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  1. ShakyJake

    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    I have both the Estron/EM-I/Joyplus/Timmkoo EST (c633) and the c631, and as much a fan I am of the c631, I would say that the EST is the winner. The EST tips are no good, but actually the cable is not as bad as mentioned. Very nice imaging and no sibilance for me with Whirlwind-type tips. A...
  2. ShakyJake

    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    I call that sound "organic". The Blon BL-03 and my (now broken) Toneking nine tails have that special organic sound, where you get into the music without resotting to over-analyzing what you are hearing.
  3. ShakyJake

    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    Actually, the KZ BA10 can be had for around $46 right now. It may even have been a bit cheaper earlier this week during the Ali sale. I am tempted, but I already have so many KZs and an LZ A6 mini on the way...
  4. ShakyJake

    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    That is an interesting perspective. Do you mind sharing why you prefer the BA10 over the KBear Diamond. We often think that just because a model is new and has positive reviews it outclasses "older" well-received units.
  5. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Can someone who has more electronics knowledge than I do explain what such adapter is made of. 2.5 mm balanced female to 3.5 mm male connector, Is it just cabling or are there components (resistors, ...) involved? If not, why are these so (relatively) expensive?
  6. ShakyJake

    The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

    I got my Koss Porta Pro Xs from this deal. I have to agree that this is the best $10 headphones I ever bought, although the $6 Sony MH-755's are a close seconds... The Koss look very uncomfortable but aren't. The sound is very good. I believe that this deal is still on.
  7. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Got it. Are you interested in buying one of my Zs6 V1s? if so PM me.
  8. ShakyJake

    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    I have the CNT-1, so a more balanced version (LZ Z05A) would suit me well.
  9. ShakyJake

    The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

    Dragonfly black $79 (Stereo Advantage via Amazon Prime) https://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-DragonFly-Black-Preamp-Headphone/dp/B01DP5JHHI
  10. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    It's whatever puts a smile on your face and makes you tap your toes along to (In my case "Jungleland" by Bruce Springsteen as I write this). The gear just fades in the background.
  11. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Thanks for the review. I very much appreciate the comparison (including the graphs!) with TRN V90 and Blon BL-03. All three are current favorites around here with slightly different strengths. Some have claimed that the V90 is more V-shaped than the ZSX, but your graph does not really show that.
  12. ShakyJake

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    This is why many stereo systems of the past had a "Loudness" button to emphazise the low end at lower volumes.
  13. ShakyJake

    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    I had a listen to Dvorak's Cello Concerto on my Blon BL-03. I didn't hear any "snot" in the cello :-) What I did hear was a rich, engaging sound that made me hum along. I am using TFZ XL widebore silicon tips and a balanced NiceHCK cable from my Pioneer XDP-30R.
  14. ShakyJake

    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    I lost one silver and one blue rear filter in the first week of having the Toneking 9Tail. So now my filters are tightened down with a wrench! I didn't think of using teflon tape, but that is a great idea. Enjoy your 9Tail, it is a gem.
  15. ShakyJake

    The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

    Focus Camera has the Audio-Technica ATH-CKR90iS IEMs with Mic and Control for $49 with free shipping. These retailed for around $200 a few years ago https://www.focuscamera.com/audio-technica-ath-ckr90is-sound-reality-in-ear-high-resolution-headphones-with-mic-and-control.html Relevant...
  16. ShakyJake

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    You are way off-base. That never happens LOL :-) (Just look at my signature. There are a lot of hype train departures in there)
  17. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Check out the review by @crabdog for a comparison with the T2. In short, T2 is more neutral, with less bass. ZSX is more V-shaped. https://primeaudio.org/kz-zsx-earphone-review/
  18. ShakyJake

    BQEYZ in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    I almost gave up too on finding tips that worked for me on the kc2. That's why I posted a picture of the tips that worked for me. I have no idea where they came from, and in any case, what works for me may not work for you.
  19. ShakyJake

    BQEYZ in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Great update, I do not have the BQ3, but I have the KC2 and a similar narrow (and angled) ear canal issue. I had originally dismissed my KC2 as "too light" in the low end, but last week I got it out again and started some serious tip rolling on it. Sure enough, I needed to find the right tips...
  20. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Thanks for making me aware of Crinacle's graph compare tool. It is awesome. I used the TOTL Sony IER-Z1R as the baseline, but you can, of course, use any IEM as reference. Also, for grins try the complimentary airline iems that he has in there. Thanks @crinacle!
  21. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Interesting theory about the origins of the CCA company. If we can get @KopiOkaya back out from hiding we might get closer to the real story. Somehow, he/she went into hiding/silence.
  22. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    @Slater, are you opening a new style of modding: "baking in" your IEMs? LOL
  23. ShakyJake

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Yes, you! Isn't that the first thing you do when you get a new IEM? :ksc75smile: By the way, what kind of glue/sticky substance do you use to put them back in place?
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