Originally Posted by pila405
hi, i want to buy the best IEM/AMP/MP pack to get the most neutral sound for listening to classical music, does the UE-10 are the best IEM for my need?
i would also would like to know - will the AOL cable will be the best to transfer the signals?
and would you suggest me on the iMod as the best portable mumsic player?
Hey there. I'm probably going to be bashed for saying this.........but I truly feel that you do not need to spend a ton of extra money perfecting your portable listening station. I own the UE10s, I own the Shure SE530s, the UE Triple Fi's and I owned the Ety ER4s...also I owned the Westone UM2s
Classical is the majority of what I listen to. And it is believed that a bright neutral timbre is the perfect choice for classical listening. If this your belief then I definitely refer you to the UE10s and if you don't want to spend the money then I refer you to the ER4P.
However, custom fitted monitors are a real pain to get the perfect fit for, and they also for me were NEVER as comfortable as universals which used foams.
After about a year of trying over 10 different IEMs, I finally decided that the two best choices were the Shure SE530s and the UE Triple Fis.....
The Triple Fis are very similar to the UE10s while not be quite as perfectly neutral. The UE10s sound better to me while maintaining the same character. Not substantially better though. If the UE10s are a 9.5 out of 10, then the Triple Fi's sound quality is somewhere between an 8.5 and a 9.
The Shures however may very well be the best IEM on the market. First off they are a pleasure to wear. Their sound quality is very natural....not nearly as detailed as the UE10, but a bit more authentic to actual concert hall representation.
With regard to amplification. While Ray Samuels and Jan Meier both make wonderful portable amps that do wonders for high impedance headphones, I never felt it was necessary to pair an ipod or zune or iMod up with a portable amp. It just doesn't need it. The DAC's in portable players are just not so refined that they need an amp. I know some people will laugh at that. But I own the Tamahawk, Hornet and Corda Moves and while I definitely use the amp for high impedance headphones, the concept of pair ultraportable listening devices such as IEMs with an inferior DAC such as a Zune or Ipod and a mediator such as a portable amp seems to be overkill to me. You won't really notice a drastic difference if you really listen. That being said......Ray Samuels is one of the nicest guys in the world and would be very quick to point out that if you encode your music at lossless the amp would very well make a bigger difference than if you compress your music. I just don't think IEMs need amps.
My vote goes to the Shure SE530s..........and my guess is you may take the journey of customs, but somewhere along the line you're going to get fed up with the discomfort and finnicky nature of hard plastic in the ear canal....and land up buying the Shures and then say to yourself "Oh Crap I shoulda bought this in the first place"
I Know I did go through that exact situation.