Same here, still use the A161 to benchmark other IEMs all the time.
I Currently have the Klipsch S4's. I also have a pair of JBL Synchros Reflect.
I'm currently looking for more Bass and Sub Bass, better vocals, and not as harsh Treble. Better Soundstage presence. Better quality overall.
My music consists of Rock, Rap, Electronic (Dubstep, Chillstep, Techno, Trance, Trap).
My Klipsch S4's are muddy with bass, and sound cracky at high volumes and are very harsh on the Treble to my ears.
My JBLs sound pretty good too. They have more detailed bass, better mids (vocals), Treble is about the same. Soundstage is better.
I'm trying to find something that will make the Bass and Sub Bass pop a little more for instance in Rock music like listening to Alice in Chains, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged7Fold, Kiss, etc... I hear the bass guitar fine its just the kick drums lack with the Sub Bass feel and presence.
I was looking into the Sony MDR XBA-H1, MDR XB60/90EX, Klipsch X11, Vsonic GR07 BE.
I don't care for Hippo VB, JVC FXT90, Atrio MG7.
If you have any suggestions for others or if those I picked, can you enlighten me a little more and better direct my choice on a pair. Thanks In Advance.
I haven't tried the JBLs but two other sub-bass heavy IEMs you should consider are the Yamaha EPH-100 and RHA MA750. I wouldn't bother with the GR07BE - despite the name it's not a very bassy earphone.
Nah, it's a bit more complicated than that. Yeah, generally high impedance headphones require more voltage but low impedance headphones require higher current and most of the time smartphones can provide the voltage but not the current needed. Also, just judging the efficiency based on the specifications of the headphones posted by the manufacturer is not exactly an accurate science, especially given that it's not like all headphones have linear impedance.
In my experience, there has been stuff with circa 16 ohm impedance and high sensitivity that has been pretty hard to drive and stuff with high impedance that is very easy to drive etc. I'm often surprised by new stuff, its specs and the actual efficiency, so it's a bit of a generalization to conclude on the power needed only based on specs and urban legends about 30+ ohm stuff and how hard it is to drive with a smartphone.
In regard to the a161p talk - it was actually something like 30 ohm as far as I remember and is actually one of the easiest to drive iems. It can get very loud very fast from pretty much any source but most iems aren't this sensitive and so efficient.
This was my experience with the A161P as well. Gets very loud, very quickly.
Impedance is 35ohms at 1k per InnerFidelity measurements, but definitely not linear.