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post #16 of 23

I think they sound great... I did the mod and it didn't do much except making them less pretty, maybe I should do burn in

post #17 of 23

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Edited by h1a8 - 6/6/14 at 10:59am
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by jarrett View Post
 

I hate to go out of my way to write unflattering thoughts about a product, but the hype train threads need a little sense.

 

Music listened to

 

Beethoven, Symphony 6

Holst, The Planets

Ali Farka Toure

Miles Davis, Bitches Brew

Miles Davis, A Tribute to Jack Johnson

Kraftwerk, Minimum-Maximum

Wayne Shorter, The All Seeing Eye

 

Here is what I own

 

Audio Technica ATH-CKM500
ECCI PR401
Fischer Audio Silver Bullet
MEElectronics A151
MEElectronics M6P
Sony MH1C
SoundMAGIC E30
Sunrise SW-Xcape v1
TDK BA200
VSONIC GR07
VSONIC VC02
Xears XE200PRO
Zero Audio Tenore (shipping)

 

For all that I own, each IEM has a distinct quality that I can pick out, love, and makes me want to return using them.

 

Not the Pistons.

 

At $30 the build quality is a beauty - I can even use the metal clip as a tie bar - but for all my time spent at Head-Fi, build quality and appearance has never been a strong selling point.

 

I was expecting a bass oriented signature that I could live with. The Pistons are also rather V-shaped sounding.

 

Here are my impressions

 

  • bass quantity that bleeds into the mids
  • no bass quality
  • recessed mids (I gave my Sony player a bump in the 0.4 khz, which didn't help much)
  • because the bass bleeds into the mids, the Pistons sound more recessed than they should be
  • poor treble extension
  • uninvolving lacking energy
  • couldn't find that special quality to love

 

In my view, I'm a fairly objective listener. I was surprised they didn't excel with any genre I listened to and, how uninvolving they were in presentation. Overall, I'm disappointed in them. They are in no way Hi-Fi sounding. If joker were to review a pair, I believe he would score them a low 7

The midrange can be bump up by the 1khz and 2.5khz simultaneously. Try that instead of the muddy .4khz.

After trying that please compare to the ba200 for me (as I have those).

post #19 of 23

What's the difference in sound of 2.0 vs. 2.1? Which one has the better sound and why?

post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 

Same thing with different packaging. I shouldn't have said 2.1 actually. I think Xiaomi call them iF Commemorative Edition.

post #21 of 23

Pretty V-Shaped to me. I guess Piston would be good for EDM, to me, personally. 

post #22 of 23

The "IF Editions" are the best out of the Pistons money can buy.

 

This is the total bundle package!

post #23 of 23

Which mod is recommended for these IEMs and how do you go about doing that?

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