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Old 02-12-2005, 06:27 PM   #16
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doubt so, unless you're a friggin dirty bugger. in which case, EW!

anyway, 2 mths on, with my dedicated usage of up to 3 hrs everyday, walking everyday in sun, rain, and sweat, it still looks brand new.
but i tends to sweat often leh...the white apple stock earphones and the creative 1 i use it for like 1 month and it is dirty liao.
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:39 PM   #17
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iPod and any other players in the market will go well with any earphones in the line up. Maybe a 4G ipod with weaker bass output will be better with a EP630. If yours is a ipod shuffle, no problems, they can even drive headphones like HD485 and MS1 with good results.
hmm..i using the 4g ipod wid colour screen..mayb i try wid the cresyn..
onli red colour for tis?
the driver is oso 9mm ah?den i can use sony sleeves..
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Old 03-12-2005, 08:40 PM   #18
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i just got my HJE-50 today and i must say that i'm kinda disappointed in the bass produced. even if i plug it into my speakers at home, the bass is still not too good. is it because its new?

and also the voice of the singer tend to be really sharp if the volume is too loud.

btw, i'm using a creative muvo.
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:09 PM   #19
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i just got my HJE-50 today and i must say that i'm kinda disappointed in the bass produced. even if i plug it into my speakers at home, the bass is still not too good. is it because its new?

and also the voice of the singer tend to be really sharp if the volume is too loud.

btw, i'm using a creative muvo.
Describe the bass? Any bass? You need a good seal to get bass. Wear them like a earplug. If you're coming from a EX71, then its bass is not going to satisfy you. A EP630 will.

One of my gripe of the HJE50 is its harsh treble. I dun like.

Creative muvo should have no probs driving them.
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:41 PM   #20
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Describe the bass? Any bass? You need a good seal to get bass. Wear them like a earplug. If you're coming from a EX71, then its bass is not going to satisfy you. A EP630 will.

One of my gripe of the HJE50 is its harsh treble. I dun like.

Creative muvo should have no probs driving them.
hmm. i supposed what i meant by the "sharp voice" is the harsh treble you say?

actually, this is my first pair of in-ears. i was previously using Sennheiser MX-500. which just died on me recently.
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:15 AM   #21
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Smile Etymōtic Research ER•4P

Etymōtic Research ER•4P MicroPro Insert Earphones
MSRP: USD$200. Cheaper online; from US retailers.
Package includes: ER•4 MicroPro earphones, 6.3mm stereo adapter, Six 3-flange eartips, 10 foam eartips, Filter changing tool, 4 replacement filters, Shirt clip, Pouch and Storage box.

Box with the accessories; Shirt clip, 6.3mm adaptor, Filter changing tool and filters in the transparent tube.


Design/cord:


Sound Quality:

Same case as ER6i's, a little too small for a ER4 and the black foams.


Built Quality:


Comfort:




Conclusion:


ER4P fitted with Shure Soft Flex tips. (Small) What a green barrel! Looks like a toy earphone.



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Old 04-12-2005, 02:34 PM   #22
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Your only choice will be EP630. No others can match a EX71 in bass quantity, only a EP630 can.
but it a Y cord headfone rite? i prefer neck chain type....
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Old 04-12-2005, 02:54 PM   #23
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emm.. i'm using H10.. i tried HJE 50 and 70 at sitex.. but nt too happy wif the sound.. the treble is too hush.. or mayb i didnt get a gd seal...
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Exclamation Differences and converting a Shure/Etymotic triflange to a biflange

Differences and converting a Shure/Etymotic triflange to a biflange



Differences of the two triflanges
Shure and Etymotic triflange; both are of the same colour and material but there are some differences. In the photo above, on the left is the Shure triflange, the middle one is the Etymotic triflange and lastly on the right, a converted Shure biflange. From the photo, you can tell that the Shure triflange has a stalk/stem while the Etymotic ones have almost no or very short stalk/stem. On the touch, the Etymotic ones are a little softer than the Shure’s, making them more comfortable for me. Both are about the same size but I think the Etymotic ones look slightly bigger. I can’t really tell.



Converting them from triflange to biflange
So how do you convert a triflange to a biflange? The procedure is the same for both brands. Just use a pair of sharp scissors and snip off the top/smallest flange. Invert the top/smallest flange for an easy and more precise cut. That’s it!

Mounting them onto Westones
To mount them onto a pair of Westones, it is a little different for both brands as the design of the UM1/2 earpiece requires a stalk/stem to elevate the tip from the body.



Etymotic triflanges have no or little stalk/stem. Use the snipped off top/smallest flange as a stalk/stem. As shown in the photo, just insert them onto the nozzle first, followed by the biflange. To use them as a triflange, you have to fashion a stalk/stem for it but it is very unlikely that a triflange will fit your ears or produce the best sound. It is or will be too long for many users.

The stalk/stem of the Shure triflange/biflange is simply too long for most users on the Westones. You will not want the earpiece to protrude out of your ears and they’re not design like this anyway. So you have to shorten it, normally flushed with the largest/bottom flange or slightly longer/protruding. Again, just use a pair of scissors!

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Old 04-12-2005, 03:58 PM   #25
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Alessandro Music Series One (MS1)
MSRP: SGD$170 from Alessandro’s webpage.
Package includes: MS1 and 6.3mm adaptor.



Design/cord:
Alessandros are made by Grado Labs, they have the same design as Grados. The MS1 features a vented diaphragm design that incorporates a large air chamber. This design lowers the frequency resonance (distortion) of the diaphragm and extends bass response. They’re open and super-aural designed, featuring ultra-high purity, long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper voice coils. Noise leaks in and out easily, so it is recommended to be used in a quiet environment.

