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Nlck
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Jul 13, 2017
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Looks like a ripoff of Xiaomi's original Piston earbuds, as linked here. The originals didn't have the hole.
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Jul 13, 2017
jersey_boy
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Jul 13, 2017
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was about to say the same thing, looks like piston/2.1 knock-offs
Jul 13, 2017
TanvirK175
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Jul 17, 2017
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Pretty sure I have knockoffs of these. Got em for free so it doesn't matter and I never really used them. At the time I exclusively used my PS Vita in-ear's w/ mic. I decided I'd give them a spin since I've taken my first leap into the audiophile scene 11 months ago. They're god awful lol. Not sure how good the original Piston's are but these knockoffs are a joke for anything at all. I figured for comparison I would try my old PS Vita earphones, which I used exclusively for 3-4 years. They're nowhere near as bad but I'd never go back to them even for a casual listen while jogging. For a full comparison of all the earphones I have, I decided to also test the free ones that came with my BLU smartphone that I used temporarily while waiting for my new one to ship in from One Plus, and test the ones that came with the Galaxy S8 which was made by AKG now that Samsung owns them! The ones that came with the BLU smartphone is pretty much on par with the PS Vita ones but slightly worse. The AKG ones made the Galaxy S8 are the best of the bunch. While not good, they're at least usable unlike the other 3. They're valued at 100 MSRP but MSRP is a joke number anyways and they're more like something you'd probably pay 20-25 for at best. I currently use these in situations where my M50x's aren't the best idea like the gym/jogging outside and while at work. Obviously I don't have any high quality IEM's or anything here and, besides the AKG ones for the Galaxy S8 which I got very recently, I didn't expect anything of the previous earphones. I just thought it would be a fun, albeit cringe-inducing, thing to do while I was bored. I honestly didn't expect anything of the S8 earphones when I got them either but to my surprise they're actually very good for free bundled earphones.
As a side note, I currently only own the Audio-Technica M50x's, with Sound Professionals Velour earpads and black/white 550 paracord wrapped around the headband for a nicer aesthetic and to keep the pleather in good shape. I got the idea from a massdropper on the M50x drop discussion page. I'm currently running them on a Schiit Fulla 2 DAC/AMP which I bought in anticipation of the HD 6xx drop that I joined.
Jul 17, 2017
jersey_boy
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Jul 18, 2017
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a few years ago when the piston 2.1's came out, they were basically the best at the price point, by far, and more so if you modded them (defoamed/descreened). i liked them enough that i imported several hundred pairs and sold them to my friends. for 20$ they were pretty much untouchable, and you could tell real ones from fakes largely by scent, the real ones were scented like sweetened chocolate, and by the design of the screens. the company that designed them, 1more, went on to make the 1 more triples (hybrid ba/dynamic) and quads which are EXCELLENT, and some of the best performers at their price points. the pistons cant really compete with my high end stuff like my campfires or my shures, but for throwaways they were excellent. LOTS of fakes around, and often hard to tell other than sound/scent. the new cheap meme headphones are monks and i havent had the opportunity to try those yet.
Jul 18, 2017
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