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Old 24-12-2005, 06:25 PM   #91
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1) When you say the Panasonic earphone has a 'harsh' treble what do you actually mean ? Is it uncomfortable?

2) Does the Cresyn eaphone comes with white color ? Wanna use it with my psp remote.

3) Are the Panansonic and Cresyn earphones available in Best Denki ? If so by any chance do you know of the price ?
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Old 26-12-2005, 04:33 PM   #92
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To purchase Cresyn earphones online, you can go to the following link: -

http://page.auctions.yahoo.com/sg/a...28?aucview=0x30

http://page.auctions.yahoo.com/sg/auction/94982885

To purchase from shops:

At sim lim square (Michael Multimedia, Apple @ Sim Lim - XIT system, Agenuine, Farlen - Inbox)

At funan IT mall (Apple @ funan, Farlen - Inbox)

At Bukit Timah (Apple @ Bukit Timah - Comit Communication)

Some information about the different Cresyn Earphones: -

1) E630DL - Black earphone with 1.2m black cord length (Unbalance cord design)

2) E630RL - Red earphone with 1.2m black cord length (Unbalance cord design)

3) E630DS - Black earphone with 0.5m black cord length for usage with remote control (Not available in Singsapore unless pre-order)

4) E630RS - Red earphone with 0.5m black cord length for usage with remote control (Not available in Singsapore unless pre-order)

5) E630SN - Silver earphones with 0.8m white cord length (Necklace design which can be interchange to Y cord)

Sound quality for the above 5 types of Cresyn earphones are the same.
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Old 29-12-2005, 07:09 PM   #93
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Sony MDR-E888 mod

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I prefer this:
1. take your e888 earbuds and remove the foamies.
2. remove the rubber ring around the earbuds.
3. remove the metal grills off the drivers.
4. if there is a paper filter over the drivers, remove that too.
5. I do not want the metal drivers to be exposed to dirt, so i replaced the metal grills.
6. fit the rubber ring back to hold them together.
7. put a pair of modded foamies back on.
8. enjoy!

Effect is almost the same as the first mod.
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I tried this yesterday night.

1. I removed the foamies.
2. I removed the rubber rings.
3. I tried to remove the metal grills out. But, it seems that it has been sticked using some adhesive paste. I tried to remove forcing it, but no luck. Then I was afraid that I may break it.
4. Then I put back the rubber rings and foamies.

After doing this, the treble has been reduced drastically and I seem to hear more bass now. I want some more treble back. How do I bring it back? I guess I did not put back the rubber rings in the same orientation as it was. Does that make any difference? Can I go ahead and try to break the metal grills? Please advise, Thanks.
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I tried this yesterday night.

1. I removed the foamies.
2. I removed the rubber rings.
3. I tried to remove the metal grills out. But, it seems that it has been sticked using some adhesive paste. I tried to remove forcing it, but no luck. Then I was afraid that I may break it.
4. Then I put back the rubber rings and foamies.

After doing this, the treble has been reduced drastically and I seem to hear more bass now. I want some more treble back. How do I bring it back? I guess I did not put back the rubber rings in the same orientation as it was. Does that make any difference? Can I go ahead and try to break the metal grills? Please advise, Thanks.
The rubber ring's orientation is very impt. You got to replace them back in the same position. Regarding the metal grills, yes they are hold together by glue. Try to gently remove. Slowly pull them apart and maybe use a penknift to slowly prise them aprat and cut the glue away.

The is a very delicate mod. Do it slowly and carefully. Anymore questions, pls post at the other thread.
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Old 06-01-2006, 03:48 PM   #95
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For me i still LOVE my Sony MDR-EX71SL, bought to replace my aging EX70s as well. From the very first thread i agree that white earphones used over a long period will gradually turn yellow (happens to me EX70 after 3 years of use but not so bad condition like the first thread). But on the other hand, i disagree that the sound quality is bad. Yes the bass may be strong but not to that extend where it spoils the treble. Overall the sound quality is awesome but i've not tried Etymotics ER-6i (S$280). I'd give a 4 rating for the sound.
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^To above user.

Actually, you should tried out different earphones rather than shelling out 79.90 for the Sony MDR-EX71SL. I wouldn't recommend the er6i (?) because of its extremely steep price, and its targeted performance level surpasses that of the EX71s (from what I make out from the review).

I agree on what afbug1 said about the MDR-EX71, especially after replacing my 1 1/2 year old EX71s with a pair of Audio Technica ATH-CK5s, which IMO perform with much better balance than the MDR-EX71.

