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Mar 16, 2017 at 3:56 PM Post #6,886 of 33,414

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Shouts out to you sir. My AS800AP showed up today. They have a more controller and less exaggerated sound. They can be pushed way harder with EQ than the XB50AP and still be clear across the whole spectrum. Bass feels a lot tighter on AS800AP.
 
By comparison it doesn't have mind blowingly potent sub bass directly off non-EQ/non amped sources, like my ps4 controller which is definitely not as overwhelming of a bass sound as the XB50AP which is simply an insane bass cannon without EQ or amp.
 
I couldn't figure out how to wear those ear hooks right so i'm just using them with tips on. But for $15 I am very very impressed! These will stay on my PS4 controller for sure. Might even get a second set at this price, they are honestly very killer at this price for the overall SQ you get. So thanks for tipping me off to these. I am very happy with my two cheap Sonys !
 
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Shouts out to you sir. My AS800AP showed up today. They have a more controller and less exaggerated sound. They can be pushed way harder with EQ than the XB50AP and still be clear across the whole spectrum. Bass feels a lot tighter on AS800AP.


 


By comparison it doesn't have mind blowingly potent sub bass directly off non-EQ/non amped sources, like my ps4 controller which is definitely not as overwhelming of a bass sound as the XB50AP which is simply an insane bass cannon without EQ or amp.


 


I couldn't figure out how to wear those ear hooks right so i'm just using them with tips on. But for $15 I am very very impressed! These will stay on my PS4 controller for sure. Might even get a second set at this price, they are honestly very killer at this price for the overall SQ you get. So thanks for tipping me off to these. I am very happy with my two cheap Sonys !

 


Get the XB510AS :)
http://www.sony.com/electronics/in-ear-headphones/mdr-xb510as

Then you can compare all of them.
 
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  Shouts out to you sir. My AS800AP showed up today. They have a more controller and less exaggerated sound. They can be pushed way harder with EQ than the XB50AP and still be clear across the whole spectrum. Bass feels a lot tighter on AS800AP.
   
  By comparison it doesn't have mind blowingly potent sub bass directly off non-EQ/non amped sources, like my ps4 controller which is definitely not as overwhelming of a bass sound as the XB50AP which is simply an insane bass cannon without EQ or amp.
   
  I couldn't figure out how to wear those ear hooks right so i'm just using them with tips on. But for $15 I am very very impressed! These will stay on my PS4 controller for sure. Might even get a second set at this price, they are honestly very killer at this price for the overall SQ you get. So thanks for tipping me off to these. I am very happy with my two cheap Sonys !

 


Get the XB510AS
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http://www.sony.com/electronics/in-ear-headphones/mdr-xb510as

Then you can compare all of them.

Tempted, but I know they won't be as good as my XB90EX 
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  I have to say this filter thing doesn't appeal to me, I'd rather have a pair of earphones that fairly accurately replay the recording without having to tinker.
 
It would be an interesting experience initially but beyond that I think I'd settle for a sound a stick with it.


i'm generally in accord--i recently got some trinity sabres for gifting and (as much as i appreciate how much they pack in the box) both their recipient and i were overwhelmed--there were ten different filters in addition to three cables and innumerable tips. the filters aren't just a gimmick--they do tailor the sound--but unless i was in solitary or stranded on a desert island i couldn't see having the  patience to actually wade thru all the permutations.
 
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  I have to say this filter thing doesn't appeal to me, I'd rather have a pair of earphones that fairly accurately replay the recording without having to tinker.
 
It would be an interesting experience initially but beyond that I think I'd settle for a sound a stick with it.

I agree. I find that I really enjoy IEMs of a couple different tuning types, but I rarely enjoy an IEM that has filters. Ones that I found underwhelming for the price:
 
-Finder X1 ($200)
-RHA T20 ($200)
-Gemini HD ($128)
-Phantom Master 4 ($200)
 
These are all pretty expensive and really don't do any one sound signature very well. This is, of course, my opinion. I do stand by it. My favorite IEMs overall:
 
Upper-mid-fi:
-Rose Cappucinno Mk. II (Bass Cannon, $355)
-Chord&Major 01'16 (Mid-centric/dark, $300)
-Heir Audio 4Ai S (Upper-mids centric/bright, $400)
 
Budget-fi:
-Macaw GT100s (Treble-cannon, $55)
-Thinksound MS02 (Warm, $80)
-Auglamor R8 (V-shaped, $30)
 
I skipped over a lot of the budget-fi that passes through this thread, so that's why my favorites are so... eclectic. 
 
