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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    Yes, we're talking about the same earphone. The measured graph is obviously problematic. Not so much that they don't sound good with the stock curve, but they sound considerably better and more transparent EQ'ed. The upper bass does does not need a huge cut, but it is somewhat wide. The...
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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    I feel the sound arrived at was somewhat compromised by the packaging/design choices. There's no way that upper mid suckout and consequent spike was done as an aesthetic choice. Also the upper bass is kinda tubby, fixing that lends to much more transparency. Crinnacle dinged them pretty hard...
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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    We're talking about a DAC - it's literally verifiable scientifically how well it converts digital to analog, it really comes down to what you measure and how well you measure it to verify it. You're not supposed to tune it by ear. In the analog realm, fine, if you're into tube amps and prefer...
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    Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

    Or you could just spend $40 and get this which measures similar to the Hugo2/Qutest, punching WAAAYYYY above its price. Heck, it beats out a Benchmark DAC 3. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084YX4MZD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's just a rebranded version of the...
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    Apple AirPods Pro - Impressions

    There absolutely is no evidence that the outside vent physically passes air through the inside chamber and lack of water resistance only indicates the electronics are not sealed, nothing more. You can choose to believe what you want, but I'm fairly certain having used both units that the Sony...
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    Apple AirPods Pro - Impressions

    Source? I searched and found no reference to this, and having owned both, there is def more pressure/seal between the two. They're not rated for water resistance because they're not sealed in a way that allows it.
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    Apple AirPods Pro - Impressions

    FWIW, Airpods are vented to relieve ear pressure, so they're not really meant to naturally have passive iso.
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    Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

    @SilverEars I see that comparing this review vs. what we heard against the XM3s is pretty much on point - more evenhanded, less wooly bass (XM3 notably thick in the upper bass, possible rest due to lack of seal under test) - lower distortion - more even treble
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    E1DA DACs Discussion Thread (PDV2, 9038S, 9038D, 9038X, HiFiToy, HPToy)

    As measured by ASR, it performs a bit better than a DX200 at 110 SINAD vs. 108, so right up there for a well-engineered DAP.
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    Airpods pro

    For me there was a definite brain burn-in aspect, as I found the sound a fair bit better on the second day (only listened ~ an hour on the first day).
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    Airpods pro

    I just checked, it reports AAC.
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    Airpods pro

    I'm happy to report call quality so far is excellent w/ these, have done about 1.5 hours of meetings without a blip. Even w/ the G2 Airpods I get occasional stutters reported by my teammates so I reverted back to using a wired mic. I'll update in a couple more weeks if these are stable enough.
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    Apple AirPods Pro - Impressions

    It's probably variable per user, the adaptive control is only on in ANC mode - it apparently measures frequency response against your ear's anatomy some 200 times per second and adjusts. For me there is a clear increase in bass and a bit of a mid suckout, but on balance it sounds better as the...
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    Airpods pro

    I'm thinking the ANC doesn't work quite as well as the XM3 probably due to the vented nature. It seems to work marginally better than a good sealed IEM IMO.
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    Official Sony WF-1000XM3 Thread - Noise Cancelling True Wireless Earphones

    Interesting comments about the Airpods Pro shrill treble - I'm not noticing that after a few hours of listening, but there was a glare in the treble of the XM3s w/ ANC on (used about 20 hours before returning) that I could not quite get used to. I did not play with the EQ though.
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