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Big brand quality rivalling much more expensive earphones
Professional IEM design with secure over ear cable fit and excellent noise isolation
Suitable for sports, including running and gym use
High quality components means build quality rivals big name brands
Sound signature: Well balanced bass & treble, warm and detailed
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#1
These headphones are AMAZING!!!!!!!

Owned them now for 6 months and they have been fantastic!
great sound quality, fine to wear for over 2 hours and come with loads of different ear adapters
#2
These have pretty good reviews for cheap earphones. Though I think I'm gonna go for a set of
ViSang VS-R02's which are regarded as having better sound quality but cost £5 more.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ViSang-VS-R02-InEar-HI-FI-Earphones/dp/B004W8MEBY
#3
I have those Pro Alpha's. Also a very nice set of headphones. New editions don't come with foam ear adapters or ear gliders.
#4
2 tempting offers here but not sure what ones to get,

which ones do you think??
#6
Still cheaper from FocalPrice, but easier from Amazon.

Hot
Got them too, great sound, but (minor point) bad noise transfer from touching the cable.
#7
Here's the mother of all earphone reviews, "174 IEMs compared", including the two mentioned here...

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-174-iems-compared-shure-se530-and-se535-added-06-10

SUPERCOOLWILLOW
2 tempting offers here but not sure what ones to get,

which ones do you think??



Edited By: popoyaya on Jun 13, 2011 18:33
#8
popoyaya
Here's the mother of all earphone reviews, "174 IEMs compared", including the two mentioned here...

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-174-iems-compared-shure-se530-and-se535-added-06-10

SUPERCOOLWILLOW
2 tempting offers here but not sure what ones to get,

which ones do you think??




Thanks but they are way over the £100 i was thinkin
#9
No I meant the two earphones mentioned on this thread, the SoundMagic PL30's and the Visang R02's, probably the best value great sounding IEM's you can get in the UK for under £50.

SUPERCOOLWILLOW
popoyaya
Here's the mother of all earphone reviews, "174 IEMs compared", including the two mentioned here...

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-174-iems-compared-shure-se530-and-se535-added-06-10

SUPERCOOLWILLOW
2 tempting offers here but not sure what ones to get,

which ones do you think??




Thanks but they are way over the £100 i was thinkin
#10
ahh im sorry i got very confused there so which one is the best or wont it really matter

popoyaya
No I meant the two earphones mentioned on this thread, the SoundMagic PL30's and the Visang R02's, probably the best value great sounding IEM's you can get in the UK for under £50.

SUPERCOOLWILLOW
popoyaya
Here's the mother of all earphone reviews, "174 IEMs compared", including the two mentioned here...

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/478568/multi-iem-review-174-iems-compared-shure-se530-and-se535-added-06-10

SUPERCOOLWILLOW
2 tempting offers here but not sure what ones to get,

which ones do you think??




Thanks but they are way over the £100 i was thinkin
#11
Here are the two reviews, decide for yourself...

Soundmagic PL30

Reviewed Jan 2010

Details: Soundmagic’s first widely acknowledged success, the PL30 redefined the attitude towards budget IEMs at Head-Fi
Current Price: $25 from focalprice.com
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 12 Ω | Sens: 100 dB | Freq: 20-22k Hz | Cord: 4’ L-plug (old revision shown)
Nozzle Size: 5.5mm | Preferred tips: Stock Single-flanges, Stock foamies
Wear Style: over-the-ear