However, after reading afbug1's review, I rushed out to get myself a pair of Cresyn LMX-E630DL, and burnt it in for 6 hours. No regrets. This pair of 49.90 earphones outperform the EX71 in every aspect possible, even the bass!

Here's what I think of each of the individual earphone's performances (done on my Creative MuVo TX FM 256MB model, Jazz and Normal EQ, 1 year 2 months old, no problems faced at all):

Sony MDR-EX71SL (1st in-ears, current status: Damaged):
-These are my first pair of in-ear earphones, bought back in 2004 in the Sony Year End sale for $64.00.
-At first, I was wowed by the earphones very strong bass reproduction, and was satisfied using it for a very long time because of its comfort and very good isolation levels.
-Gotta admit that somehow, its volume is softer than the pair of Audio Technica earbuds that I replaced with it, but it mostly sounds the same but with stronger bass.
-After using the ATH CK-5 for a while, I borrowed another pair of MDR-EX71s from a friend of mine, and I kinda like the CK5's over the EX71's, it really makes the EX71's treble sound VERY scratchy, and from what I can hear, the EX71's midrange was literaly almost non-existent when compared to the EX71.
-After listening o the $30.00 cheaper Cresyn LMX-E630, I'm disappointed by the EX71's strong but (ironically) very muddy, boomy (With distortion at volumes above 37 out of the 40 step scale) bass (Music in use was Gran Turismo 4's Arcade Selection music, MP3 256kbps format).

Note: The Silver parts of the earphone will wear out after a while, becoming completely black, and yes, I had a black pair)

Audio Technica ATH-CK5 (OK performer, bass is lacking, comfortable):
-1 1/2 years later, I bought these to replace my damaged MDR-EX71, the right side has failed and couldn't give out any sound.
-It' bass sounded pretty flat when compared to the MDR-EX71 when out of the box, but after I burnt it in for 48 hours, its bass started to liven up, but is still weak however.
-Its clarity levels are decent, mid-range is its strength, while trebles are reproduced quite faithfully.
-Volume level is similar to that of the MDR-EX71.
-Performance wise, its much better balanced as compared to the EX71.
-Its just me, but because of the earclips that protrude out of the earphones, the ATH-CK5 was the most comfortable and fitting for my ears out of the 3 earphones.
-Isolation is a notch above the EX71, but just barely.

Note: I would prefer if earphones were as comfortable as this one.

Cresyn LMX-E630(DL, black 1.2m);
-Bought it after reading afbug1's review.
-Excellent lows and mids, piano keys and guitar riffs are reproduced very faithfully, and the qualty of the sound from Jay Chou's (Ye Qu and Qi Li Xiang, 224 and 256kbps respectively) left me literaly astounded, and the playback from my Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Orchestrated Sountrack was simply astounding, with the flutes, bass, trambolines, cymbals... basically all the musical instruments all complimenting each other so impeccably!
-On the contrary to afbug1's review, I find the bass of the earphones to be very strong, on par with the EX71, but much, much cleaner. It also seems to have much bass in reserve, because where heavy bass is concerned, the LMX-E630 literaly punched my ears!
-Not as comfortable as the EX71 or the CK5, but that problem is easily fixed by replacing its default earbuds with the EX71 buds that I have and still use (bass quality further enhanced and marginally deepened).
-Isolations are just below that of the EX71, marginally.
-Volume level surpasses that of the EX71 an CK5 easily. I was very shaken when I just plugged it in the first time and listened to it on the volume levels I listen to the EX71 and CK5, and had to reduce the volume level from 30 to 25.

Final impressions:
-Sony MDR-EX71 = For its hefty sub $80 price tag, you'd expect Sony to come up with something better, but they failed to deliver. Scratchy treble, non-existent mid-range and dirty/muddy bass (avoid the MDR-EX51 as well).

-Audio Technica ATH-CK5 = Quite a decent performer (but weak bass) once you get used to it, but for its price range, there are better phones like the Cresyn.

-Cresyn LMX-E630 = A very well balanced earphone, definitely loving it until I decide to upgrade to the Audio Technica ATH-CK7ti in the future (also because of afbug1's review). For $45-49.90, this thing's a steal!

