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post #2821 of 26868

Well, the last of the headphone motherload from China arrived yesterday (check earlier posts).

 

I gave all of them a quick listen. So far I'm really impressed with the Havi and Ostry offering. Both have tremendous detail and clarity. So far between the two I give the slight edge to the Havi IMHO.

 

I look forward to giving each of them a few days listen. I like to save the best for last.

 

I'm sadly disappointed in the Astrotec ax35. For 75 USD I was hoping for more. It's not bad, it's just not great, at least not to me. If anyone is interested at a discount on a pair PM me.

 

I'm going to be jamming the Sidy HK-1 for a few days first. So far I'm pleasantly surprised with these things. Rich and detailed. Awesome build (they put their money into the build and not the packaging). They look, feel, and sound much better than the 20 USD I paid for them. They sounded a little tinny and bright out of the box but that is disappearing as they burn in.

 

Seriously guys, these Sidy HK-1 are pretty darn good, and slick looking. If anyone has tried their pricier models please share your impressions. If the HK-1 sounds this good, I might have to try the dm2 or mr-1.

 

I'm done buying American audio products. The Asians got it going on. Peace out.

post #2822 of 26868
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Originally Posted by peter123 View Post


You're absolutely right, it really bring them to the next level level

Great pictures as usual!

 

Pistons mod will be next ;)

post #2823 of 26868
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Originally Posted by Hisoundfi View Post

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I'm sadly disappointed in the Astrotec ax35. For 75 USD I was hoping for more. It's not bad, it's just not great, at least not to me. If anyone is interested at a discount on a pair PM me.

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Seriously guys, these Sidy HK-1 are pretty darn good, and slick looking. If anyone has tried their pricier models please share your impressions. If the HK-1 sounds this good, I might have to try the dm2 or mr-1.

 

 

Personally, I wouldn't say I was disappointed with AX35, just with their sound signature tuning (kills clarity/details of vocals).  AX30 would have been a better choice, but I'm a sucker for anything with "enhanced" bass so ended up with AX35.

 

Regarding SIDY, I'm waiting to receive DM2 from Penonaudio.  Very intrigued by their replaceable ducts, gives you more tools to fine tune the sound beside switching tips.  Will let you know my impressions (and lots of pictures, as usual) once I get it!

post #2824 of 26868
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Personally, I wouldn't say I was disappointed with AX35, just with their sound signature tuning (kills clarity/details of vocals).  AX30 would have been a better choice, but I'm a sucker for anything with "enhanced" bass so ended up with AX35.

 

Regarding SIDY, I'm waiting to receive DM2 from Penonaudio.  Very intrigued by their replaceable ducts, gives you more tools to fine tune the sound beside switching tips.  Will let you know my impressions (and lots of pictures, as usual) once I get it!


I'll take the "disappointed" comment back. It just seemed like there were something missing soundwise around the 3k range. There were many tracks where I found myself fidgeting with my eq in an effort to find the missing frequency. On a positive, the dynamic driver (bass) was really full and refined. I think it's a great set for someone who wants to experience a hybrid IEM. I also feel like this setup on the ax35 sets up great for long listening sessions. I feel like the ax35 was designed to be warm and sparkle in the highs without being sibilant, it just came at the cost of the 3k frequency not being there when it's expected to be present. I think my ears have been spoiled having owned the DN1K. While IMHO I feel like the armature driver overshadows the dynamic of the DN1K, but it is just the opposite in the ax35. I think the armature driver needs refinement or tuning. But then again, right now I'm comparing a $200+ hybrid to a $75 model. Don't get me wrong it's still a good set, but if I could spend my 75 bucks differently I probably would have purchased something else at that price point.

 

I'm looking forward to your impressions on the Sidy. Thanks

post #2825 of 26868
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Originally Posted by Hisoundfi View Post
 


I'll take the "disappointed" comment back. It just seemed like there were something missing soundwise around the 3k range. There were many tracks where I found myself fidgeting with my eq in an effort to find the missing frequency. On a positive, the dynamic driver (bass) was really full and refined. I think it's a great set for someone who wants to experience a hybrid IEM. I also feel like this setup on the ax35 sets up great for long listening sessions. I feel like the ax35 was designed to be warm and sparkle in the highs without being sibilant, it just came at the cost of the 3k frequency not being there when it's expected to be present. I think my ears have been spoiled having owned the DN1K. While IMHO I feel like the armature driver overshadows the dynamic of the DN1K, but it is just the opposite in the ax35. I think the armature driver needs refinement or tuning. But then again, right now I'm comparing a $200+ hybrid to a $75 model. Don't get me wrong it's still a good set, but if I could spend my 75 bucks differently I probably would have purchased something else at that price point.

