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post #256 of 1032
When there are 30+ Japanese vendors on Amazon selling it under $200,who would buy from US dealer selling it for $100 more? I will find out more details next week and will update everyone.
post #257 of 1032
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

IM50/70 will not be available in US.

 

I really don't understand with AT US dedided not to bring IM50 and IM70 to US.  

Anyway, thanks to the Japan product importers on Amazon :wink_face: 


Edited by earfonia - 3/8/14 at 9:24pm
post #258 of 1032

+1. Thank you Amazon.

post #259 of 1032

If Amazon gets the IM03 for around $300 I might have to try em out. After all I am an AT fan.

post #260 of 1032
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If Amazon gets the IM03 for around $300 I might have to try em out. After all I am an AT fan.

 

You might want to try IM02 as well.  With the right pairing, the level of detail and stereo field separation is breathtaking.

Not to mention the good tonal balance... but expect a musical, natural-analytical sound signature :wink_face: 

post #261 of 1032

Ya my Doppios will have a very similar sound signature to the IM02s.For now I am too happy with my FX850s. Might have to try them IM0phones when prices goes down a bit. We will see.

post #262 of 1032
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 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. 

Thanks. Are they warmish in signature?

post #263 of 1032

For curiosities sake, how well built is the IM70? I believe I read somewhere that the ATH-M50 was built like a tank. So is it built well, could it be referred to as built like a hummvee or something? =P

 

Also, for the detachable cables, will the IM01-03 series work for the IM70's? Or do they have different connectors?

 

Edit: Any IEM's that is around the $100 mark of the IM70 with an over ear wire/clip type figuration. Plus how the Im70 sits, or the Shure 215, kind of low profile?


Edited by BluePhoenixHD - 3/9/14 at 12:55pm
post #264 of 1032

I just published my full detailed review of ATH-IM02 here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2676059

 

Since I decided not to copy the write up (please visit a link above), here are the pictures for your enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #265 of 1032
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I just published my full detailed review of ATH-IM02 here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2676059

 

"As I mentioned before, the sound quality is the most important factor for me. I didn't know what to expect since my previous experience was either with single or quad BA drivers. IM02 features a dual driver design with a separate woofer and mid-high driver. After initial burn-in, I was left speechless with a high quality of the sound. To summarize the sound signature of these IEMs, they are balanced analytical headphones with a very detailed bright sound and great transparency. I'm going to be honest, in the past I wasn't a fan of analytical detailed sound because other headphones I tested, like Etymotic for example, had a very harsh revealing sound with absolute lack of bass. Though IM02 doesn't have a very strong bass presence, it offers a very detailed and rich low end with a full body and actually a noticeable quantity. Mids are the star of these headphones with a detailed and very natural delivery, especially when it comes to vocals. Listening to these headphones made me realize how unnatural vocals sound with a lot of my other headphones. I also realized how much I was missing with a lot of my other v-shaped headphones where mids are typically recessed. Treble was also very detailed and had a nice sparkle to it. I do have to mention, that when I first put IM02 on, bass was not as tight and I felt upper mids/treble to be on a harsh side (with some borderline sibilance). But after 4-5 hours of burn in, bass tightened up and extended down to sub-bass level, and highs became smoother and easier on my ears. I was doing a lot of a/b comparison with other IEMs to make sure it's not just my brain burn-in. Furthermore, I found soundstage to be spacious, definitely above average quality. With regard to sound forgiveness, due to analytical nature of these IEMs you will have to stick with 320kbps as a minimum to enjoy your sounds. I had no problem driving it from either my Sansa Clip+ or X5 audio players as well as Galaxy Note 2.

Overall, I found Audio Technica ATH-IM02 to be one outstanding pair of headphones. Beside an excellent build quality and comfortable fit, they have one of the best ear-friendly analytical sound signatures with an exceptionally balanced and natural timbre. Often headphones could be a one-trick pony to cater to one specific crowd, while these will capture a wide audience from EDM, pop/rock, to jazz and classical. For some, perhaps the mids will be a little too revealing and upfront which could be easily tamed with EQ while still retaining the natural sound. But you can't do that with other headphones where boosting recessed mids adds unnatural artifacts. I actually heard that ATH-IM03 model with an additional driver is smoother on mids, but to determine if sound quality improvement worth a higher price - that's something I hope to find out if I get a chance to test IM03. But as of now I'm putting ATH-IM02 at the top of my list since none of the other headphones in my review collection have the same unique natural revealing sound signature."

 

Great review! Thanks for the link!

 

Strongly agree! The level of detail of IM02 simply blown away many other more expensive IEMs!

And how IM02 presents the detail in such a musical manner is really awesome!

post #266 of 1032
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For curiosities sake, how well built is the IM70? I believe I read somewhere that the ATH-M50 was built like a tank. So is it built well, could it be referred to as built like a hummvee or something? =P

 

Also, for the detachable cables, will the IM01-03 series work for the IM70's? Or do they have different connectors?

 

Build is very good!  All ATH-IM series share same cables and the same connectors.

post #267 of 1032
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Thanks. Are they warmish in signature?


No, not really. Just very slightly warmish.

post #268 of 1032

Accessoryjack told me they received stock of im70's, but I wasn't up on the list soo I just cancelled my order. Jeez, are these becoming that popular? or is AT rolling them out slowly..

 

Regardless, I ordered im02's (from accessoryjack). Hope they get here soon!

post #269 of 1032

Am considering getting the IM-02 / 03. Which would be the one with a bigger soundstage and has more clarity/detail? Which do you guys prefer?

post #270 of 1032
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Originally Posted by PanamaHat View Post
 

Accessoryjack told me they received stock of im70's, but I wasn't up on the list soo I just cancelled my order. Jeez, are these becoming that popular? or is AT rolling them out slowly..

 

Regardless, I ordered im02's (from accessoryjack). Hope they get here soon!

 

About two weeks ago I talked to them about this before I was going to order mine, which lead me to not ordering them. I asked what the current que was, and he said around 30, and that 40 pairs were ordered, which they may not even receive in full depending on ATH's current manufacturing. It sounds like it is a problem with getting them made and delivered, considering they have been out for a decent while now they should have their sh*t together. 

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