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[geekbuying] Xiaomi Piston III Youth Edition $8.36 with coupon, identical SQ to P3?

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[geekbuying] Xiaomi Piston III Youth Edition $8.36 with coupon, identical SQ to P3?

My daughter lost her earbuds so I went on a search for cheap Xiaomi P3's, I then got curious about the cheaper Youth Editions, so I bought her the white ones from what I found:

http://www.geekbuying.com/Search/?keywo ... +iii+youth

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Unofficial review from a forum member on head-fi:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/760847/xiaomi- ... thread/285

[QUOTE]So the Youth Edition (henceforth YE) arrived today and I can do a quick comparison with the Piston 3 (henceforth P3).

Packaging and Presentation

Just like the Piston 2 plastic editions these arrive in the usual small square Xiaomi card box containing the earphones and the spare tips. There is no presentation case as is supplied with the metal Piston 2 or or the P3. The tips are the same for the YE and P3.

Physical Appearance and Materials

The most obvious difference is that the YE has a flat rubberised cable all the way, whereas the P3 has braided cloth covered cable below the Y split, and rubberised round cable above the Y.

The Y split is shrouded in a metal covered cylindrical plastic join on the P3, and in a tapered rectangular plastic join on the YE.

The headset controllers differ in the same way - metal covered cyclinder on the P3, plastic rectangle (aprox) on the YE. Button positions and function are identical.

The 3.5mm jack is gold plated on the P3 and of stainless steel on the YE.

The front piece of each earphone is identical. The back section of the P3 is metal. The YE back section is plastic. Both models have a round metal backplate. This is smaller on the YE as the earphone tapers more acutely from front to back. The YE is narrower at the back. Overall depth is the same to within a fraction of a mm, if not actually identical.

Fit

No difference. Same angled tube in both models and identical to wear. You can wear these with the cable up and over but the sound changes for the worse. I guess the port gets obscured because the sound gets thick and dull.

Sound

After just an hour or two I can't confidently identify any difference. Sometimes I think I do but then sometimes I think I'm listening to the P3 and look down and it's actually the YE, and vice versa. It's clear enough that these are the same drivers in marginally different shells. Looking at exploded diagrams of the two models suggests that the YE are a little simpler, with the driver assembly simply clipped or glued or pressed into the shell while the P3 driver assembly apparently has some physical dampers and is secured by a screw or rivet. I'm never entirely trusting of publicity materials but I am also not about to destroy my property to satisfy curiosity, mine or yours....sorry biggrin.gif

Anyway experience suggests that in very similar models, and in the absence of golden ears (mine are fool's gold), any differences are going to be identified either by proper measurements or by extended listening and familiarity. I don't have test facilities so I have to defer judgement. I suspect that the P3 has a slightly richer lower end but this could be down to marginal difference in overall sensitivity rather than a true difference in balance. Or I might have imagined it. It's that close.

Both earphones suffer rather badly from conduction noise AKA "microphonics". This is probably the one aspect of Xiaomi earphoes which I think is very poor and should and could be done better. I don't think there is a real excuse why a tiny sliding cable tidy isn't fitted, as is the case with many other IEMs from similarly priced ones up to the most expensive. I'll fix mine with a tiny zip tie, trimmed to fit but I shouldn't have to.

Isolation

Identical in each case: not that good, as you'd expect from ported semi-open earphones. Etymotic and Shure can relax....if you want isolation look elsewhere. These are not the earphones for planes and trains and busy streets.

Final Note

Apart from the microphonics there isn't really anything to criticise. I've bought earphones at 4, 5, even 10 times the price which didn't sound as good and were no better made.
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Another impression:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/760847/xiaomi- ... thread/345

[QUOTE]I have just posted a review on Amazon of the Piston 3 YOUTH EDITION, with a photo comparing the two versions. Basically, i think they share the same SQ signature, with the YE having a flat rubber ribbon cable, entirely plastic, but i like the control a bit better. For $10 or so, they are an amazing deal though, since they seem to share the same driver as the regular Piston 3.
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http://www.amazon.com/Original-Xiaomi-E ... th+edition

If you are interested in the regular P3's instead, they are $16.99US ($18.47CAD)

http://www.geekbuying.com/item/New-Orig ... 43327.html
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Jul 10, 2013
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Hmm.. I'm tempted to buy one.
I lost my P2 so I'm in the search for a new earbuds and P2 was quite something at its price.
So I'm assuming that P3 should be good and if the Youth Edition is as the review says, I might want to get the YE rather than the P3.
Any other good earbuds at this price range guys?
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My understanding is that youth edition is stripped down version of piston 3 with inferior quality. I thought general consensus among users are that it's better to buy piston 3 with few more dollars.
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shgam2 wrote: Hmm.. I'm tempted to buy one.
I lost my P2 so I'm in the search for a new earbuds and P2 was quite something at its price.
So I'm assuming that P3 should be good and if the Youth Edition is as the review says, I might want to get the YE rather than the P3.
Any other good earbuds at this price range guys?
If this is indeed the same sound as p3 but just different cable and build. Then there is absolutely nothing better at this price of $8. The P3 competes with things well into the $50 range. A thing of note hoever is if you liked the bass of the P2, the P3 is less bassy but has more clarity and detail.
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gyong3 wrote: My understanding is that youth edition is stripped down version of piston 3 with inferior quality. I thought general consensus among users are that it's better to buy piston 3 with few more dollars.
I've actually purchased both of the earphones and found the quality to be very close, this is not a bad price at all. Only thing I noticed is the audio connector for the youth edition can be finicky but works none the less.

Also, slightly cheaper from Allbuy.com
https://www.allbuy.com/detail/Original- ... tops-44320

these guys are cut-throat with each other in pricing!
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I guess it depends what your priorities are. Build quality is a bit cheaper on the youth edition, but you can get two pairs at Allbuy for the price of the regular P3. So... There's that.
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princeofpersia wrote: I've actually purchased both of the earphones and found the quality to be very close, this is not a bad price at all. Only thing I noticed is the audio connector for the youth edition can be finicky but works none the less.

Also, slightly cheaper from Allbuy.com
https://www.allbuy.com/detail/Original- ... tops-44320

these guys are cut-throat with each other in pricing!
Isn't that more with conversion? $7.88US = >$10.

GB is $8.36 CAD

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