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post #1426 of 4631
These are really tempting especially since I'll need a universal soon as I'm getting my main universal reshelled to customs soon.

Also Shure iem's are known to be one of the more sensitive iem's even compared to customs so hiss from these would be no surprise to me.
post #1427 of 4631

Just to clear up the 8:1 and 9ohm being thrown around...

 

The 846 ranges from 16 to 4ohm, 9ohm is just the 1KHz point.  So if you want to use the 8:1 rule, use the 4ohm low point.

 

Even the AK100 mk2 or AK120 3ohm output will pull the upper mid and lower treble range down 3dB compared to the bass and upper treble.  And yes that's not a good thing unless you like the Westone signature sound.  In which case... just buy a Westone :P


Edited by Solude - 3/4/14 at 9:36am
post #1428 of 4631
Do these Shure SE846 fail alot? Have seen quite a few posts about failing Shure SE846.
post #1429 of 4631
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post

Do these Shure SE846 fail alot? Have seen quite a few posts about failing Shure SE846.

 

Rarely (~5%), but they also have a 2 year warranty just in case.

post #1430 of 4631

There is faint hiss on Note 3, ZX1 during when device is not playing music but is turn on. ZX1 hiss is the most inconsistent, its louder when I first plug in and subside later, but I can still hear something.. very faint. DACPORT is pitch black, no hiss at all. M8 has faint hiss even at zero volume but does not increase when turn all the way up with no music playing. I would not really bother about it as the hiss is very very faint and takes effort to hear it.

post #1431 of 4631
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

SE846 owners,

 

Do either of you hear a slight hissing sound with any of your sources? On mine, if I plug them into my Galaxy Note II, there is a slight hissing/treble static sound. That sound doesn't exist (or it exists at an almost imperceptible volume) with my LG G Flex. Since the sound varies depending on the source, I can't imagine that it would be the headphone's fault, but I was wondering if anyone else heard anything similar.

 

P.S. Even on the note 2, the sound is more or less drowned out with one bar of volume, and almost imperceptible with 2 bars of volume.

I am unfortunately getting some hiss too with the iDSD I just grabbed. Trying to figure out if that is just due to the sensitivity of the 846s that I will need to live with if I decide to keep the iDSD, or if there is something wrong with my iDSD or related to the power it is getting from my USB port that is causing the problem. 

post #1432 of 4631
Thanks audio wood fur the confirmation. I wonder if it's just the sensitivity of the 846 picking up stuff others miss
post #1433 of 4631
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post

Thanks audio wood fur the confirmation. I wonder if it's just the sensitivity of the 846 picking up stuff others miss


u're welcome. I think so too, to put in perspective:

 

Personal Hiss level ranking:

 

1) TG334- Hiss on almost all source except zana duex se and hiss is loud esp during silent passage on classical tracks. Unbearable when paired with ALO RX3. bearable on most source.

2) Shure 846 - Faint hiss, hardly audible but its there - Hiss inaudible when music starts. Hiss sound like an ambient space rather than "electrical hiss".

3) K3003/1p2 - No hiss on most amps. Dead quiet. Also takes more volume to attain same loudness level as Shure 846

post #1434 of 4631

No hiss from the GS-X mk2 or AK100 mk2.

post #1435 of 4631
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Word of advice: DON'T look into it. It is a pitfall straight into hell! :veryevil:

LOL.  So true... I now have a pair of SE846 on order, as well as a Pico Slim, and Headphone Lounge silver cable.  I can't seem to stop spending on Head-Fi gear all because I keep on looking into other options.

post #1436 of 4631
I think the 846 at 850 sounds like a damn good deal. I'm gonna go for it and get one. Also if it ends up being something that's not for me I figure not much loss. It's been a long time since I owned a Shure iem so looking forward to hearing how they have improved since then.

My reshell will have to wait I guess smily_headphones1.gif
post #1437 of 4631
Forgive the novice question...would an old iPod Classic and a Pico Slim be sufficient to get the best out of these?

How much better would the Apex Glacier be?
post #1438 of 4631
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

 

Based on the innerfidelity measurements and Shure's specs, the SE846 is an extremely low impedance headphone that will produce very high decibels with a relatively miniscule amount of watts. I haven't ever heard it, but based on its specs it should be louder than other average IEMs at the same volume level (by the way, I wonder if Shure did this on purpose, realizing that the public generally views "louder" as "better sounding" a trick played by many audiophile products, see also MOG vs Spotify [MOG is generally louder]).

 

Any way, based on that it should not need an amplifier and also please be careful not to damage your hearing. See this experiment I did earlier for more information. http://www.head-fi.org/t/706024/experiment-i-just-did-re-hearing-damage-and-iems

Yes, they might not need an amplifier, but with a good properly matched amplifier you can better adjust the volume as you will have more steps for attenuation.  I find using my Vamp Verza with my iPhone 5 I can adjust to the perfect listening level, as opposed to just plugging into the iPhone I find it is either too loud or not loud enough... This is the main reason I ordered the Pico Slim with 255 steps digital attenuation for my incoming SE846's, which I will probably pair with my iPad for now for a better impedance match.  

post #1439 of 4631

The Pico Slim certainly covers all your bases for amplification needs.  Classic is certainly not going to do it alone but as purely the source... it isn't great but isn't utter crap either.

post #1440 of 4631
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

The Pico Slim certainly covers all your bases for amplification needs.  Classic is certainly not going to do it alone but as purely the source... it isn't great but isn't utter crap either.

So do Apple users generally put a portable DAC between the iPod and the Pico Slim? Would it be easier and more cost effective to buy a better DAP instead?

The Fii0 X5 looks like an interesting proposition but I can't stand poor UI.
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