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Just got my hands on my T3's. Right away I noticed that there is less detail compared to my M50x That I daily drive at office. My setup is not perfect just running a FIIO A3 amp straight from computer. In this conditions I can clearly tell the difference. This is my first IEM. Is this as it supposed to be? Is the difference between an IEM and a over-ear larger driver headphone that big? Will burn in change anything on this? From my phone they sound like garbage (Xiaomi A2) this is definitely the phones fault. My guess is that the A3 is too noise cus I can clearly hear hissing. Later today I am gonna test them on my main setup (Topping D30 paired with Aune X7s).
And one thing I noticed is that my right ear canal is considerably smaller then my left one. With small foam tips my right ear hurts (have to do something about that). And this would explain my constant paranoia about my headphone cups not matching to each other. I constantly think that my right ear cup is different both on my 6xx's and M50x's. What would be your thoughts on this matter? It's real shame that they don't sound even close to good on my phone. But I'll keep my final verdict for later.
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I can't speak much to this brand since I've only borrowed some T2s before, but I've used a few different Audio Technica headphones and IEMs including the M50x.
Headphones tend to give a better all around experience with the sacrifice being size and convenience compared to IEMs. IEMs tend to have zero soundstage and sound like they're in your head (not that the M50x has a great soundstage, but it's better than any IEM I've heard.) IEMs can have comparable clarity and frequency distributions to over-ear headphones. The AT IEMs I've listened to have just as much bass bumping and sound precision as the M50x...in my experience.
Compare that to something like the Sennheiser HD660s and it's night and day. Those will blow any of these out of the water, but I would never take those out as a daily carry. The T2s I heard had very good clarity of sound and we're fairly well balanced with a touch of brightness. The complaints about no bass were unfounded IMO and just a result of people's taste.
I would expect that the T3s should have similar clarity and be well balanced with a slight tendency toward treble. If you hear hissing or they sound awful, check the track you are playing out and see if that is of lower quality. One thing that helped immensely with the T2s for me was hanging them over my ears, as they did not go in at the correct angle when hanging like normal earbuds. That made a HUGE difference and made them sound much better.
Hopefully that helps!
You are right about soundstage. Only after listening to this I understand what soundstage means.
The problem is I dont get the same distortion with my other gear. Maybe they are so sensitive that they pick up all the crap in the song. Maybe high output impedance of X7s made them like that. One big issue for me is that vocals are not clear. They are not a solid body. You know when you have a bad speaker and it distorts at the top end of the vocals . I am getting its like there are extra distorted frequencies. Maybe they there too harsh for me. But I don't get this with my 6xx nor with M50x. I don't have anything to compare to so I don't know if I have bad drivers or this is the way should sound.
Yeah, that doesn't sound normal. I would try listening to the same song on a few different audio sources and maybe play it from YouTube or something too to be sure it's the drivers. Also check the cable is connected properly. After that, it's probably the IEMs. I've had some crap out on me before and give a distorted, kind of broken-vibration sound, but only at certain frequencies or with certain instruments; it didn't show up in every song. At that point, just go for a replacement.