The headband is a piece of metal encase in a PVC leather cover. It can be stretched or compress to fit. The drivers are housed in a plastic enclosure and are attached to a piece of metal rod; enabling them to swivel 360 degrees. The rod is then locked onto a piece of plastic box that is attached at the ends of the headband. The entire package is very light.

The drivers are attached to a super thick and heavy 2m long copper cord connected to a gold plated 3.5mm straight shaped mini plug. The Y junction/split is also bigger than usual. Its impedance is 32 ohms, easily driven by portable players but will benefit being driven by a headphone amplifier. The MS1 is shipped with a pair of comflies (Normal) pads.

Sound Quality:



Built Quality:
They are not what you will call robust and are certainly more delicate than most other brands. Looks and feel are not the main priority I guess. It sure looks and feels cheap with all that plastic and PVC leather. Most of the parts are held together by hot glue and my MS1 cable is secured to the cups by cable ties! One hard tug, it slips and might break the solder connection. Surprisingly, the SR80’s cable is secured by hot melt glue.

Comfort:
There are many complains about the fit of Grados but it is comfortable for me. I like how they sit on my head and ears. The foam pads used also affects the comfort. It is also better if you got some hair to cushion your head. If you’re balding or botak, better wear a cap or get a Beyer headband cover, if not its skull crunching time!

Conclusion:
At SGD$170, same as a SR80, I can’t see why one will pick a SR80 over the MS1, maybe someone who likes a brighter sound or a Grado fan would. Like the SR80, the MS1 excels in Rock and Metal music. It does vocals fairly well too. It is all down to preference I guess. I very much prefer the MS1 to the SR80 anytime.

If your music tastes and preference are similar to mine and want to buy these brands of headphones, you might consider these models; MS1, SR225 and MS2i. Grado’s Reference Series and the Grado Statement 1000 will be another matter. Please refer to the headphone forums for more info about them.
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Grado SR80 (Prestige Series)
MSRP: SGD$170 from Music By Design.
Package includes: SR80 and 6.3mm adaptor.



Design/cord:


Sound Quality:



Built Quality:
Same as the Alessandro Music Series One!

Comfort:
Same as the Alessandro Music Series One!

Conclusion:

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Old 04-12-2005, 11:21 PM   #26
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...I seriously started doubting about iPod's sound quality now. My Samsung YH820 sounded very good with lots of details and balaced sound, not to mention SRS WOW, which sounded wonderful to ears. Now, I'm wondering if this is the right upgrade. .

i think u just did yourself a downgrade of your player... ipod already well known for its weak sound anywhere in the world..
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Old 05-12-2005, 12:15 AM   #27
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afbug1!!! Thanks for your efforts and great review! I was having Samsung YH820 5GB player, paired with MX550 buds all this while and upgraded it with the new video iPod last week.

I did not have any idea how iPods sound. I'm quite disappointed with iPod's sound quality. There is no life in the sound. When used with my MX550, the treble is too high and no bass at all, even in bass boost setting. When I tried with the bundled apple ear buds, there is no treble and bass is muddy. Then, I tried with my friend's EX71 and it has too much of bass. I mean, there is no balance between bass and treble, and I'm not comfortable with in-ear phones.

I seriously started doubting about iPod's sound quality now. My Samsung YH820 sounded very good with lots of details and balaced sound, not to mention SRS WOW, which sounded wonderful to ears. Now, I'm wondering if this is the right upgrade. I still have some belief that all the ear buds I have tried does not match with iPod's frequency. I'll give it a last try with MDR888, which is praised by everyone, including you. Do you think MDR888 will sound good with iPod? or is it just the iPod's sound quality not good enough?

If my iPod does not sound good with MDR888, I'm planning to get rid of it and get iAudio X5 or Samsung YHJ70, which seems to be very good alternatives. It was just the design and screen of iPod, which drove me crazy to buy apple!

I'm eagerly awaiting for a detailed review on MDR888 from you before I buy it, Thanks.
E888 on thw way. I think it will work just fine with an iPod but yes, iAudio will sound better.

Meaning after 50hrs then slowly switch to whatever higher vol according to personal listening preference???
There are no specific methods or time period to burn in. 50 hrs is an estimate only. Some belief in it, some dun. I believe burning in occurs in dynamic drivers; earphones and headphones. For balanced armature drivers; some IEMs, i dun believe in burn in. Its up to the individual.

http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=58157

thanks thanks. but is there a possibility that its spoil?
No idea? Try and see if you can get bass, if not prob a dud. Approach panny or your dealer.

Your EQ question:

From left to right: Bass->midrange->treble.
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Old 05-12-2005, 08:07 AM   #28
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No idea? Try and see if you can get bass, if not prob a dud. Approach panny or your dealer.

Your EQ question:

From left to right: Bass->midrange->treble.
i've done some settings to the equaliser and now i finallly can hear some bass.

maybe its just that my MuVo is not powerful enough to fully utilize the power of the earphone.

time to change a new player i guess

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When is the MDR-888 review coming in? Eagerly waiting!

Do you know any places where they sell MDR-888SP? Thanks.
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When is the MDR-888 review coming in? Eagerly waiting!

Do you know any places where they sell MDR-888SP? Thanks.
Later tonite when i get home and finish typing. E888SP? I think very rare already. All i see is LP version. You can try your luck at the Sony Sq at Funan but a bit more ex than Bluetin i think. Bluetin is online store based in SG. I think they dun have the SP version. Do a search for their site.
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