The Headphones / In-Ear Monitors Thread (Merged)

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  1. raypin

    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm...carrying the instrument of mass destruction.....deliriously happy right now:

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    Let us see what IMD you got there in that case ;)

    Speaking of true wireless earbuds, Jabra rep sent me their Elite 65t for consumer evaluation and as a consumer, I might just get this thing off the cuff. Better sounding and better fit than the AirPods but that’s just me...

    They’re sending me the black-and-gold 65t which i actually detest but the all black is, as always, out of stock.
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  3. raypin

    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm....okie. :LOL: The biggest Walkman ever created, the DMP Z1:

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    Why instrument of mass destruction? Because it destroys every DAP (Digital Audio Player) on the planet in terms of, well, the one thing that matters the most: audio fidelity. It can drive just about any headphone, except the Hifiman Susvara. I auditioned this last year. Last night, my newest baby arrived. And it is iOS friendly.

    It easily beat my Astell & Kern AK 380 cu. It won the war from the first musical note. And it will win all future wars. Like Ender’s Game.

    Auditioned the newest TOTL Astells: SP 1000 (stainless steel and copper) and SP 1000M. No contest.

    Testing audio streaming Tidal from my iPad Pro 11 and iPhone Xs Max. Flawless.
     
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    @raypin

    Congratulations on your new toy! :D

    Based on pure audio performance, how does it stack against the Chord DAVE?
     
  5. raypin

    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm...taking the slow boat to China when comparing equipment. Although, The DAVE has an ace up its sleeve: the M Scaler of the Chord Blu Mk II. I expect the differences to be more subtle than night and day.

    I’m trying to make sense of my Flac and Wav collection and which album goes to the DMP Z1 memory. And My stack of 46 new CDs that needs to be ripped to Wav.

    Right now, I have not even tried the balanced output of the DMP (4.4 mm Pentaconn/Sony). Unbalanced muna. Lol! Listening to bluetooth streaming muna since Tidal is not built-in so I need my iOS devices for that. I wish iOS will eventually support high bit-rate bluetooth like LDAC or AptX and AptX HD. No joy. AAC lang muna.

    As it is, the DMP is one hell of a player and headphone DAC and amplifier rolled into one. Sony magic at its best.

    You know what I look for in TOTL players or headphones? The bass. High-definition bass. Freakishly detailed and highly resolved bass. Most TOTL players can do really good highs and mids. Achilles heel is the bass. It ruins it for me.
     
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    I've tried my then-K812 with the pre-production DMP-Z1 late last year. Even when driven through the unbalanced headphone out, I thought that was the best sounding K812 listening experience I had. Highly impactful bass, great midrange transparency, and those crystal clear highs that don't go overboard. Whatever genre I threw to the DMP-Z1, it played with grace and aplomb. A truly summit-fi listening experience! :D

    Very much agree on bass reproduction. It's what separates the wheat from the chaff. You'd easily know you're hearing world-class bass reproduction when you just get lost in the mix and bop your head in a carefree manner, the immediate environment be damned. :p
     
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    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm....the production model of the DMP Z1 sounds significantly better than the pre-production. I think we auditioned the Tentative model at Egghead. :D

    The AKG K812 was supposed to be part of my collection 3 years ago (auditioned it once in HK). Then Innerfidelity trashed it with a brief review. So, that ended my romance with the 812. :p
     
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    Best wired headphones for 1-2k? Bought the Soundmagic p11s before at egghead and was quite satisfied with the sound, but the leather has already started peeling. Do I buy this again?

    Mainly used with mobile phones for watching Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify.

