I just read your entire review catalogue and i must say that i am just absolutely applauding what a job you have done.
Words to not express my gratitude nor do they do justice to the time and effort that you have obviously put in to what you have compiled.
I am at the semi-beginner stage of wanting to really understand and appreciate quality sound and devices that deliver it so apologies for my inability to convey what it is that im after with much clarity.
18 months ago i purchased some Triple Fi 10s on here from a user by the name of mvw2. I really enjoyed them but wasnt really ready to dive properly into the world of IEM's and head-fi. After a while i didnt really look after them and i simply used them with my laptop, iPhone and iPod, never buying any specific gear to really reap the rewards of having some quality IEM's.
Recently i noticed that the sound in the left side was diminished so i tried to clean them out and i think i damaged both of them unfortunately. They still work, just do not have the punch they did and have lost about 40% volume. As such, i have decided to really stop trying to take the easy way out and dedicate myself to learning as much as i can and making smart decisions to really try and appreciate what i want from my FI gear.
My plan is to purchase some IEM's around christmas time and then purchase a proper audio player some time after that and really take care of my gear and get involved. As i mentioned, i have just read all of your review and im trying to narrow down what is best for me to get going.
Its a lot of information to take in over a short time so your table at the bottom really helped remind me of what id read and what i liked and what i thought could be an option for me.
I dont really have a specific genre that i listen to. I love my stoner rock, metal, acoustic quiet stuff, some electronic stuff as well like The Prodigy. From reading a lot of your reviews i believe that i would really enjoy a pretty even bass/midrange/treble set that is fun and not to analytical. i like my music to sound big and fun, but not to the point of reducing its clarity or accuracy. I like the idea of a large but obviously not over the top soundstage and liked what you had to say about the soundstage of the SM3 and how it helped you determine what is the perfect size stage for an IEM. Those things i think are important to me. the immersion and 3d qualities without obviously going overboard. Something that is rich and cohesive but you can still identify the individual frequencies if you look for them.
If you do get a chance to reply to my post, i hope that helps define the kind of sound i am looking for.
I guess moving along to your table i see quite an interesting trend. The top 6 are all custom IEMs, which makes sense, but the next 4 are universal and actually more expensive than 3 of the custom ones ahead of them on the list. I am wooed by the review of the 1964EARS V3, and also the price, yet i want to make sure im ready for a custom IEM like that. Like i said, i dont currently own a premium player for high quality audio so until i made that commitment as well (of which i have not begun to look at possible answers), any of the top rated IEM's would obviously be under-utilised.
Before i read your thread i was leaning towards the UM3x, Earsonic SM3 or RE272. But now after diving in, my decision seems harder. The price of the Alclair and the V3 Ears is really not that much more than those i was initially looking at, and reading the reviews, it appears as though they are clearly highly rated.
I guess what im after from yourself or anyone who would like to reply (appreciate it so much if possible), is some direction on where to go from here, How to make my decision, how i should go about building a kit up for myself, and generally a guide for myself to get from tonnes of data to using it to make an informed decision and purchases.
As it stands, i am now tempted by the V3 Ears, the Alclair, CK10, CK100 as well as a bunch of others and also still holding a nice soft spot for the UM3x and SM3.
I cant even ask my questions right because i just dont know where to go from here!
Any help from anyone would be appreciated and thanks again for the remarkable job with your reviews.
Edited by Portable Mink - 12/12/12 at 9:21pm