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Originally Posted by marone View Post

I purchased many Chinese headphones in the past 6 months. Only one or two were keepers.

The list, price in Chinese Yuan.

Evo Plextor D500 177
Sennic ST-80 85
Liberalism IR-S21 45
Bingle "Denmark" B-850-M 145
Somic MH432i 85
Salar DJ A100 96
Edifier H840 129


The Somic 432i is nowhere near as good as the 463 is claimed to be, do not buy it.
The only ones that were above mid-fi were the Bingle and the H840.
Perhaps the Evo Plextor, it sounds like a muffled version of the 681.

Forget the rest.

The 840 sounds and looks like a CAL! 1.0 clone. I have the CAL.
The Bingle appears to be a Monoprice 839 clone, but I do not have the 839.

The absolute winner of the group is the Edifier. I actually listen to this in my can rotation. It has toe-tapping quality. I put it on and forget to think and just enjoy the music. This is a rare quality in any headphone. All of the others are unworthy of consideration when compared to the SuperLux at similar price point. The 850 is supposed to sound even better than the 840 and the price is 199 Yuan.

I went out to find a gem, got one, and 6 duds. Took one for the team, so to speak. The good thing is that one can try out 6 pairs of cans for under $130CAD.

I encourage anyone to just order some unknowns from TaoBao.

I agree. There is a big risk of getting crap, but the payoff can be hugely rewarding. The rarity is cool too.

Thanks for sharing. All of the info, even the bad ones, are helpful.

I really like the Edifier H850, but it's a little too bass light for me. Otherwise, it has clarity that most closed dynamics don't normally have.
Edited by bhazard - 1/9/14 at 8:41pm
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I'd like to try some Liberalism out of China lol
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This hobby is getting in the way of my common sense.

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Tell me about it. To many choices and decisions to be made.

post #725 of 5002
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Originally Posted by destrozer View Post
 

This hobby is getting in the way of my common sense.


i dunno for me it's best to know your preferred sound signature/ the music genre you listen to the most and just search for THE ONE. But if you haven't played around in the budget-fi arena it is sometimes hard to know what you REALLY like/ want though. So one might think it is a waste of time and money messin' with cheapos but those invaluable experiences helps you find whatcha' looking for in the long run.

 

Plus it's pretty damn fun playing with cheapos, esp. when you find those sonic gems like some did in this thread. And isn't his hobby all about having fun to begin with??? Where's the fun if you just went ALL out from the start with those TOTL $1K summit-fi stuff. : P


Edited by sfwalcer - 1/9/14 at 9:01pm
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Originally Posted by sfwalcer View Post


i dunno for me it's best to know your preferred sound signature/ the music genre you listen to the most and just search for THE ONE. But if you haven't played around in the budget-fi arena it is sometimes hard to know what you REALLY like/ want though. So one might think it is a waste of time and money messin' with cheapos but those invaluable experiences helps you find whatcha' looking for in the long run.

Plus it's pretty damn fun playing with cheapos, esp. when you find those sonic gems like some did in this thread. And isn't his hobby all about having fun to begin with??? Where's the fun if you just went ALL out from the start with those TOTL $1K summit-fi stuff. : P

You mean like those really rich headfi'ers who have all this time on their hands, being so rich, that they have all the top of the line 1k plus IEM's like the AKG 3003, JH Audio Roxanne, 1plus2, and Sennheiser IE800 all on their signature?? You mean like those "high rollers"?

Yeah...the fun is lost. Not like us budget headhunters.
post #727 of 5002
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post


You mean like those really rich headfi'ers who have all this time on their hands, being so rich, that they have all the top of the line 1k plus IEM's like the AKG 3003, JH Audio Roxanne, 1plus2, and Sennheiser IE800 all on their signature?? You mean like those "high rollers"?

Yeah...the fun is lost. Not like us budget headhunters.

I think all the "rich headfi'ers" also started out like us. I didn't believe in spending that much too. I have a Miracle, but I still love hunting these budget iems, because they only serve to show how price does not equal sonic bliss.

 

P.S I saved hard for that Miracle. REALLY hard.

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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post


You mean like those really rich headfi'ers who have all this time on their hands, being so rich, that they have all the top of the line 1k plus IEM's like the AKG 3003, JH Audio Roxanne, 1plus2, and Sennheiser IE800 all on their signature?? You mean like those "high rollers"?

