Joker -- (or anyone else who have heard all 3)
I am interested in pulling the trigger on XBA-3, as price here locally in Australia is cheap as they are being phased out and replaced by the XBA30 - can you help and advise the sound of XBA-3 in comparison to Westone3 and TF10?
I haven't listened to the XBA-3
Hey there joker, so I'm looking to give a mid tier IEM to a family member for the holidays. Price range $100-200. Sound signature looking for a great all arounder with maybe a little more emphasis on bass. Will be listening to mostly hip hop, r&b, trance, alternative rock, and acoustic music. Some of the options I was looking at were the Yamaha EPH-100, Vsonic GR07, RE262, JVC FXT90, Rock It R50, Hippo VB, JVC FXD80, Future Sonic MG7 Pro, and TDK BA2000. I know its a lot but just wondering if you can help narrow the list down. Thanks!
If you want a bump in the bass, you probably don't want the RE262 or R-50. While perhaps not completely flat, they do not have emphasized bass. The rest are all solid options depending on the requirements (except the BA200, can't say anything about that as I haven't heard it yet). I personally think the EPH-100 or FXT90 would maybe have more of a "wow factor" for the casual listener.
Sure sounds that way.
I listen to a lot of a bass heavy industrial music (KMFDM mainly) but I also like some very elaborate metal as well (Tristania, Dream Theater, Therion) with a little bit of pop as well (Depeche Mode is the big one here). I plan on getting a set of Velodyne vPulse's for every day listening but for higher end at home listening I havent decided on what to get. The Monster Miles Davis Tribute I am interested in thanks to your review but they are pretty hard to find now. I am fairly picky about design and the Tributes look nice (as do the MTPC, trumpets and the vPulse) and I am also concerned that if I pick them up I will still need something better suited for the metal I like. Would it serve me well to track down a pair of Tributes if I want something that blows my brains out listening to KMFDM and maybe a pair of MTPC for the metal where I don't want as much bass? Should I look into a more analytical pair of IEMS for my metal? If so what do you think would be great and also fit my tastes look wise?
You're probably better off getting the vPulses, spending some time with them, and seeing where you want to go from there. Doesn't seem like you know what type of sound you are after at this point and there's a number of options available to you. It might take trying the vPulse and a few other sets in order to get your sound signature bearings. I would definitely advise against getting both the Tributes and Coppers - they sound different, but probably not enough to warrant owning both.