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post #1471 of 2677

That was an annoying time :p  "I have absolutely no real evidence, but I'm going to tell you your pair is fake anyways"  more than a few people fell into that pattern

post #1472 of 2677
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

As with most things, the amount of care you put into taking care of them should help them last.  Right now, my modded pistons have pretty much taken my go to IEMs for just grabbing them and going.  I'm a bit too cautious about where I take my Dunu DN-K, and my DIY Yuin PK2s are good, but the 0 isolation bit isn't always the bets.  Now I'm in no way saying the pistons are on par with the Dunu, but its a good sound for the price, and I've discovered I'm certainly not picky.  I know some people that once they hear a better headphone, they refuse to listen to anything less.  I think I'm just too protective of my more expensive gear to always use it.  Not that I have anything amazing, mind you, but I'm just rambling at this point anyways, so I'm sure you get my point.

Nice post, which areas are the dunu's better? And are these the dunu 1000's your referring to?

post #1473 of 2677

Yep, its the Dunu 1000 I'm talking about.  The Dunu has a far more refined sound than the pistons, actually being able to handle classical music rather well.  They're not quite as detailed as the Etymotic HF5, but still holds its own in that genre quite well.  The bass doesn't hit as hard as the piston, but certainly has more quality in the bass it has, still able to put forth enough low end to be able to handle EDM.  For the only hybrid I've heard so far, I'm liking the experience, and am glad I went with the one I have.  It actually makes for a decent all-arounder.  If you're looking for a visceral sound that makes its bass known however, the Pistons are certainly damn fun with some good thump behind them considering they still have quality in their mids and highs.

post #1474 of 2677
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

Yep, its the Dunu 1000 I'm talking about.  The Dunu has a far more refined sound than the pistons, actually being able to handle classical music rather well.  They're not quite as detailed as the Etymotic HF5, but still holds its own in that genre quite well.  The bass doesn't hit as hard as the piston, but certainly has more quality in the bass it has, still able to put forth enough low end to be able to handle EDM.  For the only hybrid I've heard so far, I'm liking the experience, and am glad I went with the one I have.  It actually makes for a decent all-arounder.  If you're looking for a visceral sound that makes its bass known however, the Pistons are certainly damn fun with some good thump behind them considering they still have quality in their mids and highs.

But let's not forget the biggest contrast between the Pistons and the DN1K: The price. The Dunu is priced at about $200 here on TB, while the Pistons are less than a tenth of that price (that is, here on TB). In the US, that's a slightly different story, where the Pistons are, well, slightly more than tenth of that price. 

 

But that brings up the question: Saoshyant, do you think the Pistons hold up well against the DN1K?

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Hmm...  Lets say Dunu's around 6x the price of the Pistons.  I'd still say they hold their value b/c I listen to some EDM, some rock, and some classical, so having something that can be useful in all those genres is nice for me.  Do I think the DNK sounds 6x what the Pistons do?  Of course not, the DN-K sounds good for the price, the Pistons sound amazing for their price.  The only expensive headphone I've heard that I think really performs at a great value compared to its price would be the Hifiman HE-400.  I would have a hard time picking between the Pistons and Monster Turbines though...  honestly, I think I'd pick the Pistons.  They have a more fun sound sig to me, and while I love my Turbines, I'm giving them away to a friend in a couple days, and still keeping 2 pairs of Pistons, so that should say something.

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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

Hmm...  Lets say Dunu's around 6x the price of the Pistons.  I'd still say they hold their value b/c I listen to some EDM, some rock, and some classical, so having something that can be useful in all those genres is nice for me.  Do I think the DNK sounds 6x what the Pistons do?  Of course not, the DN-K sounds good for the price, the Pistons sound amazing for their price.  The only expensive headphone I've heard that I think really performs at a great value compared to its price would be the Hifiman HE-400.  I would have a hard time picking between the Pistons and Monster Turbines though...  honestly, I think I'd pick the Pistons.  They have a more fun sound sig to me, and while I love my Turbines, I'm giving them away to a friend in a couple days, and still keeping 2 pairs of Pistons, so that should say something.

Wow...that remark is staggering. I recall something about headphones having diminishing returns the higher you go up in price...is that what you mean by the DN1K sounding "good for the price"?

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Of course there's diminishing returns, I just highly value versatility in a device, I also don't think I'd ever want to listen to classical on the pistons.  I think for devices around its price, the DNK is a very good performer.

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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post
 

But let's not forget the biggest contrast between the Pistons and the DN1K: The price. The Dunu is priced at about $200 here on TB, while the Pistons are less than a tenth of that price (that is, here on TB). In the US, that's a slightly different story, where the Pistons are, well, slightly more than tenth of that price. 

