Hey ljokerl & others :)
My Sony XBA 1s are on their last legs, right phone needs constant wiggling to start working (had to resolder cable). To replace them I've been looking at:
- Sony MH1C, £11.48
- Monoprice 9927, £4.78
- Philips SHE3590, £5.95
As I would like to spend only £10/15, although I could stretch to £20/25 if the benefits were worth it.
My music taste: I listen to rock and metal, ranging from Pink Floyd and Muse to Mastodon, Gojira, and very intricate and heavy stuff like The Faceless, Animals As Leaders, Meshuggah, Sikth, etc.
Preferred sound signature: I'm looking for something analytical, or in the least balanced or mid. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but for my tastes I think analytical will be best because overpowering bass drowns out the intricacy of the guitars, whilst too much treble can make guitars very tiresome to listen to. Mid is the least worst in this case, although analytical would still be best.
I'd like lots of clarity and detail as this can really pick out the intricacies in solos. My XBA 1s did this well but weren't so good in other areas; they distorted easily and the treble could be harsh.
Questions/ Other points:
- Which of the 3 above are most suited to rock/metal?
- Are any of them actually better than my XBAs?
- Are there any other IEMs at this price point you would recommend over the above (Piston 2s aren't an option as there's no reliable UK sellers)?
- If there are any far better IEMs for only a little bit more, I'd appreciate it if you could point them out so I can decide if I want to spend a bit more.
- I don't mind EQing, so if any of these are considerably better after EQ I'd be grateful if you could point that out.
- Will the MH1C work fine on my Samsung Galaxy SIII without an adapter, as I've heard some bad things about these so if someone could clear that up for that'd be great.
- I'm very confused about how the 9927s really compare to the MH1Cs, as both have a very strong following. If someone could point out which is definitively the "best" after EQing and modding I'd appreciate this.
Thanks very much :)