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post #10381 of 16803

Thank you very much to Joker for a truly astounding effort with this thread. I only joined the forums very recently, but about a year back I used this thread (the result of some Googling) to select a pair of VSonic GR06s for myself. Unfortunately I never really found them to be extremely comfortable in my ears, but the sound quality was definitely on point, so thanks for that! Sadly the left ear has stopped working on them already, and I got them online for a really low price with no warranty. Caveat emptor, I suppose.

 

I was wondering if you could possibly point me toward a pair of IEMs with these criteria:

 

- $50 or under

- Preferably worn straight down, but I can deal with over-the-ear

- Isolation is paramount; I do a lot of flying and airplane noise behind my music annoys me if it's too overwhelming. This was my main problem with the GR06s: for some reason, despite the massive variety of earbud tips it came with, I was unable to get a truly complete seal with them, which was bothersome and generally uncomfortable.

- I tend to prefer an analytical-ish sound, though not on the level of, say, Etymotic Research stuff. I listen to a very wide variety of music including classical, jazz, indie rock, and electronic.

 

I realize that I won't be getting something crazy good for $50, but hopefully I can find a solid pair- I would be willing to stretch the price range a little bit for something really great.

 

Thanks again!

post #10382 of 16803
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I’m not familiar with the UM2. The FXT90 is a little more v-shaped than the GR07BE, with more mid-bass emphasis and a bit more treble sparkle overall. No idea if they are an upgrade to the UM2 or not.

Thank you for your answer. By crossing reviews, your answers to other people, I think I have a better umderstanding of the strengh and weakness for each iem.
post #10383 of 16803
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Nice! Any clues?

Not yet. I haven't gotten it yet, but I will very soon. Very near in the future (In about 10 days).
post #10384 of 16803

Hi all,

 

I have owned my JVC-FXT90L2 for over a month now.  The SQ is better than all of my previous IEMs, however, I found that for some songs the vocals are sibilant while for others the vocals are not strong enough (compared to the instruments).  Should I have chosen EPH-100? :P

post #10385 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Free167 View Post

Hi all,

I have owned my JVC-FXT90L2 for over a month now.  The SQ is better than all of my previous IEMs, however, I found that for some songs the vocals are sibilant while for others the vocals are not strong enough (compared to the instruments).  Should I have chosen EPH-100? :P

EPH100 would be better for trance and general EDM music. wink.gif
post #10386 of 16803

I have just recieved Trident DN-12 and boy oh boy, what a disappointment - they sound no where near PortaPro and compared to samsungs S3 original headphones fixes only annoying sound at high frequencies (but still too much highs for my taste). Compared even to stock samsung headphones, Trident has almost no bass and sounds flat. Overall Trident sounds like outside the window, music is somewhere else (sorry, but this the only way I can describe it). Middle range and clarity is good. Do I do something wrong or should I wait for that good sound to arrive? Or is it even possible to get that solid sound of PortaPro's in an in-ear headphones?

 

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Generally speaking, the PortaPro is warm and smooth-sounding. If we were to assume that "reasonable price" means <$50, I would go for the Dunu Trident. It won't be as clear or open-sounding, but it'll have a similarly warm, smooth, mid-bassy sound on top of its great build quality. If you wanted to spend a little more, the Beyerdynamic DTX 101 iE (~$80) or Monster Turbine (~$100). A little more than that and you could go for a Fischer Audio Tandem (~$129) or Yamaha EPH-100 (~$149). 

post #10387 of 16803

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Then you probably want the shorter double-flanges from here: http://www.meelec.com/MEElectronics_Original_Eartips_for_M11_Earphones_p/tipset10-m11-cl-mee.htm . I would say medium or even small to get close to the stock FX40 tips in size. You could probably just get all three to be safe.

 

 

Okay, will check them out

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Free167 View Post

Hi all,

 

I have owned my JVC-FXT90L2 for over a month now.  The SQ is better than all of my previous IEMs, however, I found that for some songs the vocals are sibilant while for others the vocals are not strong enough (compared to the instruments).  Should I have chosen EPH-100? :P

 

Could it be that the tracks are recorded/mixed/mastered differently? 


Edited by FrequencyBlue - 5/22/13 at 6:11am
post #10388 of 16803

No, same device/same track, just switching between earphones. Trident just sound distant and flat. Vocal music would be nice, but pop/rock/techno music sounds without energy.

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Could it be that the tracks are recorded/mixed/mastered differently? 

post #10389 of 16803
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Originally Posted by prakalejas View Post

No, same device/same track, just switching between earphones. Trident just sound distant and flat. Vocal music would be nice, but pop/rock/techno music sounds without energy.

uhm I was replying to Free167, I don't own any Trident so I cant help you sorry 

post #10390 of 16803
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Originally Posted by FrequencyBlue View Post

 

Could it be that the tracks are recorded/mixed/mastered differently? 


They are did recorded differently, but some do sound sibilant compared to my old Denon.  Maybe the JVC somehow exaggerate those tracks' sibilance?

post #10391 of 16803

Anyone compare the Audio Technica ATH-CLR100, ATH-COR150, ATH-CKN50, and ATH-CKN70 to the IEMs on this list?  They are getting some buzz in the discovery thread.

post #10392 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Free167 View Post


They are did recorded differently, but some do sound sibilant compared to my old Denon.  Maybe the JVC somehow exaggerate those tracks' sibilance?

