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So I own a pair of AKG701's that I *LOVE* and I am looking for some monitors for portable use. I use an iPod nano 2G with a Meier Headsix. I'm looking for something with the sound and as close as possible to the impact of the AKG's. Unfortunately I desperately need isolation and I can't wear a huge pair of headphones so monitor's seem like the likely choice.

I'm looking at Etymotic ER4, and some Shure models right now, however I don't want something shrill or to trebley which is what I have been hearing about the etymotics. But I do know that I love the sound of my AKG's and the characteristic--it has the perfect amount of detail, mid, high bass warmth it has it all! I know monitors aren't really known for having any kind of impact but any advice would be greatly appreciated. I listen to everything from metal to jazz to country to instrumental Post-Rockish stuff, so the ability to do diverse is great.

Oh and my budget is *hopefully* below $200 (eBay most likely) but willing to go as high as $300.
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Bump, considering some Future Sonic model's.
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If you want something with impact as good as headphones, you'll only find it with headphones. However the Futuresonics Atrio comes close to that. I feel it thumping in my head!
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Originally Posted by vii_haven View Post
If you want something with impact as good as headphones, you'll only find it with headphones. However the Futuresonics Atrio comes close to that. I feel it thumping in my head!
Not looking for something with as much...just as close as possible. I realize I won't be able to get the same amount of oomph due to the drivers.
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is the sound of er4 most likely as 701?
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Originally Posted by PhearthecowZ View Post
Not looking for something with as much...just as close as possible. I realize I won't be able to get the same amount of oomph due to the drivers.
Actually it depends on the seal and the right amount of space the seal creates in the ear. No matter the size of the driver, a tiny driver can produce the same apparent bass output as a Velodyne subwoofer if the ear conditions are met and the audio signal calls for it.

What the driver is doing is manipulating the available air in that space just like a subwoofer manipulates the air in a room. The larger the subwoofer for the same size room, the more air the subwoofer will move, thus producing a greater amount of bass. Take an 18 inch Velodyne into a bathroom and crank it up...
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