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Coming From IEM's I'm Blown Away By The Detail, Presentation and Soundstage

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Pros: Sound Quality, Detail, Sub-Bass, Crisp Highs, Huge Soundstage, Comfort, Build Quality

Cons: 10ft Cable which I hate and that's really it

Upon getting them the first thing I noticed was the build quality, its very good as you'd expect from HiFiMan and also how comfortable they are. I had other cheaper headphones but they weren't this comfortable, I can wear these for hours no problem at all.   As for the SQ its just great and I'm quite hard to please when it comes to SQ.  Three things I look for in a good IEM is detail, good mids and a good soundstage so I was hoping the HE-400 could stack up. Now with the soundstage I knew they would be good being open-backed and man are they, very wide with excellent depth and good height along with great imaging and good separation. Now the mids are the meat of music so...
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Not bad for a 3 dynamic driver IEM

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Pros: SQ, sub-bass is amazing, detailed mids and highs, spacious soundstage

Cons: size and the fit is a bit strange at first

Not going into much detail because I've only heard from someone for a little while.   Bass and especially the sub-bass is outstanding I mean you can really feel the bass from the Kelton sub woofer.   Mids are clear and detailed and can be forward sounding at time as well, they're much better than the FXT90's mids imo.   Highs are smooth yet crisp and detailed also which gives the FXZ100 and balanced signature over all.   Presentation is very good with a spacious soundstage that's very wide and good imaging and separation as well.   I'll change the review and make it more in depth in a few weeks after I've had more time with the pair I'm...
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E11 Killer

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Pros: Build Quality, Sound Quality, Battery Life

Cons: Nothing

This Isn't going to be a long review more so just some impression on how it sounds.   First thing that jumped out at me was the clarity over the FiiO E11, the BH was clear and more transparent making the E11 to sound much darker with less detail.   The bass boost or the LF switch gives the bass on my SM3 V2 more punch but what it really adds is depth, the sub-bass is much more prominent and I hear bass lines that I never heard before with the E11.   Soundstage gets wider as well as giving better depth to my SM3 and now the imaging and separation sound perfect, I can sit there listening imagining am at the club or festival (listen to mainly EDM) as the music is...
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Very solid single BA performer

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Pros: great bass, smooth detailed mids and highs, good soundstage width and 3D presentation and good isolation

Cons: none that I can find for a $85 IEM

Accessories,   5 Sets of Tips Protective Case Airplane Adaptor Ear Tip Cleaning Tool   Build Quality / Fit,   On the build quality the X10 is very well built imo.  The housings are made of aluminium and I also think because they're so small that they'll last longer.  They have a good strain releif coming of the housing into a good splitter that has a neck clinch.  On do the cable is pretty much your standard cable that most IEM's have with the plasticy feel to them.  The jack has the gold plating with the same kind of strain relief as on the housing.  Over build quality is very good, I'd say some of the best of and IEM I've...
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One of the best

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Pros: SQ, 3D imaging, cohesive soundstage, isolation

Cons: fit could be bad for people with small ears

  Specs,   Driver - 3 drivers (3 way crossover) Frequency response: 20 Hz -18 kHz Impedance: 34 ohms Sensitivity: 122 dB/mW   Accessories,   wipes, tool, soft bag, proprietary 2 pairs or silicon tips, 2 pairs of comply tips   Build Quality / Fit   The build quality I'm guessing is much better than the first version of the SM3 because I've read they had quite a few problems with them braking but I don't see much trouble with the newer version the SM3 V2.  The housing which was one of the problem areas before feels like its make of good plastics and all the seems fit perfectly.  Now there's a removable cable and its just...
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One of the best

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Pros: SQ, 3D imaging, cohesive soundstage, isolation

Cons: fit could be bad for people with small ears

I'm not going to go into a long review on here (thats for my blog) but I have to say the SM3 V2 (which is the same thing but with a better housing and removable cable) is easily one of the best universals you can get.  From the punch bass, crisp yet never harsh highs, those wonderful forward detailed mids to the above average soundstage and the amazing 3D imaging there's nothing I can find wrong about how they sound.  I love the warm smooth mids that have as much detail in them as an IEM I've heard, even as much as the very resolving Heir 3.Ai.  The one thing that may be a problem for some would be the new housing on the V2 because it is quite large and it just fits on...
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BA200 - One of the best under $300

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Pros: Comfort, Great Mids, Smooth Highs, Good Bass & Very Spacious Soundstage

Cons: Flat Cable, Large Y-Spliter

  Price - $150 on ebay   Specs,   Drivers - Dual Balanced Armature Frequency Response - 20Hz - 20kHz Impedance - 35 ohms Sensitivity - 121 @ 1kHz Isolation - 26dB Cord Length - 52 cm (plus 75cm extension)     Build Quality / Fit,   The build quality of the BA200 is very nice.  It has the first flat cable that I like and the cable feels nice and strong.  You get an extension cable because for some reason they made the cable very short and I have no clue why because its unusable but with the extension its the perfect length imo.  The driver housing is plastic and feel strong and the Y-splitter is a tank and even...
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Uniquely Wonderful

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Pros: Great bass, large soundstage, unique detailed mids

Cons: Highs could have a bit more sparkle but that's really it

  Specs,   Housing - Stainless Steel Driver - Custom-made Balanced Armature S.P.L - 112 dB Impedance - 16 ohms Cable Length - 1.2m Weight - 16g   Accessories,   6 Sets of Tips Steel Carrying Case   Build Quality / Fit   The FAD Heaven IV like the e-Q5 is very well built imo with the stainless steel housing that looks really nice.  They have a flat tangle free cable not unlike Beats that also gives them a nice look, really these are one of the nicest looking IEM's I've had a chance to use.  They have a L shaped plug with the standard gold plated jack.  I've had them get caught and pulled out of my...
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My favorite IEM under $300

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Pros: sound, build & comfort

Cons: non

  Specs,   Driver - (Moving) Balanced Armature Impedance - 40 ohms Frequency Response - 10 Hz to 20 kHz Sensitivity - 118dB at 1 kHz Cable - 4N OFC Max Rated Imput Power - 5mW   Build Quality & Fit,   I have to say these have the best build quality I've had in an IEM.  The housing is beautifully crafted out of aluminium with a very nice silver finish.  You would have to really work hard the brake or damage them though I can see them getting scratched but not very easily.  The cable coming out of the housing has no strain relief but I don't see that being a problem at all and they have a red ring to indicate right and black...
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One of the best bang for buck IEM's I've heard

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Pros: very detailed, smooth, large soundstage, comfortable fit, good isolation

Cons: not a lot of accessories

  Specs   Price - $119.99 Driver Unit - Knowles TWFK dual BA Impedance - 31ohms, 110dB @ 1kHz Frequency Response - 20Hz - 20kHz   Accessories - Now they don't have one of the most accessory packed sets really its quite small.  You get 3 sets of S,M,L tips which might present some people to have fit issues but for me the stocks ones that were on them work great.  You also get a nice little round case and a airline adapter, so theres not much to talk about here.     Build Quality - I think the build quality is pretty good for a small company.  The IEM housing seem built well and the rubber thats...
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