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I recently received my Pistons, I've had them for maybe a week. I must say this: they are among the best headphones I've ever had. (I haven't had so many, but still). For being a pair of budget headphones, the sound amaze me. I'm very happy with the purchase, so I though, why not start a thread about? Someone else must have had some experience with the headphones, good or bad.

 

Feel free to share folks!! 

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Yeah, I just got a set of the brown updated ones. Gotta say, for $20 something dollars, I was skeptical but they trump my SE-215, RE-262, ATH-CKM500 and are almost on par sonically with my Turbine Pro Copper. (edit, a little less bass and sub bass then the MTPC, with a bit more pronounced mids)

They remind me most of the Turbine Pro but the bass is a little recessed and the mids a little more pronounced. But man, for the price? To even be making these comparisons?

I found the stock ear tips a little too soft and has sealing issues. Used a spare set of Audio Technica medium Black silicone tips and they work great for me.

Packaging was great and the winder was a nice feature that I didn't need at this price point, but it's there.

Overall, a big winner for me.
Edited by syphen606 - 2/3/14 at 10:38am
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That's excellent that you made the Piston thread. I've got mine for a week and I have to say that they are a superb pair of IEM's for their money. But just as I wrote in the Chinese headphones thread, be sure to order from a legit seller, for example Ibuygou, or you might get fakes which sound awful. 

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That's excellent that you made the Piston thread. I've got mine for a week and I have to say that they are a superb pair of IEM's for their money. But just as I wrote in the Chinese headphones thread, be sure to order from a legit seller, for example Ibuygou, or you might get fakes which sound awful. 

Yeah, I've heard of people getting fake pistons, it's a shame for those who miss out the real thing. What do you think of the pistons so far??

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Originally Posted by syphen606 View Post

Yeah, I just got a set of the brown updated ones. Gotta say, for $20 something dollars, I was skeptical but they trump my SE-215, RE-262, ATH-CKM500 and are almost on par sonically with my Turbine Pro Copper.

They remind me most of the Turbine Pro but the bass is a little recessed and the mids a little more pronounced. But man, for the price? To even be making these comparisons?

I found the stock ear tips a little too soft and has sealing issues. Used a spare set of Audio Technica medium Black silicone tips and they work great for me.

Packaging was great and the winder was a nice feature that I didn't need at this price point, but it's there.

Overall, a big winner for me.

I'm extremely happy with them. I haven't heard of the Turbine Pro Copper? I assume they are a bit more expensive? 

 

I haven't used too many ear tips, but these ones are actually the first ones to fit my ear good. I use the small one due to my tiny ear canals, so that's a big plus. And as you said, the design is great for a 20$ pair of headphones! 

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Yeah, I just got a set of the brown updated ones. Gotta say, for $20 something dollars, I was skeptical but they trump my SE-215, RE-262, ATH-CKM500 and are almost on par sonically with my Turbine Pro Copper.

 

 

Piston over RE-262? Re-262 is one of the most resolving and natural sounding phones ever, Pistons aren't even close - too colored.

You may need a better DAC to feel the difference.

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Yep. Pistons over my RE-262.  Maybe I got a bad set of RE-262 but they are by far my worst IEM's. I ordered direct from Hifiman. I ran them through weeks of burn in. Running them through an ODAC and C421 (AD8620 model) or O2 still left me highly regretting the purchase. I was hoping for something to give me what my HD600's or HD650's can do on the go. The RE-262 sounded like a muddy pile of mids with virtually no bass and no trebles.   I gave up on them about a year ago. Still in a drawer somewhere.

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I ordered mine off ibuygou around a week and a half ago, can't wait to try them out!

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Yep. Pistons over my RE-262.  Maybe I got a bad set of RE-262 but they are by far my worst IEM's. I ordered direct from Hifiman. I ran them through weeks of burn in. Running them through an ODAC and C421 (AD8620 model) or O2 still left me highly regretting the purchase. I was hoping for something to give me what my HD600's or HD650's can do on the go. The RE-262 sounded like a muddy pile of mids with virtually no bass and no trebles.   I gave up on them about a year ago. Still in a drawer somewhere.

 

 

Sounds like either your RE-262 is faulty or you didn't achieve good seal. They are the opposite of muddy.

Try them with these tips: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-6-Replacement-SENNHEISER-Earbud-Tips-LARGE-In-Ear-Headphone-/110976313260

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I bought  here and got the real ones:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181294614168

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Ordered mine about a week ago and I will also post my impressions after they arrive and I have a little time with them. 

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Sounds like either your RE-262 is faulty or you didn't achieve good seal. They are the opposite of muddy.
Try them with these tips: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-6-Replacement-SENNHEISER-Earbud-Tips-LARGE-In-Ear-Headphone-/110976313260

I couldn't get a good seal with the stock tips so I tried some complys but they further muffled what little trebles there was. Ended up using some medium AT silicone tips that worked great. Anyways off topic.


For $20 some odd dollars, and some slow transfer Pacific shipping, the Pistons are worth the money. They sound great to me and give the clarity and mids I want with some nice kick down low.
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I couldn't get a good seal with the stock tips so I tried some complys but they further muffled what little trebles there was. Ended up using some medium AT silicone tips that worked great. Anyways off topic.


For $20 some odd dollars, and some slow transfer Pacific shipping, the Pistons are worth the money. They sound great to me and give the clarity and mids I want with some nice kick down low.


These tips work great with Pistons too.

But trust me, they will change your mind about RE-262. I didn't have much luck with included tips either.

Get one in each size to be sure they'll fit.

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These tips work great with Pistons too.

But trust me, they will change your mind about RE-262. I didn't have much luck with included tips either.

Get one in each size to be sure they'll fit.

You are talking about these, right?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-6-Replacement-SENNHEISER-Earbud-Tips-LARGE-In-Ear-Headphone-/110976313260

 

Do they really make a big difference with the pistons? 

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You are talking about these, right?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-6-Replacement-SENNHEISER-Earbud-Tips-LARGE-In-Ear-Headphone-/110976313260

 

Do they really make a big difference with the pistons? 

 

I found the soft rubber that the Pistons came with resulted in a sporadic ability to create a good seal in my ears. I have a similar set of spare Audio Technica black medium silicone tips that are a bit thicker. I put them on my Pistons for a bit better seal (with my ears). I found they tended to create the seal to get the best out of the lower mids and bass.

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