Summary: AKG K3003
Before jumping into the sound, I want to make a few comments on build and accessories, which I feel are important to discuss, due to how they may affect the sound and/or durability of the product.
Summary: Gears used: HiSoundAudio Studio V, iRiver AK100
Tracks used: SoundProLab Absolute Sampler Album
Mary Stallings, Sunny
All in Lossless CD Quality 44khz/16bit
I think this is a great value for an IEM, to have this kind of sound quality yet very portable to carry around is...
Summary: Treble: a little bit piercing, especially on IPC. However, if connet this with the Hifiman player like HM-602, HM-603 or HM-801, the treble would be bright but not piercing.
Mid: clean and natural.
Pros: natural tune, full of detail, beautiful crafted
Summary: AKG K3003 is an important milestone in the development of IEM. It’s the first universal fit IEM that successfully combines dynamic driver and balance armature technology together. After owning them for 3 years, K3003 never fail to move me.
Pros: Beautifully crafted; outstanding isolation and comfort; easy to drive; natural signature.
Summary: These shiny, luxurious little in-ear monitors that come in a very exclusive box sure feel very expensive in terms of look and feel. They shells attach behind your earlobes and rest comfortably there. This is the most comfortable in-ear headphone I've worn.
Pros: Beautifully crafted, very comfortable, clean sound, different filters to choose from
Cons: Piercing treble, lack of warmth, very overpriced
Summary: Short Review: All observations made with the high pass filters. Naturally I listened with each of the three filters, but the high pass was my preference.
I really liked the tuning of these.
Pros: Great Tuning--These Are Fun To Listen To, Good Detail In the Midrange And Treble
Cons: Incoherency Between The Drivers Is Noticeable, Harsh treble with best detailed filter, detail loss with others, High price, Reliability is a concern
Summary: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. Not coherent throughout the audio band:
a. Overall neutral, but but but
b. What’s up with the peaks in the upper mids/lower treble?*
c. Little bit bloated in the bass
d. Bass not keeping up with the mids/treble
2. Little bullet design = comfort/fit that blows monkey chucks
Summary: (edited note - for some reason I am giving these 10/10 for Audio Quality, but they are appearing as one notch less. Not sure why!)
To begin, would like to explain a little about my self and what makes me "tick" as regards audio equipment.
First off, I am no head-fier.
Pros: Real reference transducers. Very rewarding and involving. Completely addictive and immersive. Clarity, separation, dynamics and response all excellent
Summary: This is the best IEM among all my gears! The sound is balanced and natural. A big CON is about its undetachable cable... I think switching to balanced output will make it sound even better, but simply cannot try it unless cutting the cable, which will be a hard choice :(