Did you ever get the chance to listen to a Sony EX-1000?
Edited by pietcux - 10/13/13 at 1:25pm
I never thought about the 846/535 comparison in terms of percentage. I don't think I could put a number on it until I am fairly sure my source is not a weak link.
Everyone knows bass volume favors the 846. The 846 has a slightly more solid note in the mids and highs that can be interpreted as an improvement as well. The 846 also has a more solid earpiece housing (marble-like) that (I believe) helps improve isolation which helps in my primary use (which is in the truck). So now I can hear those sub-bass notes a little better. That's why I bought it (and kept it).
But, the thing is, when I'm not in the truck, the bass comparison actually favors the 535 (with my current source). Using Poweramp, I can turn the bass up to include a tube-like sub-bass resonance without it punching too hard (as does the 846 ). Perhaps that makes me a bad bass-head.....
If you already own the 535, the 846 is not a “must get upgrade” (IMHO). The differences that I notice in a side-by-side comparison is not earth-shattering. But, once again, I reiterate that I think my source may be too weak for me to judge conclusively. Plus, the 846 may improve yet again (with a couple of hundred more hours). In either case, I may come back and say, "Wow!", in the near future...
I've been spending a little bit of time comparing between the two SE846 with the spongy tips & standard cables vs the FitEar TO GO! 334 with Ortofon tips & standard 001 cables this evening.
As previously mentioned either in this thread or in the other SE846 Announcement thread by Jude, the SE846 seems to exhibit a larger staging with the bigger sound whilst the FitEar TG!334 has a much more intimate presentation. However I feel the TG!334 seems to have a somewhat greater resolution, with smoothness to the detail texture, whilst the SE846 still seems a little coarse on the details somewhat. This could be due to my SE846 cables aren't fully burned in yet (I'm not so much of a believer of the BAs needing burn-in, but I'd accept cable burn-in), or because I used the spongy tips. There's something about the TG!334's trebles (yes it does have trebles :P) that just opens up with a nice airy presentation. I seem to prefer the clarity & detail of cymbals and percussions on the TG!334 which seem more distinctly separated. The SE846 doesn't perform poorly but somehow seems drown a little from the mids creeping in.
The SE846 doesn't trample on the TG!334 so easily and each still has its own merits that makes it a little hard of which to choose depending on one's priorities.
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Damn, I thought I'd let this slide ;-). So I'm personally think I'm actually going to move on from the SE846. What I've mentioned above so far still stands (despite longer burn-in). I think I'm actually going to stick to my TG!334 a little longer and finding a successor for it for my collection is going to require me to look around a little more - or not look for one and just stay with it.
Admittedly I've not tried other filters but just the standard (neutral?) one. This past weekend I spent quite a bit of time with Jude and Currawong and talked to Jude more about the SE846 and he suggested that I'd try the white bright filter but I haven't done so yet. I actually don't want to break the package open as there's high chance I'd probably sell the SE846.
That's true I'm not giving my fullest effort in the SE846, however as I have other IEMs at my disposal, I feel don't really want to spend the effort in investigating every possibility to get the most out of it when other alternatives whose signatures are more to my tastes right out of the box. If my SE846 were intended for review contribution to the HF audience (or somewhere else), then I'd done a more thorough research and experimentation of the combination of filters, cables, tips.
For $345, I'll sell you the SE846 box...I'll even throw in the instruction booklet ;-).