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post #676 of 752
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Wow I thought this thread was deleted. I suppose no news is good news applies here!

 

I have been listening to these straight out of my iPod touch on the walk to work. My W4`s are crying but they will get over it. Another great find of the SD3 is the isolation, I would say double the W4.

Walk to work and back is frigging incredible. Using the same walk to work playlist, Kate Bush - Woman`s work is immense and the same goes to Fleetwood Mac - Never going back again.

 

Can`t believe these have not hit the mass market (price probably) but the end of the universal IEM is that close, yes that close.

 

Probably 1 month away from taking a trip to Austria, in all their bedded in crossover heavenly form.

post #677 of 752

I was too busy ultimately to post something, I have received my T51 TecMod !

 

With the SD3 is just a mind blowing pairing that take me in another dimension in the audiophile world.

(I have to post my impression afterward in the T51 thread)

 

The SD3 are just huge with a good source, these IEM are exceptional, you really need a good DAC and AMP in order to realize their true potential.

 

The isolation and comfort of the SD3 is above average, the best I have used for my noisy daily commut.

 

My impressions of the T51 TecMod with the SD3: http://www.head-fi.org/t/447479/teclast-t51/1425#post_9825119


Edited by Migou67 - 9/22/13 at 4:19am
post #678 of 752

For me the Vocals were just too warm. Couldn't live with it. I prefer the Sennheiser IE800 over the SD3.

But I would be in again for the SD4, knowing what InEar is capable of :)

post #679 of 752

Perhaps with another pairing you'd could attenuate the warmness of the voice, but it involves changing the DAP or the AMP. The DX50 pair well with the SD3 as I read in the DX50 thread.

 

Anyyway the IE800 looks very good also, enjoy it ;) 


Edited by Migou67 - 9/25/13 at 2:05am
post #680 of 752
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Originally Posted by Sinth View Post
 

I suppose no news is good news applies here!

 

My StageDivers will have a big brother soon. I'm getting my first customs done: the Compact Monitors (Rhines Customs/ Vision Ears) Stage 3. A three-way super detailed and highly transparent monitor.

 

But... there is no way I see the SD3 being obsolete.

Actually, I do think that the 'Diver 3 (that's what I will call them from now on because it's too confusing to talk about two totally different Stage IEMs) will get most of the playtime for the rest of the year. One of my favorite Rock bands (Monster Magnet) is releasing a new album in October and this sound has to shake the floor, crack the walls and pull down the ceiling. \m/

 

They have released three tracks through SoundCloud so far and the recording is a perfect match for the 'Diver 3.

But not just for Stoner Rock and Metal I need these, also the first pressing of Michael Jackson's Thriller is relatively light on the bass and it just sounds better with (S)D3 than with anything else (other than LCD-2). Same goes for some other studio masters, IMO.

 

If anything, the 'Diver proves how far it has pushed the limits of universals. FME, the Stage 3 still has an advantage technically and even boasts a similarly sized soundstage although it's pretty much linear. However, at 999 € for a very well-received TOTL CIEM it is remarkable a sub-500 € universal can almost keep up.

 

I also revisited the IE800 past weekend (with an AK120) and I still preferred the 'Diver 3 by quite a bit. Especially in the bass department.

I think it really depends on one's music collection and how you can distribute different recordings to different sound signatures.

But yes, I am also surprised these haven't hit the international market as hard as I would have expected, yet. These are definitely a huge success in Germany, though.

post #681 of 752
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Totally agree mate. Enjoy your customs, I am very interested in the difference. Top top notch sd3 heaven here now. Love them.
post #682 of 752
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And zero sibilance at high volume. Yum.
post #683 of 752
Thats why my volume blasting friends loves the SD-3.
My cable is also starting to turn very greenish, it is very obvious now. Looks like theres a need to change cable.
post #684 of 752
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Thats why my volume blasting friends loves the SD-3.
My cable is also starting to turn very greenish, it is very obvious now. Looks like theres a need to change cable.

 

Only a portion of mine has turned slightly green.

post #685 of 752

The same for me. 

post #686 of 752
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Hi folks, a further update.

 

Thought I would shove my Sennheiser Momentum`s on last night for the first time in over a month and that will be the last unless they are the only thing I have.

 

So to all you Momentum lovers out there, if you thought they were bang on (like me) then you have to get the SD3. Makes sense to a point, something that good, that close to your eardrum like the SD3 totally owns the overhead which is about an inch to your drum.

 

People have to hear these, especially with the Ortofon open bored tips. I am not hyping, far from it. Getting better and better and better and brain burned. What a product!

post #687 of 752
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Originally Posted by OmsJtmz32 View Post

Thats why my volume blasting friends loves the SD-3.
My cable is also starting to turn very greenish, it is very obvious now. Looks like theres a need to change cable.

 

My cable really turned green when I took my SD-3's to the beach.

From what I have read, the greenish color does not effect the sound quality, so unless the color bothers you, or you have seen a super cable that you like, it is really not worth it to change cables.

 

http://www.theheadphonecompany.co.uk/news-reviews/blog/why-do-clear-earphone-cables-turn-green.php

post #688 of 752
Thread Starter 

Without looking at the link and being a Production Manager for an electro-plating firm I can say this....

 

The reason your cable has greened (oxidised) is due to the low thickness of silver over the copper wire. Copper is the culprit for the greening. If you even had 3 microns of Silver it would prevent this happening for a lot longer than what seems to me to be silver flashing (less than a micron).

 

It shouldn`t affect sound unless hyper corrosion of the copper takes place but highly unlikely unless you fancy swimming with your iems.

 

Edit: RF and microwave requirements need to have 8 microns minimum of silver but that is over an electroless nickel undercoat (aluminium housings where E/Ni is the preferred and easiest undercoat/layer).

 

Edit 2: If I started to make my own cables then I could potentially a: produce high end and b: trial thicknesses with or without a gold topcoat (Mundorff - Cu/Ag/Au)


Edited by Sinth - 9/29/13 at 10:29am
post #689 of 752

How easy are these to take in and take out in a hurry?  I use iems mainly at work to block out office chatter (lot of that sometimes :( ) and machinery.  The downside is I do have people come up to me for work related things, so these have to be easy to put in and take out.  I do have a couple of customs (silicone, acryllic) but they are single ba's only so I find bass a bit lacking tbh.  Just curious about the sd's (though still may go for the 2 rather than the 3).

 

 

 

Cheers

post #690 of 752
They are among the most comfortable among all my iems and ciems and very easy to put in and out.
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