power of my Earsonics AMP911. 

 

I listen to a wide range of music, from Bill Evens Trio to Daft Punk and everything inbetween and while these are incredible at textured sub-bass, if a track is really bass-light (some acoustic tracks) they still sound great. For these tracks I prefer the W4s for their transparent mids/highs but it's a close call. At least for now, these will be my go-to IEMs.

 

The big loser in this is the SM64s which I'll be selling soon I guess.

 

I will try swapping cables and doing more comparisons the next few weeks if anyone is interested.

post #149 of 767
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The big loser in this is the SM64s which I'll be selling soon I guess.

I will try swapping cables and doing more comparisons the next few weeks if anyone is interested.


Oh, I'm really interested in a more detailed comparison between the SM64 and the SD3.

It sounds like you don't really think that the SD3 is a good allround IEM. Is that right?
post #150 of 767
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Will look on ebay and see if I can find any.Where did you get yours?

Do you think a better cable will improve the sound better?

The cable is top notch imo and is also made by InEar. Their website states the cable is silver interwoven with cotton and I would be surprised if a different cable made a huge difference to the stock.

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