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i'm generally in accord--i recently got some trinity sabres for gifting and (as much as i appreciate how much they pack in the box) both their recipient and i were overwhelmed--there were ten different filters in addition to three cables and innumerable tips. the filters aren't just a gimmick--they do tailor the sound--but unless i was in solitary or stranded on a desert island i couldn't see having the  patience to actually wade thru all the permutations.

Wow you gift well. My birthday is in September!!!!!
 
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What is the best >100$ Chinese IEM with a neutral sound signature?




I wanted to get the Magaosi K3 Pro but the frequency response is rather v-shaped. I've had too much experience with v-shaped IEMs and headphones to know that I don't like them.


You probably won't like a neutral signature as much as you would think. The Advanced Sound M4 is actually quite good and rather neutral at around $40.

I have a pair of supposedly quite balanced and highly touted earphones on the way the MEE Audio Pinnacle P1 although they are just barely under $200.

Will let you know impressions when I get them Monday. Currently they are rated #2 on head fis universal list. Right behind the Senn. IE8 which I can assure you isn't neutral.:smiling_imp:

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You probably won't like a neutral signature as much as you would think. The Advanced Sound M4 is actually quite good and rather neutral at around $40.

I have a pair of supposedly quite balanced and highly touted earphones on the way the MEE Audio Pinnacle P1 although they are just barely under $200.

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Thanks, I own several balanced headphones and like them a lot (notably the HD600)
 
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What is the best >100$ Chinese IEM with a neutral sound signature?

I wanted to get the Magaosi K3 Pro but the frequency response is rather v-shaped. I've had too much experience with v-shaped IEMs and headphones to know that I don't like them.


Maybe the Moni One
 
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Justin, the Moni one is really good but on some material it can be piercingly bright. I wouldn't exactly call it neutral.

JMHO

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Shouts out to you sir. My AS800AP showed up today. They have a more controller and less exaggerated sound. They can be pushed way harder with EQ than the XB50AP and still be clear across the whole spectrum. Bass feels a lot tighter on AS800AP.
 
By comparison it doesn't have mind blowingly potent sub bass directly off non-EQ/non amped sources, like my ps4 controller which is definitely not as overwhelming of a bass sound as the XB50AP which is simply an insane bass cannon without EQ or amp.
 
I couldn't figure out how to wear those ear hooks right so i'm just using them with tips on. But for $15 I am very very impressed! These will stay on my PS4 controller for sure. Might even get a second set at this price, they are honestly very killer at this price for the overall SQ you get. So thanks for tipping me off to these. I am very happy with my two cheap Sonys !

 
Glad you're having fun with them! Regarding the ear tips, I just toss on the smallest size then either twist the earphone into position so they slot in to the top of your antihelix, or fold them down, insert, and let them pop up into the antihelix. But, yeah, you don't need them really. They don't add anything, or take away for that matter, to the sound.
 
Keep in mind that they're also waterproof, so you can take them through all sorts of crazy @#$% and they should hold up just fine. A nice little bonus imo :D It's a killer iem.
 
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What is the best >100$ Chinese IEM with a neutral sound signature?

I wanted to get the Magaosi K3 Pro but the frequency response is rather v-shaped. I've had too much experience with v-shaped IEMs and headphones to know that I don't like them.


As mentioned by someone else yesterday, Hifiman RE-Zero and VE Duke, though I have no experience in either.

I'm still looking for netural Chi-fi in the 200-325 USD range that can reproduce more realistically than SE535.
 
Mar 16, 2017 at 9:45 PM Post #6,900 of 33,414

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  What is the best >100$ Chinese IEM with a neutral sound signature?
 
I wanted to get the Magaosi K3 Pro but the frequency response is rather v-shaped. I've had too much experience with v-shaped IEMs and headphones to know that I don't like them.

I think in the previous pages, some people were recommending the vivo xe800 saying it was neutral if i recall correctly. Or the Hifiman Re00 will also swing by on massdrop from time to time for 35usd. 
 

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