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post #241 of 1048
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post


When it comes to bass, we all got a different threshold and taste; as they say YMMV wink.gif  I'm comparing these to my W40, but it's  true only burned them in for 3+ hours.  So you are saying you had the same experience at first and then bass improved?  Back to burning!!! smily_headphones1.gif
That is a good point you made. I did have qualms with the bass, but after a long process of burn in, good fit, and source, o hear the bass better than before! Still does lack in weoght though, and i hear the subbass alright
post #242 of 1048
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That is a good point you made. I did have qualms with the bass, but after a long process of burn in, good fit, and source, o hear the bass better than before! Still does lack in weoght though, and i hear the subbass alright

What tips are you guys using for the IM02? I'm not digging the stock tips too much.

post #243 of 1048
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Originally Posted by dwong View Post

What tips are you guys using for the IM02? I'm not digging the stock tips too much.
Ive heen using stock as the highs are controlled with the stocks than the ue900 tips.

With those ue900 tips, the bass, mids and highs are broughf out a bit more, with the expense of a sharper treble, more silibant..
Will try sony hybrids later to let yoy know how they sound
post #244 of 1048
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post


Ive heen using stock as the highs are controlled with the stocks than the ue900 tips.

With those ue900 tips, the bass, mids and highs are broughf out a bit more, with the expense of a sharper treble, more silibant..
Will try sony hybrids later to let yoy know how they sound

 

Awesome tip about UE900 "tips" !!!  Just switched from stock 02 eartips to UE900 (using their largest one) and BOOM!!! - we got bass!!!

 

Actually bass quality/quantity feels UE900 < IM02 < W40.  Now, considering W40 has more recessed mids, and UE900 mids sounds a bit too exaggerated and unnatural (IMHO) - IM02 mids hit the sweet spot and actually sound very natural, detailed, and bright.  I do have to admit that quad-BA driver IEMs (such as UE900 and W40) have a better separation and a more detailed sound, especially in upper mids and highs, but it's not night'n'day difference in comparison to IM02.  To factor in IM02 price tag of under $200 while other two are $400 and $500 each, I'm still sticking to my original impression of IM02 having one of the best price/SQ ratio.  Also, seems that sound continues to improve with more listening, now after 5+ hours of a total burn in (and hopefully it's not just my brain burn in) I feel bass is tighter and treble is a lot easier on my ears.

 

Fantastic IEMs!!!  Will continue posting my impressions and also detailed pictures as I'm putting more miles on these :)


Edited by twister6 - 3/7/14 at 6:41pm
post #245 of 1048
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Awesome tip about UE900 "tips" !!!  Just switched from stock 02 eartips to UE900 (using their largest one) and BOOM!!! - we got bass!!!

 

Actually bass quality/quantity feels UE900 < IM02 < W40.  Now, considering W40 has more recessed mids, and UE900 mids sounds a bit too exaggerated and unnatural (IMHO) - IM02 mids hit the sweet spot and actually sound very natural, detailed, and bright.  I do have to admit that quad-BA driver IEMs (such as UE900 and W40) have a better separation and a more detailed sound, especially in upper mids and highs, but it's not night'n'day difference in comparison to IM02.  To factor in IM02 price tag of under $200 while other two are $400 and $500 each, I'm still sticking to my original impression of IM02 having one of the best price/SQ ratio.  Also, seems that sound continues to improve with more listening, now after 5+ hours of a total burn in (and hopefully it's not just my brain burn in) I feel bass is tighter and treble is a lot easier on my ears.

 

Fantastic IEMs!!!  Will continue posting my impressions and also detailed pictures as I'm putting more miles on these :)

YOU GO PAL!!!

 

Glad my 'tips' were useful. :P

post #246 of 1048

Quite interested in the IM02's. How does it sound for rock? I kind of like guitars to sound thick and upfront. And also having decent impact on drums. But i also like the vocals to be forward as well because i also listen to a lot of that vocals.


Edited by Love Music - 3/8/14 at 1:34am
post #247 of 1048
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Originally Posted by Love Music View Post
 

Quite interested in the IM02's. How does it sound for rock? I kind of like guitars to sound thick and upfront. And also having decent impact on drums. But i also like the vocals to be forward as well because i also listen to a lot of that vocals.

 They are quite good for rock. The vocals are upfront and there is no veil that affects the vocals and midrange. The impact on drums are very decent also. 


Edited by ozkan - 3/8/14 at 1:45am
post #248 of 1048
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Awesome tip about UE900 "tips" !!!  Just switched from stock 02 eartips to UE900 (using their largest one) and BOOM!!! - we got bass!!!

 

Actually bass quality/quantity feels UE900 < IM02 < W40.  Now, considering W40 has more recessed mids, and UE900 mids sounds a bit too exaggerated and unnatural (IMHO) - IM02 mids hit the sweet spot and actually sound very natural, detailed, and bright.  I do have to admit that quad-BA driver IEMs (such as UE900 and W40) have a better separation and a more detailed sound, especially in upper mids and highs, but it's not night'n'day difference in comparison to IM02.  To factor in IM02 price tag of under $200 while other two are $400 and $500 each, I'm still sticking to my original impression of IM02 having one of the best price/SQ ratio.  Also, seems that sound continues to improve with more listening, now after 5+ hours of a total burn in (and hopefully it's not just my brain burn in) I feel bass is tighter and treble is a lot easier on my ears.

