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Confispect 02-15-2011 04:26 PM

Phonak PFE 232 {Dual Driver}
 
New Phonak's Taken straight from Head-Fi - http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...k-aud-o-pfe232

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k2.../PFE232-01.jpg

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k2.../PFE232-02.jpg

Release should be April - Uk

dfkt 02-15-2011 04:43 PM

I'll get them soon. Well, I helped tune them, so there's going to be no big surprise in their sound for me. But they sure are going to be fetching.

EddieE 02-15-2011 04:57 PM

I've owned a lot of phones over the last couple of years but never felt remotely inclined to change my IEMs - the PFE has outlasted everything else in my audio collection...

Looks like they may be getting a brother...

WalkGood 02-15-2011 04:59 PM

Certainly look nice and looking forward to the impression, wonder how they'll stack up on the spreadsheet ...

Confispect 02-15-2011 05:00 PM

Indeed.

And seeing as how there tuned a definite must buy what will make or break them is the price.

dfkt 02-15-2011 05:17 PM

Here's my prototype with interchangeable crossovers, by the way. :)

http://img.elektrokrishna.com/images...3139661857.jpg

EddieE 02-15-2011 05:27 PM

Nice! Must have been a lot of fun to be involved.

dfkt 02-15-2011 05:30 PM

Indeed, very exciting running around with that thing, taking mental notes of sound differences between the filters and crossovers.

Confispect 02-15-2011 05:49 PM

Nice!

I wonder what the price will be :rolleyes:

I remember reading somewhere that Phonak's mission or something is to offer blah blah blah and keep the prices low.

Maybe that was Fischer :confused:

Anyhow, considering tuning this should be nice. Coming from UE11 and liking the SM3 played a part...hopefully so we should be in for a treat.

dfkt 02-15-2011 05:51 PM

I think that was Fischer. ;) Not that they actually kept the prices low, for generic Chinese OEM products... I think the new PFE will be a bit pricy.

Satellite_6 02-15-2011 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 537873)
I'll get them soon. Well, I helped tune them, so there's going to be no big surprise in their sound for me. But they sure are going to be fetching.

loads of bass then? ;)

EddieE 02-15-2011 06:14 PM

You know what I've always thought about the PFE112 design - perfect basic shape for cable placement and fit - just round off those angular edges will you?

That's pretty much what they did for the PFE232 by the looks of it.

dfkt 02-15-2011 06:17 PM

That's what I told them. The edges that annoyed me are gone in the new PFE - the new ones are really comfy, in any situation.

dfkt 02-16-2011 08:02 AM

Forgot to mention - the cables are user replaceable. Similar two-pin connector as the IE8.

odigg 02-16-2011 08:13 AM

Only 2 drivers? I wanted 10 drivers! :rolleyes:

I hope the prices aren't too high. I like the current PFE (111/112) enough that I'd be willing to buy these without a review - if the price is right.

Now we just have to wait for dfkt's review or comments on the sound. Note to Phonak - Get off your rear and send him a review sample.

dfkt 02-16-2011 08:32 AM

The face plates are titanium - useless, but fancy - and the cables are replaceable. I think the price will be a bit of a hurt, compared to the PFE 112.

They said I will be the first to receive the finished product. Fingers crossed. :)

Either way, the sound engineer's goal was to keep the known PFE sound signature intact, just beefing it up with the help of a second armature. Not the same sound of course, not too far away either. I think he achieved the goal with most of the crossovers I tested - the really bass heavy crossovers weren't considered for the final product, since they took away too much of the clarity, similar to the green filters.

Another tidbit I remember - the 232 go louder than the 112. Certainly a good thing for quieter players, such as the Sansa Clip.

odigg 02-16-2011 10:09 AM

Well based on what you've said, the 232 will be a winner - at least for people like me who who have been EQing up the bass of the 112.

Many of their dual driver competitors (e.g. Westone 2) are priced at $250-$300, so I'm guessing they won't be more than that. I'd hesitate quite a bit to buy them if they are more than $250-$275 just because I'm not so inclined to open my wallet for audio nowadays.

I suppose I can only pray for $200 :)

Confispect 02-16-2011 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 538001)
The face plates are titanium - useless, but fancy - and the cables are replaceable. I think the price will be a bit of a hurt, compared to the PFE 112.

They said I will be the first to receive the finished product. Fingers crossed. :)

Either way, the sound engineer's goal was to keep the known PFE sound signature intact, just beefing it up with the help of a second armature. Not the same sound of course, not too far away either. I think he achieved the goal with most of the crossovers I tested - the really bass heavy crossovers weren't considered for the final product, since they took away too much of the clarity, similar to the green filters.

Another tidbit I remember - the 232 go louder than the 112. Certainly a good thing for quieter players, such as the Sansa Clip.

I sense greatness coming along as everyone else has said I'm more worried about the price then the sound sig.

Will there still be filters??? If so this is a treat.

dfkt 02-16-2011 12:02 PM

Yeah, same filters as the 112 - AFAIK, the 232 come with all 3 filter variants.

Orange 02-24-2011 07:22 PM

Post the price when you get it. I'm interested in upgrading my current PFE's =)


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