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Old 12-07-2006, 11:09 PM   #31
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You know folks, I think you are right about recording stuff. Thanks
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Old 12-14-2006, 11:18 AM   #32
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I have to agree with the other posters when it comes to Shure IEM's (in-ear-monitors). I have the E500's, and they sound awesome! Yes, they're expensive, but you get what you pay for. The sound is so rich and pure that you feel like you're sitting in the middle of the recording studio. And since they do such a good job of isolating you from the outside world, you don't have to play them as loud to enjoy your music. This actually makes them better on your hearing in the long run.

If you really want to get the best sound out of your headphones, I highly recommend using a good external amp such as the HeadRoom Total AirHead. It makes a big difference, since the amps in most portable devices pretty much suck. And while I'm at it, I can't say enough good things about Comply canal tips. They're compatible with most of the Shure models, and they're so much more comfortable than the OEM tips.

If you add up all the stuff I just recommended, you're talking some serious moolah. Since most people are on a budget, I would be remiss if I didn't recommend a more reasonably priced alternative to the crappy earbuds that come with the Stiletto. For less than $50, you can get the excellent Sennheiser PX 100's. Sure, they're not as compact as earbuds, but at least they conveniently fold up for travelling. Most importantly, though, the Sennheisers are some of the best sounding headphones I have ever listened to.
I just received a set of Comply Canal Tips based on your recommendation; they rock! Much better than the Shure foam inserts.

And here's my plug for Shure:

I bought a pair of used Shure E4c's from a friend for $150. One of the wires was loose causing the sound to cut in and out. I contacted Shure about a warranty repair. Shure doesn't even require a receipt because the manufacturing date is imprinted on the plug. S(h)ure enough they were still under warranty. I sent them in with no receipt and Shure sent me (within 2 weeks) a BRAND NEW sealed pair of Shure E4g's that were just manufactured a few weeks ago; meaning I'm covered for an additional 2 years. The E4g's are identical to the E4c's with some improvements. They have a slighty shorter cord (people complained the E4c's are too long for portable use.) Plus these come with optional-use around-the-ear holders.

Shure customer service is the best! Brand new $300 Shure's for half the price.

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Old 12-14-2006, 01:51 PM   #33
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For a cheaper solution, I love my Sony MDRV150s, and they retail, normally, for less than $20. They make up well for the lack of quality bass the Sirius earbuds had. The sound quality is good for on the go, the sheilding of outside noise is great and they're comfortable. I've heard complaints that they break easy, but my last pair lasted me two and a half years and they only broke when I accidentally dropped a suitcase on them.

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Wallyworld has them online for less than $17 - mine cost $19.95 in the store.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=1957327
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:12 PM   #34
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What about the Super.fi 5's on SIRIUS' site? Has anyone used these before?
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:34 PM   #35
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What about the Super.fi 5's on SIRIUS' site? Has anyone used these before?
Check out Ultimate Ears products here:

http://www.ultimateears.com/

in conjunction with a Little Dot Micro + headphone amplifier here:


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Old 12-15-2006, 07:03 AM   #36
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What about the Super.fi 5's on SIRIUS' site? Has anyone used these before?
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Similar pricing to the E4G's. May have to flip a coin on this one. I have had problems with the factory buds falling out but I am not sure I would like the over the ear thing. Dangit, I should have just ordered the E4's and been done with it. I was waiting for the Christmas gift dust to settle.
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:31 PM   #37
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I have a set of Sennheiser CX300-B Earbuds . They are great. Only about $50 on Amazon
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Old 12-26-2006, 04:40 PM   #38
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I just purchased a set of Shure E4Cs. Sadly, on the Stiletto, they sound horrendous. Extremely 'tinny' with no bass response. When I plug-in the antenna phones while using the Shures, the sound level gets a little louder which is another oddity.

The E4Cs sound great in my wife's Zen-W and my iPod. Maybe it's the impedance? I've no idea.

Anybody have any suggestions? I was thinking about Ultimate Ears Super 5 Pros or EB's.
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I just purchased a set of Shure E4Cs. Sadly, on the Stiletto, they sound horrendous. Extremely 'tinny' with no bass response. When I plug-in the antenna phones while using the Shures, the sound level gets a little louder which is another oddity.

The E4Cs sound great in my wife's Zen-W and my iPod. Maybe it's the impedance? I've no idea.

Anybody have any suggestions? I was thinking about Ultimate Ears Super 5 Pros or EB's.
I use the EB's with additional headphone amplifier with great results.
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:02 AM   #40
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I might get hassled for this but I actually use my iPod headphones in the Stiletto. The ones that came with it just don't sound good to me. I'd love to get some Bose headphones but they're a bit pricey. I had a pair of earbuds that had the memory foam and never thought to crazy glue the foam onto the bud. They always fell off but they sounded great.
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I ordered the UE Super 5 Pros. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:32 PM   #42
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I've reread this thread about 500 times while analyzing my needs and budget at the same time. I've got Adcom separates, Sennheiser HD580 cans, early 90's era JBL towers etc.....so I have a good idea of what sounds good to me.

There's one thing about this whole argument I can't get past. Source frequency response, sampling rate, whatever it's called these days. I'm old school, I don't like ipods, and I still play my Laserdiscs

Swapping out my Sennheisers with a yellow sonysports headseat on my Stiletto...to me the difference in SQ is there, but it is certainly not $200 better.

Any amplification device will only be as good as it source. Can you unequivocally tell me that any of the Shures or any of the other mentioned earbud products will sound SO MUCH BETTER than standard headphones with a Stiletto?

Gosh I wish you could test drive all these products. I spent hours listening to my 2-channel amp and JBL speakers before buying them years ago.

The closest I've come is to play with the Bose phones (cheapies) at the Apple stores, plugging in my Stiletto. To me they sound worse then my yellow sonysports headphones. I hate Bose.

I so want to order a set of Shures but I can't help thinking that the SQ is going to be limited by the source, and I'll be 10% better SQ but a couple hundy poorer.

Has anyone had this same argument and bought a good product and had your theory disproved?

Sirius SQ is so weird. I swear they juice up certain channels at certain times, and I've had noticeable better SQ when real close to a repeater, at least it seems.

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Old 12-27-2006, 05:47 PM   #43
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I need something for the gym. Sony has a pair of "over the ear" buds. Anyone ever use these?

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Custo...Review.do#tabs

I personally can't wear the buds like what came with the Stiletto. They just don't "stick" in my ears if I move at all.
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:14 PM   #44
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those sony's look nice

went to compusa today a was look @ other stuff and saw they had the

superfi3 ear buds for 40 bucks normally 99 bucks

but the more i read the more im wondering how they will sound with a stilletto


so i just called them back and said they would let me bring my stilleto up there and try them out!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:10 PM   #45
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Got the Ultimate Ears Super 5 Pros. They are much "warmer" than the Shure E4Cs. Bass is much richer without being muddy. I like them.

The only drawback is the smell of the wire. A little strong and assume that will fade over time.
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