Joker, have you ever used silver cable to IE8 and notice sound difference?
I'm trying to keep my ie8 for maybe another year before moving to CIEM. JH13 or UM Miracle your opinion? I want airy large soundstage, like IE8, but less bass and more balanced sound.
Also, Any thoughts for UM 3DD?
The IE8 I had was a loan from another Head-Fier. Never tried any aftermarket cables with it.
I think both the JH13 or Miracle would be good for a more balanced sound with good imaging. The JH13 has more mid-bass so it would be less of a shock coming from the IE8. Never tried the 3DD.
Thank you !
I was wondering what's the best sounding (balanced/ natural with slight bass and nice treble - no extreme bass boost) IEM that has very LOW on isolation that is below $125? Is it the semi-open Philips Fidelio S2 that's currently $100? Any of the "sport/exercise" headphones (Sennheiser/Adidas OCX 685i)? Something else? I'd like it with a mic, but it's not critical.
I work in a lab on graveyard shift and I need to still be aware of equipment alarms and my coworker calling for me, so I need to be alert. I could play my music over the computer speakers but I would like to keep my music with me for calls or when I go to the different rooms.
For reference, my favorite IEM is the GR07BE but its isolation is good. Recently I've rediscovered my Monoprice 9927 with a double flange tip and a microfiber cloth over the nozzle that I enjoy. The isolation is poor, which I'm looking for.
I don't think the S2 is that low on isolation, unfortunately - it seems to isolate better than my Sony MDR-7550, for example.
If I were you I'd grab a pair of these: http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Dual-Drive-Earbuds-iPhone-Devices/dp/B004F4W8G6 . They use the same housing as the Radius DDM2. Isolation is poor, they are cheap, and they have a mic, but they still sound quite good.
I'm still unsure of what to get between the SM64 or W4, the W4 are cheaper though. I'm still not sure if they will fit me though since I like forward vocals. The iem's I have currently all have very forward vocals/mids (CK100, E-Q7, RE262). The reason why I returned the UE900 was because ithe vocals was too distant and hollow. Also which of the two have bigger soundstages and how does it compare to the E-Q7?
The SM64 has more bass than midrange. The W4 still has some mid-bass emphasis but on the whole I think it's more mid-forward than the SM64 and would suit your better. Both have good soundstage size, no complaints. The e-Q7 didn't sound as spacious to me.
If you like the Ety-neutral sonic balance then yes, Etys are great and still at the top of their game.
In general, even with the same genres people look for different things in their earphones so it really depends more on the type of sound you enjoy.