Thank you all for your input so far. I have moved the PS200 to the top-tier category as it seems like it is close to the CK10, but with a bit of a different presentation.
I also moved the SM3 to top-tier status since it is supposedly better than the SM2, and the SM2 is in the top-tier chart (of course I have to take people's word on this
I have some blank spots in the chart I was hoping people could help me with:
- Weaknesses of the MCTP Gold
- Sound sig and weaknesses of the MC Miles Davis IEM
- GR8 weaknesses
- Please speak out if you have had fit issues with the e-Q7, I am trying to get a better handle on this.
- CK100 sound signature, and are there any supporters?
- SM2/SM3 weaknesses and sound signature as well as how easy are they to drive?
Originally Posted by 12345142
Put in my vote for the PS200. The treble is extremely detailed with punchy (but not too strong) bass, yet the earphone sounds very balanced and musical. I own the Etymotic ER6 and Monster Turbine, and find the former to be very detailed, but lacking bass, and not smooth or musical. The latter has much more bass and is smoother and musical, but loses out in treble extension, detail and crispness. I find the Phiatons successfully combine both my other IEMs' merits, and have a much wider soundstage than either of them. (Plus, they look cool.) Sadly, to be honest I don't own any other IEMs on the chart, but I did try the SE530, IE8, UE700 and X5, much preferring the PS200s.
The SE530s' debilitating treble rolloff was a let-down, although the mids were much nicer (not to say the PS200 mids are bad by any means).
The PS200s' bass was much more precise and detailed than the IE8s, which I found very thumpy and slow, albeit smoother and fuller.
Compared to the UE700s, it sounded like there was a hole through which the mids fell through; vocals were recessed, which bothered me.
With the X5, although they were very fast and precise, there was a significant loss of treble extension and crispness.
Some things left to be desired are a stingy lack of accessories - only Earsonics will give you less extras. Also, as is typical of balanced armatures, truly powerful and impactful bass is best left to dynamic-driver earphones. I definitely plan on writing a full review sometime soon.
Thank you, info added.
Originally Posted by Zeo
SM2 = speed...Well it's a quite unusual rating, and owning grado GR8, the SM2 (ans SM3) as well mid are far better.
Typical long and precise highs, defined and warm medium and energic bass. (probably more accurate and precise on SM3).
Both belong to the top tier universal IEM
Thank you for the info. For clarification, you own all 3 (GR8, SM2, SM3)? Which has far better mids, the GR8 or SM2/SM3? And your description is of the SM2 for the precise highs, defined and warm mids, etc?
Originally Posted by AudioDwebe
Very cool chart.
Please add me to the list of supporters for the CK10's.
IEMs I currently own: Ety ER6; IE8; CK10; CK100.
IEMs owned previously: Vibes; Bose IEs; Ety ER4B; ER4P; ER4S; Shure E500; Shure SE530; UE 5 Pros; UE 5 EB; IE8.
Thanks, glad you like the chart. Info added!