Now, I'm gonna wait for tomorrow and go down to Sim Lim to purchase me the iAudio U3 to pair with my LMX-E630! *is a happy man*

Oh, and pics taken from my handphone on the 3 in-ear-earphones (left to right: ATH-CK5 black, MDR-EX71 black, LMX-E630 black (DL)):


EDIT (IMO, price to performance score out of 5.0)
$79.90 MDR-EX71: 1.0
$45.00 ATH-CK5: 2.5
$49.90 LMX-E630: 4.0 (would be 5.0 if not for the default earbuds, which are kinda crappy IMO)

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Old 08-01-2006, 01:02 AM   #97
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^To above user.

Actually, you should tried out different earphones rather than shelling out 79.90 for the Sony MDR-EX71SL. I wouldn't recommend the er6i (?) because of its extremely steep price, and its targeted performance level surpasses that of the EX71s (from what I make out from the review).

I agree on what afbug1 said about the MDR-EX71, especially after replacing my 1 1/2 year old EX71s with a pair of Audio Technica ATH-CK5s, which IMO perform with much better balance than the MDR-EX71.

However, after reading afbug1's review, I rushed out to get myself a pair of Cresyn LMX-E630DL, and burnt it in for 6 hours. No regrets. This pair of 49.90 earphones outperform the EX71 in every aspect possible, even the bass!

Here's what I think of each of the individual earphone's performances (done on my Creative MuVo TX FM 256MB model, Jazz and Normal EQ, 1 year 2 months old, no problems faced at all):

Sony MDR-EX71SL (1st in-ears, current status: Damaged):
-These are my first pair of in-ear earphones, bought back in 2004 in the Sony Year End sale for $64.00.
-At first, I was wowed by the earphones very strong bass reproduction, and was satisfied using it for a very long time because of its comfort and very good isolation levels.
-Gotta admit that somehow, its volume is softer than the pair of Audio Technica earbuds that I replaced with it, but it mostly sounds the same but with stronger bass.
-After using the ATH CK-5 for a while, I borrowed another pair of MDR-EX71s from a friend of mine, and I kinda like the CK5's over the EX71's, it really makes the EX71's treble sound VERY scratchy, and from what I can hear, the EX71's midrange was literaly almost non-existent when compared to the EX71.
-After listening o the $30.00 cheaper Cresyn LMX-E630, I'm disappointed by the EX71's strong but (ironically) very muddy, boomy (With distortion at volumes above 37 out of the 40 step scale) bass (Music in use was Gran Turismo 4's Arcade Selection music, MP3 256kbps format).

Note: The Silver parts of the earphone will wear out after a while, becoming completely black, and yes, I had a black pair)

Audio Technica ATH-CK5 (OK performer, bass is lacking, comfortable):
-1 1/2 years later, I bought these to replace my damaged MDR-EX71, the right side has failed and couldn't give out any sound.
-It' bass sounded pretty flat when compared to the MDR-EX71 when out of the box, but after I burnt it in for 48 hours, its bass started to liven up, but is still weak however.
-Its clarity levels are decent, mid-range is its strength, while trebles are reproduced quite faithfully.
-Volume level is similar to that of the MDR-EX71.
-Performance wise, its much better balanced as compared to the EX71.
-Its just me, but because of the earclips that protrude out of the earphones, the ATH-CK5 was the most comfortable and fitting for my ears out of the 3 earphones.
-Isolation is a notch above the EX71, but just barely.

Note: I would prefer if earphones were as comfortable as this one.

Cresyn LMX-E630(DL, black 1.2m);
-Bought it after reading afbug1's review.
-Excellent lows and mids, piano keys and guitar riffs are reproduced very faithfully, and the qualty of the sound from Jay Chou's (Ye Qu and Qi Li Xiang, 224 and 256kbps respectively) left me literaly astounded, and the playback from my Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Orchestrated Sountrack was simply astounding, with the flutes, bass, trambolines, cymbals... basically all the musical instruments all complimenting each other so impeccably!
-On the contrary to afbug1's review, I find the bass of the earphones to be very strong, on par with the EX71, but much, much cleaner. It also seems to have much bass in reserve, because where heavy bass is concerned, the LMX-E630 literaly punched my ears!
-Not as comfortable as the EX71 or the CK5, but that problem is easily fixed by replacing its default earbuds with the EX71 buds that I have and still use (bass quality further enhanced and marginally deepened).
-Isolations are just below that of the EX71, marginally.
-Volume level surpasses that of the EX71 an CK5 easily. I was very shaken when I just plugged it in the first time and listened to it on the volume levels I listen to the EX71 and CK5, and had to reduce the volume level from 30 to 25.

