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post #766 of 1969

Thanks, however I googled it and it seems as though CTIA was implemented on phones after 2012, while mine is from 2010. Is this still the most suitable adapter?

post #767 of 1969
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Originally Posted by andersontck View Post
 

Thanks, however I googled it and it seems as though CTIA was implemented on phones after 2012, while mine is from 2010. Is this still the most suitable adapter?

This has been discussed many times before - the CTIA is the new standard and with some old phones that use OMTP you'll need a CTIA to OMTP adapter

post #768 of 1969

Got these recently, and I have to say they are a fantastic set of IEMs! For $28 shipped, these suckers are amazing! They are easily worth at least $70 (probably even more TBH).

 

I did some brief A/Bing with my Sony XBA-3s (on a relatively low impedance source, iPad Air), and I wanted to mention some things. I first tried the Sony hybrid tips on the Pistons, and that led to noticeably worse sound - straight up muffled highs, and muffled mids even. The Pistons with their stock tips was the best combo for me. Hum, I thought, maybe these tips are just really well suited to my ears? So then I tested my XBA-3s with the Xiaomi tips, and wow - what an improvement! Tracks with those fine details became much more defined on my XBA-3s! For example, Morgan Page - Addicted has a series of snares that reaaally sharpened up with the Xiaomi tips on! I tested the Pistons vs. the XBA-3s briefly, and I'd say that the XBA-3s had superior detail resolution but less bass quantity and "oomph." Fair enough, I plan to use both of these in my rotation - in fact, I'm going to order another pair of Pistons just to put their tips on my XBA-3s!

 

This is, of course, all specific to each person and their own ear canal shape/morphology. But I can say that for me, the stock tips on the Xiaomi Pistons have opened up my XBA-3s to a whole new level! I will have to test them out on my GR07s when I get some more free time.

 

Another thing to note is that the Xiaomi Pistons' volume control buttons do not work with iPhones/iPads. The middle "pause/play/double click for next track" button works fine though.

 

I highly recommend picking these up! They have solid, detailed sound across the spectrum, and pack quite a nice punch in terms of bass. I did a little research beforehand and purchased mine from Ibuygou, which seems to be a good place to get legitimate Pistons from.

post #769 of 1969

I'd love to hear what you think of them against the GR07. Sounds like a bass heavy complement

post #770 of 1969

I also noticed that the stock tips were the best sounding of all the (few) tips I have. The stock tips are much softer and thinner than the other tips I have, they have silk/smooth feeling as opposed to the others which harder and thicker. 

post #771 of 1969
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Originally Posted by regiapemid View Post
 

Got these recently, and I have to say they are a fantastic set of IEMs! For $28 shipped, these suckers are amazing! They are easily worth at least $70 (probably even more TBH).

 

I did some brief A/Bing with my Sony XBA-3s (on a relatively low impedance source, iPad Air), and I wanted to mention some things. I first tried the Sony hybrid tips on the Pistons, and that led to noticeably worse sound - straight up muffled highs, and muffled mids even. The Pistons with their stock tips was the best combo for me. Hum, I thought, maybe these tips are just really well suited to my ears? So then I tested my XBA-3s with the Xiaomi tips, and wow - what an improvement! Tracks with those fine details became much more defined on my XBA-3s! For example, Morgan Page - Addicted has a series of snares that reaaally sharpened up with the Xiaomi tips on! I tested the Pistons vs. the XBA-3s briefly, and I'd say that the XBA-3s had superior detail resolution but less bass quantity and "oomph." Fair enough, I plan to use both of these in my rotation - in fact, I'm going to order another pair of Pistons just to put their tips on my XBA-3s!

 

This is, of course, all specific to each person and their own ear canal shape/morphology. But I can say that for me, the stock tips on the Xiaomi Pistons have opened up my XBA-3s to a whole new level! I will have to test them out on my GR07s when I get some more free time.

 

Another thing to note is that the Xiaomi Pistons' volume control buttons do not work with iPhones/iPads. The middle "pause/play/double click for next track" button works fine though.

