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post #301 of 2974
I just got the im02 on impulse after losing my klipsch S4 at the Singapore airport. Didn't really wanted to spend so much on it since i got a Dt880, es7 at home. I also sold off my esw9 not too long back. I got the im02 on impulse and im glad that Ath has live up to my expectation again.

I paired the im02 with Magni amp with line out from fiio e17 and the SQ is much better than plugging it straight to the headphone jack of my Samsung note2. It has more power, faster, bass punch deeper than without amp. But nonetheless, even without amp, it is much better than my klipsch s4. To be honest, i find the klipsch s4 over rated with harsh trebles, and quite a V-shaped signature. Klipsch s4 is very worth its price only when amazon has sale and selling it for only 10usd. Im02 is better than s4 in every single department without amping.
post #302 of 2974

Would the IM02 fit me? What i'm looking for is something with intimate and warmish mids/vocals, treble with good sparkle but not sibilant/harsh, with good extension and air. Also, a decent soundstage with airy vocals, and good speed/instrument seperation (for rock/metal/complex music).

 

Any help will be appreciated.     

post #303 of 2974
do give it an audition if u have time as SQ is quite subjective. IMO, the vocals are not intimate, but rather more of upfront along with the treble. Vocals are very good and presents how it should sound. If you have listen to audio technica before, their best is definetely in the vocals department. definitely not much coloration and thus, not warmth in nature, but they are analytical. They present how the vocals should sound in the file. Trebles are good and extent well and are very smooth, but do not sparkle, thus its quite easy to listen to without being fatigueing.
Bass is abit on the low side and bass head might be disappointed. But since i prefer not so much bass, its good enough for me.

Another amazing thing about im02 is its sound stage. If u are looking for good sound stage, im02 will not dissapoint u. It seems to have better sound stage and instrumental seperation than my ath es7. (Note that i am comparing headphones to iem for the soundstage.)
post #304 of 2974

Got my IM70 yesterday and for me the comply tips suck.  They fit a little better, but muffles everything up.  The olives sound much better even on my moto x phone.  When plugged into my schiit bifrost uber/valhalla stack, it sounds really nice.  Even better than a pair of ue 900 I had before.  I just never liked those at all which is why I sold them and got a senneheiser hd650 then sold that for a pair of beyerdynamic T1.  Yeah I got the head fi sickness right away  so this time I went with a cheap, but still better than bottom of the barrel IM70.  I really like it, but yet I'm thinking what if I got the IM03.  Would that have the sound that I thought I was going to get with the UE 900?  I really shouldn't come on here and look at other stuff when what I have is already good.  But all of you know better.  You have to keep buying more stuff to get that last ounce of sound you're looking for.  And I'm still proud of myself not buying over 2k or more of amp/dac.  lol

 

So for the guys who have heard the IM02 and IM03, which one is better for rock, metal, and 80s cheesy music?  And yeah I'm already looking into portable amps too. :(  Someone please ban me from this website!

 

Is the AT cable that is sold separately with the mic for ios or android?  I'm guessing ios because android guys always get the shaft!

post #305 of 2974
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Originally Posted by vegasf1 View Post
 

Got my IM70 yesterday and for me the comply tips suck.  They fit a little better, but muffles everything up.  The olives sound much better even on my moto x phone.  When plugged into my schiit bifrost uber/valhalla stack, it sounds really nice.  Even better than a pair of ue 900 I had before.  I just never liked those at all which is why I sold them and got a senneheiser hd650 then sold that for a pair of beyerdynamic T1.  Yeah I got the head fi sickness right away  so this time I went with a cheap, but still better than bottom of the barrel IM70.  I really like it, but yet I'm thinking what if I got the IM03.  Would that have the sound that I thought I was going to get with the UE 900?  I really shouldn't come on here and look at other stuff when what I have is already good.  But all of you know better.  You have to keep buying more stuff to get that last ounce of sound you're looking for.  And I'm still proud of myself not buying over 2k or more of amp/dac.  lol

 

So for the guys who have heard the IM02 and IM03, which one is better for rock, metal, and 80s cheesy music?  And yeah I'm already looking into portable amps too. :(  Someone please ban me from this website!

 

Is the AT cable that is sold separately with the mic for ios or android?  I'm guessing ios because android guys always get the shaft!

 

Don't hurry up and do some tips rolling. Maybe this is said million times but I will repeat again because it is the most important thing for IM50/70s. You'd better find soft wide bore tips like Sony hybrids or Mh650c tips. If you still don't like the sound you can go with IM02/03.

 

Keep in mind that there is always "ifs" in this hobby. That's why we are here, damn.:D 


Edited by ozkan - 3/16/14 at 6:17pm
post #306 of 2974

I'm noticing that IM03 with the foam tips are utter crap. The silicon tips work, but not the complys. It just messes up the signature totally. That being said, I love the IM03.

post #307 of 2974
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jacktaris View Post

I just got the im02 on impulse after losing my klipsch S4 at the Singapore airport. Didn't really wanted to spend so much on it since i got a Dt880, es7 at home. I also sold off my esw9 not too long back. I got the im02 on impulse and im glad that Ath has live up to my expectation again.

I paired the im02 with Magni amp with line out from fiio e17 and the SQ is much better than plugging it straight to the headphone jack of my Samsung note2. It has more power, faster, bass punch deeper than without amp. But nonetheless, even without amp, it is much better than my klipsch s4. To be honest, i find the klipsch s4 over rated with harsh trebles, and quite a V-shaped signature. Klipsch s4 is very worth its price only when amazon has sale and selling it for only 10usd. Im02 is better than s4 in every single department without amping.

 

+1

post #308 of 2974
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cwk88 View Post

My cable AT-HDC5/1.2 arrived today biggrin.gif



 

Sorry I might missed your earlier post, do you mind to share where you bought the cable from?

Thanks a lot for the impression!

post #309 of 2974
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Originally Posted by earfonia View Post
 

 

Sorry I might missed your earlier post, do you mind to share where you bought the cable from?

Thanks a lot for the impression!

i bought it from amazon jp. it cost me 8590yen for cable + 1390yen for tenso forwarding service >.<

post #310 of 2974

I just don't understand how can a very reputable company come up with such good iems but neglect to provide tips that match the darn thing....

post #311 of 2974

Same here. Their provided tips utterly suck big time compared to their audio quality

post #312 of 2974
I find their silicon tips is still acceptable, but their comply is horrible. It sounds worse than silicon tips. I cant imagine why a tip that is supposedly to give better SQ is doing just the opposite of what it is intended.
post #313 of 2974
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Originally Posted by Jacktaris View Post

I find their silicon tips is still acceptable, but their comply is horrible. It sounds worse than silicon tips. I cant imagine why a tip that is supposedly to give better SQ is doing just the opposite of what it is intended.

I think the silicone tips are fine for the IM50, but I agree about the complys. I think I only ever used them once and was shocked at how much worse the sound quality was.

post #314 of 2974

Can someone tell me how you use Kakaku? Also, if you are ordering from Kakaku or Tenso, how do you get them to mark the item as a gift to reduce the chance of custom charges?

post #315 of 2974
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Originally Posted by Taveren View Post
 

I just don't understand how can a very reputable company come up with such good iems but neglect to provide tips that match the darn thing....

I also experienced tip problems.  I've been having the best seal with the foam tips that were included.

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