 

Fantastic IEMs!!!  Will continue posting my impressions and also detailed pictures as I'm putting more miles on these :)

 

Great! Nice impressions!  With the right fit and player, IM02 value is hard to beat :cool:

The default silicon tips of IM02 are a bit hard, I like to use the tips from Superlux HD381, softer and more comfortable.  To get best sound and fit, we need to try different tips.

post #249 of 1048
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Originally Posted by Carlsan View Post
 

 

Wanted the nice sparkle that I read both 02 and 03 have, as well as the extra bass extension that the 03 has. 

The 04, again from reviews, doesn't seem to have the detail of the other two, and is also much more expensive.


So how you liking your IM03? 

post #250 of 1048

Loving it, has exceeded my expectations. I'll try to write something later with more substance, have to run out.

post #251 of 1048
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Awesome tip about UE900 "tips" !!!  Just switched from stock 02 eartips to UE900 (using their largest one) and BOOM!!! - we got bass!!!

 

Actually bass quality/quantity feels UE900 < IM02 < W40.  Now, considering W40 has more recessed mids, and UE900 mids sounds a bit too exaggerated and unnatural (IMHO) - IM02 mids hit the sweet spot and actually sound very natural, detailed, and bright.  I do have to admit that quad-BA driver IEMs (such as UE900 and W40) have a better separation and a more detailed sound, especially in upper mids and highs, but it's not night'n'day difference in comparison to IM02.  To factor in IM02 price tag of under $200 while other two are $400 and $500 each, I'm still sticking to my original impression of IM02 having one of the best price/SQ ratio.  Also, seems that sound continues to improve with more listening, now after 5+ hours of a total burn in (and hopefully it's not just my brain burn in) I feel bass is tighter and treble is a lot easier on my ears.

 

Fantastic IEMs!!!  Will continue posting my impressions and also detailed pictures as I'm putting more miles on these :)


Feels assuring to know that the IM02 holds its own pretty well when compared to some of the pricier IEMs out there.  My IM02s are about 15 hours burned in.  I initially found the treble to be quite veiled but it has improved quite a lot since.  Bass has tightened up a bit as well and is quite punchy even when listening straight out of my iPhone 4s.  I am liking these IEMs very much so far, especially for its imaging and micro-detail capabilities .  Vocals, especially female vocals, are sounding very good. 

post #252 of 1048
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Awesome tip about UE900 "tips" !!!  Just switched from stock 02 eartips to UE900 (using their largest one) and BOOM!!! - we got bass!!!

 

Actually bass quality/quantity feels UE900 < IM02 < W40.  Now, considering W40 has more recessed mids, and UE900 mids sounds a bit too exaggerated and unnatural (IMHO) - IM02 mids hit the sweet spot and actually sound very natural, detailed, and bright.  I do have to admit that quad-BA driver IEMs (such as UE900 and W40) have a better separation and a more detailed sound, especially in upper mids and highs, but it's not night'n'day difference in comparison to IM02.  To factor in IM02 price tag of under $200 while other two are $400 and $500 each, I'm still sticking to my original impression of IM02 having one of the best price/SQ ratio.  Also, seems that sound continues to improve with more listening, now after 5+ hours of a total burn in (and hopefully it's not just my brain burn in) I feel bass is tighter and treble is a lot easier on my ears.

 

Fantastic IEMs!!!  Will continue posting my impressions and also detailed pictures as I'm putting more miles on these :)

Unfortunately, I don't have UE900 tips, but I just tried some Hifiman RE262 large biflange tips.  Improved bass quantity quite significantly at the cost of losing details in the mids/treble.  I still prefer using the large stock tips.


Edited by dwong - 3/8/14 at 8:06am
post #253 of 1048
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Originally Posted by dwong View Post
 

Unfortunately, I don't have UE900 tips, but I just tried some Hifiman RE262 large biflange tips.  Improved bass quantity quite significantly at the cost of losing details in the mids/treble.  I still prefer using the large stock tips.

 

Wtih UE900 tips:

 

post #254 of 1048

Just talked to my Audio Technica (US) contact.  As I mentioned before, only ATH-IM01/02/03/04 series will be on-sale and officially supported (2 year warranty) in US, sold directly from ATUS or authorized US dealers.  IM50/70 will not be available in US.

 

The products already being listed on their webpage: http://www.audio-technica.com/cgi-bin/product_search/headphones/headphones_cat.pl?select_multiple_3=In-Ear

 

Just please keep in mind those are MSRP prices, not the "street" price available soon on Amazon from authorized US dealers.  ATUS got the shipment of all IM01/02/03/04 in US already and within next 2 weeks it will be distributed to Amazon dealers.  The sale price will be lower.  I was told probably on par with Japan import prices.  Such as ATH-IM02 though listed with $299 MSRP price tag, most likely will be around or less than $200, and so on.

post #255 of 1048
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Just please keep in mind those are MSRP prices, not the "street" price available soon on Amazon from authorized US dealers.  ATUS got the shipment of all IM01/02/03/04 in US already and within next 2 weeks it will be distributed to Amazon dealers.  The sale price will be lower.  I was told probably on par with Japan import prices.  Such as ATH-IM02 though listed with $299 MSRP price tag, most likely will be around or less than $200, and so on.

$200 or less US debut price....

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