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which IEM should I use if I listen to the female vocal mostly

post #1 of 13
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I am now using image x10, it is very good, but the voice is not so warm. When I turn up the sound a little bit, I can hear the difference. The sound is a little cold.
I usually listen to the female vocal, most of them are Japanses music.
which IEM has a warm voice and better soundstage?
I am interested in SLeek SA6, how is that?
btw, my source is Sony a815, and my sony a726 is coming up by next week
post #2 of 13
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bump myself...sorry
post #3 of 13
If you're married (and male), you'll be able to hear female vocals loud and clear for the rest of your life.

These vocals may occasionally be somewhat shrill. That's the price you pay for lifetime service. No satisfaction guarantee.

(P.S. I've heard the SA6 has a rather forward midrange, which might be right up your alley)
post #4 of 13
The ER 4P's have a very clear mid and high range, and the sony players slight accentuation of bass make them sound great in the lowend too.
post #5 of 13
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The ER 4P's have a very clear mid and high range...
co-signed ER4p ftw for female vocals
post #6 of 13
but ER4P's sound is way too cold, considered the OP think X10 is a bit cold too. I personally will recommend SE530 for warm female vocal.
post #7 of 13
I owned the E500 and E5C and ER-4S and ER-4P. I like the X10s. I've been listening to Diana Krall, Ella, Holly Cole, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday. It sounds quite good.
post #8 of 13
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but ER4P's sound is way too cold, considered the OP think X10 is a bit cold too. I personally will recommend SE530 for warm female vocal.
thx, so how is it compared to sleek sa6, how many advantages se530 has?
I only use shure e2c before, it has a great bass..but it is totally bad for female vocal...
post #9 of 13
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thx, so how is it compared to sleek sa6, how many advantages se530 has?
I only use shure e2c before, it has a great bass..but it is totally bad for female vocal...
the SE530s are known for their wonderful mids. The Shures have wonderful seperation of the midrange vocals from the resst of the music. The Etymotic ER4P is a very energetic listen with great highs IMO.
post #10 of 13
What about something from Westone? I've only heard UM1's, but really loved the vocals.
post #11 of 13
pick a shure, they are all about the mids
post #12 of 13
It depends on the source. With a nice warm source, the E500 can sing. The mids have a plasticky texture, but with a warm player that can be overcome to a degree. I would recommend Kenwood players (i.e. HD30GA9 and the like) since they have a wonderful synergy with the E500.

The UM2 would work quite well too. It's mids aren't warm but they aren't cold either. They're very natural tonally, with a nice kicking bass and lots of dynamic range. You may need to crank the highs up a bit to get the detail to come out though.
post #13 of 13
Sony NWZ-A72x/NWZ-A818 + Etymotic Research ER-6i or ER-4P or HF5.

The synergy is wondrous to behold, and female vocals sound great on my HF5.

Edit: In my opinion, no IEM can match a fullsize headphone. I've owned and listened to (albeit briefly) most of the common universal IEM on the market, from the cheap Denon C551 to the mid-priced ER-4P and Image X10 to the expensive Shure E5c and triple.fi 10. None of them sounded better than my $100 Audio-Technica fullsize cans.

IEMs are ultimately a severe compromise and I have not found one yet that has no major flaws. I settled on the HF5 because it has the sound and other aspects I'm least upset with. It doesn't really sound like an ER-4P, more like an improved ER-6i, which is preferable to me.

As the Westone 3 has just been released, I have not yet tried them, and after being burned so many times looking for the right IEM, I'm ambivalent about trying them, even after so many glowing reviews.

Bottom line, however, is that you should expect to be disappointed in some way by an IEM regardless.
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