I've been adviced by a member to put my request here, so let's go:
I would like to start this thread by telling my own story, I think it will help to recommand me some nice IEMs
So, it did not take that long to find the perfect headphones for me, I started with :
- AKG K518DJ, I liked the sound but some problem with comfort and maybe a bit too bassier
- then MEelec HT-21s, did not like it, clear but sound too dry for me. (somewhat the opposite of 518DJ)
- Alessandro MS1: was definitely my taste but way too uncomfortable & of course it leaks too much even for home-use
- Denon D1001, I liked it so much that I decided to pull the trigger and buy D2000, I'm in looooove !!!
So I did not spend a lot of time to test many different things, lucky me! But when it comes to IEMs (for travel, gym etc...), that's another story!
- I started with Meelec M6 & M9, pleased especially with M6 but did not like the fit over-the-ear and wanted something more refined
- Brainwavz M1 thanks to ljokerl review , I still have them, I would like an upgrade but it becomes difficult to found the right one...
- Fischer Silver Bullet : very pleased with the sound: soundstage, detailed, clear, good amount of bass, but the housing was too big/too heavy for my ears so I sold them unfortunately
- Hifiman RE-0 because I wanted to give them a try and I knew I could compensate the bass with the bass-boost option of my Cmoy but still I find them a bit too dry, I'm clearly not "WOWed"
So I'm looking for detail, soundstage with good bass amount, good isolation, which can be worn straight down. I made some research here and it seems that the following IEMs are recommanded for a Silver Bullet lover:
PR401, JVC FX500, HiSoundAudio Crystal, JVC FXT90, Sunrise Xcape IE
I used Cmoy BB & Cowon S9.
Thank you all for confirmation or any other recommandation!
I don't really consider the PR401 and Crystal to be upgrades from the Silver Bullets. The PR401 has less bass and not as much detail and the Crystal is more dry and not as spacious. The FX500 has below-average isolation. The Xcape IE fits your requirements but the jury is still out on whether the build has been improved. I would recommend the Fischer Tandem instead except that the housing is quite large. The FXT90 is more comfortable. I am still unsure on where I would rank the sound - somewhere between the Tandem and GR07 but I haven't listened to it very much. It does fit your requirements, though.
No, SBA-03 won't have enough bass. FA Tandem should - it's a little deeper than the Xcape IE - but it probably won't have enough treble emphasis. I would look a the JVC FX500 and maybe the FXT90. FX500 has very deep bass, I think you would like it, and decent treble presence but tends to be a little harsh, especially at higher volumes. The FXT90 is neither as bassy nor as harsh - it lacks the bass power of the N3i and DTX 101 but should have more than an Xcape IE. Depth seems decent but not FX500-good from my early listening.
That is very interesting. Just wanted to give a thumbs up.
Just trying to make this sure.
The Brainwavz M2 isn't neutral right? I've heard that it has a very neutral sound, with a nice tilt of the bass.. Sort of like the Sunrise or maybe the Klipsch S4. It might impress friends, but a neutral sound is not what I'm looking for..
Just trying to clear things up for me..
Thanks very much.
The M2 is not at all neutral, if by neutral you mean lacking the coloration that results from emphasis or de-emphasis of particular frequencies. The M2 emphasizes both the bass and parts of the midrange.
hey joker (or anyone with this knowledge)
would a full size headphone like a sony mdrv6 outperform a ue600/superfi5? if not i dont see the need to waste my money. i want to get a pair to sit at my desk with, so i dont need the small portablilty of the iem if i can get an even better sound out of a pair of cans. thanks
It depends on the headphone - they all perform differently. I would say the V6 is better than the SF5 but it's a different signature so not really a necessary comparison. If the Creative Aurvana Live is still $60 at Amazon I would recommend that as a good all-rounder.