 

I'm looking forward to your impressions on the Sidy. Thanks

Well, you prefer both Ostry and Havi to AX35 and they're the same price, so I can understand being disappointed in the AX35.

post #2826 of 26868
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hisoundfi View Post
 

Well, the last of the headphone motherload from China arrived yesterday (check earlier posts).

 

I gave all of them a quick listen. So far I'm really impressed with the Havi and Ostry offering. Both have tremendous detail and clarity. So far between the two I give the slight edge to the Havi IMHO.

 

I look forward to giving each of them a few days listen. I like to save the best for last.

 

I'm sadly disappointed in the Astrotec ax35. For 75 USD I was hoping for more. It's not bad, it's just not great, at least not to me. If anyone is interested at a discount on a pair PM me.

 

I'm going to be jamming the Sidy HK-1 for a few days first. So far I'm pleasantly surprised with these things. Rich and detailed. Awesome build (they put their money into the build and not the packaging). They look, feel, and sound much better than the 20 USD I paid for them. They sounded a little tinny and bright out of the box but that is disappearing as they burn in.

 

Seriously guys, these Sidy HK-1 are pretty darn good, and slick looking. If anyone has tried their pricier models please share your impressions. If the HK-1 sounds this good, I might have to try the dm2 or mr-1.

 

I'm done buying American audio products. The Asians got it going on. Peace out.

 

I have the MR1 I could sell you for a discount price. Personally I didn't like them.

 

I've been using the TTPOD T1 lately. It's up there with the Havi and Ostry, but I think it's in third place.

post #2827 of 26868
What did you not like about them?
post #2828 of 26868

How is TTpod T1 compared to VSD1/S? They're at the same price and have good bass too, still balanced.

post #2829 of 26868
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hisoundfi View Post

What did you not like about them?

They sound a little bloated and kinda distorted compared to all these other gems.

 

TTPOD is better than the VSD1. Bass is neutral without EQ, but sounds really nice with a little EQ bump (just like the Havi)

post #2830 of 26868

The Fidues and the Ttpods are in my cart at Penon Audio. Is it better to save some of the money and go with the Ttpods over the Fidues?

 

Edit: Here is something I found about the Ostry KC06A's, mainly packaging, etc.

http://www.pt80.net/thread-639588-1-1.html


Edited by BluePhoenixHD - 5/2/14 at 12:07pm
post #2831 of 26868
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BluePhoenixHD View Post
 

The Fidues and the Ttpods are in my cart at Penon Audio. Is it better to save some of the money and go with the Ttpods over the Fidues?

 

Edit: Here is something I found about the Ostry KC06A's, mainly packaging, etc.

http://www.pt80.net/thread-639588-1-1.html

Fidue has 2 new models coming out in June or so. They might be better than their current offerings.

post #2832 of 26868
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

Fidue has 2 new models coming out in June or so. They might be better than their current offerings.

Not sure if I can wait that long! =P If you had to choose, would which would you pick for around $60 for overall: comfort, sound and build? I really need IEM's, the current headphones I have is literally turning my ears red where they are sitting / not getting any air.

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I wonder how these sounds in comparison to KC06?

post #2835 of 26868

JBM 6600 ( 6mm dynamic micro drivers )  are here.

Just opened them and took pics will wait and live with them for a bit before impressions. Dirt cheap and they are small. Look at them in comparison to the TRRS plug to get a feel for that.

 

Pouch is that tensioned top snap open type, 3 sets of tips in addition to what is on them, clip, burn-n software on mini disc ( no doubt it's windows based so useless to me ). Check em out. $14 shipped.

 

Another headfier also sprang for some around the same time, he may pop in sooner or later to let me know if I am crazy or not if he got them yet.

 

Package is a fun read.

 I have to say the cable is rather impressive, reminds me of the one on the flagship Philips SHE9900 BA drivered iems. Really sturdy and doesn't seem to want to kink at all.

 

 

 

 

Just reading the manual now some stuff that "stood out"

  • all metal housings
  • magnetic flux tube (?) "The same technology found in the speaker cables"
  • stated frequency response in manual itself ( same as auction listing ) is 6 - 23500 hz. So the back of the¬† box is wrong.
  • manual tells you how to properly insert them¬† by pulling up on the ear right hand then insert with left hand etc... kinda cool

etc.

 

  Got them hooked into the IHIFI 812v2 for a good pounding and using V-moda Bliss 3.0 tips.

 

BTW waynes world, you can sleep in these they are so low profile and tiny... get on it.


Edited by nick n - 5/2/14 at 6:56pm
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