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post #2581 of 16760
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Originally Posted by rmiller511 View Post

Apetite for Destruction set a lot of records in the music industry.  Previous to that, it was Rumors by Fleetwood Mac.  Since them was U2's Joshua tree.

Since the death of John Bonham, Guns n Roses for 2 years were the only band to have the same swagger as the greatest band of all time, Led Zeppelin. No prepackaged hype no political statement just rock and roll.
post #2582 of 16760
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Originally Posted by Black Label View Post

In terms of burn in (both physical and psychological), I am beginning to wonder as well. There has definitely been a shift in sound in the two weeks of SE846 ownership. Bass is just as good but now seems more measured and controlled. I am tempted to switch to the blue filter just out of curiosity.

My IE800s took two months, perhaps even more, to sound their best, with certain vocal highs taking on a kind of "lispy" (for lack of a better word) and oft sibilant quality.

Talk of the ex, they never quite got Guns n' Roses to sound right. Same goes for the IE8s, with or without a Zo2 or Meier Corda amp.

Earsonics (or is it Audio Sonics? - I need coffee!) SM-6s too are reportedly a disaster; another six-driver BA. On the strength of the Se846, less is definitely more. And Now I've gone BA, I ain't ever going back.

 

 

There are 12 step programs for people like you (BAs).

 

I know fully well what every says about BA burn in, and I have heard it directly from the people at westone as well, but I know for a fact that I did not like my W4rs when I first got them and they improved during the 2 weeks that followed.  After that, I loved them.

 

I believe my SE846s improved over the course of the first day.

 

Two things not to do:   1) step into the light    2) use the blue filters.  Just my .02.

 

I'm guessing you much prefer the SE846s over the IE800s?

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Originally Posted by spook76 View Post


Since the death of John Bonham, Guns n Roses for 2 years were the only band to have the same swagger as the greatest band of all time, Led Zeppelin. No prepackaged hype no political statement just rock and roll.

 

 

I agree completely.  Led zepplin was a collection of 4 very gifted musicians.  Page will go down in history as one of (if not THE) all time greatest rock guitarist, Bonham is consider the best hard rock drummer, and of course Plant will always be known as the voice of rock and roll.

 

Sometimes I wonder what they might have produced had Bonham not died.

 

Just saw Plant at the Jazz and Heritage festival.  Wish the guy would just retire and not blemish his legendary status that way.

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Was just looking at the 1964EAR website.  The cost for their custom fit flagship (V8) is 799.00.  Eight drivers per side.

 

I wonder how their 8 drivers stack up to Shure's 4.  Anyone know?

post #2585 of 16760
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Originally Posted by rmiller511 View Post

Was just looking at the 1964EAR website.  The cost for their custom fit flagship (V8) is 799.00.  Eight drivers per side.

I wonder how their 8 drivers stack up to Shure's 4.  Anyone know?

+1

I'm actually getting ear impressions made on Tuesday for some V8's, but would love to hear how they compare to the se846. Specifically comfort. Can you guys wear them all day without pain? How about the seal? Except for a couple of iems I always have trouble maintaining a good seal - which is why I'm thinking customs.

Bonus question: is the universal se846 worth it over the $500-$800 customs out there?

Thanks guys.
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Originally Posted by rmiller511 View Post
 

Was just looking at the 1964EAR website.  The cost for their custom fit flagship (V8) is 799.00.  Eight drivers per side.

 

I wonder how their 8 drivers stack up to Shure's 4.  Anyone know?

I had a chance to demo the V8 about a month ago.

All I can remember is that the V8 did not impress me much like the 846 did.

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I cannot agree more with the earlier sentiments expressed regarding the Gunners and Led Zeppelin. I only wish I were born ten or so years ago so it would have been possible to have experienced either one of them during their prime.

Raves and indeed thrash gigs would have been proper, too. It might also have been possible to experience Mike Oldfield live as well.

But for precision audio I would go mad... Live music is sadly well before my time.
post #2588 of 16760
One of my great regrets in my life was having a ticket to a Led Zeppelin concert on the "In Through the Out Door" tour but John Bonham died two months before the show. I have watched "The Song Remains the Same" many times and wished I was there.
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I went out today to buy myself a silver cable for my se846 with mic control, unfortunately they only have the demo and no stock... With the silver cable, the sound is sharper and brings out some more detail, it gives me the impression of sounding brighter.

 

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the gold W60 sitting there waiting for me to test them out.

 

*Note: I asked the shop employee after and he said they arrived 2 days ago, so no burn in*

 

FIT

 

Once I picked up the W60, they are much lighter than the 846s, (I came home and picked up my w4r, and found the w4r slightly heavier than the w60). I then proceeded to remove the tips on the w60s, and found that the nozzle have a constant diameter and then a step, which is different from the w4r where the diameter eventually gets bigger, this should solve my problem with the silicon star tips stretching and falling off. Once I have them in my ears, they are small and comfortable, maybe it's thanks to the new plastic that they can be so light.

