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Old 29-01-2017, 10:09 AM   #16
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u might want to go down to jaben. its in adelphi. can try out all the products. i went there last month. there's only 2 staff in the store. so if there's no crowd then they may give u 100% attention.

when Jaben was at the upper floors in adelphi it was so much better. got many staff and many tables and chairs for people to sit down and test the earphone headphone.

i bought 2 earphones and 1 headphone from them last month. i got a really good discount. try not to talk big or be arrogant with the staff.
Thanks for the tip... but sometimes I don't feel like walking into a specialised store... cos my budget so small, the staff usually will offer you the best in class... I can't see myself paying more than $150 for a set of headphones... my most expensive set is the Sennheiser PX-100 as it was compact and had larger phones for better sound compared to IEMs... which I feel are rather unhygienic too...
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Old 29-01-2017, 10:14 AM   #17
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This looks pretty good... thanks derazor for the link to Gearbest...

http://www.gearbest.com/on-ear-over-...pp_485788.html
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Old 29-01-2017, 10:58 AM   #18
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Full-on review of the Fiil Diva ANC headphones... sounds really good...

http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiil.../reviews/17602
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Old 29-01-2017, 01:38 PM   #19
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Full-on review of the Fiil Diva ANC headphones... sounds really good...

http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiil.../reviews/17602
Are you willing to sacrifice for a recessed male/female vocals? Male vocals start from bass (150hz) (deep voice) to lower treble (falsetto) and female starts from lower Mids (250hz) and above. Are you willing to sacrifice Soundstage as well? It depends on whether you value Soundstage, which gives a 3D effect feel. You might have to consider these factors. I would suggest heading down to a stereo shop, you'll be able to ensure that the product you're buying is what you like. Just my 2 cents

Edit : Different people have different preferences. So you'll have to justify if the sound signature suits you.

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Old 29-01-2017, 07:51 PM   #20
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Thanks for the tip... but sometimes I don't feel like walking into a specialised store... cos my budget so small, the staff usually will offer you the best in class... I can't see myself paying more than $150 for a set of headphones... my most expensive set is the Sennheiser PX-100 as it was compact and had larger phones for better sound compared to IEMs... which I feel are rather unhygienic too...
like i said earlier. don't be like most of the guys who talk very big in the store that day last month when i bought my headphones and earphones. i was very honest with the china guy that my budget was no more than $300 for the headphones and earphones.

the other guys in the store were clearly trying to impress the sales girl when they said that they did not have a budget or that their budget was $2000. for $150 u can look at a couple of models in Jaben. just go down and take a look. you can try all the headphones and earphones. no one will pressure you by hard selling.

http://store.jaben.com/collections/h...rice-ascending
the website is not accurate because i remember seeing a couple of headphones below $170 and they were really good. brands like marshall, audio technica and a few others.
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Old 30-01-2017, 09:17 AM   #21
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Thanks! Nice to hear... but your budget still $300... ha ha ha... mine is less than $150... will pop in when I'm in the vicinity lar... thanks!
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Old 30-01-2017, 09:19 AM   #22
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Are you willing to sacrifice for a recessed male/female vocals? Male vocals start from bass (150hz) (deep voice) to lower treble (falsetto) and female starts from lower Mids (250hz) and above. Are you willing to sacrifice Soundstage as well? It depends on whether you value Soundstage, which gives a 3D effect feel. You might have to consider these factors. I would suggest heading down to a stereo shop, you'll be able to ensure that the product you're buying is what you like. Just my 2 cents

Edit : Different people have different preferences. So you'll have to justify if the sound signature suits you.

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I'm really not so particular about the way my music sounds cos the main purpose for this set is really to get clear vocals for movies in flight. The engine tends to drown out everything... hence the need for noise canceling... when you say the vocals are recessed, does affect speech in a movie?
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Old 30-01-2017, 09:38 AM   #23
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I'm really not so particular about the way my music sounds cos the main purpose for this set is really to get clear vocals for movies in flight. The engine tends to drown out everything... hence the need for noise canceling... when you say the vocals are recessed, does affect speech in a movie?
Vocals recessed means that the voice is softer as compared to the rest of the frequency range; in layman terms.

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Old 30-01-2017, 10:16 AM   #24
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Oh I see... that doesn't sound too good for dialogue in movies, does it?
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Old 30-01-2017, 11:31 AM   #25
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Oh I see... that doesn't sound too good for dialogue in movies, does it?
Not very sure about it. I personally don't like recessed Mids as if I were listening to a song, the vocals are less engaging and far back. Not sure if it's the same for movies. I would still say it's best to try it for yourself. Perhaps there are better options at a price slightly higher than your budget?

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Old 30-01-2017, 01:56 PM   #26
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Yeah I also don't know... need to bring my stuff along for a test drive lor... hai...
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Old 30-01-2017, 02:35 PM   #27
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IMO better to go for noise isolation at this price range. Check out etymotic
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Old 30-01-2017, 10:38 PM   #28
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IMO better to go for noise isolation at this price range. Check out etymotic
I have a pair of Sennheisers which are circumcised headphones. In my room, they isolate the ambient noises quite well. On the plane, they're practically useless. The low frequency engine noise gets right through.... Hence my search for a noise canceling headphones.
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Old 30-01-2017, 11:10 PM   #29
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If only you had more budget, you could have gone for the MDR-1000x

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Old 31-01-2017, 09:59 AM   #30
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Wah... that's like 3 times my budget or more...
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