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  1. james444

    Ortofon e-Q8 Impressions Thread (new 2014 successor of the e-Q7 / e-Q5)

    First of all, my apology to anyone who came here expecting a full review of these. Sadly I don't have the time for extensive writeups these days.   But I still think it's worth making a new thread for impressions of the e-Q8 and I'll start it with the ones I posted in the e-Q5 thread (and the...
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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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    Field test: JVC FX700, Radius DDM and FAD 1601 + Active Noise Cancelling = better isolation?

    As an owner of several IEMs with great sound quality but weak isolation I've been pondering this question for quite some time: would it be possible to use something like the Final Audio 1601 on the move with active noise cancelling headphones on top? Needless to say my inquiring mind wouldn't...
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    JVC/Victor FX700 - The Successor (early Easter Bunny brought something very nice!)

    Impressions pending...
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    Impressions of the Ortofon e-Q7 versus the IE8, CK100, SE530, FX500 and X10 (plus CK10 discussion from post #120)

    Tagline: The Ortofon e-Q7 are expensive and only available from Japan. Are they worth the effort? A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this thread and was instantly hooked by the elegant and straightforward design of these IEMs. I kept waiting for a full review to appear until I realized at last...
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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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    What would you do, if ...

    Imagine yourself in the possession of a budget IEM of questionable origin and precarious build quality that sound like a muddy mess. On the verge of dumping them you decide to give them one last chance, only to find out that properly EQed they can keep up with the likes of the FX500 and IE8. You...
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    How to improve isolation of Soft Tips by "stuffing" them with foamies

    This is short tutorial by request of Mr Pink. Quote: Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 James I know you make a insert about the foam underneath, but you show us how you set this up? And does it work for all sizes of the foams and tips? And is it pretty secure? pink This is an...
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