Yeah...the fun is lost. Not like us budget headhunters.


See you made my point already, summit-fi stuff doesn't always make you happy/ satisfied meng. Those "hi-roller" mofos chases those new spendy FOTMs just as much as us lowly low-fi budget peons. ;)

 

Chasing the rainbow never ends high or low. It's the nature of the beast. Hey you buy what you buy, they buy what they buy no need to be jelly. : P

 

I am pretty happy with the cheapos i got now, and can't imagine spending more then $300 on some iems/ cans.

 

But if you got cash to burn and is within your means, hey i would go all out as well..... not really. haha :triportsad: 

post #729 of 5002
I spent $660 on my UE 7 Pro customs and I disliked the reference like sound signature and the acrylic shells really got uncomfortable during long listenings. I realized customs weren't for me unless one day I get a dual dynamic silicone IEM.

Spent $600 on the Sennheiser IE800, and aside from the slight driver flex and that house treble they have, I liked them, but just couldn't justify keeping them and sold them to help fund my publishing dream.

At the end of the day, I won't ever spend even half that for a IEM. I don't think he cost/performance really lives up to it, and so far my favorite IEM's have been way cheaper. Plus the budget hunt is so much fun! Then bouncing the impressions off one another. More fun!
Edited by IEMagnet01 - 1/9/14 at 9:33pm
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Originally Posted by IEMagnet01 View Post

I spent $660 on my UE 7 Pro customs and I disliked the reference like sound signature and the acrylic shells really got uncomfortable during long listenings. I realized customs weren't for me unless one day I get a dual dynamic silicone IEM.

Spent $600 on the Sennheiser IE800, and aside from the slight driver flex and that house treble they have, I just couldn't justify keeping them and sold then to help fun my publishing dream.

At the end of the day, I won't ever spend even half that for a IEM. I don't think he cost/performance really lives up to it, and so far my favorite IEM's have been way cheaper. Plus the budget hunt is so much fun! Then bouncing the impressions off one another. More fun!


Sounds like you have been scarred fo' lyfe. LoL

 

Anywho welcome back to the ranks of us lowly peon budget-fi hunters.  LONG LIVE THIS THREAD!!! :deadhorse:

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Originally Posted by Negakinu View Post
 

 

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... 

 

 

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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

 

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
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Just put the double flange tips that came with VSD1S on the t114 and the bass skyrocketed. The increase is significantly more noticeable than putting them on the vsd1s. The bass is still a bit on the boomy side right now, though. Everything is still clear as well. 

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Originally Posted by destrozer View Post
 

This hobby is getting in the way of my common sense.

Head-Fi should come with a warning label for your wallet. Common sense dictates that I should not own a box filled with headphones, but I do, and I love it.

 

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Originally Posted by kahaluu View Post
 

Tell me about it. To many choices and decisions to be made.

It only gets better (and worse) with all the finds being made. The Havi and Piston were complete unknowns up until a few weeks ago, and now more people are confirming that these are budget dynamite. They are competing in sound quality with iems that are much more expensive.

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Is this genuine?

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.152.tlk2Kj&id=26423224048

 

also you guys think that Havi B3 really will outperform BA earphones? Comparisons to DN-1000 are very brave so I am looking forward to it.

 

I have read all the posts in this thread during 1 day!

 

bhazard:

So if I get this right, you prefer B3 mostly, but you didn't hear pistons 2 yet?

What is the best IEM in terms of bass quality but the other spectrum is also good clarity? Is it X3 or T114?

 

How is Ostry versus RE-400?

 

How does KZ-CKW1000, KZ C3, sound? Do you think that KZ Micro Ring has the best clarity of KZ lineup?

 

Does anybody has experience with these?

 

http://www.dinodirect.com/earphones-earplug-wired-stereo.html

http://www.dinodirect.com/limit-buy-uldum-metal-bullet-ear-headset-phone-mp3-earphone-headset.html

 

Ultimate questions:

Is it safe to say that if I buy Havi B3 and Xiaomi Piston v2 do you think it will be enough for me in this thread? :)

Does X3 have something those 2 do not have?

Is any KZ earphone a "must-have" ?

 

Thanks

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Originally Posted by Bananiq View Post

 

Is any KZ earphone a "must-have" ?

 

must... have... EVERYTHING. (That's what your audiophile brain is telling you, ain't it?) :etysmile:

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