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post #586 of 765
@ Sinth Thank you for reminding us of good practice wink.gif
 
From my side I finally found a good equalizer setting for the SD3 using the Wolfson Note2 with Noozi, result is pleasant :
 

 
Another song very well rendered by SD3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4WvVuBOWrc
post #587 of 765
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the heads up with the app! Installing on my Galaxy S3 phone and will give it a go. You can`t beat the guys over at xda.

 

:-)

post #588 of 765
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Originally Posted by Sinth View Post

Thanks for the heads up with the app! Installing on my Galaxy S3 phone and will give it a go. You can`t beat the guys over at xda.

 

:-)

 

You can expect good results, the S3 is equiped with a Wolfson WM1811 DAC.

 

http://www.wolfsonmicro.com/products/audio_hubs/WM1811/

 

From gsmarena :

 

The Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III turned out to be one of the most talented musicians around and aced our audio quality test.

The volume levels when the S III is connected to an active external amplifier are hardly spectacular, but the output is perfectly clean with no weak points whatsoever.

Stereo crosstalk did spike when we plugged in a pair of headphones, but that was the only significantly affected reading. An impressive overall performance indeed

Source : http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9300_galaxy_s_iii-review-761p8.php

Don't forget to enable Noozi under sound system parameters effect and disable every effects in the player.

post #589 of 765
Thread Starter 

I am posting without any searching but I have the S3 LTE so not sure what chip is in that. I installed the Noozoxide yesterday and was a little underwhelmed compared to the stock sound from the S3LTE.

The volume takes a hit and connecting to an amp sort of defeats the object IMO because an amp will colour the sound somewhat, maybe not with the BH but I haven`t tried as my 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable is pathetic.

 

I can`t use the SD3 with the S3 (with my flip case) as the plug doesn`t go in far enough!

 

Poweramp as an app gives out a decent sound imo but again pointless using my phone due to the above. I have finally sold my house soo will get to hear the SD3 through a good/new hifi setup and can`t wait to hear what they sound like, especially with vinyl!

 

Exciting Stage Diver 3 times ahead and cannot forget my Momentums either.

 

Stu


Edited by Sinth - 8/12/13 at 11:52am
post #590 of 765
oh sorry to hear that the result is not as expected, as many know here, a good DAC is not enough for a good sound, a well powered and implemented amp is also very important.
 
Of all phone/smartphone that I have owned the only one that have a decent output is the note2 (the battery size?) and I have to use software to boost the result biggrin.gif
 
Sinth, is this your new house with your new setup for the SD3 wink.gif
 

*

 

I can see some really good vintages gear !

Edited by Migou67 - 8/13/13 at 12:14am
post #591 of 765
Thread Starter 
Sort of :-)
post #592 of 765
Quote:
You can expect good results, the S3 is equiped with a Wolfson WM1811 DAC.

American S3's do not use the Wolfson chip, unfortunately. Still sound good, quite good, actually, but they use a different chip.

 

As regard to a seal, I completely agree, a deep seal is indeed needed to get the full benefits of this earphone, and you can be fooled by a seal that is not quite right.

 

How do know? If you push the earphones into your ears and hear a dramatic difference in sound, then you you probably do not have the proper seal.

post #593 of 765

Nice review!  But today I'm really confused :(

I borrowed StageDiver SD-3 from my brother, tested today for a few hours with iPod classic (6th Gen 80GB), HifimeDiy USB Sabre DAC (UAE23), and my Dr. DAC2 DX.

I don't mean to offend anyone or making any controversy here, but my impression is rather different than the review here.  I had Westone 4 before, for about a year till I sold it to try other IEM.  I have TF10, and many other IEMs, so I'm not really new, and have some experience comparing IEMs.

 

My impression today after using SD-3 for a few hours and drove it using a few sources:

Agree it has good punchy bass, better (much better) than Westone 4.  

Quite comfortable for long use.

The cable is really good and high quality.

Overall sound signature remind me of Shures IEM such as SE535, but quite different from the new Shure SE846, which I think the best Shure IEM so far.

Tonal balance is dark, treble is on the minimum side, and definitely not good for classical music.  Ok for Pop.

Midrange is rather dominant.  Bass although good, well controlled and punchy, but a tad lack of bottom end, not enough bass extension for IEM at this price range.

While tonal balance is up to individual preference, my biggest complaint is in the detail, which for this price range, I would say rather poor :(

Imaging is average, not great.

 

At the time of testing, I have Yamaha EPH-100, Klipsch X10, and JVC HA-FXD80, those are my favorite micro drivers.  All of those micro drivers are much cheaper than SD-3, all have different sound signature, but all have better (much better) detail and imaging than the SD-3.

 

Is there something wrong with my brother's SD-3 ?  Or the source is not good enough?  I think iPod is not good enough for SD-3, but other DACs I think are pretty good DACs, and they drive other IEM very well.

Well I don't know why, but I left unimpressed...

post #594 of 765

@earfonia Can be impedance? paring? fit? tips?

 

Maybe you just have to listen on it for more longtime, who knows !

 

Finally we all have different ears and that the reason we have so many IEM's in the market and also many discussions about it wink.gif

Edited by Migou67 - 8/14/13 at 7:12am
post #595 of 765
@Earfonia Looks like the SD-3 aren't your type of IEM. I suggest you play around with your sources and make sure your insertion is deep. I would have to agree the SD-3 isnt very very detailed but decent. However, I found the imaging very good but like Migou said we all have different ears and different sound sig. Would like to know how your brother felt about the SD-3. biggrin.gif
post #596 of 765
Will head down to Stereo to demo more iems and see how they compare to the SD-3 and good news I will be getting an amp 2 weeks later along with my toxic LOD.
post #597 of 765
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Originally Posted by OmsJtmz32 View Post

Will head down to Stereo to demo more iems and see how they compare to the SD-3 and good news I will be getting an amp 2 weeks later along with my toxic LOD.

 

Interesting what amp will you receive ?

post #598 of 765
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Originally Posted by Migou67 View Post

Interesting what amp will you receive ?
Jds Labs C5
post #599 of 765

@Oms It looks really good, I have to find a LOD cable for my F807 ! Let me know how it pair with the SD3, thanks smile.gif

post #600 of 765

I am cheap. Purchased and tested many low end in-ear headphones. Not all name brands are good. And, few low ends sound alomst as good as my BOSE in-ear.

If I am going to spend real money for a good in-ear headphones, I would go with the BOSE in-ear headphones. Not just the sound.

 

I love the StayHear tips. It really secure the in-ear headphones inside my ears no matter if I am running or jumping.

The cable is strong. Looks very fine and thin. But, so far, few pulls and roll over by chair, still functioning.

Very loud. No matter the sources, a low power input can sound great/loud in the BOSE in-ear headphones.

 

My experience is, you have to test every in-ear headphones. Don't just buy it because the brand. Sometimes, low cost, no name brands sound better than big names.

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