1. I don't like the ipod equalizer presets with anything
2. My stance has always been that signature preferences trump genre preferences. If you like the signature, you'll probably enjoy it with any genre
3. You've asked me this via PM. I can't give any more exact of an answer than the scores in this thread give.
No, that grain is pretty typical of some earphones. In my experience it never really goes away. As for the claims that earphone X only starts sounding really good after 800 hours, I have neither the time nor the patience to test those claims but I've never noticed anything changing notably past my usual burn-in time.
How does the M9's bass compare to the Brainwavz M2's?
Is it as punchy as the M9?
I saw a review on amazon that states there wasn't enough bass..
Which really worries me..
Wondering if I should really upgrade or not..
Also, have you heard about the Soul by Ludacris' SL series?
I was sort of expecting it to be just like Beats, but with the very few reviews there are, it's supposed to be somewhat decent...
M9 has more sub-bass emphasis, the M2 is mostly mid/upper-bass. Anyone saying that the M2 lacks bass is either a basshead or is getting a poor seal - it's bass is way above flat. If you want an M9 upgrade in terms of subbass quantity as well as overall quality you'd be looking at something like the SP51+black ports or Padacs Aksent in the <$50 category.
I don't know anything about the Soul.
Hi Joker, as you may recall, I'm looking for an upgrade from the RE0s with more isolation then it's good. I prefer a more analytical sound signature but as long as clarity exists then I won't have much to complain about if there is isolation along with it.
Now I've bought some Shure SE215s just to try what the over ear types are like as well as some Phonak PFE 112s. Whilst the Shure SE215 easily wins in isolation, I do not like the sound signature of it and much prefer the RE0. I do also have the FX1X and quite like the bass too when I want some fun. The Phonak PFE 112s seem pretty good from initial listening but the isolation is horrible, even compared with my RE0 (note I am using shallow triple flanges which seem to isolate the best for straight barelled IEMs for me) and hence I'm stuck with my RE0 for now. I was going to try some Etymotic IEMs but I've decided that they're probably not for me and that the RE0 will probably be "good enough" and not warrant an upgrade to the Etymotic IEMs.
Now after reading about the VSonic GR07s, I'm quite tempted to go for them as they seem to have enough clarity but with more bass (which is never a bad thing as long as it's not overpowering or muddy). In addition to this, I may be able to get them for £85 (brand new) in the UK which, to me, would give it a VFM rating of 5/5 (I bought my RE0s for £40 second hand so it's also 5/5 VFM).
However, I'm also interested in customs and I feel that on the other hand, the fit and isolation of customs will be perfect, and we all know that SQ depends on a good seal. The ones that I'm planning to buy is the Minerva Mi-1 (I considered the Kozee Infinity X1 Executives but as I'm from the UK I wanted to deal with a UK firm instead) but I'm worried that I'll lost a lot of detail. From initial listening from the Phonak PFE112s though, it seems that a single BA is quite adequate for me though, but I'm not sure what is used in the Minerva Mi-1 and whether or not it'll provide enough clarity.
1) How would you compare the VSonic GR07s to the RE0 (I'm aware the RE0 is brighter and more analytical and the GR07 is more balanced, what else would you add/correct to my knowledge?).
2) Will customs generally provide enough clarity with a single BA driver and will the custom fit seal provide a bit more bass? (I love the RE0 but need a better fit/isolation and a tiny bit more bass).
I think the GR07 is what you want, not the X1. The X1 won't have that much more bass than an RE0. Its detail is also not quite there in the upper midrange and treble whereas the GR07 can match the RE0. The clarity of the X1 is something I can't fault, though. Like most of the higher-end single armatures it's very good. I can't generalize to other single-driver customs since the X1 is my only one.