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  1. SactoMan101

    Buying portable or in-ear headphones? Seeking guidance? DON'T START A NEW THREAD. Ask for advice HERE!

    I'm right now looking for something that is the equivalent of the Klipsch Image One between US$140 and U$180 that has a built-in iPod compatible in-line controller and is efficient enough to be driven directly by the iPod's own headphone output. Any suggestions?
  2. SactoMan101

    EarPods - Apples newest entry into IEM

    I'm listening to the EarPods and frankly, I was VERY pleasantly surprised by the sound quality. It's a gigantic leap over the old Apple earbuds, and bass to midrange is actually decent for a change. And efficiency is not bad--I only needed a tad more volume level to get the same volume level I...
  3. SactoMan101

    Just got Klipsch Image s4i

    The Image S4i definitely does not need one--I love them because I can drive them to really high volume on my 3G and 4G iPod nanos just from the headphone output.
  4. SactoMan101

    UE Superfi 3 Studio

    I have this IEM and the biggest problem with them is the pretty difficult fitment of these IEM's--even the Comply T-500 foam ear tips only provide reasonable (at best) fit into my ears. Now, if I had custom ear tips, they would probably sound way better, but custom ear tips cost way too much money!
  5. SactoMan101

    After three years, time for new IEMs!

    Here's my choice:   Etymotic Research mc5 (US$79)  
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  7. SactoMan101

    Best Upgrade from Shure SE110----Ultimate Ears Super Fi 5vi Good?

    If you don't need the inline iPod/iPhone compatible controls, I'd recommend the Etymotic Research MC5 for US$80.
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  9. SactoMan101

    [My First Review] Etymotic MC3 (MC5) - Going In Deep. 56k Warning!

    Good review on the Etymotic MC3.    Question though: has anyone tried a third-party ear tip such as the Comply T-100 or Tx-100 or the Shure medium foam sleeves designed for the Shure SE-series IEM's? I have a set of Comply Tx-100 ear tips and it'll be nice if I can use them with the MC3.
  10. SactoMan101

    Do IEM'S consider as more accurate than full size headphones in general?

    In my personal opinion, NO! Full-sized headphones with their much larger drivers generally produce much more accurate bass and treble--even my old Sony MDR-V6 (which recently got a new set of earpads) still sounds way better than the vast majority of IEM's out there.
  11. SactoMan101

    Ety MC5

    Since I know the MC5 appears to be compatible with the Comply T-100 ear tips, has anyone tried the MC5 with these ear tips and tell me how it sounds? Or has anyone tried the Shure medium sleeves used for their SE-series IEM's? One thing I like about the T-100 eartips is that it forms a tight...
  12. SactoMan101

    Ety MC5

    Quote: I just checked the Comply website and if the nozzle on the MC5 is the same as the nozzle on the ER4P, then I can still use the T-100 or Tx-100 ear tips.
  13. SactoMan101

    Apple in ear (dual driver) iem, is it good?

    If you're talking the current Apple Dual-Drive In-Ear Monitor headphones, they're actually quite good--though don't expect booming bass, though. They are particularly good for listening to spoken word podcasts.
  14. SactoMan101

    Any anime series that you've been enjoying?

    Here's what I have enjoyed very lately:   Slayers Revolution and Slayers Evolution-R. Yes, Lina "overkill destruction" Inverse is back and better than ever.    Mai-Hime and Mai-Otome. Really good storytelling, though I thought Mai-Hime's ending was just a tad disappointing.   Najica...
  15. SactoMan101

    Ety MC5

    Two questions in regards to the MC5:    1) How efficient are they? Do they have decent volume when driven by an iPod nano 4G or 5G?   2) Can you use the Comply Foam T-100 or Tx-100 ear tips on the MC5?
  16. SactoMan101

    Any anime series that you've been enjoying?

    Some series (those that are available in the USA legally on DVD) I'd recommend are: ARIA (all three seasons plus OVA episode)--I like the spectacular background design and the fact the storytelling is different than what you get from most anime. It's considered by many director Junichi Sato's...
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    Since you do want to get a PlayStation 3, I'd recommend getting the 120 GB PS3 "Slim," since with built-in Wi-Fi you can easily do player updates to handle even the latest Blu-ray disc releases.
  18. SactoMan101

    Any anime series that you've been enjoying?

    One series I've started to enjoy recently is HeartCatch PreCure, the seventh series in the long-running PreCure franchise in Japan. Yes, the drawing style reminds me a LOT of Ojamajo Doremi, but beyond that the storytelling and character development has been surprisingly good. I'm definitely...
  19. SactoMan101

    Etymotic MC3/HF3 release date?

    I'm disappointed that the Etymotic mc3 headset is not yet available. I was hoping to get one by now, too.
  20. SactoMan101

    Best In Ear for a Bass Addict

    For US$100 and under, my choice for a basshead is the Klipsch S4/S4i (but replace the Klipsch-supplied ear tips with the Comply T-100 or Tx-100 ear tips). For over US$100, the Futuresonics Atrio M5 or M8 would be my choice if you want decent bass.
  21. SactoMan101

    Apple IEM - most underrated IEMs on the market

    After using the ADDIEM with the Comply T-140 eartips for about three months, here's what I think of them so far: 1) The bass is there, but don't expect it to be emphasized like you get with some IEMs (read: Klipsch Image S4 series). 2) Midrange is very clear, and in fact I'd recommend them...
  22. SactoMan101

    Best IEM w/ Mic (Under $100): NE7m vs. iP-HS5 vs. MEElec M11P vs. S4i

    My choice right now: Klipsch Image S4i, though I'd recommend replacing the Klipsch-supplied ear tips with either the Comply T-100/Tx-100 ear tips or the medium size foam "olive" ear tips Shure uses for their SE-series IEMs. If you're willing to wait, the upcoming Etymotic mc3 could be another...
  23. SactoMan101

    New high end IEM from Shure! SE535!

    I have one major concern about the new SE425 and SE535, though: do we need to use a portable headphone amp to "wake up" the sound of these IEMs? Just that right there means at minimum US$100 out the door.
  24. SactoMan101

    Ety Hf5 or Klipsch S4

    I've heard the hf5 but I have one big gripe about them: they sound almost like the Apple Dual-Drive In-Ear Monitor (ADDIEM), except with a tad more treble. And the hf5 is a lot more expensive, too. Hopefully, when the Etymotic mc3/mc5 finally arrives (hopefully in about a month or so!), it...
  25. SactoMan101

    What's so bad about Bose?

    It also depends on the Bose product, too. Some Bose products are pretty good (I've heard the CineMate II speakers connected from a TV through the digital SPDIF connection and if you place the satellite speakers almost right next to the TV, and sound is quite good). I do agree that the Bose...