I personally like the SM64. See review here: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/earsonics-sm64/ . Really good if you like deep and powerful bass (it’s not a reference earphone) without veiling or loss in clarity/detail.
I haven’t tried any Zero Audio IEMs. Are the Yamaha EPH-100s in your budget? I know prices are often higher in the UK for the same gear. I really like the EPH-100 for EDM. The MA750s are good, too- they are a little slower than the EPH-100 from a bass perspective, but otherwise about as capable.
Thanks for the input! But those are scarse and i don't find any retailer nor etailer selling The Sonys in Sweden. I do find a retailer selling the TDK BA200. These are better than the 535's you say? Regarding the Shure SE535 it's nearly sold out everywhere here and i was thinking custom as an alternative. Is the 1964-V3 from 1964 Ears better than the Shure 535's? And the Westone W40 any thoughts of them? Im just after transparent neutral sound and no colouring on any range. The Shure 535, UE900, Sennheiser 8i, Etymotic Research ER-4PT, Klipsch X11i, Grado GR8 is the only ones with big availability here in Sweden.
Thanks in advance!
edit: ljokerl i just read that you didn't like the SE535 a few posts up. Are they bad?
I don’t mind the SE535 - it's not the IEM I’d personally buy in its price class, but if you enjoyed it I definitely wouldn't advise against it.
The W40 has the same sound as the W4 reviewed in this thread. I like the W40, as well as the UE900 and ER-4PT. The UE900 is very balanced except for a little dip in the upper mids. It’s a little brighter than the SE535 but that didn’t bother me. The ER4 is more analytical - brighter, less bass body, and thinner overall. The X11i and Senn IE8i are definitely not neutral-sounding so probably not a good choice.
The 1964-V3 is also not neutral-sounding - it's quite bassy and has an aggressive signature. Not a great SE535 upgrade.
This might be the best thread ever of all thread that ever was!!
Just reporting back that I have given many more hours on my RHA 750 IEMs. They have become everything I had hoped and more! Bass response has enhanced with burn in and the clarity is excellent across the spectrum! My only gripe in the over ear piece. I wish they were a little more rigid or perhaps "formable".
Glad you like them!
FYI, the earhooks on the MA750 can be reshaped if you think that will help you get more comfortable – just heat them up with a hair dryer and carefully adjust their shape. Once they cool off they’ll take on the new shape you give them.
@joker or anyone else
so i got the um pro 30. But the sound signature isn't really to my liking. The bass is a bit bloated and bleeds into the lower mids, which i find is a bit too forward. the upper midrange could use a tiny bit more clarity as well.
Basically i'm looking for something mid centric, not shove-it-into-your-face forward with less midbass, and a bit more clarity, and no sibilance, and kind of warm. Something that sounds natural (transparent?) and on the warm side of neutral a la lcd2.
I'm guessing the shure se535 might be it, but in your review you say that it's bested by some newer offerings so im wondering what they may be. I'm guessing the sm64, since you say its still dark sounding, but can make claims to sonic balance. But I'm still unsure. My price range is still 400-500, but this time, no brand preference, though I'm leaning towards the sm64 if I can actually find someplace to buy them.(I already emailed earsonics about the vat tax)
Yeah, the SE535 would do it. It's a better LCD-2 match than the SM64. It's a little pricy though - IMO the TDK BA200, Sony MDR-7550, and even HiFiMan RE-400 are a better value for that type of sound, and the StageDiver SD-2 might be the holy grail if you're spending SE535 money.