 

SOUND

 

I plugged them into my Samsung Galaxy S4, the first few seconds I didn't know how to react, they sound muffled and veiled, after that they instantly reminded me of the w4r sound, the distinct warm signature from westone that I have not heard from other brands. Up to this part I realised they probably had less than 3 hours on them all together, sounded like the first few hours of my se846 after I brought them home.

 

Since they weren't burnt in at all, I didn't want to waste time, so I only spent 10 minutes with them. I can only talk about some of the things I heard because of this problem. The thing that wowed me was the micro detail despite the warm signature, the detail on a double bass passage actually made me think I had one in front of me, I'm not sure if it's the intimacy of iems or voodoo magic, it sounded more realistic than my LCD2 with an icon HDP amp/dac. The soundstage is huge, bigger than any iem I have heard before, even with the muffled sound I can nearly tell the double bass is about 45 degrees in front of me to my left, this soundstage and instrument separation is headphone level in my opinion.

 

I can see the potential in these iems, the vocals (note! no burn in!) reminds me of the w4r, smooth and beautiful. Now would I pick the w60 or se846? The bass of w60 is significantly better than w4r, but does not pack the punch with the se846.

 

Currently I'm at a stage where I prefer a more exciting sound, so se846, but it's quiet close and hard to tell since the w60 have not been burnt in for atleast 5 -10 hours. Earphonesolution's review seems to be very accurate, and I trust they have burnt in the w60 till atleast they sound clean and clear. The best way I can put it is that if you want excitement and be close to the music, like instruments playing half a metre in front of you in a padded room, transparent vocals with a slight grain so that male vocals sound more realistic, but lacking some micro details, 846. If you want to sit in the front-mid rows of a well designed music hall with clear details all reflected to your seat, warm and smooth vocals, wait for the w60 and try it for yourselves.

post #2590 of 16760

SHURE Small Sleeves/Tips FREE!!

 

Thanks to all who have helped thin out my "sleeve surplus". My Large sizes (they were not that many) are now ready to go off to there new homes.

 

But I still have a large supply of Small Tips

13 Brand New never used (obviously) pair of Grey Soft Silicone Tips

7   Brand New never used (again obviously) pair Black Olive Tips 

 

As well I have 6  NEW pair Clear Silicone Tips (discontinued).

 

PM me and I will  post them out to you anywhere in North America - Feel Free to be greedy and take all three packs my ears holes ain't gonna shrink with age (I think).

 

Side Note:

 

Jimmy Page of course belongs in the Pantheon of All-Time Guitar Greats. He just happens to sit one very small rung below David Gilmour ;) - truly he is THE Master of Classic Rock. . Dogs (Pink Floyd, Animals - track 2)  is a masterstroke of virtuosity.

 

Sad that Page can no longer play for any duration due to arthritis. That Show they did in London at the O2 is very likely the last time Led Zeppelin will ever be seen together - for one night they brought back the magic. I highly recommend the DVD and the CD. 

 

Boy do I ever Digress.

 

Lots of Smalls Come get them while you can. When they are gone, they are gone (like privacy - a concept you can tell your incredulous grandchildren about).

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Today I lent my colleague my SE846s cos he was curious. Funny how much of an individual hobby this is. He's a fan of his Westone 4R, and so he actually thought there was too much sparkle with the Shures, but the bass- that bass. He was hooked from the word go. He ended up spending a whole day with the phones, and was last heard muttering to himself, 'when I bought the 4Rs these weren't out yet...'

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Originally Posted by jelt2359 View Post
 

Today I lent my colleague my SE846s cos he was curious. Funny how much of an individual hobby this is. He's a fan of his Westone 4R, and so he actually thought there was too much sparkle with the Shures, but the bass- that bass. He was hooked from the word go. He ended up spending a whole day with the phones, and was last heard muttering to himself, 'when I bought the 4Rs these weren't out yet...'

W60 sounds exactly what he wants, you'll be doing him a favour by 'borrowing' his w4r permanently!

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Originally Posted by milford30 View Post
 

I went out today to buy myself a silver cable for my se846 with mic control, unfortunately they only have the demo and no stock... With the silver cable, the sound is sharper and brings out some more detail, it gives me the impression of sounding brighter.

 

 

 

What silver cables are these with the mic control? I'd love to be able to use silver cables that I could also employ for hands-free calling. Unless that would interfere too much with sound quality (and folks please do speak up if that is the case. Wouldn't be surprised). 

post #2594 of 16760
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Originally Posted by Roscoeiii View Post
 

 

What silver cables are these with the mic control? I'd love to be able to use silver cables that I could also employ for hands-free calling. Unless that would interfere too much with sound quality (and folks please do speak up if that is the case. Wouldn't be surprised). 

 

It's a chinese cable, so i'm not sure, i'll report back if I can get my hands on it, they said they might get more stock in a few days.

post #2595 of 16760
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Originally Posted by spook76 View Post

One of my great regrets in my life was having a ticket to a Led Zeppelin concert on the "In Through the Out Door" tour but John Bonham died two months before the show. I have watched "The Song Remains the Same" many times and wished I was there.


Only time I had a chance at seeing zepplin was at the Louisiana (now Mercedes) superdome but Plants child died about that time and the tour was cancelled.  I have seen Plant and Plant and Page many times though.  Incredible.

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