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post #166 of 1415
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You are not alone in preferring jh13 over roxanne smily_headphones1.gif totally understand the weird feeling to prefer the cheaper model in this hobby!

As for ak240 vs hugo, a key consideration is whether you will use it on the go. I picked ak240 as I need it portable and pocketable. Personally I cannot even tolerate a ipod+amp stack so Hugo with a thick coaxial or optical cable with a source is ergonomically impossible for my use.

kkcc! Totally agree with you! My thoughts exactly! Really when I considered everything I realised what I wanted was the best sound quality possible in the most convenient, and mobile, package possible! Kind of bummed because it means I probably won't spend anymore time considering what sort of amps I could use - ;) - but ultimately the best solution! Feels kind of good to have got there!  

post #167 of 1415
@designmaniac

If you're lucky, you could ask a few singaporeans if they could lend you their tralucent 1p2. I demoed one by meeting w it's owner. Also, do remember in SG there is K10, mentor, se846 etc, be sure to check local stores to see which place is best to go. Btw you can demo NT6 at null audio.
post #168 of 1415
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A bit of OT while I wait for cables and adaptors: I prefer the UERMs to the Roxannes, because of the FR mainly, but the Roxannes have the advantage with the parallel drivers that they have a tonne of headroom for all those rock musicians who need to go loud without distortion since their hearing is shot. I don't listen loud so it is not an issue for me.

post #169 of 1415
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A bit of OT while I wait for cables and adaptors: I prefer the UERMs to the Roxannes, because of the FR mainly, but the Roxannes have the advantage with the parallel drivers that they have a tonne of headroom for all those rock musicians who need to go loud without distortion since their hearing is shot. I don't listen loud so it is not an issue for me.

 

The UERM and K3003 are the most wholesome IEMs I've heard, even though the UERM doesn't quite have the sub-bass I want.

 

I think you'd like the K3003 if you sat down with it.

post #170 of 1415
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

A bit of OT while I wait for cables and adaptors: I prefer the UERMs to the Roxannes, because of the FR mainly, but the Roxannes have the advantage with the parallel drivers that they have a tonne of headroom for all those rock musicians who need to go loud without distortion since their hearing is shot. I don't listen loud so it is not an issue for me.

 

The UERM and K3003 are the most wholesome IEMs I've heard, even though the UERM doesn't quite have the sub-bass I want.

 

I think you'd like the K3003 if you sat down with it.

 

I tried a friend's K3003 and I didn't like the harshness in the treble, but otherwise I liked the overall FR. If he still has it, next time I meet him I'll try it again in case it was just the drivers needing time to settle.

post #171 of 1415
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I tried a friend's K3003 and I didn't like the harshness in the treble, but otherwise I liked the overall FR. If he still has it, next time I meet him I'll try it again in case it was just the drivers needing time to settle.

 

Gotcha. Maybe it was just fit, but I found the UERM to have a more noticeable treble spike than the K3K. Try out ortofon tips next time if you can.

post #172 of 1415
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Gotcha. Maybe it was just fit, but I found the UERM to have a more noticeable treble spike than the K3K. Try out ortofon tips next time if you can.


Were you using a custom UERM or the universal demo? I'm pretty amazed at the difference after receiving the customs a few weeks ago.

post #173 of 1415

Hopefully the Calyx M will be added to this thread soon...regarding the X5, has anybody used a particularly warm set of iems or headphones with it and found the highs/upper mids 'harsh' at all?

post #174 of 1415
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

A bit of OT while I wait for cables and adaptors: I prefer the UERMs to the Roxannes, because of the FR mainly, but the Roxannes have the advantage with the parallel drivers that they have a tonne of headroom for all those rock musicians who need to go loud without distortion since their hearing is shot. I don't listen loud so it is not an issue for me.

FR = Frequency ?

post #175 of 1415
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

A bit of OT while I wait for cables and adaptors: I prefer the UERMs to the Roxannes, because of the FR mainly, but the Roxannes have the advantage with the parallel drivers that they have a tonne of headroom for all those rock musicians who need to go loud without distortion since their hearing is shot. I don't listen loud so it is not an issue for me.

FR = Frequency ?

 

Yup, Freqency Response. I'm being lazy.

post #176 of 1415
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 

Hopefully the Calyx M will be added to this thread soon...regarding the X5, has anybody used a particularly warm set of iems or headphones with it and found the highs/upper mids 'harsh' at all?


Hi there

 

I have just got the X5,  upgraded from ipod classic 160Gb 7th Gen + E17 stacked (ALAC files - apple lossless).   It's a step up without doubt.  I am just using the X5 alone with some FLAC files for now..   I have IE80s connected to it with Comply TX Foam Tips.    It is not at all harsh in uppers.  The sound is absolutely full.  Full Range compared to what I was using (iPod + E17).

 

Love it.

 

I borrowed a friends set of AKG3003s and using them on my ipod+E17 I found them slightly bright (I used to have a pair of 701s and moved them on because they were too fatiguing and moved to a set of HD650s which I prefer).     That said..............    I think the AKG3003s would be an ideal match to the X5 because of the extra sub bass in the X5 compared to the E17...   I am trying to get hold of the set I borrowed before to re-evaluate...  if so,  I will purchase a pair.  The IE80s seem to lack the clarity and texture of the AKGs and if the brightness isn't there with the X5 I will be very happy....

 

I haven't tried the IE800s yet,  maybe they are a better middle ground for me should the AKGs still be too bright..

 

One question,  should I look to stack an Amp/Dac with the X5....?   I went for the X5 as it was all in one,  not sure what others do..  Any suggestions would be appreciated (as in 'yes stack it' and 'stack it with X Amp/Dac')

 

John

post #177 of 1415
Thread Starter 

I feel the X5 isn't so great with high-impedance headphones -- it doesn't seem to be able to deliver sufficient voltage swing to get a wide soundstage with my HD-800s, for example. In that case adding an amp would help. With IEMs I don't bother.

post #178 of 1415
Hi @Currawong! Will you also put the dx90 go head to head with this DAPs? Really interested on the HM901 vs dx90 match..
post #179 of 1415
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Hi @Currawong! Will you also put the dx90 go head to head with this DAPs? Really interested on the HM901 vs dx90 match..

 

I wont have time to because I need to give the Sony and Hifiman back to Sean at the Tokyo festival in a week. Maybe in the future against the X5.

post #180 of 1415
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I wont have time to because I need to give the Sony and Hifiman back to Sean at the Tokyo festival in a week. Maybe in the future against the X5.

That's ok.. Just really want to know your thoughts about the two DAPs. Will wait for more of your findings about the HM-901.,

Cheers!
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