Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?
Jun 25, 2022 at 11:35 AM Post #46,321 of 50,794

Juturna

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For $190-200 the MTW3 seems like a really good value, but I'll be damned if I don't think they sounded very average when I've tried them out. I've been so close to buying them for the discounted price... But then I remember that I've heard them.
I don't know if I'm literally going crazy but I really enjoyed the MTW2 even though it wasn't perfect, but the MTW3 left me surprised with how poor I found the audio quality/tuning to be, even messing with the EQ in the app. Sure, Wavelet could probably improve them a lot... But eh.

Not sure what everybody else is hearing that I'm not hearing.
 
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Jun 25, 2022 at 1:02 PM Post #46,322 of 50,794

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E5A or E5B? I got the B here that just came out, new 7s enroute from our Amazon friends in Japan. I really didn't like the E5As. I think back when I had them, Amazon US accidentally sent me a case of them (no lie). I was the good customer who sent them back and kept one.
I got the TW-E5B a while back from Japan.
 
Jun 25, 2022 at 3:39 PM Post #46,324 of 50,794

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A couple of very early first EX impressions:

Positive:

- Beautiful case and nice build quality
- Very comfortable
- Secure fit (have only tried the silicone tips so far)
- Significantly louder than the EQ
- Very enjoyable sound (with ANC on)
- Responsive touch controls
- Multipoint Bluetooth out of the box
- Extended three years warranty - very nice and welcome for the high price point.
- Connection so far has been stable.
- IP57 rating, still fairly rare for many TWS.
- Seemingly frequent firmware updates so far

Neutral:

- Average ANC, I can already tell.
- Transparency mode isn't very strong either (but at least doesn't have white noise)
- OK app. Pretty much the same features as the EQ had.
- A tiny bit shouty on high volumes? Not sure yet...

Negative:

- Unfortunately no customizable touch controls
- Sound in ANC mode is significantly bassier than in "neutral" mode. Seems a bit flat and lifeless in neutral mode as a first impression.
- In single bud mode, the right bud can only skip tracks forward and the left one only backwards.
- No volume control in single bud mode as well as no transparency mode.


Cannot say anything about battery life or call quality yet.

I do like them so far. As expected though, not sure if they are necessarily worth 399, especially in comparison to the MTW3 I paid half the price for but time will tell. They are definitely way more comfortable than the EQ and thankfully so much louder, too.
 
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Jun 25, 2022 at 4:07 PM Post #46,325 of 50,794

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A couple of very early first EX impressions:

Positive:

- Beautiful case and nice build quality
- Very comfortable
- Secure fit (have only tried the silicone tips so far)
- Significantly louder than the EQ
- Very enjoyable sound (with ANC on)
- Responsive touch controls
- Multipoint Bluetooth out of the box
- Extended three years warranty - very nice and welcome for the high price point.
- Connection so far has been stable.
- Seemingly frequent firmware updates so far

Neutral:

- Average ANC, I can already tell.
- Transparency mode isn't very strong either (but at least doesn't have white noise)
- OK app. Pretty much the same features as the EQ had.
- A tiny bit shouty on high volumes? Not sure yet...

Negative:

- Unfortunately no customizable touch controls
- Sound in ANC mode is significantly bassier than in "neutral" mode. Seems a bit flat and lifeless in neutral mode as a first impression.
- In single bud mode, the right bud can only skip tracks forward and the left one only backwards.
- No volume control in single bud mode as well as no transparency mode.


Cannot say anything about battery life or call quality yet.

I do like them so far. As expected though, not sure if they are necessarily worth 399, especially in comparison to the MTW3 I paid half the price for but time will tell. They are definitely way more comfortable than the EQ and thankfully so much louder, too.
You forgot waterproof in your pros. I agree completely with all that you noted.
 
Jun 25, 2022 at 4:10 PM Post #46,326 of 50,794

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You forgot waterproof in your pros. I agree completely with all that you noted.
True, wanted to add that but forgot. That IP57 rating is nice indeed!
 
Jun 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM Post #46,327 of 50,794

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MTW3 in graphite discounted to 190€ at Amazon.de.
Darn, I wish I had seen that a tad earlier, just saw it for 210 (black) and 209.90 for graphite ... and wanted to spill the beans here only to find out that I could have saved another 20€ ... darn this hobby!
At least I can return if I do not like :D
 
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I'm still really enjoying the Linkbuds S, great comfort/fit, pretty good SQ and amazing Anc/ambient mode.