Accessories (5/5) – Silicone single-flange (3 sizes, 2 sets), bi-flange, and foam tips, hard clamshell carrying case, cable winder, set of rubber cable guides, and shirt clip
Build Quality (3.5/5) – The PL30 is my oldest fully functional IEM. The plastic shells (rubberized in the black version) are well made and feature proper strain reliefs. Cabling is rubberized and similar to that found on the PL21s but terminates in a simplistic I-plug rather than the L-plug used on the PL21/PL50. The only real (small) flaw I can think of are that the bass knobs can become loose if fiddled with often and the paint rubs off over time
Isolation (2/5) – Shallow insertion and a ported design mean that the PL30s don’t shine in isolation
Microphonics (4.5/5) – Pretty much nonexistent. Shirt clip eliminates them entirely
Comfort (4.5/5) – With properly-fitting tips these are some of the most comfortable IEMs out there. Wearing them over-the-ear is a must but they’re light, low-profile, and very easy to forget about

Sound (5.2/10) – The PL30 produce a very pleasant and balanced sound characterized by a slightly forward midrange and a very soft/smooth presentation all around. The low end is tight and accurate, but not particularly impactful. Switching to the bass-heavy setting bumps up the bass very little. Treble is rather tame as well, without a hint of harshness or sibilance (granted my PL30s may have an advantage here in being my oldest working IEM and probably having close to 1k hours on them). The one area where the PL30s undoubtedly triumph over the competition is the lateral width of the soundstage. It is truly massive, beaten only by the Cyclone PR1 Pro under the $100 mark. With the large soundstage comes excellent instrumental separation and good positioning. Another interesting property of the PL30s is the transparency – they are extremely revealing of both source and source material and by far the cheapest IEM that allows me to distinguish between 192k and 320k mp3 files played straight from my Fuze. Worth noting is that the low impedance leads to some very slight hiss with some sources and amps (though the Fuze headphone out remains nearly silent).

Value (8.5/10) – The aging Soundmagic PL30 offers a whole lot of bang for your buck with its stellar accessory pack, lack of microphonics, and comfortable form factor. The sound may not be for everyone – they are quite laid back overall, lack low-end ‘oomph’ and some high-end extension and sparkle, and aren’t particularly forgiving of poor recordings - but for a wide, airy, and well-balanced sound these are unbeatable at their price point.

Pros: Outstanding accessory pack, comfortable form factor, balanced and wide sound
Cons: Can hiss with some sources/amps



ViSang R02 / Brainwavz ProAlpha

Reviewed May 2010

Details: ViSang’s budget-oriented model, familiar in both sound and appearance
Current Price: $42 from ebay.com (MSRP: $45)
Specs: Driver: Dynamic | Imp: 20 Ω | Sens: 112 dB | Freq: 20-20k Hz | Cable: 4.2' I-plug
Nozzle Size: 5.5mm | Preferred tips: Stock biflanges
Wear Style: Over-the-ear or straight down

Note: The mp4nation Brainwavz ProAlpha is identical to the R02 in every way except the 3.5mm plug (45-degree plug identical to that on the Beta Brainwavz is used on the ProAlpha)

Accessories (4/5) – Single- (3 sizes) and bi-flange silicone tips, shirt clip, and clamshell carrying case
Build Quality (4/5) – Generic IEM housings used by Cyclone/Lear/VSonic but with short functional strain reliefs. Cable is identical to that of the ViSang R03 – a twisted Cu-Ag alloy cord that is tough yet flexible but lacks a cable cinch and has some long-term memory character
Isolation (3.5/5) – Very adequate for a ported dynamic IEM, especially with bi-flange tips
Microphonics (4/5) – Slightly noticeable when worn cord-down, negligible otherwise
Comfort (4/5) – Lighter than the R03 and very unobtrusive despite the slightly larger housings. Can easily be worn cord-up or cord-down. Work best with a relatively shallow fit

Sound (6.8/10) – Like the R03, the R02 boast a full-bodied and weighty low end with an emphasis on mid- and upper bass. The low end is very smooth and calm, completely unobtrusive until called for. The tonal balance is slightly dark, with a warmed-up midrange and treble that is devoid of sparkle. The midrange is right where it needs to be, clean and clear and with no lack of emphasis. Detail is very good for the price, though the R02 is certainly no RE0, especially in the treble. Soundstage width is quite good and seems to be one of the areas in which the R02 has the R03 beat by a very narrow margin. Depth is similarly average, though instruments are very well-separated and imaged.

