I owh a pair of GR04 Flagship Edition and they sound very good except for sibilance, I listen to many old recordings (mostly classic rock) and it's annoying, where can I get similar SQ without sibilance?
Soundmagic PL30 - good mids, open sound but that's about it
Brainwavz M1 - very good overall, not so good bass and trebble extension
Brainwavz M4 - very proeminent ~10KHz frequency, strange v-shape curve, didn't like it
Astrotec AM-90 - good sounding but FLAT
Vsonic GR02 Bass - better than the M1 but can't stand sibilance and a little too v-shape
Shure SE215 - didn't listen much but very good overall, trebble extension not so good
Vsonic GR04 - best sounding but can't stand sibilance
What I am searching for: SE215 with trebble, GR04 without sibilance, M1 with better everything :D
I haven't heard the GR04 but based on what I have heard from VSonic, you'll likely have to look outside of VSonic for a sibilance-free dynamic-driver earphone. It doesn't have the best treble but the Yamaha EPH-100 might be a good option. It's not as relaxed up top as the SE215 but really isn't sibilant and has no real midrange recession. Another option would be the Dunu Tai Chi - it's not as bassy as the Yamaha but still not bass-lean, and has smooth highs. The HiSound Crystal also reminded me of an SE215 without the treble dip and missing some of the smoothness. Good bass, though, and under $100.
is the ShureSE215 / Shure SE215 LTD cable smartphone friendly?
it seems rather fat
and also..is the sound still competitive after all this time since they were released?
i'm really looking for an IEM in this price range that offers
a very secure fit with minimal microphonics and punchy bass.
The regular SE215 worked with my (non-otterbox) case. There is also an aftermarket smartphone cable with mic/remote that should be more case-friendly. The sound is fine - bass is definitely punchy. When you factor in build quality it's still a very good deal.