Originally Posted by tosin19
I want to get a new pair of IEMs for my incoming Cowon S9 player and need an audiophile's advice. I've only owned owned one pair of IEM..some Sony's...but the cord broke..so alas. I listen to a huge array of music...from hip hop, to classical, bluegrass, indie, latin..so my preference is for an overall very well balanced IEM that gives me a lot of warmth and clarity. The Cowon S9 is supposed to be a little light on the bass, so I would prefer an IEM that give me a little bit more bass, though not be bass heavy. My budget for now is about $150. Durability is a bonus, but SQ and good isolation are my priority.
CNET has a raving review of the Klipsh S4...but I am open to all suggestions.
Hi there, I've heard the S9 (had it for a couple of weeks), and didn't think it was light on bass at all. I guess it depends how much you want
There's a really good thorough review of it here based on use with the SE530...http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5899929-post1.html
For your budget, I'd suggest either the Denon C710's, the JVC FX500 or the Monster Turbines, all of which can be purchased for under $150, and all of which have plenty of stonking bass
Even the Sennheiser CX95 would probably be a nice match with plenty of bass and a nice rich midrange. Plus they're much cheaper than the other two
If you like vocals placed slightly forward, then I'd choose the Denons over the JVC because I found the JVC vocals to sound a little distant in comparison with the Denons. Also, I found the vocals on the S9 to be very slightly recessed. That may be why such a positive result was found with the mid-forward SE530.
Hope that helps... or confuses