 

Possibly. It seems like many JVC's models tend to emphasize sibilance at some point. I did buy FXT90 but they are not in my hands now, though I can say same thing happens to my HA-FX40

post #10393 of 16803

Great job |joker|, your IEMs ranking is just superb! smile.gif
I've been looking for a long time for something better than Brainwavz ProAlpha (more refined, more wow factor) but with similar sound signature: warm (reasonably bassy), sweet but detailed and airy - especially natural sounding, like ProAlpha does for me. What would you recommend?

post #10394 of 16803
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

The GR07BE, especially if you care about vocals. The MG7 has good mids, considering the bass quantity, but it's not as balanced and refined as the GR07 in that respect.

 

 

Ok how do you feel about the over the ear part i never liked sony's over the head design for earbuds. i'm not highly sure what it feels like and if i dont care for them its going to suck seeing how you cant wear those straight down.

 

And do you think its worth the upgrade from the Klipsch s4's? TIA


Edited by Lost Dark Soul - 5/22/13 at 6:26pm
post #10395 of 16803
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Originally Posted by RoKr93 View Post

Thank you very much to Joker for a truly astounding effort with this thread. I only joined the forums very recently, but about a year back I used this thread (the result of some Googling) to select a pair of VSonic GR06s for myself. Unfortunately I never really found them to be extremely comfortable in my ears, but the sound quality was definitely on point, so thanks for that! Sadly the left ear has stopped working on them already, and I got them online for a really low price with no warranty. Caveat emptor, I suppose.

 

I was wondering if you could possibly point me toward a pair of IEMs with these criteria:

 

- $50 or under

- Preferably worn straight down, but I can deal with over-the-ear

- Isolation is paramount; I do a lot of flying and airplane noise behind my music annoys me if it's too overwhelming. This was my main problem with the GR06s: for some reason, despite the massive variety of earbud tips it came with, I was unable to get a truly complete seal with them, which was bothersome and generally uncomfortable.

- I tend to prefer an analytical-ish sound, though not on the level of, say, Etymotic Research stuff. I listen to a very wide variety of music including classical, jazz, indie rock, and electronic.

 

I realize that I won't be getting something crazy good for $50, but hopefully I can find a solid pair- I would be willing to stretch the price range a little bit for something really great.

 

Thanks again!

 

Etymotic Etykids, maybe? They aren’t as thin-sounding as the BA-based Ety sets. I haven’t done a full review but I’ve heard them three times now and have always been impressed. You simply won’t beat the isolation for the price. The Etys won’t have as much bass the GR06 but (without A:Bing) I would say the quality of the mids/treble would be nearly on-par. Another option might be the VSonic VC02 but it won’t isolate as much as the Etykids and sounds brighter overall. If you want something with more bass and are willing to give up a chunk of isolation the UE500 might work for you - it comes with Comply tips and has above-average isolation. Most of the appeal is in that it's currently quite cheap, typically <$40 on amazon.

 

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Originally Posted by Free167 View Post

Hi all,

 

I have owned my JVC-FXT90L2 for over a month now.  The SQ is better than all of my previous IEMs, however, I found that for some songs the vocals are sibilant while for others the vocals are not strong enough (compared to the instruments).  Should I have chosen EPH-100? :P

 

Sounds like you don’t like the v-shaped sound. The EPH100 has more focus on the mids relative to the treble so in that respect it should be better. The only caution would be if you’re used to very forward upper mids, which present forward and sort of ‘shouty’ vocals, from some other headphone. The EPH-100 doesn’t do that.
 

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Originally Posted by prakalejas View Post

I have just recieved Trident DN-12 and boy oh boy, what a disappointment - they sound no where near PortaPro and compared to samsungs S3 original headphones fixes only annoying sound at high frequencies (but still too much highs for my taste). Compared even to stock samsung headphones, Trident has almost no bass and sounds flat. Overall Trident sounds like outside the window, music is somewhere else (sorry, but this the only way I can describe it). Middle range and clarity is good. Do I do something wrong or should I wait for that good sound to arrive? Or is it even possible to get that solid sound of PortaPro's in an in-ear headphones?

 

 

It sounds like you’re not getting a proper seal with the Trident – the lack of proper imaging, weak bass, and excessive treble are all indicators of a bad acoustic seal.

 
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Originally Posted by justblue View Post

Great job |joker|, your IEMs ranking is just superb! smile.gif
I've been looking for a long time for something better than Brainwavz ProAlpha (more refined, more wow factor) but with similar sound signature: warm (reasonably bassy), sweet but detailed and airy - especially natural sounding, like ProAlpha does for me. What would you recommend?

 

It depends on your budget. The aging Brainwavz M2 is a more refined ProAlpha at $50 or so. It’s not a huge step up, though. If you’re okay with a brighter sound something a little more v-shaped, like the Astrotec AM-800 ($65), would be a good option. 

 

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Originally Posted by Lost Dark Soul View Post

 

Ok how do you feel about the over the ear part i never liked sony's over the head design for earbuds. i'm not highly sure what it feels like and if i dont care for them its going to suck seeing how you cant wear those straight down.

 

And do you think its worth the upgrade from the Klipsch s4's? TIA

 

That's down the individual. I prefer over-the-ear earphones, personally - the fit is typically very stable and cable doesn't bother me at all. 

 

I don't like the S4 all that much so for me it's a worthwhile upgrade but again it really depends on what you're looking for. The S4 is pretty biased towards mid-bass and treble. The GR07BE is not. 

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