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post #7846 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Zinks View Post

Hey guys, so I've read all of the reviews for the $60-100 as well as the $100-150 IEM sections, and am a bit overwhelmed. I have been looking to upgrade from my Sony MDR-XB40EX for a while now, but have been reluctant to do so. A few years ago, I tried out the Klipsch Image S4, in part due to the stellar reviews it quickly received. I was not happy with the purchase, because I honestly prefer more bass. (I know, typical consumer is typical.) I swapped them for the Sony MDR-XB40EXs and was quite satisfied with the swap. I mostly listen to house music, but also some alternative/rock. The Sonys, to me at least, seem to be the best of both worlds.

 

My budget is around $100. I am intrigued by the aesthetics and reviews of the Brainwavz M2 as well as the Hippo VB and HiFiMan RE-ZERO. On a side note, the Fischer Audio Eterna also appeals to me, but it appears to be absent online. One concern I have is that these are several-year-old products. Have any stellar, bass-emphasizing in-ears come out in the past year? If not, and bearing in mind what appeals to me, what would your ultimate recommendation be?

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my plight! I am looking forward to any advice or recommendations!

          why dont you try the xb41ex , try them at a sony store , at least here you can have a trail before you buy , m2 can be the way to go , hippo vb and fischer consonance are bass monsters and can be considered . but man , the xb40ex is said to be a only bass earphone that knows bass only . for that you need meelec m9 , in $100 i will say get the 1) m2 or hippo vb or the consonance along with 2) a meelec m9 which are now filthy cheap in price , i had seen them at $12 , and really good at bass .

post #7847 of 16803
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Originally Posted by farisq View Post

Hi, what would you consider as an upgrade to Vsonic GR02bass with more or less similar price range? Thanks

 

Unless you are just looking for a different sound signature, you won't find an 'upgrade' tot he GR02 BE for similar money - hence the 10/10 value rating.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Zinks View Post

Hey guys, so I've read all of the reviews for the $60-100 as well as the $100-150 IEM sections, and am a bit overwhelmed. I have been looking to upgrade from my Sony MDR-XB40EX for a while now, but have been reluctant to do so. A few years ago, I tried out the Klipsch Image S4, in part due to the stellar reviews it quickly received. I was not happy with the purchase, because I honestly prefer more bass. (I know, typical consumer is typical.) I swapped them for the Sony MDR-XB40EXs and was quite satisfied with the swap. I mostly listen to house music, but also some alternative/rock. The Sonys, to me at least, seem to be the best of both worlds.

 

My budget is around $100. I am intrigued by the aesthetics and reviews of the Brainwavz M2 as well as the Hippo VB and HiFiMan RE-ZERO. On a side note, the Fischer Audio Eterna also appeals to me, but it appears to be absent online. One concern I have is that these are several-year-old products. Have any stellar, bass-emphasizing in-ears come out in the past year? If not, and bearing in mind what appeals to me, what would your ultimate recommendation be?

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my plight! I am looking forward to any advice or recommendations!

 

 

None of those have as much bass impact as an XB40EX, though the Eterna is not too far behind. I don't really keep up with ultra-bassy in-ears but the heaviest bass I've heard in the past year was from the TFTA 1V (which is reportedly less bassy than their XB model). If the heaviest bass is what you want I would saving up for that or getting in touch with TFTA to see if they can give you a deal on the 1V.

post #7848 of 16803

So I've read over every review from around 100$ to 200$ on here and the portable headphone review, and I still can't figure out what to get. I was looking for something with a warmer sound, and was considering the Yamaha EPH-100s (if I can find them) or the V-moda M-80s, which seem to have a pretty good following around here.

 

My main headphones at home are AKG Q701s, which I adore, but I get a bit bored of the sound after a while. They definitely are not very "fun" cans, but enjoyable nevertheless. So I was going to try to go for something that handles Progressive rock/metal, Power metal, Orchestral music, and some EDM a bit better. Focused on the guitar, piano, and string instruments, but can still handle a nice bass thump from EDM.

 

I'm pretty sure all that rules out BA IEMs, the dynamics seem to be more focused there. How do the M-80s compare to the Yamaha EPH-100s? My goal is to stay around a 150$ budget, but I can bring it to about 175 MAX if need be (If M-80s are worth it, for example).

post #7849 of 16803

Anyone heard the new Alclair RSM?

post #7850 of 16803
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

You could get it re-shelled into a custom or perhaps have the cables repaired for much less than that. There's really not many high-end IEMs with as much bass as a W3 and the only one I can think of with better clarity would be the Phonak PFE 232 ($599). 

How much better are the pfe232? are they worth the $200 price difference?

post #7851 of 16803
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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

 

What are those numbers (8.5/9.5)? I simply made a recommendation based on your requirements. You are free to ignore it and get the one with the higher numbers but I think you will like its sound less, if at all. Fit is a personal thing - I can't say how the EPH-100 or GR07 will work for you

 

That was the value rating that you gave for those IEMs. Fit isnt a problem I guess, I will sort it out eventually.