The midrange transitions effortlessly into the treble becoming a bit more laid-back along the way. Treble smoothness is very impressive and extension is perfectly tolerable, though not class leading. The treble is never fatiguing – harshness and sibilance are terms the R02 is not familiar with. Overall, the treble of both ViSang earphones takes a backseat to the bass and mids, though I wouldn’t go so far as to call them recessed at the top. Like the R03, the R02 also surprise with their speed, which is very close to the much more expensive and very fast Monster Turbines, and natural timbre, which really puts most of the other sub-$50 earphones to shame.

As for the differences between the two ViSang models, they are minute and most likely resulting from the different acoustic properties of their respective housings. The R03 sounds a little bit thicker and more ‘concentrated’ in tone, with the R02 sounding slightly more diffuse in comparison, with less immediate bass punch and more ethereal positioning. The R03 seems to place instruments with slightly more precision than the R02 but again the differences are extremely minute. I am sure there are head-fiers out there who would be able to tell the two apart without a direct comparison but I am not among them and the average consumer probably isn’t either.

Value (9/10) – The ViSang R02 is more than just another high bang/buck contender for the best sub-$50 IEM title. With the release of the R02, ViSang has nearly undercut their own higher-end R03 model and really taken the sub-$50 bang/buck crown from the defunct Cyclone PR1 Pro. The sonic differences between the two ViSang models are small. What it comes down to is the generic housings used on the R02 versus the excellent metal shells of the R03. The R02 housings are slightly larger in volume and look a bit bigger in the ear. There are other small differences – such as the R02 being slightly susceptible to wind noise – but for many users I would expect the R02 to be the better deal.

Pros: Time-tested design, solid build quality, bi-flange tips included (unlike R03), solid sound quality
Cons: Cord has a bit of memory character
#12
half of that i dont get but the ViSang R02 sounds good
#13
Bought these about a month ago following good reviews. So far they have been excellent. Much more comfortable than the stock apple earphones. Bought mine for £20.99 from amazon via iHeadphones.
#14
just bought the ViSang R02 from that marketplace seller with 100% feedback and fulfilled by amazon

just hope they are as good as people say

Edited By: SUPERCOOLWILLOW on Jun 13, 2011 23:48: added
#15
SUPERCOOLWILLOW
half of that i dont get but the ViSang R02 sounds good


LOL, These head-fi guys have a language all their own.

I've gone for the Visangs too.
#16
popoyaya
SUPERCOOLWILLOW
half of that i dont get but the ViSang R02 sounds good


LOL, These head-fi guys have a language all their own.

I've gone for the Visangs too.


ohh i know that, thats why i asked here for a decent opions on them
#17
OK, i need new earphones to replace my klipsch X1 - looking at that impressive list of mini reviews from head.fi.org, it seems set that the visangs are just what i wanted for an upgrade, right?
#18
my ViSang VS-R02 InEar HI-FI Earphones have been dispatched
#19
Artonox
OK, i need new earphones to replace my klipsch X1 - looking at that impressive list of mini reviews from head.fi.org, it seems set that the visangs are just what i wanted for an upgrade, right?


The main differences between the two earphones mentioned here seem to be: the soundmagic's have a more flat, neutral sound with really wide, well separated soundstage, whilst the visangs have a bit bassier fuller sound. Both look amazing for the money.
#20
Got my R02's today. The sound these things put out is massive! Best ear/headphones I've owned. Louder and bassier than my Sennheiser HD202 cans. Really luscious natural sound. Very pleased.
#21
popoyaya
Got my R02's today. The sound these things put out is massive! Best ear/headphones I've owned. Louder and bassier than my Sennheiser HD202 cans. Really luscious natural sound. Very pleased.


ha mine arrived as well i aint use to these yet but looking forward to trying them

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