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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    600s fit. If 400s have a smaller diameter than 500s, and 500s a smaller diameter than 600s, then I’d be surprised if 400s would fit. I gave up trying to fit 500s because I was worried I’d damage the earphones.
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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    I’ve just tried the SpinFits. Not for very long. A couple of of songs (Pure Shores, All Saints and Harvester of Eyes, Blue Oyster Cult) on each of the pairs of SpinFits and the Symbios, going through each pair of songs a couple of times on each pair of tips in a semi random rotation (so I...
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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    Just to add another datapoint (not totally sure how useful these are, but never mind). I got a variety set of MandarinE Symbio tips (widebore, in S, M, and L sizes) yesterday. I prefer L to M for Comply tips, but, much to my surprise, very definitely prefer the M Symbios. For me (YMMV) the...
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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    Thanks anyway. I also thought the GR8Es looked gorgeous and their size was also attractive. In the end, though, I went with the FH5s as I reckoned FiiO would probably deliver great value for money (as I guess they do, given that they gave the 535s and the GR10Es a run for their money in your...
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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    I've now got the RC-MMCXB cable. It is a bit more flimsy than the single ended cable that comes with the FH5s. Swapping cables was trivially easy (I'd never done it before with MMX connectors). I am using a FiiO Q5 with the AM3A amp module. I think I hear a difference in the treble with the...
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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    Well I used to have some Shure 420s which cost about the same (as FH5s do now, i.e. a bit over £200) 8 years ago (535s were much more expensive in the UK). The 420s were horrible. Very disappointing, no sparkle (weak treble), no sense of space (little sense of instruments being separated). I had...
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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    I think you are right. If the fit is really bad then not only is there no sense of space, but also the bass response is awful. With the supplied tips I could get a reasonable seal with their medium foam tips. All the others were pretty awful. With the Complys the balance of sound across...
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    FiiO FH5 - Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors || Knowles Balanced Armature Drivers

    Just for info I found Comply 600s (Large for me) to be better (for me) than any of the supplied tips. The 600s seem to be pretty much the perfect size for fitting to the nozzles. I get a good seal (I always do that pull the ears back thing when putting in phones) and they are comfy. Again, just...
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    Auditioned Sennheiser HD-26 PRO

    My HD25-1s from 2005 were recently stolen along with the rest of my luggage and so I've just got a pair of HD-26 Pros - 4 hours ago. So very much first impressions. They do not just sound like HD-25s. I'd say much more precision, especially in the treble and a more open soundstage. Very nice so...
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    Authorized dealers in the EU besides hifi headphones?

    Quote: Originally Posted by glires BobK, you falsely assume that vendors have to pay retail prices. Nope - I'd just assumed you were talking about a personal import from a US retailer...
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    Authorized dealers in the EU besides hifi headphones?

    Let's work this out: $199 at soundearphones.com plus $25 international shipping=$224. UK import duty for headphones (TARIC 1815xxxx) is 2% plus 17.5% VAT - which has to be paid on goods and shipping costs of getting to the EU. If you convert currency at current market rate the final...
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    Big Ears?

    I've now got some Shure foam tips - just wanted to ask another quick question though. The black foam tips (PA 910 L) have a soft black 'body' but there is a tube of harder material in the middle where one would have to push through the SA6 treble port. It doesn't look as if the SA6 treble port...
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    Big Ears?

    That's brilliant - thanks for such a quick response (I thought it might just be a silly question). I'll order some large Shure black foams and see how I go... cheers, Bob
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    Big Ears?

    I'm pretty new to IEMs and now have some SA-6's which seem great to me. I wonder if I'm not getting the best out of them because I'm inserting them properly though. I got some moderately cheapo Sonys a few months ago and found I got the best sound with the biggest eartips that came with...
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