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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

      I hadn't heard about the new Monoprice planars, but that's good news.  I'll be following along for sure.  Any ETA?    Big disappointment for me has been the lack of giant-killer balanced armature IEMs.  While I love the sound of dynamic drivers for bass, the loss of isolation and wide sound...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

      And you shouldn't notice any difference.  It's unfortunate that so few members ever wander over to the sound science section of the forum.
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    Objectivists board room

    I have come here to voice my annoyance at having to try to navigate this site given the complete lack of awareness of the science of sound perception among 95% of posters here.  I am very grateful that there is a haven where we can come and complain about how frustrating it can be to deal...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

      Yeah, it's funny because I don't even think it's that close between the two.  I'm a little biased because I much prefer dynamic driver bass (especially sub-bass) and the more neutral tuning of the XE800.  It's really not that crazy when you consider that the XE800 are basically a GR07 and a...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

        The ATE has so much more bass and warmer mids that it's a tough comparison.  The XE800 are neutral.  I just got done reading Joker's review of the GR07 classic and I imagine that it would be useful for those considering the XE800.   I still prefer the ATE for music like Hip Hop or EDM...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

      I was listening to them earlier tonight and was impressed with the separation and depth of soundstage they can produce.  The housings are very comfortable.  I've been wearing them down, but may try wearing them over-ear to see if I can minimize some of the cable microphonics I'm struggling...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

      That seems to be the dice-roll with AE.  Anytime I'm tempted to order a more expensive IEM (over $100), it's the knowledge that there's no warranty or ability to correct problems that prevents me from doing it. 
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

      Interesting; I'd still argue that what you're describing seems more like a preference than an anatomical difference, though.  Maybe the person had damaged hearing?  I'm saying that if you went to an audiologist's office and asked them to do a tone test on 100 people, the differences in...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Good as the ATE sounds, I'm not a fan of the lack of isolation or ergonomics.  I'm guessing the ED9 doesn't isolate better either.  Curious whether the ZS3/ZST will be better isolating with their design. 
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    Chinese / Asian Brand Info Thread (Headphones, IEMs, Amps, DACs)

      I received the KZ ATE yesterday and with the same reduction in midbass via EQ that I apply to my UM3X, the ATE becomes the best IEM I have for Hip Hop and the closest to sounding like full sized headphones.  It's the biggest sounding IEM I've heard along with my dual dynamic TDK IE800.  The...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand Info Thread (Headphones, IEMs, Amps, DACs)

      Channel imbalance is my biggest pet peeve in all of headphone audio, without question.  I've had a bad history with it.    I just got the XE800 last week and haven't paid attention to the bass ports you mentioned.  I did have the same experience of having each side cut out on me...
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    FLC Technology FLC8 and FLC8s Impressions Thread

      I remember when this thread just started and I was surprised the hype hadn't caught on yet.  It's neat to see how interest exploded since then.  It must be scary as an entrepreneur to be waiting to see how a product will be received when the reception here is so important to it's success.  I...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    I ordered a bunch of stuff from AE on August 11th and the last package arrived yesterday. I'm in Windsor. I ordered a KZ ATE from Gearbest at the same time and am still waiting on it. I'm going to avoid Gearbest in the future and go with Ali.
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    Chinese / Asian Brand Info Thread (Headphones, IEMs, Amps, DACs)

    Got the Vivo xe800s in.  They're a little bass light, but I'm coming from bassier earphones.  Haven't tried playing with EQ to see how they respond.  I like the slightly forward midrange, which is my preferred signature.  Soundstage is a little closer than I expected, which isn't a complaint as...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    I'm a Canadian who regrets ordering a KZ ATE from Gearbest on August 11th because I'm moving at the end of september and I'm not confident they're going to be here before I depart.  Also ordered a pair of IEMs from AE at the same time.  I figured they'd arrive in thirty days, but I shouldn't...
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    REVIEW: Vivo Xplay 3S + XE800 Mobile audio perfection

    Would love to get your thoughts on the Tennmak Pro vs. the Vivo ex800 if you get the chance.  Would love to get your thoughts on the Tennmak Pro vs. the Vivo ex800 if you get the chance. 
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

      I've got the ATE's arriving in the next few weeks and am excited to try some of these value oriented Chinese IEMs.  I was around when the options were limited and really expensive, and it's amazing to see how far things have come, especially the last four or so years.  I'm curious about how...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

      I was going to suggest you order a pair of Vivo ex 800s.  I've got a pair coming and am excited to get them.  They were said to be a good deal at $50, but there's an AE seller who has them for $18 and I *think* they're genuine. 
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Well, I take back what I said about ordering the ED9s, as I'm reading that they're not great for isolation.  Hoping the ATE is better for gym use as the bastards at my gym blast their own garbage music, making it difficult to drown it out. 
  20. roy_jones

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

      Thanks for letting us know. I've been itching to order a pair, but have held back for exactly this reason.  I may order a pair of ed9s instead.  I'm big on ergonomics and liked the shell design of the ZS3. 
  21. roy_jones

    am I crazy ? ER4 VS SR009

    You are not crazy.  There are a lot of folks who would consider themselves science minded in everyday life that are exactly the opposite when it comes to audio.    Hang out in the skeptic forum if you're curious about why. 
  22. roy_jones

    FLC Technology FLC8 and FLC8s Impressions Thread

    I would be lying if I said I didn't get a kick out of some of the folks in DN2000J thread actually tearing into their earphones to modify them for sound. 
  23. roy_jones

    FLC Technology FLC8 and FLC8s Impressions Thread

    I appreciate the pics, it actually gives me optimism about the potential fit.  Thanks also to the creator who was able to explain some of the tuning characteristics of the nozzles.    I am guessing there is a pair in my future. 
  24. roy_jones

    FLC Technology FLC8 and FLC8s Impressions Thread

    Thanks nmatheis!  Another thing I was wondering is an A/B vs. the AKG K3003 with the tuning of the FLC8s as close to the K3003 as possible.  I am still trying to get a handle on how much the sound can be effectively changed.     Those pictures help a lot. 
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    FLC Technology FLC8 and FLC8s Impressions Thread

    nmatheis, thanks for your help.  I see some fellow Canadian head-fiers have had a chance to audition them via a meet.  That is great for me because I can go and check the meet thread for impressions.    I may look at close up pictures compared to the A83 and the DN2000J to try to get a visual...
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