 

Thanks for your suggestion joker. I will wait for your review on ultimate TF 10 and then decide it with EPH-100 :


Edited by hitme987 - 8/8/12 at 5:18am
post #7852 of 16803
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Originally Posted by hitme987 View Post

Thanks for your suggestion joker. I will wait for your review on ultimate TF 10 and then decide it with EPH-100 :)

something doesnt make sense ^

post #7853 of 16803
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Originally Posted by Zelda View Post

something doesnt make sense ^

 

Only joker could understand that since I replied to his previous reply. I edited it though.


Edited by hitme987 - 8/8/12 at 5:19am
post #7854 of 16803
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Thanks for your suggestion joker. I will wait for your review on ultimate TF 10 and then decide it with EPH-100 :

i'll be more clear 

post #7855 of 16803
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Originally Posted by hitme987 View Post

 

That was the value rating that you gave for those IEMs. Fit isnt a problem I guess, I will sort it out eventually.

 

Thanks for your suggestion joker. I will wait for your review on ultimate TF 10 and then decide it with EPH-100 :


i dont know if your blind or something , those are not rated anything like that , the eph-100 is 8.9 and gr07 is 9.1 , just a 0.2 difference . and sadly the tf10 is not a bass monster like thee meelec m6 , there are 3 BA inside , and don't do bass like dynamics .

post #7856 of 16803

Love the reviews. It practically transformed me from a mainstream junkie. I actually thought Beats by Dr. Dre were good. My bad. I got the Brainwavz B2 and I am loving them. I made a quick compilation of what I see are the best IEMs in your list, under $200 of course. :) 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621896/best-iems-under-200

post #7857 of 16803
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Originally Posted by lostmage View Post

So I've read over every review from around 100$ to 200$ on here and the portable headphone review, and I still can't figure out what to get. I was looking for something with a warmer sound, and was considering the Yamaha EPH-100s (if I can find them) or the V-moda M-80s, which seem to have a pretty good following around here.

 

My main headphones at home are AKG Q701s, which I adore, but I get a bit bored of the sound after a while. They definitely are not very "fun" cans, but enjoyable nevertheless. So I was going to try to go for something that handles Progressive rock/metal, Power metal, Orchestral music, and some EDM a bit better. Focused on the guitar, piano, and string instruments, but can still handle a nice bass thump from EDM.

 

I'm pretty sure all that rules out BA IEMs, the dynamics seem to be more focused there. How do the M-80s compare to the Yamaha EPH-100s? My goal is to stay around a 150$ budget, but I can bring it to about 175 MAX if need be (If M-80s are worth it, for example).

 

The M-80 is flatter than the EPH-100 and has the soundstage of a decent headphone. Because it is a headphone it will still keep up (or nearly keep up) with the EPH-100 in impact despite the lesser bass boost. Its treble also sounds more natural to me (albeit slightly lacking in energy at lower volumes) so if I had to pick one based only on sound it would likely be the M-80.

 

 

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Originally Posted by funsound View Post

How much better are the pfe232? are they worth the $200 price difference?

 

If you're going to buy a brand new IEM anyway - maybe. If getting your W3 fixed or reshelled for <$150 is an option, probably not. You have to understand that there's strong diminishing returns in play at that price point - the $200 "price difference" can buy a whole other top-tier IEM these days. It's been a while since I've heard the W3 but from what I remember of it, the PFE tends to have smoother treble, more controlled bass, and a more layered and versatile soundstage. 

 

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Originally Posted by scarecrow5 View Post

Love the reviews. It practically transformed me from a mainstream junkie. I actually thought Beats by Dr. Dre were good. My bad. I got the Brainwavz B2 and I am loving them. I made a quick compilation of what I see are the best IEMs in your list, under $200 of course. :) 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621896/best-iems-under-200

 

A buyer's guide outlining my top picks is actually something I've been wanting to add to this thread for a while. Glad you like the B2s!

post #7858 of 16803

there is no reason to dislike the b2 , once a twfk lover , always a twfk lover .
 

post #7859 of 16803

Hello, i'm newly registered but I always check head-fi when I want to study reviews on headphones.. I play the bass guitar.. and have gigs.. and a music enthusiast

First of all.. Does this thread have an updated table of comparison? I only saw the one on the 1st page and did not try to search anything else because this has 523 pages in it so far.. It was also posted 2 years ago if i'm right..

I don't have much budget so I wanna hit the sweet spot on what I shall need.. I could spend $300 at most on one earphone.. and I'm looking at Etymotic-ER4S because of its build and sound accuracy.. I know it doesn't have that much bass although I need it.. But what I'm after are monitors that can distinguish every details of a music and can isolate greatly because I always need it on  studios, gigs and also applicable to sleep into.. I would greatly consider recommendations.. But please.. try not to confuse me with so many.. I hope my dread for great earphones be solved at this thread..

Advance thank you for the replies ^^

post #7860 of 16803

Thanks, That's exactly what I needed to know. I'm probably going to spring for the M-80s then.

 

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Originally Posted by ljokerl View Post

 

The M-80 is flatter than the EPH-100 and has the soundstage of a decent headphone. Because it is a headphone it will still keep up (or nearly keep up) with the EPH-100 in impact despite the lesser bass boost. Its treble also sounds more natural to me (albeit slightly lacking in energy at lower volumes) so if I had to pick one based only on sound it would likely be the M-80.

 

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