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I'm very interested in the Spartacus model myself. I'm intrigued to how the changeable nozzles affect the sound. I haven't found that feature in any IEM under $100, so for $12 it's definitely worth a shot.

 

The E19 I didn't order. The Maya models are good, but they tend to be a little more expensive than most chinese iems. The ones I have are good, but haven't blown me away for the price. The Military model came with awesome accessories though (foam tips, bag, coin, tin), and sound good.

 

Maya makes other stuff like LCD monitors too, so they are a big company in China.

 

I'll probably let someone else try the Maya E19 and give their impressions. It looks great, that's for sure.  

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My Piston, which are 100% authentic, DO NOT have the L and R marking in white like found in some pictures. Like ThatBeatsGuy pointed out, there isn't any L and R markings on the housing stems. Just raised ridges that signify the right side. So if you get ones with L and R in white, you probably got a fake. 


Edited by IEMagnet01 - 1/11/14 at 3:23pm
post #768 of 12637
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I'm very interested in the Spartacus model myself. I'm intrigued to how the changeable nozzles affect the sound. I haven't found that feature in any IEM under $100, so for $12 it's definitely worth a shot.

Yeah, that's the one I'm looking at as well.
post #769 of 12637
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The new Astrotec models are available from the Aliexpress seller as well, although at a slightly bumped up price right now.

 

Somic seems to have a new headphone too, the MM185

http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=36979108206&rn=a122b0f0e991ea41be6c264055ed2cb6

 

Cannice also released the HeadBlue2 aptX Bluetooth 4.0 headphone. Their Muses1 bluetooth in ear was great.

 

So much cool new stuff. So little money.

post #770 of 12637
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Much love for the Pistons from everyone who got them recently.

 

My new KZ models and 1 Sidy are shipping:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think the shipping pics from China are the coolest thing. It's pretty incredible to think these take a journey of thousands of miles from a foreign land in which I don't speak the language, to end up in my ears.


^ D'YAM!!! That's one nice loot. Seaweeeeed!!!

 

Dood i can't wait to here your take on those Pistons, da' hype train is getting pretty crazy now. haha

post #771 of 12637

Does the piston work on all cell phones? I read somewhere that they only support xiaomi phones? 

 

Are there reliable ways to tell a fake from a genuine ones? e.g. some kind of label, rather than a chocolatey smell. Even some of the reviews in the links provided here seem to indicate they are fakes. 

post #772 of 12637
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Does the piston work on all cell phones? I read somewhere that they only support xiaomi phones? 

 

Are there reliable ways to tell a fake from a genuine ones? e.g. some kind of label, rather than a chocolatey smell. Even some of the reviews in the links provided here seem to indicate they are fakes. 

Do you mean the remote/mic? The Pistons have a two-sided remote, like so:

Both sides are fully supported by Xiaomi phones and Androids; the one-button side is supported by Apple only.

  • Xiaomi phones use the two-button side as volume control, while the one button side is for pause/play and taking calls.
  • Android phones utilize the two-button side for next/previous song (no volume controls as far as I can tell), while the one button side is the same as Xiaomi.
  • Apple devices could only use the one button side.

All devices support the mic.

post #773 of 12637

Thats good to know.

 

There were static noises in some of the older ones and either not at phones are supported or that older version is faulty. I did a search and found some reviewers also had the same issue.

 

I can rule out that they are not fakes. I have not looked at the new 2.0 ones yet, so my questions was in relation to that, in fact, I didn't know about version 2.0 untiil I came to this website a few days ago. I can tell a fake old version apart but not the new gold ones. Thats what I want to know. 


Edited by cowculator - 1/11/14 at 8:17pm
post #774 of 12637
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Thats good to know.

 

There were static noises in some of the older ones and either not at phones are supported or that older version is faulty. I did a search and found some reviewers also had the same issue.

 

I can rule out that they are not fakes. I have not looked at the new 2.0 ones yet, so my questions was in relation to that, in fact, I didn't know about version 2.0 untiil I came to this website a few days ago. I can tell a fake old version apart but not the new gold ones. Thats what I want to know. 

the drivers between the old one and new one are completely different for one. The old silver one has a regular driver, and the newer gold 2.0 has a beryllium driver and the smoothest sound i've heard in a budget IEM.

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The r3 are excellent as well, just like the dunu dn1000 ūüėé
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Yeah, it's really a shame I couldn't get a good fit and seal with the R3's. I'm sure they sound great with a good seal.

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Very smooth and natural but not on the same level as the dnk yet...not as organic I mean ūüėé
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UPDATE: Havi B3s & other stuff

 

So yeah i'm pretty sure that the left terminal has one driver that is malfunctioning, probably the one tuned for bass and lower mids. As much as i would like to, i feel that giving a review on it would be highly inaccurate. Perhaps i'm just really unlucky, but you might want to watch out for this issue future buyers. 

 

Anyways i'm not particularly depressed, as i have just found out that i will be getting 3 more IEMs tomorrow morning, the Fidue A63, ISK SEM6 and the Xiaomi Pistons v2. I will probably only have 20 minutes or less to play around with them before class and since i have actual stuff to do tomorrow i will probably only get pics or impressions of all 3 up during the night. Naturally i thought that id devote the first 20 minutes to the Fidue given Joker's hype for it, so i guess you guys got that to look forward to.

 

Anyways, loved reading you guy's impressions of the B3, i felt that i could agree with most of them, no comment on the soundstage for obvious reasons, but definitely despite this little hitch, a solid buy.

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You guys really throw out lots of temptations. I just bought an KZ-A1 and a Havi B3. It will probably take a while, I was almost tempted to abuse my business courier a/c but opted not to as it was not urgent. My previous experience with cheap China phones was the wooden Kanen KM92. They blow everything out of the water in that price range up til USD20... and they have the benefit of not being cold when you put them on in the winter. It has been a few years since then, I am sure the current landscape would have intensified with new entrants and improve technology. Based on the reviews, I am hoping the KZ and Havi will provide a similar value for money. 

 

Meanwhile, I had to settle for a Klipsch S4i as I needed one with mic urgently for my phone, a colleague manage to snag them on the cheap and I had them for USD20, similar in price to xiaomis. I have the old piston which I gave away due to some static noise. I might still get the piston 2s regardless. 

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Originally Posted by cowculator View Post
 

You guys really throw out lots of temptations. I just bought an KZ-A1 and a Havi B3. It will probably take a while, I was almost tempted to abuse my business courier a/c but opted not to as it was not urgent. My previous experience with cheap China phones was the wooden Kanen KM92. They blow everything out of the water in that price range up til USD20... and they have the benefit of not being cold when you put them on in the winter. It has been a few years since then, I am sure the current landscape would have intensified with new entrants and improve technology. Based on the reviews, I am hoping the KZ and Havi will provide a similar value for money. 

 

Meanwhile, I had to settle for a Klipsch S4i as I needed one with mic urgently for my phone, a colleague manage to snag them on the cheap and I had them for USD20, similar in price to xiaomis. I have the old piston which I gave away due to some static noise. I might still get the piston 2s regardless. 

The old Piston and new Piston are not related sonically, as each has a different driver assigned to them. 

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