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Downgrading from UM2's

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hoping to put some money back in the bank so i'm looking to possibly downgrade from my UM2's.

What do you recommend? I like deep bass, warm mids, and not too bright highs, but still clear highs.

Price Range: Around $100, give or take.

I listen to a range of music: Coldplay, Yo-Yo Ma, Bob Marley, Maroon 5, etc...

Want something comfortable, not tiring, yet fun.
post #2 of 21
um1's,on a serious note the only low end earphones ive had good experiences with are sennheiser cx300,but thats one big step down from um2,heck you can get a decent pair of ultimate ears for less than um2 and a nice set of shures but you need to state your price range
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by aphexii View Post
Hoping to put some money back in the bank so i'm looking to possibly downgrade from my UM2's.

What do you recommend? I like deep bass, warm mids, and not too bright highs, but still clear highs.
I think you should highly consider the Future Sonics Atrio m5. Deep bass and very smooth sounding (very non-fatiguing).

YGPM!
post #4 of 21
personally I cant stand any IEM below the UM2, I wouldnt suggest downgrading except maybe to the e4
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by RedLeader View Post
personally I cant stand any IEM below the UM2, I wouldnt suggest downgrading except maybe to the e4
thats a good call,ofcourse going from high end to low end is gonna impact your music quality a fair bit
post #6 of 21
Headfiers never downgrade. It's against our religion.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by audiomagnate View Post
Headfiers never downgrade. It's against our religion.
amen
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hoping to be around $100, give or take
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by aphexii View Post
Hoping to be around $100, give or take
erm well the atrio's are a great headphone and do punchy bass very well
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
updated the OP
post #11 of 21
just keep em. Selling the UM2's will only get you maybe $200. Then after buying a set of $100 phones you only bank $100. Its not worth the downgrade. I'd pay much more NOT to downgrade.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by mrdeadfolx View Post
just keep em. Selling the UM2's will only get you maybe $200. Then after buying a set of $100 phones you only bank $100. Its not worth the downgrade. I'd pay much more NOT to downgrade.
bingo,hit that one on the head,they really arent worth the downgrade and your ears wont be happy with you if and when you do
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
well part of the reason I want to downgrade is infrequency in which I use them...

$100 is still $100
post #14 of 21
well if your determined and you rarely use earphones anyway id recommend the sennheiser cx300 as the very lowest qualty iem thats not a terrible listen but does a decent job,but is nothing special at all,but hey you cant care much bout that as you rarely listen to them anyway,what i mean by very lowest quality is lowest you should go,any lower is unlistenable really as far as iem's go but there are a few koss choices that are outter ear but sound ok and very cheap and the reason i say the cx300 is because from what i gather u enjoy a warm sound and these give that
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
well, i wouldnt go that far... I use them on plane trips, travel, when sitting in cafe's, etc...

I still want something that sounds good (im sure there are some around $100 worth my time). I'm not expecting the quality of my UM2's obviously, but I dont like having $200 tied up in IEM's when i primarily use my HD595's.

Considering so far;

er-6i (possibly too bright/weak bass) - $75ish
Atrio M5 (good all around) - $130ish
super.fi 5 EB - $130ish
im716 - $75ish


I like IEM's in such places since they totally block out ALL the noise (especially on flights). I wouldn't be opposed to smaller closed headphones as long as they are light and travel well (in which case, maybe i should throw the ES7 into the loop - but are they comfy?)
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