Fischer Audio Silver Bullet
Which one of these do you consider to produce the most natural, realistic and all arounder performance, sound wise?
Or, alternatively, which one of these has greater similarities to the GR07's all around sonic performance and balance/presentation/signature?
If there is some other sub 100$ IEM you think I should consider do tell... I prefer dynamics though...
I do value flat FR with the least peaks as possible...
I do value neutrality and transparency from an uncolored sound... can be colored but just slightly...
I absolutelly hate prominent peaks in the upper mids/lower treble like I found on the GR07 out of the box...
Take your time!
I would go with the RE-ZERO. It's not exactly laid back in the upper mids/lower treble but it's not peaky. Not recommending Sunrise at the moment due to build quality issues.
The bass of the MTP Golds is more relaxed than that of the MDT but still emphasized over flat. You may also like the Radius DDM2.
Hmm. I suspect the Merlin has some bass boost - but from the charts it looks a bit high frequency kneed. I'm also afraid of the ~7k peak after what VSonic GR07 OOTB experience was. It looks substantial. Pity it will be nigh impossible to get a listen of these in Poland...
Could you compare their sibilance if any to VSonics? Detailing vs RE272?
What would those hybrid universals be?
Merlin treble curve should be similar to my Miracle. The Miracle treble looks daunting on graphs but it is not sibilant at all in reality. Graphs are only comparable when done on the same equipment with the same compensation (if any). I believe average_joe's Rooth LS8 has even peakier-looking treble on the graph (likely done on similar equipment to merlin/miracle graphs) but from his review the in-ear response is rather smooth and well-measured. Detail-wise the RE272 keeps up with my customs reasonably well in the treble and to a lesser extent the midrange. Where it falls most flat is bass response and presentation.
Hybrid universals that I can think of - UE SuperFi 5 EB, AKG K3003, Scosche IEM856, Atomic Floyd SuperDartts, and Audiofly AF78
The vocals are more balanced with the bass and treble in the W4 while the earphone overall is a bit more laid-back. On balance I would say more forward, but not by much.
First off, thank you very much for writing such a detailed review of so many IEM's. I am a total newbie to IEMs and as such am not really sure what would be a good choice for my first pair. I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile, but I do like getting the best sounding equipment that is within my budget. There is much talk about warm, neutral, smooth, bright sounding, etc when it comes to reviews and I honestly don't know exactly what the difference is. About 15 years ago I auditioned several speakers from various brands and finally decided on a pair of Energy Connoisseur C-2's that I still have (and love) to this day. I seem to remember reading or being told that these are neutral speakers, but I don't know for certain. Also for the past 10 years or so I have used a pair of Koss PortaPro headphones for traveling, but their open design doesn't make these very useful for places with a lot of noise (airplanes, trains, etc). Prior to the Koss Porta Pros I briefly had a pair of Sennheiser PX-200 which I exchanged for the Koss Porta Pros (and was much happier with). I mention all this in hopes it will give some of the more experience headphone gurus here a better idea of what type of "sound" I like, as I don't know. I am not sure if it matters, but as to what type of music I listen to it pretty much encompasses everything except rap and r&b. Mostly I listen to classic rock, prog rock and on occasion country and classical.
All that being said, what would be a good first IEM for myself? I'd like to keep the price under $50. My main concern is comfort (especially being new to IEM's), followed by sound quality, and then microphonics. I was thinking about either the Meelec CW31 or the M21, both of which are on Amazon for under $30 and had good reviews here. Again I am grateful for all these reviews and all the other reviews/opinions from others on here. However, I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of choices out there.
The CW31 is a good option but I think you can also grab the Brainwavz M1 on amazon for a more refined - albeit slightly less bassy - sound. The Soundmagic E30 and Dunu Trident would round out my recommendations in that price bracket. Trident would be most similar to the PortaPros in balance. The M1 is more midrange-focused while the E30 and CW31 are balanced with slight bass emphasis and a more 'open' feel. I think all should be beginner-friendly in comfort but the CW31 and M1 are easiest to fit.