But....it's incredibly annoying that you can't fully customize the touch controls...Almost a deal breaker for me personally.

Why can't Sony and other major OEMs give us that simple option -_-
 
Jun 25, 2022 at 8:39 PM Post #46,329 of 50,794

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Weird, I can't find any Life Note 3 on my amazon ... either just 'Note' or the 'Note 3S', which actually intrigues me for it's semi open design ... too bad amazon also claims at one point they have ANC (which they have not) .. dreams crushed ...

But I keep checking reviews and look who I found :)
cover blown!
 
Jun 25, 2022 at 11:09 PM Post #46,330 of 50,794

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Amazon just dropped off these new Philips TAT8506 and I'm actually surprised they don't stink. Didn't think Philips could make a good sounding headphone. Well, I'm wrong. These sound good and ANC is very good at home. Even blocks out Paw Patrol... sigh...
Whelp, they're going back. Sound is great but the fit for ME is awful. If you move around too much they just don't stay in well. That and the tap control functions are not user intuitive at all. Too many steps to do anything. Hasta la vista, Philips. You won't be back.
 
Jun 26, 2022 at 6:59 AM Post #46,331 of 50,794

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A couple of very early first EX impressions:

Positive:

- Beautiful case and nice build quality
- Very comfortable
- Secure fit (have only tried the silicone tips so far)
- Significantly louder than the EQ
- Very enjoyable sound (with ANC on)
- Responsive touch controls
- Multipoint Bluetooth out of the box
- Extended three years warranty - very nice and welcome for the high price point.
- Connection so far has been stable.
- IP57 rating, still fairly rare for many TWS.
- Seemingly frequent firmware updates so far

Neutral:

- Average ANC, I can already tell.
- Transparency mode isn't very strong either (but at least doesn't have white noise)
- OK app. Pretty much the same features as the EQ had.
- A tiny bit shouty on high volumes? Not sure yet...

Negative:

- Unfortunately no customizable touch controls
- Sound in ANC mode is significantly bassier than in "neutral" mode. Seems a bit flat and lifeless in neutral mode as a first impression.
- In single bud mode, the right bud can only skip tracks forward and the left one only backwards.
- No volume control in single bud mode as well as no transparency mode.


Cannot say anything about battery life or call quality yet.

I do like them so far. As expected though, not sure if they are necessarily worth 399, especially in comparison to the MTW3 I paid half the price for but time will tell. They are definitely way more comfortable than the EQ and thankfully so much louder, too.
I agree with your Positives, and all Neutrals(except shoutiness, don't hear that), and yes the biggest Negative can't customize the controls, if you could customize, the "right bud" could be used to control what features you wanted.

Have you tried to create a custom sound while in Neutral mode?

Battery life, I have seen better and worse, depends on ANC and volume. Call quality is great or so I have been told.

Curious, what tips did you settle with?
 
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Jun 26, 2022 at 10:10 AM Post #46,333 of 50,794

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Has anyone tried these yet?

https://us.soundcore.com/products/a3961011

I've been looking for a decent pair of TWS earbuds with a ear-hook for a while now, but there aren't many options out there.
There are the powerbeats pro from apple, Endurance peak from jbl, something from skull candy, and the rest are pretty much all cheap chinese brands.
People are not that convinced yet so the place to check is Youtube. They have been sending them out and reviews are stacking up.
 
Jun 26, 2022 at 12:30 PM Post #46,334 of 50,794

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Has anyone tried these yet?

https://us.soundcore.com/products/a3961011

I've been looking for a decent pair of TWS earbuds with a ear-hook for a while now, but there aren't many options out there.
There are the powerbeats pro from apple, Endurance peak from jbl, something from skull candy, and the rest are pretty much all cheap chinese brands.
If you want the best earhook style TWS get the Shure TW2 and you will be also using the adapters alone once you realize how good the SQ is with better IEMs. I’m really satisfied with the Shure adapters.
 
Jun 26, 2022 at 1:01 PM Post #46,335 of 50,794

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If you want the best earhook style TWS get the Shure TW2 and you will be also using the adapters alone once you realize how good the SQ is with better IEMs. I’m really satisfied with the Shure adapters.
I find them a better fit as well. I have started using them with my IE600s and likely won’t switch back to the FIIO adapter.
 

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