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post #286 of 2182
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Remove the foam and metal mesh filter on nozzle and enjoy the sound ūüėé

Thanks for the suggestion - but Pistons are exactly approximately 48 hours in my possesion and it still has to *sink in* that they are as good as my ears are telling me.

I have lots on my plate at the moment - and modding IEMs will have to wait a bit.

 

I will do that - if not before, when the second pair, ordered by my friend,  checks in. I would like to have the direct A/B comparison, and if it will favour the filterless version, it will be done to the second (friend's) pair too. Will update on this ASAP.

post #287 of 2182

I ordered my version 2s (gold with brown cables) directly from Xiaomi World online and they arrived yesterday after a pretty standard 3 week wait.

I got a tracking number and was able to check on them through China Post now and then to see how much longer they were going to be.

 

Straight out of the box, I got that lovely chocolatey smell.

All accounts confirm that these are the real deal and not fakes which seem to be quite common. But then, I wouldn't expect Xiaomi to be selling fakes from their own store.

 

I plugged them into my iPhone 5 for a quick listen and noticed an immediate improvement in all respects over my Vsonic R02 PIIs.

 

This model Vsonic was regarded as a benchmark product until fairly recently and purchased locally in Australia, cost AU$99.00.

The Pistons cost me AU$32.00 shipped!

 

I also has Shure CXs a little while back.

The Shure is more extended at each end of the spectrum than the Vsonic but the Vsonics were much more refined in what they did play. The Pistons have given me back the extension and transparency but are a much more refined sound compared to the Shures which could sound a little rough.

 

I struggled to get a good fit with all the new flanges so I resorted to my well used Sony ones that are a firmer silicon, stay better inserted and 'gripped' in my ears and give a better sound. Best fit is with the wiries pointing up and pulled back over the top and down the back of my ears.

 

The Xiaomis are more extended in the top end, much fatter in the bass, and much more transparent sounding in the mid and upper mids.

While the treble more prominent compared to the Vsonics, it is clean and precise and far from harsh and fatiguing.

Bass is very deep and powerful. It's also more defined and I can hear textures now rather than just tones.

The mid lends the stage a much more layered presentation and an improved sence of exactly where performers are located relative to each other.

 

The stage now really fills my head and the whole listening experience is more intense and involving. These are a very revealing phone and I am really enjoying hearing so much more of the recording.

 

They only have about 4 hours on them now but they're already running in nicely and gaining in musicality (the top is smoothing out a touch more).

 

And to think I was looking at Martin Logan Micros 70s (I use ML electrostatic speakers in my home system) or Monster Coppers for 10x the price.

 

Not any more.

 

Last point to note; the volume buttons will not work with iPhone. Only the single button around the other side of the tube from the volume buttons works for stop, start, Siri, next track.


Edited by Winno - 2/20/14 at 5:58pm
post #288 of 2182
The mikros90 is special and I think the 70 will be as special as its brethren ūüėä
post #289 of 2182

Okay just a little advice for anyone having issues like I did with ibuygou taking forever to finish pending. Use live chat, email will get you nowhere, they just send the same automated message unless you use the live chat where someone solved my problem in seconds.

post #290 of 2182

will these be good for smaller ears? 

post #291 of 2182
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Originally Posted by noktekniq View Post
 

will these be good for smaller ears? 

Better avoid, the nozzle is very wide

post #292 of 2182
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Originally Posted by Winno View Post
 

Last point to note; the volume buttons will not work with iPhone. Only the single button around the other side of the tube from the volume buttons works for stop, start, Siri, next track.

 

The volume buttons work for my Samsung Galaxy S3. Kind of nice, as it's usually the opposite situation. (Though I guess I should've figured it'd be like this, as Xiaomi makes Android phones.)

post #293 of 2182
Talking about Xiaomi phone , today they just launched the phone at 12pm in Singapore. My wife tried to order 1 unit but at 12:07 pm SG time, all sold out
There goes the chance to partner the Pistons2 with Redmi phone
post #294 of 2182
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Originally Posted by akhyar View Post

Talking about Xiaomi phone , today they just launched the phone at 12pm in Singapore. My wife tried to order 1 unit but at 12:07 pm SG time, all sold out
There goes the chance to partner the Pistons2 with Redmi phone

:atsmile:- you obviously have not been familiar with the fact that Xiaomi sold its previous phone online - 100.000 pcs - in less than

 

87 SECONDS ...!

 

Joni Mitchell's song Wild Things Run Fast ( it is this songwriter/singer fastest song - BY FAR  ): 

 

post #295 of 2182

Ordered mine on the 7th according to their website, not here yet but not too worried

 

Had stuff take up to 30 days being shipped from China before, so I don't mind waiting

 

Also have the Dunu DN-1000s and Etymotic HF2s coming in anyway, so I've got a few toys to play with

post #296 of 2182
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Originally Posted by noktekniq View Post

will these be good for smaller ears? 

Big diaphragm is good for sound but use smallest silicon tips so it still fits in your ears.

My ears are small too but with smallest tips, it's no problem - they seal very well and the sound is superb.
post #297 of 2182
Oh god just after one week my piston is giving problems.

There's no sound on the right side sometimes.

You get what you paid for...I guess

Anyone rma these before? I bought from ibuygou.
post #298 of 2182

I did the mod on my Pistons and honestly I'm not impressed. The bass loses impact and there is a peak in the treble lower treble that makes it artificial and tizzy sounding and adds some weird resonance at higher volume but I suppose I should have seen this coming coz the foam is there for a reason and it's to attenuate the highs and boost the bass. It's not like the engineers at xiaomi are so stupid that they just added the foam for the fun of it but luckily we have head-fiers who know better how sound tuning works. The foam is used as an acoustic damper - it's not something put in there to hold back and hide an iem's true potential. IMO if one is not happy with the sound he might try reducing the foam a little bit byt cutting it shorter but I don't recommend completely removing it.

post #299 of 2182
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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post

I did the mod on my Pistons and honestly I'm not impressed. The bass loses impact and there is a peak in the treble lower treble that makes it artificial and tizzy sounding and adds some weird resonance at higher volume but I suppose I should have seen this coming coz the foam is there for a reason and it's to attenuate the highs and boost the bass. It's not like the engineers at xiaomi are so stupid that they just added the foam for the fun of it but luckily we have head-fiers who know better how sound tuning works. The foam is used as an acoustic damper - it's not something put in there to hold back and hide an iem's true potential. IMO if one is not happy with the sound he might try reducing the foam a little bit byt cutting it shorter but I don't recommend completely removing it.

I agree on your findings with the Piston's. On the other hand I've spend the last week removing filters and resistors on my Havi B3's and they're now a much better IEM then before so you never know.
post #300 of 2182
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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post
 

I did the mod on my Pistons and honestly I'm not impressed. The bass loses impact and there is a peak in the treble lower treble that makes it artificial and tizzy sounding and adds some weird resonance at higher volume but I suppose I should have seen this coming coz the foam is there for a reason and it's to attenuate the highs and boost the bass. It's not like the engineers at xiaomi are so stupid that they just added the foam for the fun of it but luckily we have head-fiers who know better how sound tuning works. The foam is used as an acoustic damper - it's not something put in there to hold back and hide an iem's true potential. IMO if one is not happy with the sound he might try reducing the foam a little bit byt cutting it shorter but I don't recommend completely removing it.

One of the main complaints of the Piston is that the bass is just too much for some people. Removing the foam or replacing it with a bit less reduces the impact as stated. A tiny bit of fiberfill works well if the treble gets strange.

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