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post #1966 of 6814
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Ok, thanks. How is the stiffness of the cable compared to the stock cable? I'm a bit annoyed with the stiffness (around the ears) of the stock cable.

Much much softer and with the memory wire I do not even notice the cable. Of course, you can have them made without memory wire. Pure custom.
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Much much softer and with the memory wire I do not even notice the cable. Of course, you can have them made without memory wire. Pure custom.

 


Thanks again. I think it is actually the memory wire which bothers me - have you tried any custom cables without the memory wire together with the 846? And if so, what are the pros and cons?
post #1968 of 6814
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Much much softer and with the memory wire I do not even notice the cable. Of course, you can have them made without memory wire. Pure custom.

 


Thanks again. I think it is actually the memory wire which bothers me - have you tried any custom cables without the memory wire together with the 846? And if so, what are the pros and cons?

The advantages are that the wire gently rests around your ear. Also, the lack of memory wire is great if you wear glasses.

The biggest disadvantage and the reason I switched to using memory wire was you have to be very careful when removing the 846 or any IEM from your ear. Without memory wire you can easily put too much pressure on the MMCX connector when removing the 846 and possibly break the wire or connection.
post #1969 of 6814
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Originally Posted by wollabilla View Post

Thanks again. I think it is actually the memory wire which bothers me - have you tried any custom cables without the memory wire together with the 846? And if so, what are the pros and cons?

 

Yeah I didn't like Shure's stiff wires either, but I wonder if they help reduce line noise. I have zero line noise when walking with the SE846.

post #1970 of 6814
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Yeah I didn't like Shure's stiff wires either, but I wonder if they help reduce line noise. I have zero line noise when walking with the SE846.

With my experience with an SE425, yes they do help with that.  I actually like the memory wire.  It keeps my IEM stuck to my ear the way I want it even while moving around.  

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Yeah I got used to them and they're not a concern anymore.

post #1972 of 6814
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Glad to hear they're working so well for you. What tips and filters are you using btw?

Thanks... I am waiting on the Westone Silicone star blue tips. The thin long ones. Everything in the pack from Shure is a little big and makes my ears sore. I had a  few Westone Star tips around and the ones just bigger than the blue sound great and come close to not making ears sore. Don't like Comply or olives...not a foam tip fan..but I do sometimes like the Shure yellow foam on certain Iems. Should have the blue ones tomorrow..will report back on the fit/sound. Almost forgot...like the Blue filter so far as opposed to the black ones..haven't tried the bright yet. Seems the black for me make no difference in bass and loses a little clarity. I thought I would prefer warm..but so far balanced is my fav.


Edited by Del Griffith - 4/24/14 at 12:10pm
post #1973 of 6814
I had the Westone Star tips. They didn't stay in my ears. They wobbled and kept popping out. The bass also reduced, because I didn't get a good seal. I ended up giving them away. For me, the Shure olives have the best sound quality, but they hurt my inner ear after an hour.
post #1974 of 6814

I have used every tip known to man and the blue slim star tip foams are by far the best I have ever used!i use them with my 846's and love them!!!!

post #1975 of 6814
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I have used every tip known to man and the blue slim star tip foams are by far the best I have ever used!i use them with my 846's and love them!!!!

Here here, I wholeheartly agree.
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So I went out and picked up a Sony PHA-2 to drive my SE846's with my iPhone 5s, but, I didn't really see any benefit sound wise - in some cases, I found it to sound actually worse..

 

Do the SE846's need to have an external AMP/DAC?  They are pretty damn efficient headphones out of the box.. Thoughts? 

post #1977 of 6814
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So I went out and picked up a Sony PHA-2 to drive my SE846's with my iPhone 5s, but, I didn't really see any benefit sound wise - in some cases, I found it to sound actually worse..

Do the SE846's need to have an external AMP/DAC?  They are pretty damn efficient headphones out of the box.. Thoughts? 
No, they don't need an amp at all. The SE846 have 9 ohm resistance. On my iPhone 5s, I have the volume at 60% for the SE846 and it's loud already.
post #1978 of 6814
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No, they don't need an amp at all. The SE846 have 9 ohm resistance. On my iPhone 5s, I have the volume at 60% for the SE846 and it's loud already.


60%? be careful I use like 5-10% on my LG G Flex. I think you might be in the 90db+ range there.

post #1979 of 6814
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Originally Posted by slashd0t View Post
 

So I went out and picked up a Sony PHA-2 to drive my SE846's with my iPhone 5s, but, I didn't really see any benefit sound wise - in some cases, I found it to sound actually worse..

 

Do the SE846's need to have an external AMP/DAC?  They are pretty damn efficient headphones out of the box.. Thoughts? 


They don't need an amp, but their bass response varies dramatically based on the source. Some sources will feel like they are crushing your ear drums, others will sound bassless, amazingly. If you look at the head-fi reviews, one guy even returned his SE846s because it didn't have any bass (he was clearly using a bad source)!

post #1980 of 6814
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They don't need an amp, but their bass response varies dramatically based on the source. Some sources will feel like they are crushing your ear drums, others will sound bassless, amazingly. If you look at the head-fi reviews, one guy even returned his SE846s because it didn't have any bass (he was clearly using a bad source)!

You're right there. You need a good source to get the best out of them. If I'd heard them for the first time out of an ipod I'd have been part of the "They're not much better than the SE535" brigade. And it's not just the bass: everything suffers. With a good DAP they sound terrific.

Some people (myself included) will amp them because of the high output impedance of their source. Just about anything will drive them to a good volume.
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