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  1. james444

    Samsung LEVEL IN / IG900 "last resort mod"

    Disclaimer: Try this at your own risk.   Introduction: I got the Samsung IG900 for 99 euros from Amazon Germany and thought the price was a steal for a triple driver hybrid. That was BEFORE I heard them.   Quick Review: Pros: price / build / ergonomics / quality bass / good soundstage /...
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    [Review] Sennheiser IE800: Impressions, Frustration and a bunch of What-Ifs

    Introduction By some strange twist of fate, I’ve been pretty much the only head-fier who‘s owned a Sennheiser IE800 and posted impressions for over a month now. Maybe some of my less flattering posts have scared other buyers off. Or maybe limited availability is the reason why IE800...
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    [Review] The $50 Koss KDX200 - an audiophile detective story...

    Tagline Rated as "superb" by a well-known German HiFi magazine, but pretty much ignored on Head-Fi. So what's the deal with the $50 Koss KDX200?     Introduction I stumbled across the Koss KDX200 purely by chance. German HiFi magazine "STEREO" had rated these budget IEMs as "superb"...
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    Sony EX1000 Review and Impressions Thread (with comparisons to FX700, GR10 and e-Q5)

    Tagline If you want your music hard, aggressive and unforgiving, then skip the EX1000 - they're hopelessly romantic. Otherwise you may just have found your perfect IEMs.   Links Here's a link to tuahogary's YouTube Re-Unboxing video and here are his early impressions. Here's a link to...
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    [e-Q5 added] Shootout: The Ortofon e-Q7 versus 3 new Final Audio IEMs (FI-BA-A1, FI-BA-SB, FI-BA-SS)

    Update: There's a caveat to this review, because according to new information the featured Final Audio IEMs may very likely not be moving armatures. Of course this doesn't have any reflection on the descriptions of sound signatures and differences given here, but to my dismay my whole tagline...
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    James444's IEM giveaway thread (competition has ended - see post #344 and #354 for winners!)

    Ok, I'm celebrating my 6 year anniversary as a Head-Fier and decided to give away six of my IEMs to mark the occasion.     Left to right: JVC FX500, Cyclone PR2, Cyclone PR1 Pro, Atrio M5 (w/o package), ATH-CK100, ATH-CKM70   This thread will be open for about two weeks to give...
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    [Review] Impressions of the Final Audio Design FI-BA-SS versus the SM3, FX700 and e-Q7

    Tagline/Disclaimer: Don't read on or you may risk spending more money on a universal IEM than you ever imagined.   Let me start with saying thanks to takoyaki7 for his great review of the FI-BA-SS. Up to this point I had known about the FADs, but not taken them into serious consideration...
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    JVC/Victor FX700 - The Successor (early Easter Bunny brought something very nice!)

    Impressions pending...
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    FX500 foam mod works! (treble harshness improved)

    Nothing much to say, I did this foam mod with my HJE900 to soften its highs, and from what I've read folks are doing this to their Hippo VBs for the same reason. So I tried this on my FX500s today and it works exactly the same. Quote: Originally Posted by ClieOS Anyway, here is the...
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    Anything like Indigo Girls or Ella Baila Sola? (recommendations please!)

    I like Folk/Rock/Pop with two (or more) female lead vocalists. Indigo Girls or the Spanish Ella Baila Sola are good examples of what I mean. I'd love to get some listening recommendations from fellow headfiers. Thanks!
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    What is it about echo in IEMs? (I wanna know)

    Quote: Originally Posted by shigzeo I am a big dynamic earphone fan, but even with such prejudices, the IE8 fail. They are well made and come in a great over-engineered box, but their largest failing isn't the mid-bass hump (turn up the bass knob to fix a lot of it); it is the midrange...
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    Proposal for genre-profiling of headphones

    There's a lot of talk about which headphone works best with which musical style buried in the various impressions/appreciation threads. My proposal is to make this information more transparent and comparable by means of standardized polls. First we would have to agree upon a maximum of 10...
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    So how do you store them?

    Title says it all. With my ever growing inventory of IEMs this has become a pressing issue. Keeping them in the provided cases is confusing because some are too much alike. Of course the original packing would be more distinctive, but I'm looking for a solution that provides safety and quick...
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    Headphones & Lingerie

    Well, I don't want to keep this discovery from you, even though they only ship to Europe! 4satisfaction store: Headphones & Lingerie Seems like a winning combination to me, one for him, one for the missus... (On another note, I actually had to buy the woodies at half price and will...
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    Klipsch X10 story with unexpected findings

    I accidentally stumbled upon this while looking for some use for my X10s. With the IE8 as my new favourite IEM and the HP-FX500 as most welcome variation the X10s had become somewhat orphaned. They were still great IEMs and I didn't want to sell them. That's when I saw the "In-Ear's you can...
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    Anyone else with an Archos 100 or 104 willing to try this?

    I got me a brandnew Archos 104 which I like very much for it's design and excellent sound quality, but there's one strange problem bothering me: Listening in a silent surrounding and turning down the volume below 40 the stereo balance gradually shifts to the left, meaning the left channel...
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