Earbuds Discussions

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by music4mhell, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. HAL9000

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    Flat IS engaging. It reproduces timbre properly. You can feel vocals from the chest of the singer. Etc. I am using them with a Pono Player, IMHO the best DAP you can get... The ONLY DAP with zero feedback amplifiers, which is a huge thing.

    I am completely blown away! $200 for a used Pono (because nobody breaks them in properly, they sound crummy and are sold at a huge discount) and $150 for the Stardusts. Endgame sound for $350!? It's a joke...
     
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    Lol, end game ? Huh ! i thought the same after getting Chord Mojo and HD650..!
    Now i have ordered VE Runabout Portable amplifier ($358) to pair with my Mojo..

    So Chord Mojo ($600) + RA2($358) + Black Zen($358) + Cardas Interconnect($40) = ~ $1300, let see if i will reach my end game or back to Square 1 :) Wish me luck !
     
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    Well, HD650s are real good, but nowhere close to the PMx2s. I think the Chord has a tendency towards intemod vs. the Pono. The guy who designed the Pono, Charlie Hanson, is one of THE pioneers in making digital sound like analog. He started Ayre Acoustics about 20 years ago and has been making beautiful sounding gear ever since. The Schiit guys really get it, too. They weren't pioneers, like Charlie, but they knew a good thing when the heard it and figured out how to make and sell great stuff inexpensively... The new Jot is an amazing piece of gear for $500.
     
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    hello,

    number one daughter just got a pair of Auglamour RX-1 to replace the cheap Hot Topic buds she broke (she gets that from MrsForBin.)

    all in all, they don't sound too bad.:)
     
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    RX-1 is mid-centric Earbud ! It's very nice for podcasts or youtube !
     
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    hello,

    @music4mhell, or Spotify, which is her drug of choice.
     
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    Try Monk+ with Mic version only $7 .. i personally find Monk+ more fun sounding than RX-1 :) but most others feel RX-1 is better than Monk+.. !!
    Different people, different opinion !
     
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    I think I need slightly fatter foam donuts. Any recommendations?
     
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    Hiegi/ Feng foams are thicker.. you can get it from Penon.. but i personally don't like donut foams..
    You can get a Belt hold puncher and create 2 holes on the foam.. it will give almost same feeling like donut foam.. without sacrificing bass impact !
     
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    I don't quite get it. Belt hole puncher, yes. What kind of foam am I punching holes in?
     
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    Take a full foam which we use on earbuds.. but as it's full covered so we loose a bit high and low freq... So overcome this issue, we can punch small 3/4 holes on the full foam.. then it will act like a donut foam.. i will share photos later .. !!
     
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    Ahh, I see, said the blind man. Thanks!!
     
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    Definitely do let me know how that ends up sounding :) thought Zen 2 was just meh, but my amp selection for them were never all that good (Mojo + phone).
     
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    Reached my country, as it's coming through Aramex, i will get my hands on in next 2/3 days :)
    I am super excited to pair with my Chord Mojo. I hope, i made right decision this time !
     
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    cool, I missed this thread completely.
    I am in the market for some earbuds, no budget but preferrably <$200. would love some help finding a good pair! the stardusts sound very intriguing.

    so!

    I would really prefer something flat, or mid-forward, just not shouty, and absolutely no harsh sibilance. can be a little dark sounding if it has to.
    want something non-fatiguing, comfy, and has to work straight out of an iPhone SE.

    have very limited experience, but vocals really need to be good, and not harsh :)
     
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    From my experience .. i can suggest ..just buy blindly Shozy Stardust :) It ticks all your requirements ! Also it's only 16 Ohms, so no issue from Iphone ! i can;t think of anything better than right now ! It's around $165 on penon site.. i bought at @ $149 ..!!
     
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    they do seem to do that!
    I just feel so inexperienced and I feel the ones I have tried that were hyped over on the other site were just tonally off.

    can I ask if you have tried Sennheiser HD600? I can stand that in terms of brightness/harshness, but not much more than that. wondering if these are darker or more similar? flat is good, but flat seems to vary a lot.

    thank you! :)
     
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    Which other Earbuds have you tried yet ?
     
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    not really even sure what some were called... :(
    BLOX BE7 - okay but somewhat bright/peaky, uneven upper mids. a little bit of recession.
    Apple EarPods - seemed a little U shaped, not super impressive for me.
    Sennheiser MX985...? - not sure if right model number but they had some nasty peak in the midrange to my ears.
    and nothing else really memorable, they are so uncommon here.

    cheers!
     
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    Before you get into earbuds:
    1) No earbud I've heard to date can do sub bass properly. Shozy Cygnus does it somewhat decent.
    2) Comfort heavily varies with the earbud shell. Some earbuds can be painful to wear for longer.

    Start with the Shozy Cygnus for it's good bass and resolution levels. Maybe a touch too energetic treble but tolerable for me. If bass isn't that important to you then Auglamour RX1.
     

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