 

But that brings up the question: Saoshyant, do you think the Pistons hold up well against the DN1K?


I have both, and I'll say that the piston it's hard to compare the two head to head because what makes either of them great is not the same.

 

The DN-k is detailed, balanced, accurate, and has a slightly boosted low end. Some people (including myself) think it is just as good if not better than the gr07 BE. If I had to pick between the DN-k and the piston I would pick the DN-k every time. Still, it doesn't change the fact that the pistons are epic!

 

If you want a bunch of good bass, a v signature, and listen to primarily EDM and pop, the piston would probably be the better pick. Remember, we are comparing a $25 iem to a $200+ model!

 

The Piston sound is consumer friendly (I play them for people and they are like "wow"), and a cleverly designed gem of a set of in ears. It is everything I would want in a portable iem. To be honest, the DN-k doesn't leave the house because I don't want to wreck them. I bought 4 pairs (2 of the 2.0 and 2 of the IF) because if I break a pair I have another one ready to go.

 

There are other 25 dollar models we could throw right in with the piston, but it doesn't take away from the fact that the piston is awesome, and money well spent (If you get the real thing and not a fake).

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Can someone confirm that IF sounds brighter than 2.1 please? 2.0 was bright enough for my tastes and I l already gave my 2.0 to my friend who loved them. 

 

I need a new set now but before I pull the trigger I need to know if there is a difference in sound or not. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by ozkan View Post
 

Can someone confirm that IF sounds brighter than 2.1 please? 2.0 was bright enough for my tastes and I l already gave my 2.0 to my friend who loved them. 

 

I need a new set now but before I pull the trigger I need to know if there is a difference in sound or not. Thanks.

Actually, whomever said so probably was under the effects of placebo. I have tried both sets and I could hear no difference. If there was a difference, it must've been too small for me to notice.

 

EDIT: Just notcied you posted in both threads. Just noticed that my post was basically the same. Here's hoping...


Edited by thatBeatsguy - 5/12/14 at 2:59am
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Gonna throw a wrench into this with an apples to oranges question. I ordered the pistons and they are on their way. My friend found out and wants to trade me his UE4000(about a week old) because he realized he wants in ears instead. I don't need either the Pistons or the 4000s but I just want a fun cheap headphone for casual listening and not worry about breaking. Listening primarily to hip hop, either at home when I just want to grab something or on the move outside the house. For anyone who has tried both, what's the better sound/comfort/value between Pistons and UE4000?

Thanks in advance.
post #1482 of 2677

Ha!

 

Lucky you, I have these two. The Piston has much more bass response, the UE4000 can be had for $35 these days on Amazon. They are great for $35 IMO. They are nice, well build, clean sounding, good and solid on-ears, which don't do much wrong but don't make you feel very passionate about them. Even though technically they have everything you would want, removable cable with remote, etc. If you can live with a bit below average bass, these are very good and comfortable.

 

The Pistons, however, are equally clean but with the boosted bass a lot more FUN and $10 cheaper.

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I got a question. For those who own a Marshall Minor/Marshall Minor FX, how does it compare with the Xiaomi Piston? Thanks! ^_^

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Originally Posted by ozkan View Post
 

Can someone confirm that IF sounds brighter than 2.1 please? 2.0 was bright enough for my tastes and I l already gave my 2.0 to my friend who loved them. 

 

I need a new set now but before I pull the trigger I need to know if there is a difference in sound or not. Thanks.


Identical sound between IF and 2.1.

post #1485 of 2677
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Originally Posted by les02jen17 View Post
 

I got a question. For those who own a Marshall Minor/Marshall Minor FX, how does it compare with the Xiaomi Piston? Thanks! ^_^

 

The two are oriented towards completely different sounds, partially because they're two completely different designs.  As with most other earbuds compared to IEMs, the bass is weak on the Marshall Minor.  It sounds good with standard alt rock like Weezer, but it certainly doesn't have the bass for anything like EDM, The XX, or similar music that has a noticable focus on bass.  The mids and certainly more forward sounding than on the Pistons, but I personally don't find it to be a particularly good earbud.  I'd take my DIY Yuin PK2 any day, its more comfortable as well.  The Minor's design is interesting to look at, but not as comfortable as other earbuds tend to be.  Honestly, I'm not sure I'd ever suggest the Minor.  If you're specifically after an earbud, spend half the cost and get a Yuin PK3 instead, or one of the Dasetn DIY Yuins PK2s on ebay for not much more.

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