 

I highly recommend picking these up! They have solid, detailed sound across the spectrum, and pack quite a nice punch in terms of bass. I did a little research beforehand and purchased mine from Ibuygou, which seems to be a good place to get legitimate Pistons from.

Is this the 2.0 version or the new "2.1" version?

post #772 of 1969

Will this also allow my laptop to use headphones with mic (3 lines)?  Currently, it only works with headphones without mic (2 lines).

post #773 of 1969

How is the Piston with the DX50 player?

post #774 of 1969

I bought a pair of XBA-3's about 4-5 months ago and have had them warrantied twice. I use my HTC one as my only source because i sold all my amps during a financial struggle i went through. Now everytime i use the XBA-3's with my HTC One i get a weird harmonic distortion when certain bass frequencies hit. Its pissing me off. Im highly dissapointed in the xbas. I however love my pistons, i wish the treble was a little more extended and well behaved but what more can you ask for out of a $30 IEM. I cant really complain now can I? I have told all my friends that if they want a good IEM and want it dirt cheap the Pistons are the way to go. They are by far my favorite IEM. I listen to them more than my Klipsch x10s, more than my xba-3s and yes more than my GR07s. I cant wait to see what the Piston 3.0's are gonna sound like.

post #775 of 1969

yeah, it's very good IEM, and cheap

post #776 of 1969

i just bought another tips, this tips have a bigger hole than the sony hybrid and VERY CHEAP one

3usd for SML size ..

 

so i got a pretty nice(not perfect tough) seal from this tips, right one using M left using S(weird)

 

 

this IEM really2 have Great characteristic, i loved it!

post #777 of 1969
Just got my set in from zhengnan. I'm pretty shocked at how good these are. Both sound and build. Phone controls work well to boot. Hype?? NOT!!!
post #778 of 1969
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Originally Posted by slowpickr View Post

Just got my set in from zhengnan. I'm pretty shocked at how good these are. Both sound and build. Phone controls work well to boot. Hype?? NOT!!!

 

And it will get even better with more burn-in and the right eartips.

 

I actually just got G800 headphone (by bidenuo), and those came with hybrid tips that look like these (with red core):

 

So, I'm using it now on Pistons and it sounds AMAZING!!!  You can get these eartips on ebay for about $8-$9.


Edited by twister6 - 3/20/14 at 8:48pm
post #779 of 1969

I've had my Pistons 2.0 for a week now and I love them. Gotta get the 2.1's too :etysmile:

 

I noticed that if I mute one channel I can still hear some sound from the other channel (ca -30dB compared to the unmuted channel).  I wonder if these have a built-in crossfeed or something. Or maybe my pair is defect?

 

If I measure the resistance between the left and right channel on the plug (first and second ring from top) it shows 28,9 ohm. Is that to be expected?  :confused: 

post #780 of 1969
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Originally Posted by jmotyka View Post
 

I bought a pair of XBA-3's about 4-5 months ago and have had them warrantied twice. I use my HTC one as my only source because i sold all my amps during a financial struggle i went through. Now everytime i use the XBA-3's with my HTC One i get a weird harmonic distortion when certain bass frequencies hit. Its pissing me off. Im highly dissapointed in the xbas. I however love my pistons, i wish the treble was a little more extended and well behaved but what more can you ask for out of a $30 IEM. I cant really complain now can I? I have told all my friends that if they want a good IEM and want it dirt cheap the Pistons are the way to go. They are by far my favorite IEM. I listen to them more than my Klipsch x10s, more than my xba-3s and yes more than my GR07s. I cant wait to see what the Piston 3.0's are gonna sound like.

I had this same issues with my XBA-3iP. It's because of the relatively high output impedance in HTC One (2ohm) and low on XBA3's (12ohm). Buying simple amp (Like FiiO E02 or E06) solved it. And even though I eventually sold my XBA-3 I still think they quite amazing. There are some simple impedance converters but I'm not sure whether they affect sound or not.

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