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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

Can't say I've liked the pistons much. I also have the m8. My pair will be up on the classifieds soon along with other gear.
I was going to try the mod but decided there is really no point.

Just before you decide to get rid of them, why don't you try this simpler step. Don't worry about the mod, instead cut a piece of black electrical tape, just slightly bigger then the back ports for each of the pistons. Cover the ports in the back! Now, sit back and enjoy -tighter bass, clearer mid and highs. Maybe this is what your looking for? -Just my guess. Others complain the bass might be overwhelming, but the ports actually create the full-bodied sound and the soundstage many are accustomed to with the pistons. But, others may want a well balanced signature. So, you can try this at no expense.

 

    Bye the way, you can also purchase round stickers at a stationary store, radio shack, or accessories section at pep-boys, Wal-Mart, etc..., to make the pistons look nice from the back. Do not use clear tape (scotch tape), or paper-back tapes. For, these are to weak for this project.

 

-Hope this was an easier alternative for you before deciding to get rid of them. :happy_face1:


Edited by 1clearhead - 5/25/14 at 7:04am
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I'm gonna try that suggestion as well, since I didn't like these either
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Maybe you got some fake Pistons OMGLadyGaga?

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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

Can't say I've liked the pistons much. I also have the m8. My pair will be up on the classifieds soon along with other gear.
I was going to try the mod but decided there is really no point.

 

1. The mod has had minimal effect on my pistons WRT sound and isolation. Definitely not like the IE8 where you can cover the dials with any tape and it'll seal up tight.

2. I would expect there to be some sonic variance with any product that doesn't do driver matching during production.

3. The pistons are the only Chinese IEMs that my ears have no issue with. Many others have given me fit issues, like one of the early brainwavz was just horrible.

 

I know nobody asked this, but my comment was all about finding what works for you. What does your inner ding tell you? What does your gut say?

 

Mine persisted in wanting me to take a shot at the pistons, back from when I had a lot of contempt for xiaomi (because of the CEO, uh huh) and zero interest for them. But the voice grew louder until last week, I was on the eve of some travel and wouldn't have access to purchase for a month, so I bit the bullet and paid a premium over what xiaomi would've charged me, cause I literally had one day left.

 

I then kept going to audition more expensive headphones and IEMs, but every time I audition I realize I'll end up EQing every single one of them, mainly for treble. Some are pretty good but have other drawbacks too great for me to commit, usually price. And the worst thing is I just don't connect with them. So that's my story. :ksc75smile:

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Originally Posted by maguire View Post

Maybe you got some fake Pistons OMGLadyGaga?

They're real. I got them from ibuyoug or whatever and compared with fake/real pics. I worded that poorly though, it's still a good iem for the $25 that it cost and they sound decent enough and is still good value for the money. Good soundstage, and they look great. Wanted it as a fun backup iem, but as of this moment don't like them better than the Philips or monoprice cheapos. Too veiled and muddy for me. BUT gonna do more burn in and/or try those mods.
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Originally Posted by OMGLadyGaga View Post

They're real. I got them from ibuyoug or whatever and compared with fake/real pics. I worded that poorly though, it's still a good iem for the $25 that it cost and they sound decent enough and is still good value for the money. Good soundstage, and they look great. Wanted it as a fun backup iem, but as of this moment don't like them better than the Philips or monoprice cheapos. Too veiled and muddy for me. BUT gonna do more burn in and/or try those mods.

Burn-in seems to only make the Pistons sound worse, I'm afraid. Trust me. Having burned in the Pistons for over 150 hours now (probably inching to the 200 mark), I've noticed the Pistons becoming bassier, heavier, and muddier all at the same time. At first (just under the 100 hour mark) I didn't really pay much attention to it, but when I began rewriting my review on them...I noticed.

My conclusion is that these may be the Pistons' greatest drawback – that, unlike other headphones that improve over time, the Pistons degrade. The hype train seems to be running out of fuel at this point, but hey it was fun while it lasted. Hype trains never really last, do they?
Edited by thatBeatsguy - 5/25/14 at 9:08pm
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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post

Burn-in seems to only make the Pistons sound worse, I'm afraid. Trust me. Having burned in the Pistons for over 150 hours now (probably inching to the 200 mark), I've noticed the Pistons becoming bassier, heavier, and muddier all at the same time. At first (just under the 100 hour mark) I didn't really pay much attention to it, but when I began rewriting my review on them...I noticed.

My conclusion is that these may be the Pistons' greatest drawback – that, unlike other headphones that improve over time, the Pistons degrade. The hype train seems to be running out of fuel at this point, but hey it was fun while it lasted. Hype trains never really last, do they?

With all do respect I found that to be rubbish. Yes, you might have outgrown them or got tired with their sound but that the sound quality should significantly decrease after 150 hours is just redicilous.
Edited by peter123 - 5/25/14 at 10:27pm
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Ya not buying that either. Lol he started the hype train and wants to be the one to finish it! :-P

Anyone have a decent eq setting for these?
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Originally Posted by OMGLadyGaga View Post

Ya not buying that either. Lol he started the hype train and wants to be the one to finish it! :-P

Anyone have a decent eq setting for these?

You know, I honestly feel kinda pissed that I'm the one starting all this BS. I mean, seriously, now you aren't buying what I say just because I began this? Hey, all I did was write a f'ing review! Apparently more than a few people caught onto it and made it the hype train that it is today. I started the fire, but I didn't make it any larger than the flame on a match.

