New Custom-to-Universal IEMs: InEar StageDiver 2/3
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Has anyone with either the sd2 or sd3 spent any time with shures se530? If so could you give your impressions on any sonic differences?
 
I've been considering giving a pair of the sd3's a go but I'm looking for something with a bit more treble than I get with my se530's. 
 
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I held back for an age, thinking these were just the latest Head-Fi of the moment 'thing' .
I was wrong.These fit my ears sooo well and look sooo cool and sound sooo great - note lack of analysis.
You will not regret your order. ENJOY.
 
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  I held back for an age, thinking these were just the latest Head-Fi of the moment 'thing' .
I was wrong.These fit my ears sooo well and look sooo cool and sound sooo great - note lack of analysis.
You will not regret your order. ENJOY.
Thanks I think I will...from reading tons of stuff I guess the sound signature is up my noobish audiophile alley....sad thing is I ordered it from Thomann end of November and I have yet to receive it as the shipping company had shipped it around the WORLD and back to GERMANY..like What...
 
Now its finally on the way to me...hopefully...
 
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Well that's what you get for giving it the weekend to think it over.  AMP3 had one box-opened one for £311 all weekend.  Finally figured what the hell this afternoon at work, got home and it's gone.  Saved my wallet I guess.
 
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Yeh, AMP3 sell open box for a big discount. If you see it - get it - I got a lovely set of Grado GR10's heavily discounted. They were as good as new.
I'm not an employee or advocate of AMP3 - just to say, in my experience, it was a good deal.
 
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I decided to go for the SD2 after reading about SD3 bass oriented SQ. I got them a couple days ago. Fantastic build quality and they fit really well for a universal. I was apprehensive as I have smaller ears but they fit me very nicely. 
 
The sound is....different. I have only heard them for a few hours but I'm not completely taken in by the SQ. I'm bad at describing sound signatures, but they sound a little veiled. Is this because of the massive sound stage? I'm coming from UE900, I don't know if that's a factor to consider.
 
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I think so. I have a pair of SD3 and I was a few days heard them before my brain complete its burn in. They sound more like headphones, sound isn't veiled at all, but this isn´t a typical IEMs sound signature. To me, they are best IEM I had tried, better than UM3X, SM3, GR07, Tripple.fi... (and better than many headphones...) Highs are more realistic, without unnatural timbre like many of them and better extension. 
 
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+ that from me too. 'Natural' is the word to me and unusual (for earphones) in a good way. SD3's have very realistic drum reproduction (IMHO).
 
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Alas!!! My SD3 has finally arrived in my country after 2 months around the world(damn dhl international), since its a CNY holiday today, i can only get it tomorrow, stay tuned for some noobish impressions
 
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Hi guys, at last, I have the sd3 with me and been using it for the past 2 hours. First impressions later,
 

 
 
FIT: I was actually more concerned about fitment issues more than anything else when I purchased the SD3, it could be hit and miss and from seeing 2 x sd3s put on sale here in head-fi because of fitment issues didnt help at all. Luckily when I first donned the SD3 it fit like a glove, putting it on and off was a breeze. I really felt that these IEMS were tailored for my ears. (10/10)
 

Perfect!!!!
 
 
ISOLATION: My 2 kids were shouting and crying infront of me (2 feet away) didnt hear squat...lol.. (10/10)
 
BUILD: I have demo'd and held the JH13/16 pros, Vision Ears Stage3/4, Earsonics SME6, SM64, K3003etc and the Inear SD3 is by far the best build IEM I have seen. Its built like a tank and Im really confident that it can take tons of abuse. The stock cable that comes with it were really quality and plus its soft and supple too. (10/10)
 
PRESENTATION: My second concern when getting these were almost everyone were saying that it was dark. I wouldnt say Dark actually, I would say natural (a hint of warmth)...I dunno maybe its because of my DAP (IHIFI960) and AMP(Elekit TU-HP01) at high gain. But it is definitely not WARM, the HD600, SME6 and K3003 were alot warmer to my ears. I found the SD3 to be perfect and natural sounding. (9/10)
 
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ON SQ: For the past hour or so, Ive only listened to EDM albums, Infected Mushroom, Feed Me, Noisia, etc. These are my first impression:
Goodness me...OMG...and What!!!! HOW??? AMAZEBALLS!!! 
 
More impressions after a day or 2...
 

 
So far these have been a joy. It beats my HD600, in almost all audio aspects..thats right, it beats a legendary headphone...NO JOKE
 
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EDIT: I played around with it and plugged it straight to my DAP's headphone jack and also on the AMP's low gain setting and its confirmed, it became darker and a little muddier than the settings I mentioned above. Oh no biggie, I'll just use the settings mentioned..
 
For those who has the SD3, try the IHIFI960 + Elekit hybrid amp (Muses02 opamp) on high gain...its PERFECT!!! More natural than the HD600. I think what the amp does is bring the MIDS and HIGHS forward...now everything is just awesome
 
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Nice initial impressions. I must say it is only the possible fit issue that's stopping me getting a pair. 
 
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