Couple of month ago I have contacted Dasetn, trying to score some of his MX1 earbuds.
He told me that MX1 has been discontinued and offered to sell MX760 (later to be renamed M760) instead.
According to him, MX760 sounded even better than MX1, so I took him on this offer and bought two.
A few weeks later the package arrived, and I have started a burning process (~100 hours).
My expectations were sky high, as someone on head-fi described MX1's SQ as equivalent or better than TM7 - a 150$ earbud.
And since MX760 is supposed to be even better...
The first earbud didn't sound so great, but the second one blew me away.
The following review is based on the second one, aka the "good" one.
They look exactly like Sennheiser MX760, but recabled.
The cable was the main problem with Sennheiser MX760 - people loved the sound and hated the cable:
So the re-cable is definitely good news.
They sound very balanced.
Highs are clear yet not sibilant, mids are slightly forward and euphonic, bass is uncharacteristically good for an earbud.
Soundstage is huge, imaging is precise.
Vocals are very involving, but I would like to mention especially piano - very natural sound.
They sound best when angled to point into the ear canal.
They are very transparent, so having a good source is very important. Sound great on NFB-11.32, ODAC+E12, DragonFly v1.2 - all Sabre based, so take a hint.
They are not hard to drive, it's a matter of quality, not power.
The "good" one sounds very similar to ANV3SE (sound signature-wise), but slightly better.
This isn't easy for me to admit, as I payed 100$ for ANV3SE.
The "bad" one is a lot quieter, and sounds more like something between M2C and ANV3 (the regular one).
When comparing the "good" one with IEMs, Sennheiser IE80 (at the lowest bass setting) is the closest match both SQ-wise and sound signature-wise. Of course, the bass on M760 is a lot boomier.
Currently at 26$, it's a steal of the century (so far) - but only if you are lucky enough to get a "good" one.
I have ordered another two M760, hoping to get at least one more "good" one.
Would prefer to pay 52$ and know for sure that it will be a "good" one, but unfortunately quality control is obviously a real issue and we have to take our chances.
Here are the other ones:
Dasetn M1 review:
The M1 sounds just as good as M760, but has a different sound signature.
The mids and bass are leaner, soundstage is bigger. They are very airy, which can sometime make the song sound artificial.
Sometime female vocals can sound a bit lispy (rare).
It's less euphonic and more analytical.
The best part about M1 - both M1s sound great, no quality control issues here.
They are available in 3 colors.
At 15$, it's an even better value than M760.
Dasetn M3 review:
M3 isn't really worth talking about. It's better than your typical earbud, but isn't as good as M760/M1 or the Blox lineup.
It's way too warm. Vocals sound usually OK, but instruments are way off.
At 13$, it's just 2$ cheaper than M1 - the choice is clear.
Dasetn AP8 review:
It looks better than M3, but sounds pretty much the same. Typical earbud sound, not worth describing.
It's huge, so I couldn't put it in my ears facing the canal.
At 12$, you are better off buying six 2$ earbuds on eBay.
TinGo TG-38S review:
I found these while searching Aliexpress for headphones, and was intrigued by the "PK MX985" claim.
They have the best build quality, far superior to Blox/Dasetn models.
They are the most beautiful too, with a gorgeous silver color:
As for the sound quality, it sounds a lot like Dasetn M1 - very clear mids and highs, no sibilance.
M1 could sometime (rarely) sound lispy on female vocals, TG-38S never does.
The mids are a bit warmer than M1, but not as warm as M760.
Vocals can be very emotionally involving.
The most important improvement is in the bass - it is the tightest and punchiest bass I ever hear.
Soundstage is huge.
Basically, TG-38s reminds a lot Havi B3 Pro in an earbud form and at 1/4 the cost.
Best place to buy TG-38S is here at 16$ with free worldwide shipping:
Fedex shipping is quite cheap, can save you a few weeks.
Dasetn listed it now as well:
Tingo TG-JL1 review:
This is supposed to be TG-38S' big brother. But is it possible to improve on perfection? Probably not - but you can try to redefine it.
BLOX BE5 review:
Yuin PK1 and PK2 review:
Baldoor "EarBell" E100 review:
Ivery IS-4 review:
My current earbud ratings are
TG-38S = TG-JL1 > E100 > BE5 > PK1 > M760 > M1 >= ANV3SE > PK2 = ANV3 > IS-4 >= M2C >= KZ-OMX2 > M3 > ES10 > AP8
Or in terms everyone can understand
16$ = 31$ > 20$ > 95$ > 160$ > 26$ > 15$ >= 100$ > 80$ = 70$ > 7$ >= 50$ >= 11$ > 13$ > 6$ > 12$
M760 does have an ace up its sleeve though - it is a piano king, no other earbud/IEM does piano the way it does.
Worth buying just for the piano music.
Other users' impressions:
Danneq (M1, M760 and M3):
Chiho (M1, M760 and M3):
Netforce (M760, M1):
Mtliu (M1, M760,M3 and TG-38S):
The Dan of Steel (M760):
Edited by BenF - 7/15/14 at 2:53pm