My first post here on Head-Fi, nice to meet you all :-)
So after trying to find a good set of second-hand Sennheiser IE80's I did a bit of research and stumbled across this thread and was convinced that the Havi B3 Pro-1's were the headphones for me and my budget. I ordered a set, which arrived two days ago, and have to say that I have been completely underwhelmed by the sound that I am getting from these units. My main complaints are:
- Sound is very un-immersive.
- Bass response is practically non-existent.
- Higher end clarity is nice, but I'm finding the overall listening experience to be extremely flat and boring.
- Cable is stiff and won't sit around my ear like it is supposed to.
- When walking outside I am getting huge amounts of wind noise over the bodies of the headphones.
- They are not particularly comfortable for me to wear for greater than half an hour.
- When listening on my Samsung Galaxy S3 the max volume level is extremely low.
My previous headphones were a budget pair of Sennheiser's and they sounded significantly better than the Havi's.
I have tried all of the different ear-pieces that were supplied and none make a significant improvement on the listening experience.
Am I missing something or doing something wrong?! Everybody on this thread has been raving about these things so much that I can only imagine that either I have a dud pair or I am not doing something right...
Welcome to Head-fi!
First and foremost, if you're coming from a really high end IEM, make no mistake about it, Havi B3 will probably not be able to match it's SQ level.
With that out of the way, here's a few points to set you at ease
1) Havi B3 is very tip dependent. I can attest best to this because the SQ using the stock tips (both foam and silicon) were vastly different, and very different when using two different silicon tips (the stock vs the senn double flanges). The stock tips weren't bad at all, but aftermarket tips are required to extract the maximum from the B3
2) I hated the wire from the offset as well. Mainly I think it's because all other IEMs use the conventional round wire rather than a flat one. I still prefer the round ones because it's less bulky obviously, but a flat wire does have it's advantages. it rarely ever tangles, and especially for the B3 wire, it once it loses it's stiffness, becomes totally smooth and unobtrusive
3) Havi B3 needs a good deal of burn in. Whether it's a mental or physical matter remains to be proven, but especially for the B3, burning in helps tighten the bass significantly, which initially from my memory bled quite a bit into the lower midrange, making the overall tonality seem rather dark and muddy
4) Welcome to a hugely power hungry IEM. iPhone 5 has a pretty decent amp, but even with volume max, I can say it still gives me a pleasant volume level. in short, you need to find an amp which a power output high enough to drive these beasts. most entry level ones won't cut it. when you get up to the O2 and magni level, you'll see a huge difference
give the B3 more time, a play around a little but more with your tips and gear. good luck!