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post #10816 of 14596
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Originally Posted by matt4109 View Post

Hi Joker

 

Fantastic thread, thanks for posting all this. I got a pair of Vsonic GR02 Bass Editions recently and love them. But my right ear canal is apparently tiny and even the smallest tips provided by vsonic (which are quite small) are uncomfortable enough that I cant wear the headphones in more than a couple hours as my right ear canal becomes bruised from the tip. I've always used comply tips in the past as I've never before found silicone tips small enough to fit and stay in my ear. The smallest vsonic tip stays in my ear and I don't notice until its been in there for a while and the ear canal starts to bruise.Otherwise they are great. Do you have any recommendations on a pair on a pair with even smaller tips? 

 

I considered getting the astrotec am-90s or rock-it r-20s or etymotic mc5 but didn't know if I would be happy with the sound since they all have smaller frequency ranges listed. Honestly the bass in the gr02 BE is more heavy than I really need but I really like that it has such great extension. Budget would be up to $100ish I guess though I do tend to lose my headphones every 4 months or so which is why I was looking at cheaper sets. I also fly at least twice a week so decent isolation would be nice.

 

Again thanks for making this thread and for any advice you might have. It's an incredible resource.


I have really narrow ear canals too. The smallest tips I've found so far are the Jays silicones.  They come in xx-small, but can be hard to find.

If you are in the US or Canada, the only place I know that you can buy them is here: http://stereotypeaudio.com/our-brands/jays/jays-silicon-sleeve-xxs-black.html

http://stereotypeaudio.com/our-brands/jays/jays-silicon-sleeve-xxs-white.html

Maybe you can find them on eBay.  I know that someone posted other places you can get them if you're in Europe, but I don't remember where.

Reading reviews, several people have had luck with them using them on various Vsonic earphones, so I'm sure they will fit the GR02 nozzle. I've read that because the opening is very slightly wider than the Vsonics, they tend to slightly increase the treble emphasis in comparison.

I haven't actually ordered them yet, because the smallest Vsonic tips fit my ears, but just barely.  Although, I just bought another earphone, TDK BA200, and I'm considering buying them for that, as none of the stock tips are small enough.

Based on the measurements posted at the website above, the xxs Jays silicones appear to be just a bit smaller than the smallest Vsonics (8.8 mm versus 9-9.5 mm for the Vsonics). Here's a link to a review with pics of the different sizes of Jays silicone eartips. http://anythingbutipod.com/2007/10/jays-q-jays-review/

post #10817 of 14596
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Originally Posted by iRo-Fi View Post

Joker, what would be all-around upgrade from Meelec A151? A bit more bass and better soundstage would be good, but i don't really want to give anything in exchange. Several suggestions would be nice, no particular budget in mind.


Well, the A161P is one – it’s a more aggressive sound but it also has better imaging and more bass. The deep bass is especially more prominent compared to the A151.

 

Another one in a similar price range is the HiFiMan RE-400. It doesn't have a whole lot more bass depth than the A151 but it has slightly more mid-bass impact, along with very smooth mids and treble and a well-rounded presentation.

 

Along those same lines, the Philips Fidelio S1/S2 have more deep bass than the RE-400 but also are a little more energetic in the treble region. They have wider soundstages but lack the layering of the RE-400 and VSonic GR07.  

 

The VSonic GR07 has more bass and a wider soundstage and doesn’t really give anything up except for the treble smoothness of the A151 (although the A151 doesn't have quite enough treble energy in my opinion). 

 

The UE900, if you really want to spend a lot, has smoother treble than the GR07 and fits all of your other requirements.

post #10818 of 14596
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Originally Posted by Jill View Post


I have really narrow ear canals too. The smallest tips I've found so far are the Jays silicones.  They come in xx-small, but can be hard to find.

If you are in the US or Canada, the only place I know that you can buy them is here: http://stereotypeaudio.com/our-brands/jays/jays-silicon-sleeve-xxs-black.html

http://stereotypeaudio.com/our-brands/jays/jays-silicon-sleeve-xxs-white.html

Maybe you can find them on eBay.  I know that someone posted other places you can get them if you're in Europe, but I don't remember where.

Reading reviews, several people have had luck with them using them on various Vsonic earphones, so I'm sure they will fit the GR02 nozzle. I've read that because the opening is very slightly wider than the Vsonics, they tend to slightly increase the treble emphasis in comparison.

I haven't actually ordered them yet, because the smallest Vsonic tips fit my ears, but just barely.  Although, I just bought another earphone, TDK BA200, and I'm considering buying them for that, as none of the stock tips are small enough.

Based on the measurements posted at the website above, the xxs Jays silicones appear to be just a bit smaller than the smallest Vsonics (8.8 mm versus 9-9.5 mm for the Vsonics). Here's a link to a review with pics of the different sizes of Jays silicone eartips. http://anythingbutipod.com/2007/10/jays-q-jays-review/

Try vc02's smallest tips, they're the smallest tip I've seen in an iem 
http://cdn.head-fi.org/c/cd/350x700px-LL-cd52ea7c_IMG_20121122_093353.jpeg

post #10819 of 14596
Hey guys, I have a question and I know this really isn't the place to ask but I haven't been getting much help posting in the "Help and Introduction" section.

