Thanks! I went ahead and ordered the RE-400. I did contact Shure for a trade-in, but they said I would first have to send in the SE530 and they couldn't tell me beforehand if they would just fix it or then offer me to buy a new SE535 at a discounted price; in other words, too much hassle for me. And the discounted SE535 probably still couldn't beat the RE-400 in terms of price.
Edit: I also ordered the Yamaha EPH-100, will see which one I like more. Perhaps I might like the Yammie, to contrast my full-size Sony 7520 cans.
Probably not in terms of price - I would think they'd provide 50% off at most.
Hope you like the RE-400 and I would be curious if you get on well with the EPH-100 - it's a pretty different sound.
The reason I recommended the GR01 over the VC1000 is that it's smoother and a little warmer in tone.
The HF2 is flatter through the upper midrange than the VC1000 which IMO gives it slightly better clarity but it also sounds more "thin". The VC1000 has a bit more full-bodied sound (especially bass) but sounds a little brighter/more splashy in the treble region.
By the way there's an S1/VC1000 comparison in the VC1000 review - might be useful: http://theheadphonelist.com/headphone_review/vsonic-vc1000/
See previous page: http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-309-iems-compared-ces-impressions-part-4-added-01-27-14-p-852/12810#post_10227049 . If you want to go up in price I recommend the Noble 4S.
Joker please can you help me...
Can you reccomend a succesor to my Hippo VB? I'm on my second pair now but would like to move up a notch, circa £200 budget. I use my Hippo VB with the bassiest plate, so am looking for an IEM which really bangs hard on the lows similarly but also has better clarity/resolution/separation as my needs from an IEM progress and I grow more demanding of SQ.
My most expensive headphones to date have been the Sennheiser IE80, they didnt go as low as my Hippo VB and had that midbass hump Im not accustomed to from a V-shape profile Ive become accustomed to, but I did appreciate the better overall SQ. Ultimately however I sold them and stuck with the Hippo.
Any other suggestions I can research/try? My main genre is techno and house plus electronic acts such as Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Prodigy etc.
Thanks in advance :-)
Suggestions from Headfi have been Sony XB90EX, Denon C300, JVC FX200, JVC F700.
I haven't tried the sets you've been recommended except for the FX700. When I had it I thought it lost out to the FutureSonics Atrio for what you're after. The EPH-100 from Yamaha might be one to consider but I haven't heard the VB in a while so I'm not sure if its max setting had more subbass than the EPH-100 or not. The most (sub) bassy IEM I've tried is the Wooduo2 but I wouldn't call it an upgrade over the VB.
I have a question for you....
I bought, enjoyed, but ultimately sold my UE TF10's due to an inability to wear them anywhere else than sitting at my computer due to fit issues. I plunged in the UE pool again when there was a sale on UE900's figuring that the ergonomics were superior and the fit issues inherent in the TF10's would not replicate themselves. I guess I have really big canals as I struggle to get a consistent seal with even the biggest tips - no issues when stationary, but try to wear outside and move around? You get the idea.
My question is whether a re-shell would be the way to go cost-wise and sound-wise - I only have $200 in on these and Fisher Hearing can mold them for around $110 shipped - but is there a straight custom for around the same $$ (or a hundred or so more) that you think would outperform a pair of re-shelled UE900's?
Or would trying to replicate the sound I could expect from the 4BA custom version of the UE900 necessitate a larger investment in a straight custom? (or nothing that cheap will beat the UE so an investment of $500++ would be required)
I owned a couple of sets of Heir CIEMS and loved the feel of a custom - they were the best fit of any headphone I have ever owned and if a couple of unforeseen bills hadn't cropped up, I would still own them.
Sorry for being so wordy - congrats on 300!
I haven't heard many cheap customs but I doubt you'll find a better sound with a custom fit for $300-400 if you like the UE900's signature. For an upgrade in the same vein you'd have to go for like a Lime Ears LE3 or something on that level. For all I know there definitely could be something out there that would work for less but my experience with customs is pretty limited.