Summary: I carry these everywhere with my IPOD Classic. It's hifi on the move, especially on trains. They give a clear full-range sound and the isolation from the double flanged tips is very good. They are very comfortable to wear compared to the Senheiser and Bose IE's I had previously.
It's a lot cash for something so small but I'd buy them again if I lost mine.
Summary: I am not going to try to describe the sound of these IEMs. I am new to the audiophile world, and don't have the appropriate training to give anyone a good description of their sound. I am sure that there are plenty of posts out there that can help with that! That being said, I love the sound of these phones, but I hate everything about the cable.
5 Sets of Tips
Ear Tip Cleaning Tool
Build Quality / Fit,
On the build quality the X10 is very well built imo. The housings are made of aluminium and I also think because they're so small that they'll last longer. They have a good strain releif coming of the housing into a good splitter that has a neck clinch. On do the cable is pretty much your standard cable that most IEM's have with the plasticy feel to them.
Pros: great bass, smooth detailed mids and highs, good soundstage width and 3D presentation and good isolation
Summary: Those earphones are very nice, strong tight bass, mids are detailed but a bit lacking, highs are very smooth. Soundstage is ok, but I don't have much experience on it (worse than IE8 for sure). I love the warm sound, and it really reveals low quality compressed songs. The build fells fragile. I mostly use it at home, and I had no problems with it. They are very comfortable, but they stick out from my ears when I wear them, so you can look a bit funny.
Pros: Amazing bass, nice smooth highs, small, very comfortable, block out lot of noise
Summary: I have some current Senn IE80s and I think the x10s sound better and are far more comfortable IMO. These are underated. I like them enough that I have bought 6 pair due to losing them or wear and tear and I buy the X10i with iphone controls @ $200+ a pop. Thats how much I like them.
Pros: Very detailed balanced good sound, extremely comfortable. I can wear them for 6 hours at work without knowing they are on, great noise isolation
Cons: some microphonics, had a few pair develop shorts in the wires.
Summary: I would rate these 4.5 stars if the rating system would allow, rather than 4. I travel almost every week, and listen to music and podcasts on an ipod while in the air. I have been using the Bose QC2 headphones, which are great for noise isolation and rich, warm sound. My only complaint with the QC2s were the large travel form factor - when I was carrying a lot of files/papers in my bag, the large Bose case was tough to stuff in there.
Pros: Comfortable, Great little travel case, Lightweight, Noise isolation, Rich Sound, Small for travel, Sound detail