Originally Posted by Negakinu
There's always the risk of buying into a hype that has no foundation in experience; young, junior members without reference that go apesh!t over their first run-in with fidelity and spend a 1000 posts in one week describing their latest purchase as the second coming of Christ, but I've learned that there actually ARE some incredible bang-for-your-buck bits of audio kit out there. There's only so many IEMs you need though... :D
I figured since I sold 4 headphones (DT880, K701, SR225i, XB700) this year without buying replacements I could splurge a little and take the risk. The downside of boarding the hype train is that these Chinese brands have no resell value outside of Head-Fi, so if I don't like them it's not easy to get rid of them. Oh well...
Originally Posted by bhazard
Yes, there are good values out there, and I as well as many others want to know about them. It's not as much hype as it is creating awareness that these exist in the first place, because you can't exactly walk into a Best Buy or have Amazon ship these to you. The last thing anyone wants to do is waste money.
For me, it's simple. I wanted to get a few IEMs that were around 50 bucks or less so that I could start comparing sound signatures. So, I looked to see what was cheap and hyped. Then, I waited to see what stayed hyped after more people got X IEM. Well, I did that outside of this thread, but I went into these purchases trusting Bhazard after viewing his posts. And, ultimately, I'm happy so far with what I've bought. For instance, his description of the t114 was pretty much spot on, and it complements what I have. Now, I could have gotten one IEM for about $200, but all I would have been able to compare it to was my Monoprice 8320.
Tiinlab t114 and Habi B3 update:
Now, let me preface my next part by saying that I still haven't really dedicated much time to learning and memorizing all of the key terms for this hobby.
Anyway, I have about 30 hours burn-in, give or take, on both the Havi B3 and the Tiinlab T114.
For the T114, they by far have the most sub-bass out of anything that I currently own. And, both the Deltas and the VSD1S feel anemic in this area. For the "regular" bass, it doesn't seem to be quite as tight as the VSD1S or the B3. It still sounds good, but there is a tinge of boominess. For the treble, it's pretty much like Bhazard said: It's pretty sharp/sparkly or whatever. Really, it's a new sound for me, and I kind of like the additional brightness. But, the mids, or at least the vocals, don't really seem to be all that recessed. And, the vocal clarity at least is competitive with the B3 IMO.
Now, onto the Hav B3. The first theong that stands out for me is how awesome synth stuff sounds on these. I don't really know how to explain it, but stuff just sounds a lot more engaging than on the other IEMs I have. It's sort of like listening to my collection for the first time. For instance, the piano, or pianoish, tone that starts at about 4:25 of Heavyweight by Infected Mushroom pushes through unlike on my other IEMs and I swear I can feel it in the back of my head. It definitely has the best vocals of all of my IEMs in terms of clarity; however, there is still something I seem to like more about the Deltas for most male vocals. Bass-wise, they have less bass than both the VSD1s and the t114. But, it's tighter than the t114. I'm not sure if it's tighter than the VSD1 though. It does more sub-bass than the VSD1s but less than the t114. Guitars also sound amazing. I think, with my little experience, that the Havi B3 adds a sweetness to the guitars; whereas, the t114 goes beyond that and they become a bit shrill or bright (I think I'm using this word correctly).
Edit: I still haven't switched the tips for the Havi B3 yet.
Edited by FajroMangxanto - 1/9/14 at 10:01pm