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post #1891 of 2429

Hello, I'm looking for advice which  iem's i should buy. I'm new to iem's, i had just few and not verry expensive.

 

So right now I'm choosing between these three (i will write how much they cost in my country) - Sony XBA-H1 : 80, Sony XBA-H3 :150 and Audio-Technica ATH-CKX9iS : 90.

I'm listening mostly to rock, hard rock and a bit metal.

 

So my first question is which of these three iem's would you recommend for this kind of music and the second question is, if u recommend XBA-H3 i want to know if they are significantly better in sound quality compared to H1 and CKX9iS, considering the fact that H3 cost 60-70 more. I want to know that if i would choose H3 if they are really worth the 70 more, i have money for them but if there is just slight difference in sound quality compared to H1 and CKX9iS i dont want to pay so much more for them.

 

Well, that should be everything i want to know, i thank you for every advice u give me and sorry for my english i hope i didn't make much mistakes :) 

post #1892 of 2429

I've never heard the H1 or Audio technica. But the H3, after lots of burn-in, sound like you're listening to music in a room. They seem to "disappear" as the source of sound. The sound is separated, wide, and they often seem to put these small, minor sounds at the edge of your ear. It's very non-fatiguing and pleasing to listen to. Just about everything I listen to sounds good with it, because of that "disappearing" effect. 

post #1893 of 2429
Just want to say, I lurked around here for while and bought my h3 mint, open box a little over month ago. These are my first real pair of iems. My first decent iems, a set of s4is.. Absolutely no comparison....these are an iem for a more mature listener. It's obvious, these were either a demo pair or the other owner gave them no chance at all.

After one month with these earphones, I am VERY happy with them. They sound incredible. They sound even better after a month.. My only DAP is an iphone 5, unamped, using EQu as the music player. I copied the sound curve from accudio/golden ears into EQu, as EQu, to my ears, preserves more of the nuances that the accudio app seems to gloss over for some reason. Then, I progold' every connection in the mix.. It makes a difference. It sounds fantastic, even if my iphone 5 is not considered to be audiophile grade..

I'm thinking about upgrading the cable, but I like the metal ear wrapping on the stock cable and keeps them in my ear with a good seal.. I'm worried that an upgraded cable might be to stiff and make them pop out of my ears, or keep me from getting a good seal. I'm looking at that silver love cable. Any thoughts?
Edited by Magnepan Man - 4/29/14 at 8:25am
post #1894 of 2429

I am about to get my cable tomorrow I believe, will report on how they affect the sound.

post #1895 of 2429
Btw-!as great as these earphones are, anyone else feel like the connector from the cable to the actual ear phone is a little flimsy? My right side seems more loose than the left one. :-( the left side has minimal side to side to side movement, while the right has both side to side and up and down movement. They work flawlessly, and sound amazing, but I don't like that. Anybody else notice the connectors wiggle ?
post #1896 of 2429
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Originally Posted by Magnepan Man View Post

Btw-!as great as these earphones are, anyone else feel like the connector from the cable to the actual ear phone is a little flimsy? My right side seems more loose than the left one. :-( the left side has minimal side to side to side movement, while the right has both side to side and up and down movement. They work flawlessly, and sound amazing, but I don't like that. Anybody else notice the connectors wiggle ?

 

I've not exactly handled them with kid's gloves, but they both seem to be pretty solidly attached, with only a tiny bit of side to side movement (maybe 1 - 1.5mm).

post #1897 of 2429
That's how mine started out too. Now my right one is getting more loose than my left. Crutchfield excellent customer service to the rescue!
Edited by Magnepan Man - 4/29/14 at 7:57am
post #1898 of 2429
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Originally Posted by Magnepan Man View Post

Btw-!as great as these earphones are, anyone else feel like the connector from the cable to the actual ear phone is a little flimsy? My right side seems more loose than the left one. :-( the left side has minimal side to side to side movement, while the right has both side to side and up and down movement. They work flawlessly, and sound amazing, but I don't like that. Anybody else notice the connectors wiggle ?

I've noticed that also... I didn't bother getting a replacement on mine, though. I'd miss it too much.

post #1899 of 2429
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I've noticed that also... I didn't bother getting a replacement on mine, though. I'd miss it too much.

They ship a replacement, with a return label , and charge my credit card if I don't send them back mine. Easy and painless! ;-)
post #1900 of 2429

Has anyone here seen these XBA H3 graphs before?

 

 

 

http://sonove.angry.jp/SONY_XBA_H3.html

post #1901 of 2429
That's interesting, no midbass elevation as we all thought before........
post #1902 of 2429

need some help to pair the h3 with a dac, they sound a little too bright or sparkle from df 1.2, heard audioengine d3 could be good, but the 10ohm output impedance worries me.

They sounds better straight from my sony z2 :)

post #1903 of 2429
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Originally Posted by pietcux View Post

That's interesting, no midbass elevation as we all thought before........

 

 

 

Here's another one

 

 

http://personalaudio.ru/raa/otchety/naushniki/sony-xba-h3

post #1904 of 2429
I am with you Magnepan Man. I would say my starting point for serious headphone audio began with the s4i before i knew about headfi and did research on cnet, consumer reports, and so on...
I started with joker's thread and figured I would start with BAs for something different and go more analytical. Then i came back to the dual dynamic beast kef m200. Naturally, my next step I went hybrid and got this Sony H3!!
So, yes, absolutely no comparison to the s4i! Here is to the headfi journey 🍻
post #1905 of 2429
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Originally Posted by BestEarCN View Post
 

need some help to pair the h3 with a dac, they sound a little too bright or sparkle from df 1.2, heard audioengine d3 could be good, but the 10ohm output impedance worries me.

They sounds better straight from my sony z2 :)

i hear the DF 1.0 is more dynamic... i may get one myself.

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Originally Posted by bigfullz View Post

I am with you Magnepan Man. I would say my starting point for serious headphone audio began with the s4i before i knew about headfi and did research on cnet, consumer reports, and so on...
I started with joker's thread and figured I would start with BAs for something different and go more analytical. Then i came back to the dual dynamic beast kef m200. Naturally, my next step I went hybrid and got this Sony H3!!
So, yes, absolutely no comparison to the s4i! Here is to the headfi journey 🍻

m200 are great, an audiofiles basshead phone. H3 in comparison is very in your face, gets your attention. 

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