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What cable is this? Do you have a link? Impressions?

 

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Originally Posted by NIVEBL View Post
 

New cable for my 846:etysmile:

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Originally Posted by BaTou069 View Post

I would say Whiplash but cannot be sure which one.
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Another question: Do you consider the 846 to be an IEM that would need some break-in time?

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My answer would  be no.

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On the other hand, my ears needed some break-in time to adjust, having come from relatively lean IEMs in the PFE132.

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This is Whiplash Twag V3

I think IEM should need time to burn-in,even though brand new cable.

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For the past couple of hours I've been listening to my new IE800 that arrived today, becoming acclimated.  It's really very nice, and I'm hard pressed to decide which I prefer, the IE800 or SE846.  I couldn't fault anyone for preferring one or the other.  Initially I think the IE800 is a bit more "conventional", maybe a tad of a V shaped response.  The bass is very present, but doesn't have that subwoofer zing of the SE846.  The cable is nice, but awkwardly short.  I think the mids are more pronounced on the SE846 (not surprisingly).  

 

The IE800, being a dynamic driver might change somewhat with burn-in; we'll have to see.

 

Sound-wise, I really like them both.  I suppose if I had to part with one of them I would keep the SE846, but this may change with time.

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Originally Posted by BobJS View Post
 

For the past couple of hours I've been listening to my new IE800 that arrived today, becoming acclimated.  It's really very nice, and I'm hard pressed to decide which I prefer, the IE800 or SE846.  I couldn't fault anyone for preferring one or the other.  Initially I think the IE800 is a bit more "conventional", maybe a tad of a V shaped response.  The bass is very present, but doesn't have that subwoofer zing of the SE846.  The cable is nice, but awkwardly short.  I think the mids are more pronounced on the SE846 (not surprisingly).  

 

The IE800, being a dynamic driver might change somewhat with burn-in; we'll have to see.

 

Sound-wise, I really like them both.  I suppose if I had to part with one of them I would keep the SE846, but this may change with time.


Take a walk with them and you'll be in for a surprise (see my review of the IE800).

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Got the sensaphonics custom sleeve and has been trying it for a couple of hours already

 

A few quick words while I "burn in" the silicon sleeve (since headfi have so many burn in believer I might as well join them b4 they hang me) ..  the mid bass is more pronounce, way more than I imagine, this will be a dream come true for people who EQ for more bass, with this sleeve, its like adding +1-2 db to the bass naturally & for those Audeze die harder fans out there who luvs the LCD-3 tonality, u really need to hear the custom sleeve with 846, its 2 steps closer now. .

 

I also notice its louder, like adding another extra 2db probably due to better seal. Boy, its really quiet when I have the sleeve on, much more quiet than comply foams. There are some some set back here, the treble is reduce slightly, not a whole lot but I notice some extended "air" being shelved down, probably due to the enhanced bass, especially the mid bass (sub bass got enhanced too). This is probably good news for some who said they find it too bright with white filter (really?).

 

Another set back is, I am taking longer to put in and pull out. There is quite a huge air pressure on my drums every time I push in and pull out (maybe I am still virgin to customs) so its not a problem for those who had custom in the past & I am going to scold my neighbor really hard as he is getting too talkative today.. (just not today as I am really busy :)

 

If there is one non-audiophile term to put this in a simple way, I would describe it as pushing the Ibud into your ear canal more with your fingers, so you get a louder, better isolation, stronger bass presence with a little drop in high frequency kind of deal here. And in audiophile terms, the differences is way more than changing cable, no amount of copper in a cable is going to boost the bass to this level, I am talking about physically moving the bass and treble EQ here.

 

As for the built quality, its really silicon, and no, its not the same type of soft silicon you find on sex toys. Its a harder silicon like those you find in human robots skin. Its still soft and still very flexible but just not as soft as I have expected. I think, it will last a long time and I am not sure why Sensaphonic sent me a pink silicon as I have ordered clear color. The first try was uncomfortable, I need to take it out and re-do it 3 times before I finally got it. After a while, its kinda of "burn in" in 10 mins as the silicon becomes part of my ear, its so comfortable that it "disappeared" from the sensation of feeling it, I am so lucky that they got my measurements right the first time. For those who wants to know more, Sensaphonic has a remake and refund policy that say "Sensaphonics will remake your sleeves returned for fit and comfort within 30 days of purchase at no charge". The comfort is way way better than comply tips, which I always thought as the most comfortable tips ever invented until I silicon my ear.