Final impressions:
-Sony MDR-EX71 = For its hefty sub $80 price tag, you'd expect Sony to come up with something better, but they failed to deliver. Scratchy treble, non-existent mid-range and dirty/muddy bass (avoid the MDR-EX51 as well).

-Audio Technica ATH-CK5 = Quite a decent performer (but weak bass) once you get used to it, but for its price range, there are better phones like the Cresyn.

-Cresyn LMX-E630 = A very well balanced earphone, definitely loving it until I decide to upgrade to the Audio Technica ATH-CK7ti in the future (also because of afbug1's review). For $45-49.90, this thing's a steal!

Now, I'm gonna wait for tomorrow and go down to Sim Lim to purchase me the iAudio U3 to pair with my LMX-E630! *is a happy man*

Oh, and pics taken from my handphone on the 3 in-ear-earphones (left to right: ATH-CK5 black, MDR-EX71 black, LMX-E630 black (DL)):


EDIT (IMO, price to performance score out of 5.0)
$79.90 MDR-EX71: 1.0
$45.00 ATH-CK5: 2.5
$49.90 LMX-E630: 4.0 (would be 5.0 if not for the default earbuds, which are kinda crappy IMO)
Perhaps diff users have diff opinions...IMO i think the EX71s still perform swell. If really want best sounds but too expensive to buy, the ultimate ears UE-10 Pro is worth a look.
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Old 08-01-2006, 02:22 AM   #98
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hey afbug1 i have a suggestion. how about doing a eartips faq? battle of the foams, complys and rubber flanges.
How to FAQ eartips? What is there to FAQ? Give me suggestions? Besides, eartips are very subjective as different ears have different fit.

Perhaps diff users have diff opinions...IMO i think the EX71s still perform swell. If really want best sounds but too expensive to buy, the ultimate ears UE-10 Pro is worth a look.
Ya that true, different ears, different strokes. If you like EX71, then good for you. I also liked the EX71 but it was before all the others made their appearence in the market.
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I never regretted buying the EX71....perhaps when the new EX90s are here, i might consider changing.
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Perhaps so, but you should give other brands a test as well.

Who knows, you might like them better =)
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Perhaps so, but you should give other brands a test as well.

Who knows, you might like them better =)
I did consider Etymotic Research's ER-6i but they are way too expensive S$280.
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^There's no need for overkill like that.

There's other options like the Audio Technica ATH-CK7ti, or the cheaper Cresyn LMX-E630.

Not everyone will be comfortable immediately upgrading to an er6i, and from the review from page 1, I don't think it'll be worth it, and perhaps the CK7ti would be a better investment for an upgrade from my Cresyn LMX-E630DL.

If you happen to be stopping by the Woodlands area on perhaps a weekend or something, I can let you test out the Cresyn LMX-E630 and then you can decide for yourself how it fares against the EX71 for $30 cheaper (IMO better controlled bass, a more sparkling treble and a more outstanding mid-range).
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^There's no need for overkill like that.

There's other options like the Audio Technica ATH-CK7ti, or the cheaper Cresyn LMX-E630.

Not everyone will be comfortable immediately upgrading to an er6i, and from the review from page 1, I don't think it'll be worth it, and perhaps the CK7ti would be a better investment for an upgrade from my Cresyn LMX-E630DL.

If you happen to be stopping by the Woodlands area on perhaps a weekend or something, I can let you test out the Cresyn LMX-E630 and then you can decide for yourself how it fares against the EX71 for $30 cheaper (IMO better controlled bass, a more sparkling treble and a more outstanding mid-range).
Well thanks for the offer Zephyron, but in fact i've not heard of Cresyn before. What's more my EX71 was also just bought not long ago so maybe not changing at the moment.
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I just went to Cresyn's website to check out the info on the E630 and found out that this earphone's sensitivity is not as high as the EX71. Also its frequency range is not as wide as the EX71 as well.
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I never regretted buying the EX71....perhaps when the new EX90s are here, i might consider changing.
Hope you're not offended by the low ratings for the EX71. I'm just writing an unbiased review. The fact that the EX71 and the old EX70 is still with me shows that i still like them. I sold my ER6i BTW.

Etymotic Research's ER-6i can be bought online for much less. Approx $170.

I just went to Cresyn's website to check out the info on the E630 and found out that this earphone's sensitivity is not as high as the EX71. Also its frequency range is not as wide as the EX71 as well.
These figures cannot be trusted fully. More like a marketing gimmick. The Cresyn is easier to drive than the EX71.
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