Also, to back up my statement, I had some time with a new pair of Pistons (my sister's), and I honestly think that hers sounds slightly better. And by better, I mean cleaner. The Pistons now sound much bassier than I had remembered, and although a lot of you may think it is placebo, this is coming from having listened to my muddy basshead cans the past week. I seriously have not heard the Pistons in this state. I didn't hear what I did the first time around.

Oh yeah, if you want a good EQ setting, the Treble Booster preset on iOS works fine – in fact, that preset works well with any of the cans I listen to. Then again, that would make the bass slightly anemic, but hey, works for me.
Edited by thatBeatsguy - 5/25/14 at 10:51pm
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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post

You know, I honestly feel kinda pissed that I'm the one starting all this BS. I mean, seriously, now you aren't buying what I say just because I began this? Hey, all I did was write a f'ing review! Apparently more than a few people caught onto it and made it the hype train that it is today. I started the fire, but I didn't make it any larger than the flame on a match.

Also, to back up my statement, I had some time with a new pair of Pistons (my sister's), and I honestly think that hers sounds slightly better. And by better, I mean cleaner. The Pistons now sound much bassier than I had remembered, and although a lot of you may think it is placebo, this is coming from having listened to my muddy basshead cans the past week. I seriously have not heard the Pistons in this state. I didn't hear what I did the first time around.

Oh yeah, if you want a good EQ setting, the Treble Booster preset on iOS works fine – in fact, that preset works well with any of the cans I listen to. Then again, that would make the bass slightly anemic, but hey, works for me.

Lol relax man. The :-P = joking. And it could still be placebo and your sis's pair just needs some burn in to catch up to yours. I remember years back I got some XB500s and I was in audio heaven, a couple months later I was sick every time I put them on and I swore they got muddier and bassier, turns out I just got tired of having my head shake. But yeah some headphones can still be burning in many many hours later. So it's possible. But I believe what Peter took offense to is that you explicably said the sound quality was degrading, which makes it more likely that you just got tired of them or tried harder to focus on their flaws, which these do have. But it doesn't change that they're still ok for the money IMO.

And I don't have an iOS device for that treble reducer, which reminds me, another huge plus for these are full android controls. That might be worth the 25 bucks alone.
Edited by OMGLadyGaga - 5/25/14 at 11:07pm
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Originally Posted by OMGLadyGaga View Post

Lol relax man. The :-P = joking. And it could still be placebo and your sis's pair just needs some burn in to catch up to yours. I remember years back I got some XB500s and I was in audio heaven, a couple months later I was sick every time I put them on and I swore they got muddier and bassier, turns out I just got tired of having my head shake. But yeah some headphones can still be burning in many many hours later. So it's possible. But I believe what Peter took offense to is that you explicably said the sound quality was degrading, which makes it more likely that you just got tired of them or tried harder to focus on their flaws, which these do have. But it doesn't change that they're still ok for the money IMO.

And I don't have an iOS device for that treble reducer, which reminds me, another huge plus for these are full android controls. That might be worth the 25 bucks alone.

I think you're right – I was trying to focus on what's so bad about them that I apparently forgot about what made them so great the first time. Then again, my sister's pair still sounds really clean, so let's just leave it at that.

Also, I tried covering the back vents on the Pistons (T/H to 1clearhead) and I honestly think he was right – the bass does tighten up some, although the soundstage becomes closer and congested. Then again, covering the back port would pretty much defeat the whole purpose of the Pistons – aside from the beryllium drivers, these are the only things that make the Pistons 2.0 different from its predecessor. That said, covering the back port might lead to some chamber resonance, which the new Pistons were trying to remove. Then again, with the back port covered up, there wouldn't be as much air to move, so the bass does become cleaner and tighter.

I'm not saying that the mod sucks, but isn't it weird to think that, in doing the mod, you're basically turning the 2.0 into a 1.0 with an upgraded driver?
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Originally Posted by OMGLadyGaga View Post


Lol relax man. The :-P = joking. And it could still be placebo and your sis's pair just needs some burn in to catch up to yours. I remember years back I got some XB500s and I was in audio heaven, a couple months later I was sick every time I put them on and I swore they got muddier and bassier, turns out I just got tired of having my head shake. But yeah some headphones can still be burning in many many hours later. So it's possible. But I believe what Peter took offense to is that you explicably said the sound quality was degrading, which makes it more likely that you just got tired of them or tried harder to focus on their flaws, which these do have. But it doesn't change that they're still ok for the money IMO.

And I don't have an iOS device for that treble reducer, which reminds me, another huge plus for these are full android controls. That might be worth the 25 bucks alone.

 

Spot on!

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@thatBeatsguy, don't behave them like they are +100$. Actually if you want to hear the flaws of any iems believe me you can. It is critical listening not enjoying the music and that's why we are all here and still not happy with our purchases :( I think most of us forgot to enjoy music. 


Edited by ozkan - 5/26/14 at 1:02am
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Originally Posted by peter123 View Post


With all do respect I found that to be rubbish. Yes, you might have outgrown them or got tired with their sound but that the sound quality should significantly decrease after 150 hours is just redicilous.


I have the same issue with my Pistons, I really think they degrade in SQ with burn in. I said that 1 month ago already, maybe it's not real but I see more ppl starting to think this.

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Yesterday I ordered them from Penonaudio but I still haven't recieved a tracking number and or confirmation of shipment. Am I the only one or is this normal?

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