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The Best High End IEM For Me!

post #1 of 90
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I know there are a million of these threads, but this one is serious.

Since joining this forum I have realised that the setup I have isn't getting me the best sound and I want the best.

So, I am saving up for a new IEM to go with my current setup: iPod 5.5 80GB + PA2V2 Amp.

I have put my options in the poll and if people could vote and based on the votes along with what reasons people put and the reading I do, I will make a decision and begin saving up.

In terms of finance, money is an issue, that is why I do not have any of the UE Custom series on there.

These are my options:

CANT EDIT POLL - So would also like to add the Westone UM3 to the list!! thx
Shure E5C
Shure E500/Shure SE530
Westone UM1
Westone UM2
Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10Pro
Ultimate Ears SuperFi5 Extended Bass
Etymotic ER-4P/ER-4P

My music taste is mainly techno, trance and house. But I do listen to a lot of rock and classical and pop music. Much of my music is MP3, but I am now getting albums in FLAC and converting to ALAC.

I will update this post as required.

Thanks a lot for all your help

Can people please make a supporting post to back up their choice, it makes a huge difference to actually know why people choose certein earphones!
post #2 of 90
Thread Starter 
Hey

I see people are voting, I'd really appreciate if people can say why!

Thx
post #3 of 90
I think the ebay deal on the E500 for $259 shipped is a nobrainer.

I personally own the E500 and the Etymotic ER4P with P to S adapter, and I've used the SuperFi 5 Pro for a good period of time.

For the music you listen to, E500 hands down. It just provides a marvelously expansive sound. And given that you seem to already be a fan of the shure sound signature, I don't think the E500 could ever dissappoint, especially at the $259 shipped pricepoint.

I do still love my ER4P and I think they're better than the E500 for many kinds of songs. But that's mostly for very fine acoustic guitar recordings with very good vocals. I find that the ER4P sounds much more natural, and much more detailed. The E500 feels a bit hollow in comparison. It feels dulled down.
post #4 of 90
If I'd were u I'd choose Custom IEM - Livewires T1 - 2 drivers, but it is custom and Earpace Company is pleasure to deal with. I too decided for LW instead of e500. Sparkle in the high end isa important for me, and e500 is told to have a treble rolloff. LW are saupposed to be the best bang for the buck i think
post #5 of 90

Atrio IEM

You have left out the Atrio M5 from your future.

I have not listenned to any of the other "high end" IEMs present but do yourself a favor and add the M5/M8 to your choices.

Available at Future Sonics for $200 or at ebay for $130.

Also the Atrio do not need additional amping to sound great.

Maybe with an Ipod amping is needed? Is the sound quality that bad? I never used one of those. Should try it one day!

cheers,
post #6 of 90
I'd go Livewires also, it's a dual driver custom for 249 USD including shipping and they have excellent customer service, how can you go wrong with that, or even consider any universal IEM that costs almost twice as much?
That is, you need to be able to take ear impressions though.
post #7 of 90
The best IEM I have heard so far is ER-4S (Of course with great home rig) From your listening's style, I don't think you can archive high-end from mp3 format.
post #8 of 90
Save up for the UE-10/UE-11. They should be better than any other IEM out there in sound quality and since they are customs they will also provide the best isolation and total comfort. The Shure E500/SE530s are too rolled off in the highs to compete with them.

EDIT: Okay I didn't quite finish reading your post, FeedMeTrance. Out of non-custom IEMs, the Etymotic ER4s should indeed be the best, but only if amped properly, otherwise go with either the UE Triple.fis or Shure E500/SE530. The Shures are more neutral, with more visceral but slightly less detailed bass and rolled off highs compared to the Triple.fi, while the UEs have a recessed midrange compared to the Shures, but also have brighter and more extended high-end and describe more detail in the low frequencies.
This article will help you choose between the two: http://www.earphonesolutions.com/she5pthvsule.html
post #9 of 90
I voted for the Triple.fi 10 Pro. Personally, I like them better than the E500. I listened to the Shure's at Atlanta Airport like 5 Times. They do sound good, but Im not a fan of roll-off in the highs. I like the treble to nice and smooth, with incredible detail and extension which is what the Triple.fi's have. However, everyone can't be wrong, just because I don't like them doesn't mean that you won't, so Im recommending either one, the Triple.fi or the E500.
post #10 of 90
check out the q-JAYs. Good solid performer.
post #11 of 90
i voted for shures e500 because i think out of the ones you have given choices for the 2 best all rounders are the shures and the triple fi 10's,i voted for the e500 because it offers better cleaner more farward mids and overall punchier bass,the triple fi are a very close second but let down by the sucked out mids and overall design,some will vote the triple fi as having better highs but honestly the difference isnt that noticeable and overall i just think the highs are smoother and perfect (IMHO)the triple fi will seem sharper to the ear due to lack of mid and bass punch,thats not to say the triple fi's lack good mids and bass,no way,but just not on the same scale the shures offer,the q jays do look pretty sweet aswell but dual driver earphones usually suffer with slightly overblown bass,but we will see how they get on,the ety's er4 are good but for your music choice specifically they will sound way too tinny with not bass punch that techno and house bounce along with,also if your prepared to wait theres always the up coming westone 3,and although i believe they should be absolutely stunning,i suspect them to be losing customers by the day because of this huge delay
post #12 of 90
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pianist View Post
Save up for the UE-10/UE-11. They should be better than any other IEM out there in sound quality and since they are customs they will also provide the best isolation and total comfort. The Shure E500/SE530s are too rolled off in the highs to compete with them.

EDIT: Okay I didn't quite finish reading your post, FeedMeTrance. Out of non-custom IEMs, the Etymotic ER4s should indeed be the best, but only if amped properly, otherwise go with either the UE Triple.fis or Shure E500/SE530. The Shures are more neutral, with more visceral but slightly less detailed bass and rolled off highs compared to the Triple.fi, while the UEs have a recessed midrange compared to the Shures, but also have brighter and more extended high-end and describe more detail in the low frequencies.
This article will help you choose between the two: http://www.earphonesolutions.com/she5pthvsule.html
this is an acurate description apart from the claim about the er4's being the best,yes they are very good and very very good amped properly but in all honesty multi driver earphones are not given the extra drivers to improve package reading,they generally offer extended bass and much more punch and inpact,and triple driver earphones in particular offer very accurate bass and great texture and timbre to the music,not to mention giving overall better sound unless the bass is bloated,this is why out of your choices the shure e500 and triple fi's should in theory top your list,but there will be fanboys that vote whole heartedly for ety's and so on,ill admit im a big fan of my shures but im genuinly bein honest in saying i believe them to be the best choice for your listening preferences
post #13 of 90
ER-4P, I was about to sell them, but then I played Opeth-The drapery falls, and I had an eargasm
post #14 of 90
Voted other - Futuresonics Atrio M5.
post #15 of 90
Thread Starter 
Ok,

Thanks for all the posts, it looks like the E500s seem to be quite the popular reccomendation, but I have also sent an email enquiry to the Livewire team asking what the logistics are to ship to Australia.

The ER4's also seem to be a good choice, but they need to be well amped. I am getting the PA2V2, is that good enough as an amp, or would something abit more high end go?

I'll still wait for more votes and posts before I make a decision
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