The MG7 is a little different from the E10 - it'll have more subbass and maybe not enough mid-bass, plus less treble sparkle and a narrower soundstage in exchange for a less vague sonic image and better detail and clarity. I am also not aware of an MG7 with mic, only the lower-end Atrio X.
Hey Joker , I thank you a lot for these reviews. I have bought a Meelectronics M6 as my first IEM based on your review and it was EXACTLY how you described.
I am looking for a new pair with more budget (100~160$), I have searched the reviews of head-fi and one of Brainwavz B2, Hifiman Re 262 and VSonic GR 07 could be the perfect match for me.
I basically want one for thrash/speedy metal, having reasonable mid-bass and mids,high as good as possible, and it shouldnt be much treble based such as Brainwavz M4. I want one for comfort, durability for atleast 2-3 years, best isolation and (optionally) with an inline microphone (only Etymotic Hf2/3/5 seems to have it, as it doesnt sound as good as RE262/GR07, a better alternative could be appreciated!)
Sound quality comes first and then accessories(microphone etc). So what do you suggest me to buy Joker ? Any other IEM suggestions that you can give apart from the ones you mentioned?
Thanks for your time!
I've never heard the Brainwavz M4. Also, it's hard to say which of the IEMs will be durable for several years. partly because it depends heavily on how you treat them. I had a pair of RE0s for over a year and they still looked and sounded like new when I sold them. Others have had trouble getting six months' use out them.
Having to have a mic really narrows things down. The HF2/3 is very good and certainly can compete with the best in the price range. However, I am not sure what mid-bass level you consider reasonable - the HF2/3 has no mid-bass boost. An alternative would be to buy the Phonak Perfect Bass (022) and an additional filter pack to turn them into 122s if necessary.
If you drop the mic requirement, there's tons of options. The RE262 might not be heavy enough on the treble and the B2 might not have enough bass but the GR07, FXT90, or EPH-100 should be fine. The EPH-100 will have more mid-bass than the GR07 and potentially less fatiguing treble, It also isolates a lot.
Hey Joker, Thanks for your humongous review.
I have the RE262 and the ATH CK10. Both are really great warriers in their own arenas. Having said that, I somehow keep longing for that perfect sound even though these two keep surprising me from time to time.
I sometimes find the RE262 too dull for some music and the ATH CK10 are definitely way too bright for me.
Just for reference, I just love the sound signature of my modded Fostex T50RPs headphones. The natural mids and silky smooth highs are just to die for! The bass is also very fast and impactful, but never overwhelming. Only problem is their portability.
I am searching for an IEM with similar sound traits as my Fostex. Any suggestion here?
Just to summarise, following are my requirements:
1. Quick and natural bass. I can't stand boominess.
2. Natural midrange. I don't want the midrange bump.
3. Very silky smooth highs. I am sensitive to sibilance. For reference, I find the ATH CK10 "too" bright.
Any suggestions for this deranged soul?
I've never heard the T50RP but it sounds like you need to sell the RE262 and CK10 both and go for an RE272 (assuming you don't find the midrange presence on the RE262 excessive) or Ety ER4S. The Westone 4 may also be a good option, but pricy in comparison. They will have much more impact, though. Again, not sure what the T50RP sounds like so I am not sure what the balance you are looking for is. Most armature-based IEMs will not sound bloated or boomy, though.