I've given a lot of recommendations in the past but I feel really stuck in choosing something that's right for me. I'm looking for a neutral, analytical IEM with a lot of sound stage and, if it has to veer from being totally flat, a slight boost in the treble region. I'm looking to spend $200-300. I don't mind dynamic or BA drivers, but in the past I've found BAs the most enjoyable.
The two best IEMs I've listened to are the Etymotic ER4S and the Brainwavz B2, for reference. I'm trying to get a step up from them to go with my ODAC+O2 combo.
Thanks joker/everyone else!
I still haven't found anything I enjoy more than the ER4S and a few of the better TWFKs in that price range for balanced-to-slightly bright sound. However, if you can get your hands on it, maybe try the Sony EX1000 - it provides a slightly different take on the balanced/bright signature with a wider/more out-of-the-head presentation. The EX600 is also an option and should be less expensive, but possibly harder to get your hands on.
If you only consider universals it's not so bad but I thought the MH334 sounded better overall with a somewhat similar (but smoother) signature, and the less expensive StageDiver SD-3 was a close competitor as well. I would rank the 6 somewhere between those two, closer to the SD-3.
Hi all, would like recommendations. i have a budget of around $100 USD, but it can go a little higher if it's truly worth it.
i had the klipsch s4's for the past 3 years but recently lost them. while i was satisfied with them i realize there are better options.
the genres i listen to most would probably be rap and rock, such as flipsyde, brother ali, common market, adelitas way.. but also artists like stevie wonder, gnarls barkley, etc. so i would really like a good all-around IEM.
i'm looking for something comfortable (i listen up to 5 hours of music a day, usually half through my IEMS) with good sound isolation, preferably passive. obviously good sound quality is a must, as is durability, my s4's lasted 3 years and still aren't broken, just lost, i'm not sure how uncommon this is for higher quality IEMs but i would definitely want a pair to last at least a year if not more.
RHA MA750s are nice and durable at around $110. They fit your requirements for sound and decent isolation but comfort will depend on your ears - for me they are fine but some have reported them to be too large. They are also worn cable-up.
JVC HA-FXT90 is slightly less expensive but sounds about as good. It's more lightweight than the MA750 but still has a large footprint in the ear compared to the S4 thanks to its dual drivers.
ATH-CKM500 has a shallower fit so you'll maybe give up a bit of isolation but it's quite comfortable and very inexpensive for the sound quality provided.
Sony MH1C would be the least expensive set I'd recommend. It's probably the safest choice in terms of comfort/noise isolation balance, though the cable can be annoying, and sound every bit as good as the CKM500 overall. There's a Bluetooth wireless version of these as well - the SBH80.