 

So all in all, I have already dump in an addition of $200 (silver cable) + $162 (sleeves) = $362 to make the world a better place to live in (my world at least :D) and if you ask me which one is more worth it, I will say the sleeves for sure as the changes is much more than cable. I am not saying the cable makes no change, it did but I have to pull in and out with stock with several tracks to make that determination, but the silicon sleeve is like a straight away wow, no need to compared as the change in SQ is so obvious.

 

I hope all of you give the sleeve a shot and I am not a Sensaphonic sales man, and have no intention of becoming one as they sent me a pink color sleeve.

 

Ok I am going back to Diana Krall the look of love album now. ciao everybody!


Edited by Audiowood - 3/12/14 at 12:53pm
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Edit: The treble quantity got reduced as much as it did increase the mid bass.. I will probably say its direct proportional in a non-professional way. I suspect its a no go for people who loves treble but a must go for people who like more mid bass. Also note the sub-bass is more obvious with comply than sleeves as the mid bass cover some of it.  Also note that the vocal quality changes too as the mid bass increase, the vocal has a more pronounce bassy breath to it.


Edited by Audiowood - 3/12/14 at 12:52pm
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So I finally got my replacement pair of SE846's and I've gotta say these sound way better than the defective one's I sent back. Even though 1 earbud was dead on them, I didn't get any impression they would sound this good. I am only using an iPhone 5 to drive them right now too, with mp3's so once I get the FIIO X5 and load some of hi-res HDTracks music on them I can only imagine how much better they will sound.  Very happy Shure finally got around to sending me a new pair (build date 2/11/14), though I still think it's pretty lame to make me pay for shipping for headphones that are DOA, oh well, hopefully they will hold up this time and not break in a few weeks.

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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post
 

The comfort is way way better than comply tips, which I always thought as the most comfortable tips ever invented until I silicon my ear.

 

La la la la must stay out of the custom bubble =)  One day my curiosity will get the better of me but right now... universals.

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This is my first time trying balanced cables with an IEM - definitely sense a change in soundstage but it is subtle.  Unsure of whether it is worth going fully balanced; my gut says it is not.  I am loving the quality of the Moon Dragon Black Dragon cables.  I think too many companies forget about ergonomics when it comes to headphone cables, but Moon Audio definitely rocks both price and usability.

 

I had the IE800, ToGo 334, and Tralucent 1Plus2s before along with a crusty Shure E500 (same as SE535).  I think I preferred the sound of the IE800 over all other IEMs including the Shure 846.  However, I could never keep the IEM in my ear and I didn't have the option of other tips.

 

However, like Solude, I ended up selling the LCD-3s after getting the Shure 846.  I don't think they are equal in any way, but it is nice to get such incredible sound in such a small package.

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This is my first time trying balanced cables with an IEM - definitely sense a change in soundstage but it is subtle.  Unsure of whether it is worth going fully balanced; my gut says it is not.  I am loving the quality of the Moon Dragon Black Dragon cables.  I think too many companies forget about ergonomics when it comes to headphone cables, but Moon Audio definitely rocks both price and usability.

I had the IE800, ToGo 334, and Tralucent 1Plus2s before along with a crusty Shure E500 (same as SE535).  I think I preferred the sound of the IE800 over all other IEMs including the Shure 846.  However, I could never keep the IEM in my ear and I didn't have the option of other tips.

However, like Solude, I ended up selling the LCD-3s after getting the Shure 846.  I don't think they are equal in any way, but it is nice to get such incredible sound in such a small package.

What balanced amp are you using with the new cables? If you are using your Cypher Duet, try something. Use your iPhone 5s with an interconnect to your amp then your balanced cable to the 846. When you do that turn the power down on your iPhone to about 50-60% and use your Duet to carry the load. A great balanced amp can give you incredible sound but you need to let it breathe.
Edited by spook76 - 3/12/14 at 4:03pm
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post
 

So I finally got my replacement pair of SE846's and I've gotta say these sound way better than the defective one's I sent back. Even though 1 earbud was dead on them, I didn't get any impression they would sound this good. I am only using an iPhone 5 to drive them right now too, with mp3's so once I get the FIIO X5 and load some of hi-res HDTracks music on them I can only imagine how much better they will sound.  Very happy Shure finally got around to sending me a new pair (build date 2/11/14), though I still think it's pretty lame to make me pay for shipping for headphones that are DOA, oh well, hopefully they will hold up this time and not break in a few weeks.

Glad to hear that you've received a happy ending. :p

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