Thanks for the reply. I do fear they miss some slam. Im not a 'bass head' but i do listen to IDM. Its more about vast swirling soundscapes and technical details for me than pure bass drive. Having said that I imagine i might play a few PC games on them from time to time ..
what would be simulary neutral and transparent to the RE-400 but with a tiny bit more bass presence?
Take a look at the BA200 from TDK. It has slightly more bass presence than the RE-400 and should be in your budget at $150 or so.
Hi ljokerl, reading through your reviews since days. Absolutely fabulous work!
Now seeking your advice for final decision making:
What I have:
- UE700 logitech-version (they were 50% off, got them from amazon germany for approx. $127 incl. shipping&tax; had no idea of dynamic drivers, BA, TWFK, sound signatures, ... at that time)
- used with ts comply foams (not for sound, but for fitting concerns)
- played a bit with equalizer presets (have no other IEMs for comparison) and seemed to like non-equalized most
What I search for:
- sound-upgrade and preferably better comfort
- for listening at home with my Nokia Lumia 920
- preferably a CIEM or at least custom-molded ear tips
- price limit about $400 incl. shipping&tax
Preferred sound signature:
- especially important (in alphabetical order): definition, detail, imaging, presence, transparence
- furthermore: analytical (for at-home-listening; don't know whether a most-analytic sound would be too much), forward
- maybe also: bright, brilliant, natural, sparkling, tight
- not: coloured (slightly at most), distant
- small/narrow/strange ears/canals? (not sure, but the UE700 with comply foams are the first not tending to fall out of my ears ^^)
- could be disappointed if the new (C)IEM is missing something compared to my UE700?
Options in no particular order (non-custom-IEMs excl. (!) approx. $84 for custom-molded ear tips):
- Fischer Audio DBA-02 mkII (from amazon germany approx. $344 o_O incl. shipping&tax)
- Etymotic Research ER-4S (from amazon uk approx. $297 incl. shipping&tax)
- Brainwavz B2 (from amazon uk approx. $98 incl. shipping&tax)
- j-phonic K2 SP (how/where to get?)
- other non-custom IEMs available inside EU?
- other non-custom IEMs available outside EU?
- Custom Art Music One (approx. $291 incl. shipping&tax)
- other custom-IEMs shipping from EU?
- other custom-IEMs shipping from outside EU?
Also considered InEar StageDiver 2, but they cost approx. $496 incl. shipping&tax + additional approx. $84 for custom-molded ear tips = approx. $580, so almost 50% above limit. Moreover, SD-2 with dual-armature 2-way design you have scored 9.3 in sound quality, whereas Custom Art Music One with single-armature 1-way only costs half the money and scored 9.2, and the upgraded Custom Art Music Two with dual-armature 1-way is on pre-order for only $374 incl. shipping&tax.
Opinions on the aforementioned (C)IEMs regarding my requirements?
What would be a noticeable upgrade worth the money?
Many thanks in advance!
Wow, at those prices ($350 for a DBA-02??) it really seems like the Music One is your best bet for the following reasons -
1. It's really hard to upgrade from the UE700 in comfort without going custom, period
2. It ticks most of your boxes, at least as much as an IEM in your price range can
3. It seems like with that you're not getting a hugely worse price than if you were located in the US or Asia
4. No need to invest an extra $80+ in custom tips
Things to consider
1. The Music One is less bright than the UE700. If you're used to the UE700's treble it may take a little bit of time to get used to having less "sparkle" but I still think the Music One sounds more natural overall
2. The Music One is not clearer than the UE700, in part because it is not as bright
3. Not sure about the audio of the Lumia 920 but a lot of the (android) smartphones I've tried don't sound great with BA earphones. I would expect the UE700 to be more sensitive to this than the Music One, though, so it seems like you're okay there.
From Peter's description the Music Two sounds awesome as well but of course I can't really have an opinion on it based on just graphs.