OK, I now have the FX700 and SM3, so I have made updates to the chart in the first post accordingly. I have updated many other things in the chart also, but mostly minor additions and changes. For example, the SM3 bass has changed my thoughts on the Copper bass. Sure, the price is double, but wow, the bass! It is the only universal that reminds me of the UE11 universal I tried. The UE11 universal mopped the floor with my IE8, which I compared it to.
The FX700 is definitely top-tier, and as James444 very accurately describes it in his FX700 thread
. It is very nice indeed!
I have not had enough time to compare my new IEMs with my existing crop, nor have I given the FX700 the ear time it deserves (the SM3 arrived 2 days later and I have been grabbing for those almost every chance I get to listen).
Also, Woody469 thinks the SR-71 takes the GR8 to a whole other level where the soundstage competes with the IE8 and the rest of the presentation is just magnificent. And speaking of space, the SM3 might compete with the IE8...
Originally Posted by Pianist
@ average_joe I just looked through your chart again in post #1 and you write that GR8 is smoother than Shure SE530. That is not true. It may be more coherent, but definitely not smoother. In fact, I have yet to hear a headphone that has a more liquid presentation than SE530.
I would say this is amp dependent, and both synergize with different amps. Actually, that statement can be expanded to almost all IEMs, and these top-tier IEMs can improve immensely with synergistic sources. If I only had the time/resources to compile that list.
|Please put me on the list of supporters...
|Also, I would like you to add RE0 to your list of IEMs that are close to being top tier.