    Are these ok?
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    I have the active version sir Elite 65t active and indeed better than airpods in terms of sq. Fit wise i could also use it on commutes and does not fall off, though in fairness to airpods that one also didnt fall off when i used it for several months. But sq wise the elite 65t definitely wins out... looking forward to the sennheiser momentum true wireless, hope local stocks will be available soon
     
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    Heads up to those based in Singapore. Jabra is selling 2 Jabra 65t Elites (the non Active variant) for just SGD428.

    https://www.headphones.sg/2-x-jabra-elite-65t-gv-gold-class-valentines-day-bundle/
     
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    Mm...the Focal Stellia:

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    Closed-back Focal Utopia.

    :D
     
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  12. jai bautista

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    Been listening almost exclusively to my new pair of CIEMs, which I got around three weeks ago:

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    It's the FlipEars Axl (10 balanced armature [BA] drivers per side). This is my third pair from FlipEars (my first was what is now called as Aisha [then known as the XXX], with 3 BA drivers per side, which I got waaay back in mid-2015; my second, the A-Z, is still with me). The Axl's SRP is Php68k; considering how much foreign CIEM manufacturers charge for a similarly-configured unit, this can be already considered as competitively-priced.

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    To the left is the A-Z, to the right the Axl. If you'd notice, the Axl's acrylic shell ends just after the second bend (and hence a bit shorter than the A-Z). While the change might look minor, it has a significant effect in terms of overall fit, as the Axl simply disappears once worn (compared to the A-Z which makes its presence felt in your inner ear; it's not uncomfortable, but you feel the shell nonetheless). :D
     
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    Just received these new true wireless earbuds from Jabra, the Elite 65ts, after reading consumer reviews i.e. The Verge, TechCrunch, Gear Patrol, CNet, that it’s the best buds to date (sorry AirPods)...
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    Jabra has been slaying the buds market for quite sometime now and the 65ts is no different. Their highs and mids are still crisp and clear, especially during acoustic turnovers, but lack the booming bass that is actually quite normal for true wireless buds; maybe their difference being the overall structure and flow that comes with making these sets. Calls are quick and clear, even from 30 feet from the smartphone. Its controls are the same as any Jabra buds out in the market, though they tend to push further in when you press on them. There’s a distinct feedback when you press volume during an acoustic set though. These TWEs are sweat-proof and water resistant, so they say. They stick to your ears like earwax and won’t fall off unlike those set of white ones that we know of. Charging on their case takes an hour to full, while the TWEs last as long as 5 hours straight, but almost 40 hours on standby. Takes out 3 charges of 5 hours each from the case so that’s enough to last one day of use. One peeve: the charging case is stubbornly difficult to open and need special powers of logic to do it.

    One last thing: i apologize for the crappy pic, just got up and took the shot at bedside while in bed actually. Anyway, that’s my review for now. Will i use it? Of course. It’s actually better sounding and structurally made than the white ones we know of. But they’re not as expensive as the other so you get to choose your take on that.
     
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    Good thing i usually go to the electronics section of Changi's duty free departure area. Got this helluva deal for them Sony Kimber cables (MUC-B12SM1) for half the SRP (paid ~Php5.6K) while transiting in Singapore :p

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    Mm...Kimber Kable, good copper.
     
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    ^Superb speaker cables also...plus their connectors add up to a great sound experience on my Sansui analog amp...but very expensive :whistle:
     
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    My Phaiser BHS-790 from Amazon. Dual drivers gives extended low end. All I'm missing are the thumping on my chest.

    Along with a 2-year warranty, it came with a lot of accessories, a case, and includes a pair of Comply ear tips which I'm saving for later. They're also shipping a 2nd set of accessories as spare.

    Supports AptX and lasts 5 hours.

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    Hmm. Just press both sides of the case, the lower part not the lid part.
    Not much complaint on the 65t
    Equalizer, check
    Find my buds, check
    Voice assistant, check
    Hear Through, check
    Stereo on calls, check
    no lag in video streaming, check

    The cons
    Would have been great if they added magnets to case, this way the buds wont fall off
    Is it better than the Airpods in sound quality, Hell Yes!! is it better than the Bose Soundsport or even the Sony SP700N in sound quality, Hell No!!
     
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