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Advice: SA CT6 vs UE4 vs JH5pro vs C3

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
What's up everybody,

I've been visiting this site for years, but never posted anything, I primarily used it as a hub of information. I've learned a lot on this site, but now, although reading pages and pages of information, I'm faced with a delima...

I currently have a pair of Shure se310's with a Fiio5 amp. But my wire is cracked, which is a perfect reason for me to justify me purchasing a new set of IEM's. And I'm sold on getting some customs...

After doing a log of reading I narrowed things down to the four customs in the title "SA CT6 vs UE4 vs JH5pro vs C3".

First question (which I think I already know the answer) is do these IEM's destroy the se310's in sound quality?

Second: Which one of these would you prefer? I listen to a lot of different music (Classic Jazz: Miles Davis; Smooth Jazz: Boney James; Linkin Park, Mos Def, Nas, Coldplay, etc) I like bass, but it doesn't have to thump, it just as to be present enough for me to feel it...

Price isn't an option with those 3 since it's all around the same ball park...

Any advice would be great! I'm looking to get my impresssions done next Monday or Tuesday, so I have one more week of research before pulling the trigger.

Thanks!!
post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
No advice? I tried to provide a little background information so I could get some feedback...

Thanks.
post #3 of 16
its hard... very hard to recommend one over the other. i doubt anyone in headfi has all of these customs to be able to give any good advice. in fact, the JH 5pro is probably one of the most rare iems on these boards.

i can only comment that a custom when fitting well, should at any price (unless the company uses rubbish drivers) sound much better than the best of universals. i have the sleek ct6 which is better than any universal iem i have heard by a long shot. some people don't feel the same, but for me, a good fit combined with bone conduction kills any universal sound unless you are looking for a specific signature which a custom may or may not have.
post #4 of 16
who if anyone has heard them all?
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Good question Mark2410... I'm just hoping that some people will offer some advice on the ones they have.

Shigzeo, I've read a lot of your posts and that's one reason I'm leaning towards the Sleeks. Plus the fact that they offer the wireless which is another plus.
It's just that since it's a single driver, and I already own a single driver universal (shure se310), will it be that big of a jump for me...

That's my main concern: Will any of these custom IEMS be a big jump from what I currently have (shure se310)?
post #6 of 16
You should also include the triple driver Fidelity custom.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I haven't done my own research on those so I'll have to see if I'm interested in those before I add them. Thanks for the heads up though! That's what I'll be doing tonight!
post #8 of 16
I have the UE4 Pro and like them very much. They are very well balanced and sound great with most music. I love the isolation that customs offer and have since gotten rid of my noise cancelling headphones for travel. They sound better than any iems that i've owned previously. My favorites before this were the Shure e500.

But all this said, I voted for the JH5. I say this because I heard a few of the JH Audio iems at CanJam and was totally impressed with their sound, especially the JH13. I did not listen to the JH5, but I'm sure it would not disappoint.
post #9 of 16
the single driver which sleek uses is far and away beyond shure's. it is probably the best single driver out there and i feel that it competes very well for sound with multiple driver phones. it certainly is much better than any universal which i have ever used.

mine is + bass and + treble. i have heard that if you don't get + treble, however, that it is a bit dulled up top.

after listening to a few more expensive customs (which i own), i am unconvinced that multiple drivers really have much over a really well done single. that said, if you really want bass, the sleek is not a bass monster. it is however, simple beautiful.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
after listening to a few more expensive customs (which i own), i am unconvinced that multiple drivers really have much over a really well done single.
I'm guessing that you don't own the JH13.
post #11 of 16
i should have commented in the price range. the sleek have nothing to fear from other competitors unless it is impact.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
i should have commented in the price range. the sleek have nothing to fear from other competitors unless it is impact.
So you put the CT6 over the ES3X as well? Interesting.
post #13 of 16
haha! no. I don't have the ES3X.

I am such a bad communicator sometimes... I mean in the price range of the CT6, Sleeks customs perform admirably and... at certain times, better than more expensive models. But, it also depends on what performance a person desires.
post #14 of 16
So what other customs have you heard that are in the CT6 price range? Fidelity Triples? Alien Ears? FreQ's?
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
This is good advice! I'm still not sure what ones I'm going to go for. Actually last week I purchased some cans (Ultrasone HFI 780) which sound amazing! And I plan on doing a recable in a couple of weeks also.
However, I still feel empty without some customs, so I'm still on the search.
I go to South Africa in December and will definitely need some by then because I can't travel with huge cans on my head lol.

However, now that I have more time to save, I'm looking more into the ES3X.

And yes, bass is definitely needed!
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