Anyways, I am looking to get a new pair of IEMs and I'm about to get the Westone 4Rs, I don't want to spend more than 400. Is there any other IEMs that I should be considering at that price range? I like neutral sound and some color but nothing with unnatural bass. Again I know this wasn't the place to ask but I appreciate your guys patience.
post #10820 of 14596
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post

Hey guys, I have a question and I know this really isn't the place to ask but I haven't been getting much help posting in the "Help and Introduction" section.

Anyways, I am looking to get a new pair of IEMs and I'm about to get the Westone 4Rs, I don't want to spend more than 400. Is there any other IEMs that I should be considering at that price range? I like neutral sound and some color but nothing with unnatural bass. Again I know this wasn't the place to ask but I appreciate your guys patience.


It's one of the places to ask... wink.gif

 

There are lots of other high-end IEMs you can snag for under $400. The Westones happen to be versatile and fit your requirements of not being completely neutral but also not having heavily enhanced bass. I don't see anything wrong with them as your pick. As for alternatives, I would say the UE900, VSonic GR07 / GR07 Bass Edition, and maybe the Sony MDR-7550 also fit your requirements, all with slightly different sound signatures and form factors. 

post #10821 of 14596
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post


It's one of the places to ask... wink.gif

 

There are lots of other high-end IEMs you can snag for under $400. The Westones happen to be versatile and fit your requirements of not being completely neutral but also not having heavily enhanced bass. I don't see anything wrong with them as your pick. As for alternatives, I would say the UE900, VSonic GR07 / GR07 Bass Edition, and maybe the Sony MDR-7550 also fit your requirements, all with slightly different sound signatures and form factors. 


Thanks for the suggestions, those were pretty much the others I had in my head. I really want to try the Westone 4Rs tho and maybe get some custom tips down the road as I have a limited budget. Otherwise I would just get some customs

post #10822 of 14596
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Originally Posted by FrequencyBlue View Post

I am using your thread to find and add some IEMs to http://www.head-fi.org/t/670395/the-new-v-shaped-club, will credit you as list builder

 

btw, do you think the FXT90s belong to entry-level or mid-fi IEMs?

:(

post #10823 of 14596
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Originally Posted by FrequencyBlue View Post

:(

Xp he overlooked your comment.

post #10824 of 14596
By price or by SQ?
post #10825 of 14596
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Originally Posted by Joe Bloggs View Post

By price or by SQ?

SQ
post #10826 of 14596
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by FrequencyBlue View Post

:(


Missed the post. I would say mid-fi for the FXT90.

post #10827 of 14596
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post


Missed the post. I would say mid-fi for the FXT90.

Cool~

post #10828 of 14596
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post


Well, the A161P is one – it’s a more aggressive sound but it also has better imaging and more bass. The deep bass is especially more prominent compared to the A151.

 

Another one in a similar price range is the HiFiMan RE-400. It doesn't have a whole lot more bass depth than the A151 but it has slightly more mid-bass impact, along with very smooth mids and treble and a well-rounded presentation.

 

Along those same lines, the Philips Fidelio S1/S2 have more deep bass than the RE-400 but also are a little more energetic in the treble region. They have wider soundstages but lack the layering of the RE-400 and VSonic GR07.  

 

The VSonic GR07 has more bass and a wider soundstage and doesn’t really give anything up except for the treble smoothness of the A151 (although the A151 doesn't have quite enough treble energy in my opinion). 

 

The UE900, if you really want to spend a lot, has smoother treble than the GR07 and fits all of your other requirements.

 

Thanks Joker. With those recommendations in mind, do you think i might get comfort issues with some of them? I guess i've a small ears, because A151 is pretty small IEM and it still gets uncomfortable after some time wearing it over the ear - it pushes on my antihelix and start hurting there. Maybe it's just A151 shape, but i still only use them with small to medium tips since my ear canals are quite narrow.


Edited by iRo-Fi - 7/3/13 at 2:53am
post #10829 of 14596
Hi Joker, great thread. My TF10 cables were sent back for RMA as such I'm looking for a replacement/alternative.

I mostly listen to songs with heavy vocals(think Snake Eater - Cynthia Harrell, ) along with some DnB and Rock. So I prefer vibrant mids/highs, with good bass response. I'm currently considering the GR07 BE and Fidelio S2. Which of them, in your mind, would match my choice in music better? Or are there better matches?
post #10830 of 14596

thanks for the thread IjokerI,

 

I guess you could say I'm a basshead and I'm looking for some good budget IEM's.

I'm leaning towards the Vsonic GR02 Be, Audio-Technica ATH-CKS55 or the MH1C's

the audio-technica seems the best on paper, but I can't really find any proper reviews. 

who will help me out guys?

 

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