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Ordered my pair of pistons on the 13th of February from Ibuygou and they just came today! So happy and relieved they actually came. Unfortunately I didn't make make the cut-off and get the 2.1 since it seems they switched sometime mid-February. However they still sound pretty good and so far better then anything else I have around the 23 dollar price point. That can be new toy syndrome though.

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Just got my pistons in, they were ordered on the 4th on ebay, so not that bad on delivery time.  I wasn't aware there was a version 2.1, are there any distinguishing characteristics that'd tell me if I have the 2.1 or 2.0?


Edited by Saoshyant - 3/24/14 at 10:19am
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Just got my pistons in, they were ordered on the 4th on ebay, so not that bad on delivery time.  I wasn't aware there was a version 2.1, are there any distinguishing characteristics that'd tell me if I have the 2.1 or 2.0?

 

My review pictures are lost somewhere in this thread.  Just go to my official review link here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2671888 - if yours look like all those pictures I posted, you got 2.1.  If I'm not mistaken, the difference is S/M/L in the box with eartips, metal shirt clip, and R/L marking on strain relief with a small ring below R (but not L).

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The brown box I got looks different, but the S/M/L, shirt clip, ring on right IEM are identical.  I did pull off the tip to check the grill as well, which looks identical.

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On a separate note, I really find the IEM holder to be a nice touch.  I like it quite a bit.

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On a separate note, I really find the IEM holder to be a nice touch.  I like it quite a bit.

 

Indeed, it's nice for a packaging/presentation, but those 90deg bends make me a bit anxious.  I prefer the old fashion wrapping of headphone wire around 3-fingers ;)

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It is a really nice little sturdy box, which I am surprised a 20 dollar IEM came in. Some of my more expensive iems came in regular cardboard boxes that weren't even half as nice.

 

So far the pistons are my favorite pair of iems I have. I prefer them over my Brainwavz R3, MeElec R1, and Etymotic HF5(Although that is mostly because I ran out of filters and don't feel like spending the money).

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I might have to compare these to my turbines, they feel rather similar to me.  I don't consider these against my Ety HF5 to be a fair measurement, apples and oranges.  Hmm, my DIY pk2 should be compared as well, I'm really quite fond of that earbud.

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These Pistons kill every IEM I currently own or have ever owned.  This includes: Monster Turbines, Nurforce NE-7M, V-Moda Bass Freq Metal, Sony MH1C, Meelec M-Duo, TDK MT-300 and (I'll dare say it) UE TF10.

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I wouldn't be surprised if I agree with you on the turbines.  The only reason I bought them was they felt cheap at the time, and I wanted to give em a try.  And while they're certainly quite good for the price, I'm going to give em a little time before I write off my favorite IEMs.

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I wasn't comparing them to any of my other iems in technical abilities. Just that if I had them in a row and went to grab for an iem, I would probably always go for the Pistons. I feel they are the most competent in all areas so that if I wanted to listen to multiple genres of music in one session, I could without too much complaint.

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I just got my piston yesterday. Super fun IEM. I ordered from IBuygou on 7 March, and it is a 2.0 model.

 

The original tips seems too soft for me, and I managed to change the tips to Hippo 500 M. Fits perfectly well to my ear, but not to the original casing. I guess I will need to give up the beautiful box that comes with it.

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Yeah, the included tips are kind of iffy. I don't really like them because they have the fake/plastic chocolate smell that the anchor that the iems are wound around have. I think it will make a nice little storage container, where I can stuff all my types into though.

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Right now I'm using some size 500 active comply tips, easy enough to get at radio shack for a test.  Fit well with little effort to put on, better seal than the original tips, and can fit in the IEM holder, altho it does smoosh them just a little.  I like the sound with them, but I always end up getting comply tips b/c they're the only ones I've ever found comfortable.

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I've had my 2.1's for a number of weeks now and they get used for about 2-3 hours each working day.

Right now, I have the Legacy Edition of The Dave Brubek Quartet's Take Five playing Apple lossless from my iPhone 5 and it sounds so detailed, natural, full, dynamic and just plain enjoyable. And the sound stage and acoustic is incredibly wide, and the decay on the cymbals just shimmers so nicely.

 

The other day I had Handel's Messiah playing (Mormon Tabernacle Choir edition) and the diction was so much easier to follow compared to the Shures and Vsonics I used to use.

 

It took a while but the slight harshness and edginess in the upper mid and the splashiness in the treble that was evident when brand new has just totally disappeared.

 

These little IEMs never fail to impress each time I use them. That can't be said for a lot of gear sadly.

 

The Pistons certainly punch well above their weight and I reckon that if they were sold at a much higher price, they'd gain even more recognition than what they're currently getting.

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