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bait oven
bait oven
Amazing review, i don't think i've seen a better one on headfi! If only all headfi reviews was as thorough, well researched, and objective as yours.
yuriv
yuriv
Thanks! I’m glad you found my post useful. I decided to share my notes after one year of experience with the MH755. So, I’m sorry for the length. I cut some stuff out and it’s still too long, Lol.
bait oven
bait oven
It may be long but i reckon everything was relevant and probably as succinct as it could get. Glad you're shedding some light on some dirt cheap hidden gems. All Midfi to hifi gear reviews should be this rigorous considering how much of a big decision it is for consumers to trust these reviews and shell out hundreds or even thousands to buy them.
gazzington
gazzington
I love the sound on this iem. Are there any other iems with a similar sound?
yuriv
yuriv
oluv
oluv
Moondrop Crescent, Aria and Kanas Pro sound similar but still somehow the MH1 remains one of the smoothest sounding if not the drawbacks. As a cheaper solution you can also check the Samsung S8 bundle (Samsung earphone tuned by AKG), I got mine for around 15€, sounds very nice too, not as nice as the Sony but still great compared to most of the overpriced and overhyped junk. Just beware of fake units, I have 3 and only 1 seems genuine, 1 is even playing out of phase somehow.
yuriv
yuriv
That Samsung EO-IG955BSEGUS looks good. The two measurements that I found online suggest that AKG is finally using the Harman research results:

https://www.0db.co.kr/xe/REVIEW_0DB/35906

https://m.blog.naver.com/gre_nada/220971913782

As you mentioned, there are lots of fakes. Amazon has at least four sellers who have it around 10-11 USD. They have hundreds of negative reviews, many of them complaining of fakes. The situation at eBay looks even worse...
yuriv
yuriv
... The one reliable seller is Amazon itself, with “ships from and sold by Amazon”. Disappointingly, they have it at 47 USD and there are still many negative reviews! It’s the same story as the Sony MH750/MH755, except it looks like your chance of getting a real one is worse unless you want to pay a lot more money. Lol. At this point you might as well order the Moondrop Crescent at 30 USD and wait for the shipping.
bait oven
bait oven
Any iem that follows the Harman curve closely overall should sound like the mh750/755. I think all of Moondrop iem's are tuned to Harman curve. Getting a moondrop iem is probably the safest way to go as the cheap Sony and AKG iem's mentioned above are infested with fakes.

Damn the last place i'd expect to see Oluv is on Head-fi lmao. Is that really you Clavinetjunkie?
oluv
oluv
yes it's me, although I haven't been active for years, it's just yuriv's outstanding review here that made me jump in again, as I share all of his findings regarding the MH750, MH1 by 100%.
I also ordered a Quadbeat 3 based on his recomenndation, but the one I got must also be some fake, it has no bass at all and very harsh 5khz region, sounds just off. Would have liked to hear a genuine one.
yuriv
yuriv
@bait oven: After searching for recent posts on the MH755, it seems a pattern has emerged regarding fakes:

MH750: lots of fakes
Black MH755: lots of fakes
Orange/Turquoise+White MH755: 0 fakes so far

Success rate for the white versions is high. I would have known about this sooner if I lurked more. But I usually avoid the equipment forums (except Sound Science) because they make me want to buy stuff I don’t need. Lol. I made an exception for one Moondrop model, but the shipment is taking long.
yuriv
yuriv
@oluv Aha! You’ve been here since 2004, but now you’re busy with YouTube. I checked out your neato channel, and it looks like some of these IEMs are getting you upset. Lol. I’ve had my share of buying the latest FotM only to be disappointed. I’m done with that for a while. Instead, I’ve been focusing on modding some really cheap headphones and IEMs. That’s one approach…
yuriv
yuriv
BTW, It’s unfortunate to hear that the QB3 is now also harder to get because of fakes. Its frequency response is close, but it doesn’t hide the ear canal resonance as well as the Sony MH series. Clarityfidelity has comparisons between the AKG-tuned and standard models.

Another approach might be right up your alley. You already review Bluetooth speakers and wired IEMs. How about more Bluetooth IEMs? ...
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yuriv
yuriv
Some of them have built-in system-wide EQ. For example, the old Jaybird Freedom and X3 both have v-shaped default FR to make them more suitable for a noisy gym environment. They don’t sound all that good in quiet surroundings.

But they have a fully parametric equalizer. The included foam tips (or Comply Sport pro for Jaybird) damp the ear canal resonance, smoothing the treble and making them easier to EQ. You can get them very close to the Harman IE target with the right EQ parameters…
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yuriv
yuriv
The problem is that the horizontal and vertical axes on the EQ control app are poorly labeled. The average person will have much difficulty dialing in optimal settings. If you’re really getting an IEC 60318-4 clone coupler, you can play white noise while tweaking the EQ in real time until it’s close to the target. I’ve done this for the Freedom F5 and X3, and I think they sound very good with AAC. The resulting preset can be published online within the app, so you can share them with everyone…
yuriv
yuriv
I’ve asked rtings.com to do this because they were recommending the IEMs last year. They said that they were thinking about doing it in the future. They have yet to do this. The Jabra Elite 65t is another one with custom EQ. It has a better default frequency response than the Jaybirds, but a worse EQ (5 band graphic EQ instead of fully parametric). I wrote about it in my review here.

Eh, I hate the character limit for these messages.
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oluv
oluv
great idea about the Jaybirds. I was simply hesitant ordering any new ones based on others' recommendations, as all of them were just crap. The cheap Tribit X1 is nice with the right tips, but way too bassheavy, I use smaller tips to get a worse seal this tames bass a little. But I will check out the Jaybirds, is there a single model that you would recommend most? the X3 is a bit older now. We could also chat once through email if you like, you can find mine in my Youtube profile
yuriv
yuriv
@oluv Lol. Soon after I typed my reply, up comes your review of the Nuraphones. Too bad they're horrible. I sent you an e-mail message because the character limit here is frustrating. Another option is PM to here.
oluv
oluv
Hi Yuri, sorry I just discovered your email within my spam-folder, not sure why it landed there. I will read it now and let's continue our discussion over there...
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