Joker, sorry to always bother you, but I'm really confused about what to get, the FXT90 or the EPH-100, how well do they stack against each other?
Also, what natural-signature (not neutral) IEM's would recommend at under 100$...
I'd like something that's un-fatigue-ing... perhaps a smooth sound signature but still has details...
would EPH-100 or FXT90 fit the bill?
They are a pretty even match but the EPH-100 is not as forward overall and especially in the treble. I don't think it is under $100 but the EPH-100 is not fatiguing (at least not next to an FXT90 or GR07) and definitely detailed.
The FA Tandem would be the underdog recommendation, one of the least fatiguing earphones out there IMO.
as you can see on my signature, i've sold those iems and had settled down on the W4 which I am really impressed with the details especially on the midbass, i have an incoming sm3s from my parents..
in terms of highs details and quantity, does the sm3 have more than the um3x? i sold my um3x too because i needed some funds and also i already have the w4 and decided to have another signature so i won't be getting them again..
I just wanna make sure that the sm3s won't fail me
I haven't heard either set in a very long time. The SM3 is not a bright earphone, I don't think it has as much treble as a W4, but the detail level should be on-par. I remember the SM3 being able to provide all of the detail of the W3 with none of the aggression.
ljokerl, thank you so much for this hard work!
i can't start to describe how i appreciate it.
wonderful thread! :)
after going through your reviews i've narrowed my options for a new IEM to these:
ID America Spark
Visang r03 \ Brainwavz M2
i was thinking you could help me pick just one...
i like strong bass but i prefer good mids and highs over a REALLY strong bass.
im listening mostly to metal and rock.
i currently have the Klipsch Image S4, and my main complaint is perhaps something
that others find good about it : the fit! .. i just find it too intrusive, reaching
too far inside my ear canal, and yet it doesnt hold very still there, not sitting very snug.
i love the sound of it, except for the little bit of harshness.
id love to have better mids and highs but i love the bass.
so i understand Visang r03 might offer better highs and mids and the Spark might sound similar to the Klipsch?
and when i start thinking about the Spark, im thinking... is it worth the extra $ over the Soundmagic E10??
also the E10 seems a little more comfortable the Spark.
The E10 is happier with a shallow fit than is the Spark or the M2. The Spark is definitely closest to the S4 in sound signature but better in performance - it never gets as harsh and the bass is more controlled. However, it does like a deeper fit than the E10 so I would probably advise against it. The R03 is somewhere in the middle in terms of fit dependency. Definitely no harshness there, though, and the bass is quite good.
I have not heard the UE600. I don't think there is a good alternative to the RE0/RE-ZERO in the price range now that the original Xcape has been discontinued. You may have to just save up for the Sony EX600 or something on that level.
Hi ljokerl, could you compare the treble of the DBA-02 MkII to that of the FXT-90? And overall, how do they compare? I'm finding that the treble on the JVCs is a bit overwhelming at times, maybe a bit too aggressive. Not sure if the Fischers are better in that regard, but thought I'd ask. Thanks!
I would not go for a DBA-02 mkII if you found the FXT90 treble overwhelming, even occasionally. It might be more controlled and accurate in the lows and mids but it's definitely an aggressive earphone with unforgiving treble (though it is not as bright as the original DBA-02). The VSonic GR01 would be a better option IMO, or maybe even the Yamaha EPH-100.
Sorry, I haven't heard the T5p so I can't comment on how they compare. The Miracle does not have forward mids so it could sound distant compared to some sets but I don't know about veiled. My FitEar ToGo MH334 has more forward and powerful mids with fantastic clarity but I still wouldn't quite call the Miracle veiled in comparison.